Javier Bardem was born on March 1, 1969 in Las Palmas, on the Canary island of Gran Canaria (Spain) acting family. At the age of six years, Javier starred in his first film, "El Picaro".
As a teenager, he starred in the TV series, he studied painting at the Art and Industrial School, played rugby in the Spanish national team in boxing and even toured the country as part of an independent theater group.
Complete Javier film debut took place in 1990 in the movie "The Ages of Lulu." The popular actor brought the movie "High Heels" (1991) directed by Pedro Almodovar and the black comedy "Love, Sex and ham" in 1992. For the role of the Basque terrorist in the film "A few days" (1994) Bardem not only won the prize of the International Festival in San Sebastian, but was awarded the National Prize of "Goya" for best supporting actor. By the way, he received the award more than once: in 1996 for best actor in the film by Manuel Gomez Pereira's "Face to Face" and in 1997 for Pedro Almodovar film "Live Flesh".
At the Berlin Film Festival 1998 Javier Bardem was named best European actor of the audience for the film "Perdita Durango".
For the role of Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas homosexual in the film "Before Night Falls," Bardem in 2000, was awarded the prize of the Venice Film Festival. For the first time in the history of the award in 2000 for "Oscar" for best actor was nominated Spanish actor, and it was Javier Bardem for the film "Before Night Falls".
In 2002 Bardem starred in the title role in John Malkovich's directorial debut "Dancer in the top of the stairs," and in "Mondays in the sun" (this role earned him another award "Goya").
2005 was marked by an actor in the drama of filming Alejandro Amenabar's "The Sea Inside". For the role of a paralyzed man fighting for the legalization of euthanasia, Bardem has won many awards, including the prize of the Venice Film Festival and the European Film Academy nominated for "Golden Globe". In the same year the film "The Sea Inside" won the "Oscar" for best foreign film.
In 2008, Javier Bardem was awarded the "Golden Globe" in the category "Best Supporting Actor" for his work in the film "Old Men." For this role, he also won the "Oscar" for Best Supporting Actor. And in 2010, the actor was awarded the prize of the Cannes Film Festival for Best Actor for his role in the Mexican film "prikrasno" (Biutiful).
Currently, Javier Bardem dating actress Penelope Cruz. For the first time the actors met on the set of "Ham" when the actor was 23 years old, and Penelope 16, but the feelings between them arose a few years ago.