Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem: A courtship away from the spotlight

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Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem: A courtship away from the spotlight

They are the Brad and Angelina of Spain – the country's most heavyweight acting couple.

But despite the huge public interest in Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, the extremely private pair have chosen to conduct their romance out of the spotlight.

We take a look at their story, which began back in 1992, when they met filming Jamon Jamon.

While Javier wooed a young Penelope on the big screen, it would be another 15 years before love blossomed for the duo in real life

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