Amber Heard has stolen Johnny Depp’s heart and she’s got the engagement ring to prove it. The 27 year old Texan actress has just celebrated her upcoming nuptials to Depp with an intimate LA bash on Friday. Now we're all pretty clear on who Hollywood megastar Depp is, but just who is the lady who’s managed to bag one of Hollywoods hottest bachelors?

Johnny Depp and fiancee Amber HeardAmber Heard and her fiancee, Johnny Depp

Amber Heard’s Hollywood dream started when she dropped out of high school at 17 and made the move to L.A. to start her acting career. A risky decision that paid off pretty quick when she was cast alongside Billy Bob Thornton in ‘Friday Night Lights’ just a year later. The acclaimed film was Heard’s first movie role having taken bit parts in TV shows and music videos previously. Her next prominent movie role came when she played the young Charlize Theron in 2005’s ‘North Country’, for which Theron recieved an Oscar nomination. Heard then landed her first big TV role in the CW’s ‘Hidden Palms’ as Greta, a free spirited girl dealing with the loss of her mother and brother. For the role Amber was required to lose 25 pounds, which she did, but her dedication to the role didn't pay off. The show only ended up lasting for 8 episodes before being dropped by the network.

Amber’s big Hollywood break was meant to come in 2008 with the horror movie ‘All the Boys Love Mandy Lane’ which premiered at the Toronto film festival. Despite the hype the movie recieved mixed to negative reviews, which, coupled with distribution problems, meant that the movie became delayed indefinitely, until it finally received a US theatrical release last year, seven years after its initial premiere. Small roles in movies such as ‘Pineapple Express’, ‘Zombieland’ and ’The Joneses’ followed, before Amber found herself cast alongside Johnny Depp in ‘The Rum Diary’.

Amber HeardThe future Mrs Johnny Depp, Amber Heard

Amber played Depp’s love interest in the movie based on Hunter S. Thompson’s novel, a role which she clearly enjoyed playing. The actress described her experience working opposite Depp to Vogue as 'better than I ever imagined, which is really saying something’ Indeed the pair’s on set chemistry sparked rumors of a real life romance even though Depp was still very much attached to his girlfriend of 14 years Vanessa Paradis. Heard was also in a long term relationship with girlfriend Tasya van Ree, which she announced at a GLAAD event in 2010. The actress has since become an outspoken proponent for other stars coming out of the closet, frequently discussing her bisexuality.

Next: when Johnny and Amber went public.