Sheryl Cruz (born April 5, 1974 in Makati City, Philippines) is a Filipina actress and singer who was once a teen icon in the Philippines. Her full name is Sheryl Rose Marie Sonora Cruz-Bustos.
Her parents were both Sampaguita Pictures stars - Ricky Belmonte and Rosemarie Sonora. Her ethnicity is French-Chinese on her maternal side, Tagalog on her paternal side, and Spanish-Filipino on both her maternal and paternal sides. She is the niece of actress Susan Roces, widow of the 'King of the Filipino Movies' and presidential candidate Fernando Poe Jr., and actor Tirso Cruz III. She is the cousin of Donna Cruz, Geneva Cruz, Sunshine Cruz, Rayver Cruz, and Rodjun Cruz. She has a daughter named Ashley.
She went to St. Paul's College of Pasig during elementary. Finished High School education in OB Montessori Greenhills, and finished her Marketing degree in City College of San Francisco in California, U.S.A.
Cruz started her career at a very young age. She won the FAMAS best child actress for her portrayal in the movie "Mga Basang Sisiw" opposite Janice de Belen, Che Che and the late Julie Vega. She also won best child actress for the movie "Roman Rapido" opposite her late uncle Fernando Poe Jr.
She was later contracted by Regal Films along with Kristina Paner and Manilyn Reynes to form the sensational "TRIPLETS". At that time, GMA Network established the youth oriented TV show "That's Entertainment" hosted by German Moreno, where she became part of the Wednesday group.
Her movie career blossomed as part of Philippine cinema's more memorable loveteams, that of herself and Romnick Sarmenta loveteam. Sheryl then signed a contract with Seiko Films. Sheryl was named during her teen years as "The Princess of the Philippine Movie".
She later married and moved to United States, only returning to Manila infrequently. However, Sheryl decided to return home, and starred in her comeback movie, Mano Po 3: My Love.
But her biggest break was starring on two Now and Forever seasons, Tinig and Ganti, which gained high ratings despite its afternoon timeslot; and through Bakekang, which her villainous character became a household name.
She made to transfer to ABS-CBN after her blooming career on GMA when she was offered to play the villain of Princess Sarah. But she decides to shift network again and decided to stay at her network home GMA Network to do Luna Mystica opposite also a former talent of ABS-CBN, Heart Evangelista. She is now back on GMA Network and sign an exclusive contract. she is a Kapuso star now.