Monica Anna Maria Bellucci (Italian: [ˈmɔːnika belˈluttʃi]; born 30 September 1964) is an Italian actress and model. She began her career as a fashion model, modelling for Dolce & Gabbana and Dior, before making a transition to Italian films and later American and French films.
Bellucci played a Bride of Dracula in Francis Ford Coppola's gothic horror romance film Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) and Malèna Scordia in the Italian-language romantic drama Malèna (2000). She was in the controversial Gaspar Noé arthouse horror film Irréversible (2002), and portrayed Mary Magdalene in Mel Gibson's biblical drama The Passion of the Christ (2004).
In the 2003 science-fiction films The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, she played Persephone. At the age of 51, by appearing in the 2015 James Bond film Spectre, she became the oldest Bond girl in the history of the franchise.
Monica Bellucci began modelling at age 13 by posing for a local photo enthusiast. In 1988, Bellucci left the Faculty of Law at the University of Perugia, and moved to one of Europe's fashion centers, Milan, where she signed with Elite Model Management with the aid of model agent Piero Piazzi. By 1989, she was becoming prominent as a fashion model in Paris and across the Atlantic, in New York City. She posed for Dolce & Gabbana and French Elle, among others. In that year, Bellucci made the transition to acting and began taking acting classes. The February 2001 Esquire's feature on Desire featured Bellucci on the cover and in an article on the five senses.
In 2003, she was featured in Maxim. Men's Health also named her one of the "100 Hottest Women of All-Time", ranking her at No. 21. AskMen named her the number one most desirable woman in 2002. According to two national newspapers, she is considered an Italian sex symbol.
In 2004, while pregnant with her daughter Deva, Bellucci posed nude for the Italian Vanity Fair in protest against an Italian law that restricts the provision of fertility treatment to heterosexual couples and excludes single women or same-sex couples, restricts surrogacy and research using human embryos, forbids sperm and egg donation, and limits the number of embryos created with in-vitro techniques to three. She posed pregnant and semi-nude again for the magazine's April 2010 issue. From 2006 to 2010 Bellucci was the face of a range of Dior products.
In 2012, she became the new face of Dolce & Gabbana. She is managed by Elite+ in New York City. Bellucci is signed to D'management Group in Milan and also to Storm Management in London. Bellucci also posed for GQ Italia in February 2016.
Bellucci walked the runway for the Spring 2019 Milan Fashion Week for Dolce and Gabbana. Joining her included Isabella Rossellini, Eva Herzigová and Helena Christensen, continuing the influx of 90s supermodels returning to the spotlight of fashion.
Bellucci's film career began in the early 1990s. She played some minor roles in La Riffa (1991) and Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992). In 1996, she was nominated for a César Award for best supporting actress for her portrayal of Lisa in The Apartment and strengthened her position as an actress. She became known and popular with worldwide audiences, following her roles in Malèna (2000), Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001) and Irréversible (2002).
She has since played in many films from Europe and Hollywood like Tears of the Sun (2003), The Matrix Reloaded (2003), The Passion of the Christ (2004), The Brothers Grimm (2005), Le Deuxième souffle (2007), Shoot 'Em Up (2007), Don't Look Back (2009) and The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010).
She was supposed to be seen portraying Indian politician Sonia Gandhi in the biopic Sonia, originally planned for release in 2007, but it has been shelved. Bellucci dubbed her own voice for the French and Italian releases of the film Shoot 'Em Up (2007). She also voiced Kaileena in the video game Prince of Persia: Warrior Within and the French voice of Cappy for the French version of the 2005 animated film Robots.
Bellucci married Italian photographer Claudio Carlos Basso in 1990; they divorced after 18 months.
She met French actor Vincent Cassel on the set of their 1996 film The Apartment. They married in 1999 and have two daughters, Deva (born 2004) and Léonie (born 2010). The couple announced their separation on 26 August 2013 and later divorced.
