Paz Vega

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Paz Vega
Paz Vega 3.jpg
BornPaz Campos Trigo
(1976-01-02) 2 January 1976 (age 39)
Seville, Andalusia, Spain
Years active1997–present
Spouse(s)Orson Salazar (m. 2002)
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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Campos and the second or maternal family name is Trigo.
Paz Vega
Paz Vega 3.jpg
BornPaz Campos Trigo
(1976-01-02) 2 January 1976 (age 39)
Seville, Andalusia, Spain
Years active1997–present
Spouse(s)Orson Salazar (m. 2002)

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

Early life[edit]

Vega was born in Seville, Andalusia, Spain to a homemaker mother and a retired bullfighter father.[1] Vega's younger sister has performed as a flamenco dancer.[2] Vega has described her family as "traditional" and Catholic.[1] She took her stage name from her grandmother. After attending a performance of Federico García Lorca's La casa de Bernarda Alba at the age of 15 she was convinced that she wanted to become an actress. 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[edit]

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.

The 2001 Julio Médem-directed film Sex and Lucia brought the actress 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, Paz Vega had a role in the Italian movie Vallanzasca –The Angels of Evil by Michele Placido.

Vega also works as a model; she is signed to 1/One Management in New York City. On May 2011, Paz Vega replaced Penélope Cruz as the face for L'Oreal Spain.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Vega and her Venezuelan husband, Orson Salazar, had their first child, son Orson, on 2 May 2007.[4] Her second child, daughter Ava, was born on 17 July 2009.[5] Their third child, son Lenon, was born on 13 August 2010.[6]


YearMovieRoleNotes and Awards
1997Más allá del jardín
1998Perdón, perdónMaría
2000Nadie conoce a nadieAriadna
El chico en la puerta (short film)
2001Lucía y el sexoLucía
Sólo míaAngela
2002Hable con ellaAmparo
El otro lado de la camaSonia
2004Di que síEstrella Cuevas
SpanglishFlor Moreno
200610 Items or LessScarlet
Los BorgiaCaterina Sforza
Fade to BlackLea Padovani
2007Teresa, el cuerpo de CristoSanta Teresa de Jesús
La Masseria Delle AllodoleNunik
2008The Human ContractMichael
The SpiritPlaster of Paris
2009Not ForgottenAmaya
The Six Wives of Henry LefayVeronica
TriageElena Morales
Burning PalmsBlanca Juarez
Wanted: Weapons of FateAraña[7]video game
2010Castro's DaughterAlina Fernandez
2011The Flower of EvilAntonella D'Agostino
Cat RunCat
2012Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wantedthe Andalusian Triplets (Esmeralda, Esperanza and Ernestina)Voice
María de NazaretMary Magdalene
2013I'm So ExcitedAlba
2014Grace of MonacoMaria Callas
Não Pare na Pista - A Melhor História de Paulo CoelhoLuiza
Kill the MessengerCoral Baca

Awards and nominations[edit]

Premios Goya
Premios Unión de Actores
Fotogramas de Plata|Fotogramas de Plata
European Awards
Cannes Festival
Imagen Foundation
Phoenix Film Critics Society
Círculo de Escritores Cinematográficos
Sant Jordi Awards
Ondas Award


  1. ^ a b Hart, Hugh (2004-12-12). "‘Spanglish’ Actress’ Talent Translates Well". Retrieved 2014-01-24. 
  2. ^ "In Step With: Paz Vega". Parade Magazine. 2004-12-12. 
  3. ^ "Paz Vega tras la estela de Penélope Cruz: ‘Para mí es un honor que me comparen con ella’". Hola. 5 May 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Spanish actress Paz Vega gives birth to baby boy", 3 3 May 2007 article from the Associated Press, via the International Herald Tribune. Retrieved 10 February 2008.
  5. ^ 03:00 PM ET. "Paz Vega Welcomes Daughter Ava – Moms & Babies – Moms & Babies —". Retrieved 2010-03-27. 
  6. ^ "Paz Vega Leaves Hospital with Baby Lenon". 
  7. ^ Orry, James (6 February 2009). "Wanted gets Hollywood voice cast". VideoGamer. Retrieved 2009-02-07. 

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