Up close with JAVIER BARDEM.
Best Known For Skyfall and No Country for Old Men.
Early Life Javier Angel Encinas Bardem was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on March 1, 1969. His mother Pilar is an actress and his father Jose was a businessman. His parents separated shortly after his birth and his mother raised him alone. His brother Carlos and sister Monica are also actors.
Career After roles in several Spanish films, his first English-speaking part came in 1997 in Peridita Durango. He followed this with the internationally acclaimed Before Night Falls, a role that earned him an Academy Award nomination. He went one better, becoming the first Spanish actor to win an Academy Award with No Country for Old Men.
Trivia He cannot drive. He's a big fan of heavy metal music, particularly AC/ DC.
Quote "The only thing I can do is act, but it's not something I even feel comfortable doing. It costs me a lot, because I'm a shy person, even if I don't look it."
Javier | Bardem co-stars in Skyfall, ITV, tonight, 9.20pm
Week beginning Monday, January 12