Catalina Sandino Moreno

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Catalina Sandino Moreno
Sandino Moreno at the 61st Cannes Film Festival in May 2008
Moreno at the 61st Cannes Film Festival in May 2008
Born (1981-04-19) April 19, 1981 (age 40)
Years active2004–present
David Elwell
(m. 2006)

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).[citation needed]

Early life[edit]

Sandino Moreno was born in Bogotá, Colombia. She grew up in a middle-class family, her father is a vet and her mother a pathologist.[1] She attended Saint George's School in Bogotá, Colombia. Before becoming an actress, she studied advertising at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá.[citation needed]



In 2003, 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. She left the college to begin her first movie project. Starring Sandino Moreno as María Alvarez, a Colombian girl who works in a flower plantation when she was pregnant and then as a drug mule. Sandino Moreno's role in this movie was acclaimed, receiving positive feedback from different websites and film critics. This performance made her the first Colombian, the second South American, and third Hispanic actress nominated for an Academy Award. She was the first person born in the 1980s to have received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. Also, she won the Silver Bear at Berlin International Film Festival shared with Charlize Theron and received a nomination to Screen Actors Guild Award.

In 2005, she moved to New York City to study dramatic arts and for continue with her success career at the moment, and was invited to join AMPAS. In 2006, she played roles in independent film Fast Food Nation with Patricia Arquette, and Paris, je t'aime, where she starred as a young immigrant mother in the segment "Loin du 16e". In 2007, she starred as Hildebranda Sánchez in Love in the Time of Cholera, based in novel of the same name by Gabriel García Márquez, where she appeared alongside Javier Bardem and Fernanda Montenegro.

In 2008, she appeared alongside Benicio del Toro in Steven Soderbergh's Che, playing the role of Aleida March de Guevara, the second wife of Ernesto "Che" Guevara. This film was acclaimed by the critics. She was at the premiere in 2008 Cannes Film Festival. In 2010, she played the role of female Vampire Maria in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, based on the novel of the same name by Stephenie Meyer.


After a break in her career, in November 2013, she returned in TV roles when 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.[2] Also she starred in films Roa (2013) and A Most Violent Year (2014) where she appeared with Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain. On October 20, 2014, it was announced that she would be joining the final season of Falling Skies in a recurring role as Isabella.[3]

In 2016 she starred in the TV series American Gothic as a recurring character, Christina Morales. In the same year, she returned to the world of cinema in Custody, where she appeared alongside Viola Davis. The film was premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Personal life[edit]

Moreno was one of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" in 2005.[citation needed]

Moreno met motion picture electrician David Elwell while working on Maria Full of Grace. She married motion picture electrician David Elwell, who she met while working on Maria Full of Grace, on 15 April 2006 in a small ceremony held in Cartagena de Indias.[4]

In 2009, she gave birth to her first child, a boy, in New York City.[5]


Year Film Role Notes
2004 Maria Full of Grace María Álvarez Berlin Film Festival Award for Best Actress (Tied with Charlize Theron for Monster)
Independent Spirit Award for Best Actress
Golden India Catalina for Best Actress
Gotham Independent Film Award for Breakthrough Actor
New Promessing Actress OFCS Award Online Film Critics Society Awards
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards New Generation Award
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards
Golden Space Needle Award
Seattle International Film Festival Best Actress
Nominated - Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated - Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actress
Nominated - Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated - London Film Critics Circle Award for Actress of the Year
Nominated - Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
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 Marquez
2017 The Mystery of Casa Matusita Lucy
2020 The Quarry Celia
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[3] Isabella 6 episodes
2015-2019 The Affair Luisa 28 episodes
2016 American Gothic Christina Morales Recurring role
2019 Surveillance Natalie Reyes
2019 Room 104 Maria Episode: "Rogue"


Awards and nominations[edit]

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (October 20, 2014). "Catalina Sandino Moreno Joins 'Falling Skies' On TNT". Deadline. Retrieved October 20, 2014.
  4. ^ "Se casó Catalina Sandino, actriz de "María llena eres de gracia"". Caracol Radio (in Spanish). 2006-04-17. Retrieved 2007-05-14.
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