Valerie Cruz

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Valerie Cruz
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Born (1976-07-18) July 18, 1976 (age 39)
Elizabeth, New Jersey, U.S.

Valerie Cruz (born July 18, 1976) is an American actress.

Cruz was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey of Cuban ancestry. She attended Florida State University and received a BFA theatre degree.[citation needed]


She has appeared in films such as Cellular and played Grace Santiago in Nip/Tuck. She played a main character in Nip/Tuck, but she left the show just after the first season.[1] She has made guest appearances in series such as Grey's Anatomy and Las Vegas. In 2007, she appeared as Connie Murphy, a tough Chicago police detective, in SciFi Channel's adaptation of The Dresden Files. The show lasted for one season.

She has also played Maria Nolan on the CW's Hidden Palms. In 2008, she appeared in season three of Dexter, playing Sylvia Prado, the wife of Assistant District Attorney Miguel Prado (Jimmy Smits).

In 2009, she appeared in the horror film The Devil's Tomb and the HBO series True Blood, in which she played the part of Isabel. In 2009, she also played Olivia in the film La Linea. In 2010 she became part of the cast of the ABC drama Off the Map, which was canceled by ABC On May 13, 2011 . In 2011 she had a recurring role as a Homeland Security agent in the Syfy series Alphas. In 2012, she played an evil doctor in the "Organ Grinder" episode of Grimm; the wife of a dictator in the "Enemy of the State" episode of Scandal; and an investigator for the football league in the episode "Spell It Out" of Necessary Roughness. She also starred on The Following as Agent Gina Mendez.


  • 2008 Alma Awards Nomination; Best lead actress in a drama series for The Dresden Files on SciFi Channel
  • 2009 Screen Actors Guild Award Nomination; Best ensemble cast in a drama series for Dexter on Showtime Networks


Cruz's appearances and roles in film
Year Title Role Notes
2004 Cellular Dana Bayback
2007 LA Blues Female Cop
2008 No Man's Land: The Rise of Reeker Allison
2008 La Linea Olivia
2009 Devil's Tomb, TheThe Devil's Tomb Dr. Elissa Cardell
2014 Loft, TheThe Loft Barbara Stevens Post-production
Cruz's appearances and roles in television
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Strong Medicine Almira Episode: "Precautions"
2002 American Family Officer #1 Episode: "La Llorona: Part 1"
2002 Agency, TheThe Agency Ms. Constanza Diaz Episode: "Heartless"
2003 Nip/Tuck Grace Santiago Recurring role (12 episodes)
2004 Missing Karen Moore Episode: "Delusional"
2004 Crossing Jordan Madeline Pillsbury Episode: "What Happens in Vegas Dies in Boston"
2004 Las Vegas Madeline Pillsbury Episode: "Two of a Kind"
2005 LAX Carla Episode: "Mixed Signals"
2005 Grey's Anatomy Zona Cruz Episode: "No Man's Land"
2005 Inconceivable Vanessa Calder Episode: "The Last Straw"
2006 Invasion Col. Sabrina Lopez Episode: "Re-Evolution"
Episode: "The Last Wave Goodbye"
2007 Hidden Palms Maria Nolan Recurring role (5 episodes)
2007–08 Dresden Files, TheThe Dresden Files Lt. Connie Murphy Recurring role (13 episodes)
2008 Street Warrior Maggie Kuerner TV film
2008–13 Dexter Sylvia Prado 11 episodes
2009 Eleventh Hour Coco Delgado Episode: "Olfactus"
2009 Dollhouse Selena Ramirez Episode: "A Spy in the House of Love"
2009 True Blood Isabel Recurring role (5 episodes)
2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit U.S Attorney Camilla Velez Episode: "Shadow"
2010 Criminal Minds Brooke Sanchez Episode: "Parasite"
2011 Off the Map Dr. Zita Alvarez 13 episodes
2011 Glades, TheThe Glades Dr. Sophie Perez Episode: "Dirty Little Secrets"
2011 Alphas Kathy Sullivan Recurring role (4 episodes)
2012 Grimm Dr. Levine Episode: "Organ Grinder"
2012 Scandal Carolina Flores Episode: "Enemy of the State"

The Devils Tomb

2012 Necessary Roughness Vera Dade Episode: "Spell It Out"
Episode: "Double Fault"
2012 Homeland Major Joy Mendez 5 episodes
2013 Secret Lives of Wives, TheThe Secret Lives of Wives Alyse TV film, post-production
2013 NCIS Anna Episode: "Detour"
2014-2015 The Following Agent Gina Mendez 9 episodes


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