Sofia Vergara is another Hispanic actress, TV presenter and model who has successfully crossed over into the English-speaking market. Her full name, according to the usual Spanish naming convention, is Sofía Margarita Vergara Vergara and she was born in Colombia on July 10 1972.
Her television career began on Spanish-language network Univisión back in the 1990s where she became very well known for presenting two popular shows. She made her move into English-speaking movies in the 2003 film Chasing Papi and subsequently went on to roles in many other films, among them The Smurfs, Happy Feet Two and Hot Pursuit. However, it is her television acting for which she is best known, playing Gloria Delgado-Pritchett in the hugely successful series Modern Family. The role has won her multiple award nominations and seen her named top-earning actress on US television two years running, in 2012 and 2013.
Vergara moved to Miami in 1994 to escape unrest in her native Colombia, where one of her brothers was murdered. She was naturalised in 2014 after achieving a score of 100% on her citizenship test. Her story is testament to the fact that anyone can adjust to a new country and language, but even if you don’t plan to move to a Spanish-speaking country, acquiring the language is very useful both for business and pleasure. If you are thinking of taking it up, our Spanish lessons in London are the ideal starting point.