Paz Vega

María Paz Campos Trigo (better known as Paz Vega [paθ ˈβeɣa]; born 2 January 1976)) is a Spanish actress.

    Early life

    Vega was born in Seville to a homemaker mother and a retired bullfighter father. Vega's younger sister has performed as a flamenco dancer. Vega has described her family as "traditional" and Catholic. She took her stage name from her grandmother. She decided to become an actress after attending a performance of Federico García Lorca's La casa de Bernarda Alba at the age of 15. After completing compulsory education at 16, she was accepted at the prestigious Centro Andaluz de Teatro stage school. After two years at the stage school and two more years studying journalism, Vega moved to Madrid.

    Screen career

    Vega at the 10 Items or Less premiere in Madrid with co-star Morgan Freeman.

    Vega made her television debut in the Spanish TV series, Menudo es mi padre, which starred rumba singer El Fary. After appearing in two other series in 1997—Más que amigos and teen drama Compañeros—she went on to the silver screen in 1999 in Zapping. The same year she also had a minor role in the David Menkes movie I Will Survive (Sobreviviré) alongside Emma Suárez, Juan Diego Botto and a cameo from Boy George.

    Vega found success in 1999's 7 Vidas. The series was billed as a Spanish Friends and went on to become one of the country's best-loved domestic sitcoms. Vega played Laura, a perky Andalusian girl who had come to stay with David, who had recently come out of a coma. The series was broadcast on Telecinco and finished on 12 April 2006, albeit without Vega.

    In 2001, she starred in Julio Médem's film Sex and Lucia, which brought her to the attention of a larger audience. She appeared in a supporting role in the 2004 James L. Brooks film Spanglish opposite Adam Sandler. In 2006, she co-starred with Morgan Freeman in the independent film 10 Items or Less. In 2008, she co-starred with Gabriel Macht, Samuel L. Jackson, and Scarlett Johansson in The Spirit. In 2011, Vega had a role in Michele Placido's film Vallanzasca –The Angels of Evil.

    Vega also works as a model; she is signed to 1/One Management in New York City. On May 2011, Vega replaced Penélope Cruz as the face for L'Oreal Spain.

    Personal life

    Vega and her Venezuelan husband, Orson Salazar, had their first child, son Orson, on 2 May 2007. Her second child, daughter Ava, was born on 17 July 2009. Their third child, son Lenon, was born on 13 August 2010.


    Year Movie Role Notes and Awards
    1997 Más allá del jardín
    1998 Perdón, perdón María
    1999 Zapping Elvira
    Sobreviviré Azafata
    2000 Nadie conoce a nadie Ariadna
    El chico en la puerta (short film)
    2001 Lucía y el sexo Lucía
    Sólo mía Angela
    2002 Hable con ella Amparo
    El otro lado de la cama Sonia
    Novo Isabelle
    2003 Carmen Carmen
    2004 Di que sí Estrella Cuevas
    Spanglish Flor Moreno
    2006 10 Items or Less Scarlet
    Los Borgia Caterina Sforza
    Fade to Black Lea Padovani
    2007 Teresa, el cuerpo de Cristo Santa Teresa de Jesús
    La Masseria Delle Allodole Nunik
    2008 The Human Contract Michael
    The Spirit Plaster of Paris
    2009 Not Forgotten Amaya
    The Six Wives of Henry Lefay Veronica
    Triage Elena Morales
    Burning Palms Blanca Juarez
    Wanted: Weapons of Fate Araña video game
    2010 Angel of Evil Antonella D'Agostino
    Castro's Daughter Alina Fernandez
    2011 The Flower of Evil Antonella D'Agostino
    Cat Run Catalina "Cat" Rona
    2012 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted the Andalusian Triplets (Esmeralda, Esperanza and Ernestina) Voice
    María de Nazaret Mary Magdalene
    2013 I'm So Excited Alba
    2014 Grace of Monaco Maria Callas
    Não Pare na Pista - A Melhor História de Paulo Coelho Luiza
    Kill the Messenger Coral Baca
    2015- Big Time in Hollywood, FL Isabella Delgado
    2015 Beautiful & Twisted Narcy Novak
    2016 All Roads Lead to Rome Post-production

    Awards and nominations

    Premios Goya
    • 2001, Best actress in a leading role, Sólo mía, NOMINATION
    • 2001, Best breakthrough actress performance, Lucía y el sexo, WON
    Premios Unión de Actores
    • 2001, Unión de Actores Award best actress|Best actress in a leading role, Sólo mía, NOMINATION
    • 2001, Premio Unión de Actores best breakthrough actress performance|Best breakthrough actress performance, Lucía y el sexo, NOMINATION
    Fotogramas de Plata|Fotogramas de Plata
    • 2003, Best actress, Carmen, NOMINATION
    • 2002, Best actress, El otro lado de la cama, NOMINATION
    • 2001, Best actress, Lucía y el sexo and Sólo mía, NOMINATION
    European Awards
    • 2003, Viewers award best actress, Carmen, Nomination
    Cannes Festival
    • 2001, Trofeo Chopard best breakthrough performance, Lucía y el sexo, WON
    Imagen Foundation
    Phoenix Film Critics Society
    • 2004, Best breakthrough performance, Spanglish, WON
    Círculo de Escritores Cinematográficos
    • 2001, Best actress, Sólo mía, WON
    Sant Jordi Awards
    • 2001, Best Spanish Act, Lucía y el sexo and Sólo mía]], WON
    Ondas Award
    • 2001, Best actress, Lucía y el sexo, WON


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