Salma Hayek

From 'Dusk Till Dawn' this beautiful actress is a pin-up around the world and her lap dance in Dogma is truly serendipitous

Salma Hayek had a privileged upbringing in Mexico thanks to her Lebanese businessman father and her Mexican born opera singing mother.

Having landed a role in the hugely popular Mexican TV soap opera, ‘Teresa’, she became an instant celebrity in her home country. However, her fans were soon to be heartbroken when she left both the soap and Mexico in 1991 to move to L.A.

While establishing herself in Hollywood, she cropped up in ‘Dream On’ and ‘Mi Vida Loca’. However, a chance outburst on a late night talk show landed her a role opposite Antonio Banderas in ‘Desperado’.

Subsequent outings in ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’, ‘Fools Rush In’ and ‘Breaking Up’ helped the young actress carve herself a name in the industry. Salma was quick to capitalise on her success and set up her own production company which went on to make ‘No One Writes to the Colonel’ - Mexico's official Oscar entry for best foreign film.

Salma’s next big project was a film about Frida Kahlo, the Mexican painter whom she had long since admired. In 2002, ‘Frida’, co-produced by Hayek, was nominated for 6 Oscars including best actress for Hayek, the first Latin actress to be nominated in the category.

With an impressive filmography under her belt, Salma Hayek is one of Hollywood’s true glamour stars.

In 2003, Hayek turned her hand to producing and directing with the showtime movie 'The Maldonado Miracle', winning a Daytime Emmy Award for outstanding directing in a youth/children/family special.

She went on to direct a music video for Prince in 2005 for his track Te Amo Corazon.

Hayek worked as an executive producer on the popular sitcom Ugly Betty. In addition, she made a guest appearance in the show as Sofia Reyes and won an Emmy nomination for the role.

In 2007, the actress announced her engagement to billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault, revealing at the same time that she was pregnant with her first child.

The couple's daughter Valentina Paloma Pinault was born in Los Angeles in September of that year. Hayek and Pinalt married in 2009 in Paris, also holding a second ceremony in Venice.

In 2010, Hayek appeared in the film 'Grown Ups', alongside Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin James and Rob Schneider. Although the film was panned by critics it was a success at the box office, generating more than $271 million in gross revenue. She also appeared in the sequel in 2013. She also starred in 'Muppets Most Wanted' (2014).