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Paz Vega

Paz Vega has gone from being a promising young actress to taking on starring roles in some of the Spanish film industry's most important productions. She makes her Hollywood debut with Spanglish.

A native of Seville, Vega began her career with two highly successful television series: Companion and 7 Lives. Her first break in cinema came from director Pedro Olean in Beyond the Garden and she began to make a name for herself after her eye-catching performance in Mateo Gil's Nobody Knows Anybody. But it was Julio Medem's Sex and Lucia that marked a decisive step in her career and won her immediate recognition from her peers in the form of a Goya Award (Spain's equivalent of the Oscar) for Best New Actress. That same year, she was also nominated as Best Actress for her gripping portrayal of a battered wife in the film Mine Alone, which marked the first time in the history of the Spanish Academy that an actress was nominated in two different categories for two different roles.

In 2002, she went on to star in Talk to Her by Oscar-winning director Pedro Almodovar and The Other Side of the Bed by Emilio Martinez-Lazaro. The latter was the year's highest grossing film in Spain and a sequel is currently in the works. Most recently she starred in Carmen, directed by Vicente Aranda, which debuted in October 2003 and immediately became the #1 Spanish film at the box-office and Juan Calvo's comedy Di Que Sí.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.
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Paz Vega Facts

Birth NamePaz Campos Trigo
BirthdayJanuary 2, 1976 (48)
BirthplaceSevilla, Spain
Height5' 8" (1m73)  How tall is Paz Vega compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Paulo Coelho's Best Story
Mary of Nazareth
Cat Run
Sex and Lucia
The Spirit
Grace of Monaco
The Six Wives of Henry Lefay
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