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 stage breakthrough with a leading role in a 1987 production of 42nd Street.Her screen debut came in the unsuccessful French-Italian film 1001 Nights (1990), and she went on to find greater success as a regular in the British television series The Darling Buds of May (1991–93).Dismayed at being typecast as the token pretty girl in British films, Zeta-Jones relocated to Los Angeles.
He went the under the name of 'Luther Jay' and 'Alexis Jay', before eventually settling on 'Dave Jay'.
Zeta-Jones initially established herself in Hollywood with roles that highlighted her sex appeal such as in the action film The Mask of Zorro (1998) and the heist film Entrapment (1999).
Critics praised her portrayal of a vengeful pregnant woman in Traffic (2000) and a murderous singer in the musical Chicago (2002).
The latter won her Academy and BAFTA Awards for Best Supporting Actress, among other accolades.
She starred in high-profile films for much of the decade, including the black comedy Intolerable Cruelty (2003), the heist film Ocean's Twelve (2004), the comedy The Terminal (2004), and the romantic comedy No Reservations (2007).