Fame in Spain: Javier Bardem

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We know him as a psychotic murderer, a charmingly handsome heartthrob and a creepy Bond villain. We also know him for being married to one of Madrid’s most famous exports, Penelope Cruz. But did you know that this highly acclaimed, mega famous Hollywood actor was actually born right here, in Spain!?

javierpeneThat’s right! Bardem is the youngest child of a very famous Spanish family of actors and filmmakers. He was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, in the Canary Islands and landed his first major Spanish film in 1990. The film was called “The Ages of Lulu” where he acted alongside famous his mother, Pilar Bardem. It wasn’t until 2000 when he starred in the Hollywood film “Before Night Falls” that he really became an international famous name. For his role in this film he became the first ever Spaniard to be nominated and win an Oscar for best actor! Javier is still married to Penelope, and they have two children, one of whom was born in Madrid. The couple spends their time both in America and Madrid, in fact, Javier has been spotted many times eating on terraces in the Madrid city centre. So, you never know, maybe you’ll see him to!


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Hi all, my name is Joachim and I am one of the founder of Citylife Madrid. It's my pleasure to help you guys get oriented in Madrid. I moved here in 2010 for one year, fell in love with the city and never left since then. When it comes to blogging I mainly write about topics related to getting settled in Madrid, from banking, transportation and how to find the perfect place to live to legal topics like how to get your NIE/TIE & Empadronamiento. I am also organizing the Madrid Student Welcome Day every year together with the city council of Madrid. Don't hesitate to get in touch with me via whatsapp under +34622565583, happy to help whereever I can. Saludos and see you around in this beautiful city!

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