Mónica Cruz at the premiere of the film Jerry Cotton in Munich.
|Born||Mónica Cruz Sánchez
14 March 1977
|Height||5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)|
Early life 
Mónica Cruz was born the daughter of Encarna Sánchez, a hairdresser and Eduardo Cruz, a retailer and auto mechanic. Her sister Penélope Cruz is an actress and her brother Eduardo Cruz is a Spanish singer. Mónica and her two siblings grew up in the predominantly working-class suburb of Alcobendas, just north of the 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 the Dance to study traditional ballet and flamenco.
Upon graduating from the academy, 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 alongside Beatriz Luengo, Miguel Ángel Muñoz, Pablo Puyol and Silvia Marty.
In 2010, her sister Penélope was pregnant while filming scenes for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Towards the latter half of shooting, the appearance of her pregnancy was very apparent so the filmmakers had to figure methods of shooting around it. This included shooting Penélope in close up scenes while hiring Mónica to stand-in for long distance scenes as she appeared identical to her sister.
Personal life 
|2011||Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides||Angelica (doubled for Penélope Cruz)|
|2008||Asterix at the Olympic Games||Esmeralda|
|2007||Caminando||Mary Carmen Maya|
|2005||Last Hour||Rosa Mulero|
|2005||Un Paso Adelante||Silvia Jauregui|
- Gordon, Jane (16 November 2007). "Monica Cruz: Why I'll never be as famous as my sister". Mail Online (London: Associated Newspapers). Retrieved 3 April 2010.
- "Packing for two, Penelope? Pregnant star leaves London with a LOT of luggage". Daily Mail. 7 November 2010.
- Anisiobi, J J (11 January 2013). "'I'm pregnant by sperm donor,' reveals Penelope Cruz's single sister Monica, 35". Daily Mail. Retrieved 11 January 2013.