Alice Braga

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Alice Braga
Alice Braga at Queen of the South at ATX.jpg
Braga at the ATX Television Festival presentation of the TV show "Queen of the South" in 2016
Alice Braga Moraes

(1983-04-15) April 15, 1983 (age 36)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
São Paulo, Brazil[1]
Years active1998–present
RelativesSônia Braga (aunt)

Alice Braga Moraes[2] (born April 15, 1983) is a Brazilian actress. She has appeared in several Brazilian films, most notably as Angélica in the highly acclaimed City of God (2002) and as Karinna in Lower City (2005).

She came to international prominence after appearing opposite Will Smith in I Am Legend (2007) and has since become a familiar face in Hollywood, having appeared in films such as Repo Men (2010), Predators (2010), The Rite (2011), Elysium (2013), and The Shack (2017), based on the eponymous book.[3] She plays the main character Teresa Mendoza in the crime drama-thriller television series Queen of the South (2016–present).

Early life[edit]

Alice Braga Moraes was born in São Paulo, Brazil and raised in a Catholic family.[4] She speaks fluent English, Portuguese, and Spanish.[citation needed]

Her exposure to the world of acting came at an early age: both her mother, Ana Braga, and aunt, Sônia Braga,[5] are actresses, and Braga often accompanied them to film sets. She began her career by appearing in school plays and commercials. Her first commercial was for yogurt when she was 8 years old. As a teenager she began pursuing roles in television and movies.[citation needed]


Braga debuted in a Portuguese-language short called Trampolim (1998) and then returned to her schooling. Her big break came when she was cast as Angélica in the critically acclaimed film City of God (2002), for which she received a Best Supporting Actress nomination from the Cinema Brazil Grand Prize. Afterward, she attended university while appearing in a pair of well-regarded South American films—Lower City (2005) and Only God Knows (2006)—and in the popular Brazilian television program Carandiru, Outras Historias. Braga made her English-language debut with a starring role alongside Brendan Fraser, Mos Def, and Catalina Sandino Moreno in Journey to the End of Night (2006), which premiered at the 5th Annual Tribeca Film Festival. Next, Braga was cast in the Will Smith blockbuster I Am Legend (2007), the David Mamet film Redbelt (2008) alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor,[6] and the drama Crossing Over (2009), starring Harrison Ford, Ray Liotta, and Ashley Judd.[7]

Braga portrayed Beth in the science-fiction film Repo Men (2010)[8] She starred as Isabelle in Antal Nimrod's Predators (2010),[9] which was shot and produced by Troublemaker Studios and Robert Rodriguez.[10] Three years later, Braga appeared as Frey Santiago in Neill Blomkamp's Elysium (2013).[11] She starred as Eva in the Brazilian crime drama film Muitos Homens Num Só (2014), as Vania in the Brazilian jungle film El Ardor, in the Argentine Romance film Latitudes (2014) and as Alice Taylor in Kriv Stenders Action-thriller Kill Me Three Times (2014).[12]

Braga stars in the drama series Queen of the South, produced for USA Network, an adaptation of Arturo Perez-Reverte's best-selling novel La Reina del Sur. This marks Braga's first big U.S. television role. Her previous small-screen credits were two parts in a non-English series.[13]


Braga at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival
Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
1998 Trampolim Cláudia Short film
2002 City of God Angélica
2005 Lower City Karina
Carandiru, Outras Histórias Vânia TV series
2006 Only God Knows Dolores
Journey to the End of the Night Monique
Drained Waitress
2007 The Milky Way Júlia
Rummikub Daughter from São Paulo Short film
I Am Legend Anna Montez
2008 Redbelt Sondra Terry
Blindness Woman with Dark Glasses
2009 Crossing Over Mireya Sanchez
Cabeça a Prêmio
2010 Repo Men Beth
Predators Isabelle
2011 The Rite Angelina Vargas
2012 As Brasileiras Mirtes TV series (episode: "A Indomável do Ceará")
On the Road Terry
City of God - 10 Years Later Herself
2013 Elysium Frey Santiago
2014 Latitudes Olivia
The Ardor Vania
Kill Me Three Times Alice Taylor
2015 The Duel Marisol
2016–present Queen of the South Teresa Mendoza TV series
2016 Entre Idas E Vindas Sandra
2017 The Shack Sophia
2018–present Samantha! Samantha with Y TV series
2018 Eduardo & Mônica Mônica Post-production
2020 The New Mutants Cecilia Reyes Post-production
2021 The Suicide Squad Filming

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2003 Cinema Brazil Grand Prize Best Supporting Actress City of God Nominated [14]
2005 Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival Best Actress Lower City Won
2006 ACIE Awards Best Actress Lower City Won
2006 São Paulo Association of Art Critics Awards Best Actress Lower City Won
2006 SESC Film Festival Audience Award Best Actress Lower City Won
2006 SESC Film Festival Critics Award Best Actress Lower City Won
2006 Verona Love Screens Film Festival Best Acting Performance Lower City Won
2006 Prêmio Contigo Cinema Best Actress Lower City Won
2007 Cinema Brazil Grand Prize Best Actress Lower City Won
2008 Black Reel Awards Best Supporting Actress Blindness Nominated
2008 SESC Film Festival Audience Award Best Actress The Milky Way Won
2008 Cinema Brazil Grand Prize Best Supporting Actress Drained Nominated


  1. ^ LATAM Airlines Group. "Vamos/LATAM Alice Braga: de São Paulo a Hollywood" (in Portuguese). Retrieved September 24, 2019.
  2. ^ [1] Archived April 19, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ IMDb. "Profile: Alice Braga". IMDb (Internet Movie Database). Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  4. ^ "Alice Braga & Colin O'Donoghue Talk Devils, Exorcisms & Sir Anthony Hopkins". January 24, 2011. Archived from the original on November 12, 2013. Retrieved August 3, 2014.
  5. ^ Friedman, Roger (May 5, 2003). "Jimmy Fallon: Exiting Saturday Night Live?". Fox News. Archived from the original on April 23, 2008. Retrieved May 16, 2008.
  6. ^ – Alice Braga Archived November 9, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Star Alice Braga On Special Effects, Adrien Brody's Muscle & Schwarzenegger's Cameo".
  8. ^ "The X-rays Continue With New Repo Men Poster". DreadCentral. Archived from the original on December 4, 2013. Retrieved August 3, 2014.
  9. ^ "Alice Braga Talks Predators Rating and More". DreadCentral. Archived from the original on August 10, 2014. Retrieved August 3, 2014.
  10. ^ "Latest 'Predators' Chatter: Hulking Out and Varied Creatures". BloodyDisgusting. Archived from the original on March 13, 2010.
  11. ^ "Alice Braga Joins Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium'". Slash Film. Archived from the original on July 25, 2014. Retrieved August 3, 2014.
  12. ^ "Interview: Alice Braga on Being A Female Action Star & 'Kill Me Three Times'". Bloody Disgusting. Archived from the original on April 14, 2015. Retrieved August 3, 2014.
  13. ^ "USA's 'Queen of the South' Adaptation Finds Its Star (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on November 10, 2014. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 17, 2015. Retrieved June 18, 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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