Penelope Cruz was honoured with a prestigious star on Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame yesterday.

The Oscar-winner (Best Supporting Actress for ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona’) was the first Spanish actress to receive the award, the 2.436th on the Walk of Fame.

The 36-year-old stated at the unveiling that it was a very special day for her.

"Every time I look at that star, I will see the names of all the people that have helped me make many of my dreams a reality," she said in front of a large and star-studded crowd that included her husband Javier Bardem and her friend, Johnny Depp.

Cruz, whose career began her career on TV, made her name in a number of classic Pedro Almodovar movies including Jamon, Jamon which co-starred Bardem. In her speech yesterday she thanked her family, her husband and their baby son, Leonardo, “for making me happy every day.”

Cruz gave birth to the couple’s first child in January.

After the ceremony Johnny Depp was fulsome in his praise of Cruz’s parenting skills. Speaking to ‘People’ magazine, the actor said of his Pirates of the Caribbean co-star that she was a fantastic mother. "She's an inconceivably phenomenal mommy, which I've witnessed firsthand and it's pretty incredible."