Paz Vega

María de la Paz Campos Trigos (born 2 January 1976), known professionally as Paz Vega (Spanish: [paθˈβeɣa]), is a Spanish actress. Her film credits include Sex and Lucia (2001), Spanglish (2004), 10 Items or Less (2006), All Roads Lead to Rome (2015), Acts of Vengeance (2017) and Rambo: Last Blood (2019). She played the role of Catalina Creel in the 2019 remake of the 1986 telenovela Cuna de lobos.

Paz Vega
Premios Goya 2019 - Paz Vega (cropped).jpg
Vega in 2019
María de la Paz Campos Trigos

(1976-01-02) 2 January 1976 (age 44)
Years active1997–present
Orson Salazar
m. 2002)

Early lifeEdit

Vega was born in Seville, Spain, in 1976 to a housewife mother and a father who was a former bullfighter.[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. Vega decided to become an actress after attending a performance of Federico García Lorca's play, La casa de Bernarda Alba, when she was 16.[3]

After completing compulsory education at 16, Vega was accepted at the Centro Andaluz de Teatro stage school.[4] She studied there for two years and took another two years studying journalism.[5] She next moved to Madrid to seek her future.[6]

Screen careerEdit

Vega at the 10 Items or Less premiere in Madrid with co-star Morgan Freeman in 2007

Vega made her television debut in the Spanish TV series, Menudo es mi padre, which starred rumba singer El Fary. She appeared in two other series in 1997—Más que amigos and teen drama Compañeros.

In 1999 she made her film debut 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 by Boy George.

Vega found success in 1999's TV series 7 Vidas. The series was billed as a Spanish Friends and became 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. However, she received prominent exposure, particularly to American audiences, when she appeared in the 2004 James L. Brooks American film Spanglish opposite Adam Sandler. In 2006, she co-starred with American actor Morgan Freeman in the independent film 10 Items or Less, directed by Brad Silberling. 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.[7]

In 2018, she participated in the third season of the reality cooking show MasterChef Celebrity.[8]

In 2019, Vega appears in Televisa to portray the lead character Catalina Creel in the mini-series Cuna de Lobos, based on the 1986 original telenovela of the same title. The same year, she portrayed an independent Mexican reporter in Rambo: Last Blood, where she co-starred with Sylvester Stallone.

Personal lifeEdit

Vega and her Venezuelan husband, Orson Salazar, had their first child, a son in 2 May 2007.[9] Her second child, a daughter, was born in July 2009.[10] Their third child, another son, was born in August 2010.[11] They married in 2002.[citation needed]


Film rolesEdit

Vega in 2006
Year Title Roles Notes
1998 Perdón, perdón María Short film
1999 Zapping Elvira
1999 I Will Survive Azafata
1999 Nobody Knows Anybody Ariadna
2001 Sex and Lucía Lucía
2001 Sólo mía Ángela
2002 Talk to Her Amparo
2002 The Other Side of the Bed Sonia
2002 Novo Isabelle
2003 Carmen Carmen
2004 Di que sí Estrella Cuevas
2004 Spanglish Flor
2006 10 Items or Less Scarlet
2006 The Borgia Caterina Sforza
2006 Fade to Black Lea Padovani
2007 The Lark Farm Nunik
2007 Theresa: The Body of Christ Teresa
2008 The Human Contract Michael
2008 The Spirit Plaster of Paris
2009 Not Forgotten Amaya
2009 The Six Wives of Henry Lefay Verónica
2009 Triage Elena Morales
2010 Burning Palms Blanca Juárez
2010 Angel of Evil Antonella D'Agostino
2011 Cat Run Catalina Rona
2012 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Horses Voice role
2013 I'm So Excited! Alba
2013 Demon Inside Marta
2014 Grace of Monaco María Callas
2014 Paulo Coelho's Best Story Luiza
2014 Kill the Messenger Coral Baca
2014 The Ignorance of Blood Consuelo
2015 All Roads Lead to Rome Giulia Carni
2016 Tales of an Immoral Couple Loles
2017 Acts of Vengeance Alma
2018 The Bra Daria
2019 ¡Ay, mi madre! Pili
2019 Rambo: Last Blood Carmen Delgado

Television rolesEdit

Year Title Roles Notes
1997 Menudo es mi padre Olga 6 episodes
1997–1998 Más que amigos Olga 28 episodes
1998 Compañeros Luz 17 episodes
1999 Shelly Fisher Seidy Bender Television film
1999–2006 7 vidas Laura Arteagabeitia 60 episodes
2004 HBO First Look Herself Episode: "The Making of Spanglish"
2008 Lex Rocío Janer 4 episodes
2012 Mary of Nazareth Mary Magdalene Television film
2015 Beautiful & Twisted Narcy
2015 Big Time in Hollywood, FL Isabella Delgado 4 episodes
2016–2017 La Hermandad Luisa Salinas Main role (seasons 1–2); 25 episodes
2016–2019 The OA Renata Main role (seasons 1–2); 7 episodes
2017 Perdóname, señor Lucía Medina 8 episodes
2018 Fugitiva Magda 9 episodes
2018 Paquita Salas Herself Episode: "Punto de partida"
2018 El Continental Belice 5 episodes
2019 Cuna de lobos Catalina Creel Protagonist/ Main Antagonist
2020 La Casa de las Flores Carmelita's mother Episode: "LAUREL, (Symb. glory)"

Awards and nominationsEdit

Premios Goya
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
European Awards
  • 2003, Viewers award best actress, Carmen, Nomination
Cannes Festival
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
Ondas Award


  1. ^ a b Hart, Hugh (12 December 2004). "'Spanglish' Actress' Talent Translates Well". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  2. ^ "In Step With: Paz Vega". Parade. 12 December 2004.
  3. ^ "PAZ VEGA: The Hollywood Interview". Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  4. ^ S.A., Hola. "Paz Vega. Noticias, fotos y biografía de Paz Vega". (in Spanish). Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Happy Birthday Paz Vega! 9 Things You Didn't Know About The Star". The Huffington Post. 2 January 2014. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  6. ^ "The Sexiest Comedy Of 2010?". AskMen. Archived from the original on 9 August 2016. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Paz Vega tras la estela de Penélope Cruz: 'Para mí es un honor que me comparen con ella'". Hola! (in Spanish). 5 May 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2011.
  8. ^ "Paz Vega participará en la próxima edición de 'Masterchef Celebrity'". Hola! (in Spanish). 4 May 2018. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  9. ^ Associated Press (3 May 2007). "Spanish actress Paz Vega gives birth to baby boy". International Herald Tribune. Madrid. p. 3. Archived from the original on 27 May 2007. Retrieved 10 February 2008.
  10. ^ Leonardo, Anya (21 July 2009). "Paz Vega Welcomes Daughter Ava". People. Archived from the original on 12 July 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
  11. ^ "Paz Vega Leaves Hospital with Baby Lenon". Celebrity Gossip. Bluefin Media. Brand Technologies Inc. 18 August 2010. Archived from the original on 15 March 2016. Retrieved 13 September 2018.

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