Lúcia Moniz

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Lúcia Moniz
Lúcia Moniz no Conta-me Histórias-Paredes.jpg
Moniz in 2014
Background information
Birth name Ana Lúcia Pereira Moniz
Born (1976-09-09) September 9, 1976 (age 40)
Lisbon, Portugal
Genres Pop, folklore, rock
Occupation(s) Singer, actress
Years active 1996–

Ana Lúcia Pereira Moniz (born September 9, 1976) is a Portuguese singer and actress. Moniz represented Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest 1996 and has released four music albums to date. She has also acted in several tv, theatre and films, including Love Actually.

Biography[edit]

Ana Lúcia Pereira Moniz was born in Lisbon, Portugal. She is the daughter of two musicians – Carlos Alberto Moniz (a famous Portuguese conductor from the Azores) and Maria do Amparo. Moniz's musical career began at an early age at the Saint Cecilia Academy of Music in Lisbon.

After completing her sixth year of musical school, Moniz traveled as an AFS Intercultural Programs exchange student to Minnesota in the United States, where she attended Eden Prairie High School. She joined the school's concert choir and performed in the school production of Kiss Me Kate.[1]

Moniz was still fairly unknown in Portugal when at the age of 19 she performed in the nationally regarded Festival da Canção with the song "O meu coração não tem cor" ("My Heart Has No Colour"). She unexpectedly reached the finals, which were held on March 7, 1996. Moniz went on to win first place only four points ahead of the second-place winner. She was awarded with representing Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest 1996, where she finished in sixth place among 23 contestants.

In 1997 she started acts in TV, as the twins Susana/Barbara in the soap "A Grande Aposta". Due to success she was called for the next soap "Terra Mãe" which was also successful. She didn't have time to finished her degree in Design which was interrupted.

In 2003 Moniz's break into the international scene came when she played the role of Aurélia in the movie Love Actually, taking her place among a cast that included Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson and Rodrigo Santoro. Her character only speaks Portuguese while Colin Firth's character only speaks English. They are in love and engaged by the finale.

In 2014 her daughter was born in the Azores. She is called Julia.

In 1999 Moniz released her first album, entitled Magnolia, after the name of the location in the United States where it was recorded. The album includes rhythmic pop songs unlike her Eurovision entry, both in Portuguese and in English. The album was certified gold.

Magnolia was a very successful platform for her follow-up release, 67, which was recorded in Boston. It was made with her longtime producer Nuno Bettencourt and co-producer multi-instrumentalist Anthony J. Resta and released by EMI (Portugal) in 2002. The album was named after the number of days it took to complete.

Moniz returned to the music scene in 2005, three years after the release of 67, with the album Leva-me p'ra casa ("Take Me Home"). This album differed from her previous two, being sweeter and softer.

After a six-year gap Moniz released her fourth album Fio de Luz(2011). With 10 tracks, three of which are sung in English as usual in her albums, this album talks about the positive encouraged life.

Moniz reprised her role from Love Actually for Red Nose Day Actually, a short-film sequel that was broadcast on British television in March 2017.

Films[edit]

2017 - Red Nose Day Actually - Aurélia
2016 - Refrigerantes e Canções de Amor - Carla
2014 - O Que Houver De Ti Vou Procurar (short)
2015 - Descansa em Paz (short) - Lúcia
2014 - The Right Juice - Nesta
2013 - Break (short) - Julia
2010 - Um Beijo na Testa (short) - Margarida
2009 - Encontro (short) - Maria
2009 - Second Life - Sara
2007 - A Escritora Italiana - Giulia
2005 - História de Papel (short)
2003 - Love Actually - Aurélia

Television career[edit]