In the documentary movie The Big Question, about the film The Passion of the Christ, Bellucci stated: "I am an agnostic, even though I respect and am interested in all religions. If there's something I believe in, it's a mysterious energy; the one that fills the oceans during tides, the one that unites nature and beings."[better source needed]
In 2009, Bellucci signed a petition in support of director Roman Polanski, who had been detained while traveling to a film festival in relation to his 1977 sexual abuse charges, which the petition argued would undermine the tradition of film festivals as a place for works to be shown "freely and safely", and that arresting filmmakers traveling to neutral countries could open the door "for actions of which no-one can know the effects."
|1992||Bram Stoker's Dracula||one of Dracula's brides|
|1994||Briganti – Amore e libertà||Costanza|
|I mitici – Colpo gobbo a Milano||Deborah|
|1995||Palla di neve||Melina|
|Il cielo è sempre più blu|
|Bible: Joseph (miniseries)||Pharaoh's wife|
|Sorellina e il principe del sogno||Princess|
|Dobermann||Nat the Gypsy|
|Come mi vuoi||Nellina|
|Kaputt Mundi||Giulia Giovannini|
|A los que aman||Valeria|
|1999||Comme un poisson hors de l'eau||Myrtille|
|2000||Under Suspicion||Chantal Hearst|
|2001||Le pacte des loups||Sylvia|
|2002||Astérix & Obélix: Mission Cléopâtre||Cleopatra|
|2003||Remember Me, My Love||Alessia|
|Tears of the Sun||Dr. Lena Fiore Kendricks|
|The Matrix Reloaded||Persephone|
|The Matrix Revolutions||Persephone|
|2004||The Passion of the Christ||Mary Magdalene|
|She Hate Me||Simona Bonasera|
|2005||The Brothers Grimm||The Mirror Queen|
|How Much Do You Love Me?||Daniela|
|2006||Sheitan||La belle vampiresse|
|2006||Napoleon and Me||Baroness Emilia Speziali|
|The Stone Council||Laura Siprien|
|Manual of Love 2||Lucia|
|Shoot 'Em Up||Donna Quintano|
|Le deuxième souffle||Manouche|
|L'uomo che ama||Alba|
|2009||Ne te retourne pas||Jeanne|
|The Private Lives of Pippa Lee||Gigi Lee|
|Baarìa – La porta del vento||Bricklayer's girlfriend|
|Omaggio a Roma||Tosca|
|2010||The Whistleblower||Laura Leviani|
|The Sorcerer's Apprentice||Veronica Gorloisen|
|Rose, c'est Paris||L'esprit de gala|
|2011||Manuale d'amore 3||Viola|
|Un été brûlant||Angèle|
|2013||fr:Des gens qui s'embrassent||Giovanna|
|2014||The Wonders||Milly Catena|
|2016||On the Milky Road||Nevesta|
|2019||The Best Years of a Life||Elena|
|Spider in the Web||Angela|
|2020||The Man Who Sold His Skin||Soraya Waldy|
|2021||Fantasies (Les Fantasmes)||Sabrina|
|La Befana vien di notte II - Le origini||Dolores|
|1990||Vita coi figli||Elda||TV movie|
|2016||Mozart in the Jungle||Alessandra||Guest role; 5 episodes|
|2017||Twin Peaks: The Return||Herself||Episode: "Part 14"|
|2018||Call My Agent!||Herself||2 episodes|
|TBA||Radical Eye: The Life and Times of Tina Modotti|
|2003||Enter the Matrix||Persephone|
|2004||Prince of Persia: Warrior Within||Kaileena|
|2005||The Matrix Online||Persephone|
|2003||Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas||Marina||French dub|
Awards and nominations
|1997||César Awards||Most Promising Actress||L'Appartement||Nominated|
|2001||European Film Awards||Audience Award for Best Actress||Malèna||Nominated|
|2003||Saturn Award||Best Supporting Actress||Le pacte des loups||Nominated|
|Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists||Silver Ribbon for Best Supporting Actress||Ricordati di me||Won|
|Cinescape Genre Face of the Future Award||Best Female||The Matrix Reloaded
and The Matrix Revolutions
|David di Donatello Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Ricordati di me||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Female Breakout Star||The Matrix Reloaded
and Tears of the Sun
|2004||MTV Movie Awards||Best Kiss||The Matrix Reloaded
(with Keanu Reeves)
|2005||Globo d'oro||European Golden Globe||Won|
|Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists||Silver Ribbon for Best Supporting Actress||The Passion of the Christ||Nominated|
|2007||Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists||N||Nominated|
|2017||Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists||European Nastro D'Argento||On the Milky Road||Won|
|San Sebastian Film Festival||Honorary Donostia Award||Won|
|2020||Magritte Award||Honorary Magritte Award||Won|
|2021||David di Donatello Awards||David Speciale||Won|
|Torino Film Festival||Stella Della Mole Award for Artistic Innovation||Lifetime achievement||Honoured|
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