Valerie Cruz

Born: 18 July 1976 (44 years old)
Gender: Female



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Valerie Cruz is an American actress best known for her role as psychiatrist Grace Santiago in the first season of the television drama series Nip/Tuck (2003), and as Lt. Connie Murphy in the short-lived fantasy series The Dresden Files (2007).

She also had a starring role in the medical drama television series Off the Map, in 2011.

Cruz was born in Elizabeth, NJ and later attended Florida State University, where her passion for acting led her to pursue a BFA in theatre.

Cruz's inaugural leading role as Grace Santiago on the F/X hit series Nip/Tuck marked the start of her television career. Since then, she has been a chameleon in the TV and film world.

In 2008 she pulled double duty on two different television series, as Maria Nolan on Kevin Williamson's drama Hidden Palms, and as Connie Murphy in SciFi and Saturn Film's hit series The Dresden Files.

Her performance on The Dresden Files earned her a 2008 Alma Award nomination for Outstanding Female Lead Performance in a Drama Series.

Cruz can be seen on Showtime's hit series Dexter, which led to another nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series at the 2009 SAG Awards, and on HBO's hit series True Blood, which she joined in its second season as the vampire Isabel.

She has also made numerous guest and recurring appearances on such network shows as Eleventh Hour, Dollhouse, Grey's Anatomy, Invasion, LAX, Crossing Jordan and Las Vegas.

In addition to television, Cruz made her mark on the independent film circuit with films like La Linea, opposite Ray Liotta and Andy Garcia, and The Devil's Tomb, opposite Cuba Gooding Junior, Ray Winstone and Ron Pearlman.

She currently resides in Los Angeles.

Television Roles



Kathy Sullivan

Teresa Corazón, Medical Examiner

Miranda Sharp

Brooke Sanchez

Madeline Pillsbury

Sylvia Prado

Sylvia Prado

Selena Ramirez

Coco Delgado

Zona Cruz

Dr. Levine

Maria Nolan

Major Joy Mendez

Colonel Sabrina Lopez

Madeline Pillsbury

U.S. Attorney Camilla Velez


Karen Moore


Vera Dade

Grace Santiago

Dr. Zita Alvarez

Vera Rodriguez

Lt. Connie Murphy

Carolina Flores

Agent Gina Mendez

Agent Gina Mendez

Dr. Sophie Perez



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