Catalina Sandino Moreno

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Catalina Sandino Moreno
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Sandino Moreno at the 61st Cannes Film Festival, May 2008
Born (1981-04-19) April 19, 1981 (age 36)
Bogotá, Colombia
Occupation Actress
Years active 2004–present
Spouse(s) David Elwell[citation needed]
Children 1

Catalina Sandino Moreno (born 19 April 1981) is a Colombian actress. She shared the Silver Bear with Charlize Theron and received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Maria Full of Grace (2004).

Life and career[edit]

Sandino Moreno was born in Bogotá, Colombia. Before becoming an actress, she studied advertising at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá. Casting calls for Maria Full of Grace were conducted in both New York and Colombia where she was initially noticed for her talent at the acting school in Bogotá. She was then referred to a casting audition where she beat over 900 girls for the lead role. Sandino Moreno's role in this movie made her the first Colombian, the second South American, and third Hispanic actress nominated for an Academy Award.

She is the current CEO of El Delirio Productions, a production company based in Los Angeles and Bogotá. Catalina Sandino Moreno is now working in the pre production of El Delirio's first feature film called Gratitude, written and directed by Nicolás Sandino Moreno; her business partner and brother.

In 2006, she played roles in Fast Food Nation and Paris, je t'aime. In 2008, she appeared alongside Benicio del Toro in Steven Soderbergh's Che, playing the role of Aleida March de Guevara. She played the role of female Vampire Maria in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010), based on the novel of the same name by Stephenie Meyer.

In November 2013, it was announced she would play the title role in the forthcoming biopic Castro's Daughter, based on Alina Fernández’s autobiography of the same name.[1]

On October 20, 2014, it was announced that she would be joining the final season of Falling Skies in a recurring role as Isabella.[2]


Year Film Role Notes
2004 Maria Full of Grace María Álvarez Silver Bear Berlin Film Festival Award for Best Actress (Tied with Charlize Theron for Monster)
Independent Spirit Award for Best Actress
Breakthrough Award Gotham Awards
New Promessing Actress OFCS Award Online Film Critics Society Awards
New Generation Award Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards
Golden Space Needle Award Seattle International Film Festival
Nominated - Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated - Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actress
Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
2006 Journey to the End of the Night Angie
2006 Paris, je t'aime Ana (Segment "Loin du 16e")
2006 Fast Food Nation Sylvia
2006 The Hottest State Sarah
2007 Heart of the Earth Blanca Bosco
2007 Love in the Time of Cholera Hildebranda Sanchez
2008 Che Part One: The Argentine Aleida March de Guevara
2008 Che Part Two: Guerrilla Aleida March de Guevara
2010 La Siguiente Estación Eva Short, executive producer
2010 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Maria Uncredited
2012 For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada Adriana
2013 Magic Magic Barbara
2013 Roa María de Roa
2013 A Stranger in Paradise Jules
2013 Medeas Christina
2014 At the Devil's Door Leigh
2014 Swelter Carmen
2014 A Most Violent Year Luisa
2016 Custody Sarah
2016 Incarnate Camilla
2017 The Godmother Eva
2017 The Mystery of Casa Matusita Lucy
Year Title Role Notes
2013 The Bridge Alma Ruiz 9 episodes
2014 Red Band Society Eva Palacios 3 episodes
2015 East Los High Eddie's Mom 4 episodes
2015 Falling Skies[2] Isabella 6 episodes
2015 The Affair Luisa 7 episodes
2016 American Gothic Christina Morales Recurring role


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