Penélope Cruz Sánchez (born April 28, 1974), known professionally as Penélope Cruz, is a Spanish actress and model. She was critically acclaimed for her roles in Volver (2006) and Nine (2009), receiving Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for each. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2008 for playing María Elena in Vicky Cristina Barcelona. She was the first Spanish actress in history to receive an Academy Award.
Cruz has also modelled for Mango, Ralph Lauren and L’Oréal.