Valerie Cruz was born July 18, 1976 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA. Valerie is of Cuban ancestry is an American actress. She attended Florida State University and received a BFA theatre degree. She has appeared in films such as The Shooter and Cellular and starred as Grace Santiago on the first season of Nip/Tuck. She has also made guest appearances in series such as Grey's Anatomy and Las Vegas. In 2007 she took on the role of Connie Murphy, a tough Chicago police detective, in SciFi Channel's The Dresden Files.
In 2008 it was announced that Cruz will play the wife of Assistant District Attorney Miguel Prado (played by Jimmy Smits) on season three of the Showtime hit Dexter.