Mónica Cruz Sánchez (born March 16, 1977) is a Spanish actress and dancer. She is also the youngest sister of fellow actress Penélope Cruz.
* 1 Early life
* 2 Career
* 3 Filmography
* 4 References
* 5 External links
Mónica Cruz was born the daughter of Encarna Sánchez, a hairdresser, and Eduardo Cruz, a retailer and auto mechanic. Her sister Penélope is an actress, and her brother Eduardo is a Spanish singer. Mónica and her two siblings grew up in the predominantly working-class suburb of Alcobendas, just north of Spanish capital of Madrid The sisters distinguished themselves as promising young dancers, and they both received professional instruction; Penélope attended Spain’s National Conservatory, while Mónica enrolled in The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) to study traditional ballet and flamenco.
Upon graduating from the RAD, Mónica joined Joaquín Cortés’ flamenco dance company. She stayed with the company for seven years until, in 2002, she left dancing to pursue a career as an actress. By 2005, Mónica starred in the Spanish television show Un Paso Adelante. along side Beatriz Luengo, Pablo Puyol, Silvia Marty and Lola Herrera. She has since appeared in the films L’Inchiesta (2006), Last Hour (2006) — a thriller starring Michael Madsen and DMX — Liolà (2007), and The Final Inquiry (2007).
In 2006 and 2007, Mónica starred in the Spanish TV series La Bella Otero and the films Caminando (2007), The Blackening (2007) and Asterix at the Olympic Games (2008).
In director Joshua Newton's film Iron Cross, Mónica stars alongside Roy Scheider as the character Gaby.
Year Film Role Notes
2010 Jerry Cotton Malena
2010 Iron Cross (post-production) Gaby
2009 9 meses (completed) Inma
2008 Asterix at the Olympic Games Esmeralda
2008 All Inclusive Clemencia
2007 The Final Inquiry Tabitha
2007 Caminando Mari Carmen Maya
2007 La Bella Otero
2006 L'Inchiesta Tabitha
2005 Last Hour Detective Rosa Mulero
2002–2005 Un Paso Adelante Silvia Jáuregui 89 episodes (tv series)
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