Actress, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Known outside her native country as the "Spanish enchantress", Penélope Cruz Sánchez was born in Madrid to Eduardo (a retailer) and Encarna (a hairdresser). As a toddler, she was already a compulsive performer, re-enacting TV commercials for her family's amusement, but she decided to focus her energies on dance...
Actor, No Country for Old Men
Javier Bardem is the youngest member of a family of actors that has been making films since the early days of Spanish cinema. He got his start in the family business at age six when he appeared in his first feature, "El Pícaro" (The Scoundrel). During his teenage years, he acted in several TV series...
Antonio Banderas, one of Spain's most famous faces who was a soccer player until he broke his foot at age 14, is now an international film star best known as Zorro in the eponymous film franchise. He was born José Antonio Domínguez Banderas on August 10, 1960, in Málaga, Andalusia, Spain. His father...
Actress, Sex and Lucia
Actor, Bad Boys II
One of Spain's best-recognized artistic personalities, Jordi Mollà is an actor, director, painter and a writer. Jordi was trained as an actor at the Barcelona Institute of Theatre and he also studied in Italy, Hungary and England. As an actor, he has worked in more than fifteen films, with prestigious directors like Bigas Luna...
Actress, Fast Five
Elsa Pataky grew up in Madrid and attended the Universidad de San Pablo CEU where she studied journalism and began to take an interest in acting. She joined Teatro Cámara de Ángel Gutiérrez, a theater company in Madrid, and left college when she was offered a role in the long-running Spanish TV series Al salir de clase...