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Paz Vega was born Paz Campos Trigo on January 2, 1976, in Seville, Andalusia in southern Spain. Her stage name comes 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 media studies, Paz moved to the Spanish capital hoping for a lucky break into the acting world.

Paz made her television debut in the Spanish TV series Menudo es mi padre, which starred pint-sized rhumba singer El Fary. After appearing in two other series in 1997 - Mas que amigos and teen drama Compañeros she went on to grace 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 Suarez, Juan Diego Botto and a cameo from Boy George.

Yet it was with the series 7 vidas (also in 1999) that Paz's real big break came. The series was billed as a Spanish Friends and went on to become one of the country's best-loved domestic sitcoms. Paz played Laura, a perky Andalucian girl who had come to stay in the flat of David, who had recently come out of a coma. The series is still running on Telecinco to this day (2004), albeit without Paz Vega.

After seeing Vega on 7 vidas, film maker Mateo Gil was so taken with her that he gave her a substantial role in his film Nadie conoce a nadie, scripted and soundtracked by Alejandro Amenábar (who was later to be instrumental in the transatlantic success of Penélope Cruz and successful internationally in his own right as director of The Others)

The next Spanish film maker to be captivated by Paz Vega was Julio Medem. Paz was chosen to play the title role in his provocatively sensual project Sex and Lucia (Lucía y el sexo), the story of a naïve young girl gradually coming to terms with her own sexuality with a hedonistic writer on a remote island. In order to concentrate on the role Paz had to leave 7 vidas. The film, an erotically charged piece of work, soon became an international success, winning Vega a Goya (Spain's answer to an Oscar)for Best Female Newcomer.

With a Goya under her belt, Paz was now certainly destined for greater things. In 2001 she appeared alongside Sergi López as a battered wife in the brutal Solo mía and in 2002 no less than Pedro Almodovar, gave her a part in his film Talk to Her (Hable con ella). The film also starred her 7 vidas co-star Javier Cámara and went on to win an Oscar for Best Screenplay, almost unheard of for a foreign-language film. Soon after, she could be seen in the musical romantic sex comedy, El otro lado de la cama (The Other Side of the Bed, 2002).

Article text released under CC-BY-SA. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Paz Vega" (14-Dec-2004)


Biography #3 (for The Other Side of the Bed)

Pegged by Variety last year as one 10 Actors to Watch, Paz Vega earned criticalraves for her Goya Award-winning performance in Julio Medem s controversial Sex and Lucia. Vega was recently seen in Pedro Almodovar's Academy Award-winning Talk to Her, and is currently filming the title role in a new adaptation of Carmen.

for "The Other Side of the Bed" updated 01-Jan-2000

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