Catherine Zeta-Jones, (born 25 September 1969) is a Welsh actress. Born and raised in Swansea, Zeta-Jones aspired to a theatrical career from an early age. In her early teens, she played roles in the West End productions of the musicals Annie and Bugsy Malone. She studied musical theatre at the Arts Educational Schools, London, and made her adult stage breakthrough with a leading role in a 1987 production of 42nd Street. Her screen debut came in the French-Italian film 1001 Nights (1990), and she found success as a regular in the ITV television series The Darling Buds of May (1991–93). Tired of being typecast as the token pretty girl in British films, Zeta-Jones relocated to Los Angeles.