2017 / 2018 - Espelho d'Água (soap) - Carmo Goulart
2017 - Red Nose Day Actually (english tv serie) - Aurelia
2015 / 2016 - Coração D'Ouro (soap) - Joana Amaral
2013 / 2015 - Bem-Vindos a Beirais (tv serie) - Susana Fontes
2013 - Dancin' Days (soap) - Paula
2012 - Incógnito (tv-film) - Lúcia
2012 - O que as Mulheres Querem (tv film) - Inês
2011 - Fora da Box (tv-show) - Musical de Natal
2010/2011 - Maternidade(tv serie) - I and II - Madalena Pires
2010 - Living In Your Car (canadian tv serie) - Carol
2010 - Tempo Final Episódio "Vida Dupla" (tv film)- Isabel
2008 / 2009 - Olhos nos Olhos (soap)- Cristina Ferreira
2008 - Casos da Vida Episódio A Cor dos Dias (tv film)- Mónica
2008 - Casos da Vida Episódio Vida Desfeita (tv film)- Joana de Sá
2008 - Voluntário (tv show) - Tv Host
2006 / 2007 - Vingança (soap)- Laura Ramalho
2006 - Aqui Não Há Quem Viva (tv serie)- Rute
2005 - Triângulo Jota (tv serie)- Teacher
2003 - Saber Amar (soap)- Lúcia Vidal
2000 - Alves dos Reis (tv serie)- Henriqueta
2000 - Ajuste de Contas (soap)- Joana
2000 - Todo o Tempo do Mundo (soap)- Ana Carlota
1998 - National Song Contest - TV Host with Carlos Ribeiro
1997 / 1998 - Terra Mãe (soap)- Ana
1997 - A Grande Aposta (soap)- Bárbara / Susana(twins)
1985 - Zarabadim - participation (singer)
1981 - Sabadabadú - participation (singer)

Discography[edit]

Albums
2015 - Calendário (Vidisco) - Tozé Santos, Luís Portugal, Lúcia Moniz
2011 - Fio de Luz (Farol Música)
2005 - Leva-me pra casa (EMI)
2002 - 67 (EMI)
1999 - Magnólia (EMI)

Collaborations
2017 - "125 Azul" - dueto com Carlão - João Gil
2016 - "NEW SONG" - Miguel Amado
2012 - "Sorte Grande" - with João Só e Abandonados
2012 - "I Feel Good (I Got You)" - with Mister Lizard - album "Palco Sunset"
2011 - "Ó que quem baila la moura" - Realejo
2011 - "Qual é o Mal" - with Macacos do Chinês / Vida Louca
2011 - "Tripical" - with Orelha Negra / Mixtape
2010 - "Os Medos Vou Vencer" - album "Tabuada"
2008 - "A Wish... keep fighting" - feating Dr1ve
2008 - "Woman" - "Mulher... Passa a Palavra"
2007 - "Leve Beijo Triste" - feating Paulo Gonzo
2007 - "Canção de embalar" and "Que amor não me engana" - with Terra d'Água
2006 - "A Dança das Aves" - album "Jardim da Bicharada"
2005 - "Sabes Voar" - abum "Lovely Baby & mommy"
2004 - "Nem Mais Nem Menos" - feating Jim Dungo
2000 - "Hold Me In a Decent Way" - album "20 Anos Depois de Ar de Rock"
1998 - "Cantaria Toda A Noite" - album "Terra Mãe" - feating Cláudio Lins
1998 - "Mar Português" / "Canção de Amor do Marinheiro" - album "Pelo Sonho É Que Fomos"
1996 - Arca de Noé (songs)
1990 - Pirilampo Mágico (participation)

Dubbing of animated film[edit]

[2]

2010 NANNY MCPHEE E O TOQUE DE MAGIA(Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang) - Universal Pictures, On Air (Voice)
2009 SININHO E O TESOURO PERDIDO(Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure) - Klay Hall, DISNEY (Songs)
2005 SONHO DE UMA NOITE DE S. JOÃO (El sueño de una noche de San Juan) - ÁNGEL DE LA CRUZ e MANOLO GÓMEZ, Dygra Films S.L. (Voice)
1998 REI LEÃO II (The Lion King II: Simba's Pride)- DARREL ROONEY e ROB LADUCA, Disney (Songs)
1998 POCAHONTAS II - BRADLEY RAYMOND e TOM ELLERY, Disney (Songs)
1998 PRÍNCIPE DO EGIPTO (The Prince of Egypt) - BRENDA CHAPMAN, STEVE HICKNER e SIMON WELLS, Dreamworks (Songs)
1997 ANASTACIA - DON BLUTH e GARY GOLDMAN, Twentieth Century Fox Animatio (Songs)

Theatre[edit]

2016/2017 - Quase Normal (Next to Normal)
2016 - Alice no Jardim das Maravilhas(Alice in Wonderland)
2013 - Conversas Depois de um Enterro(Talks about Funeral)
2010 - Um Eléctrico Chamado Desejo(A Streetcar Named Desire)
2008/2009 - West Side Story
2007 - Música no Coração (Sound of Music)
2005 - ABC da Mulher(ABC of the Women)

Books[edit]

2009 - Taberna 2780
2013 - Vou Tentar Falar Sem Dizer Nada

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Tó Cruz
with "Baunilha e chocolate"
Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest
1996
Succeeded by
Célia Lawson
with "Antes do adeus"