Monica Bellucci

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Monica Bellucci
Monica Bellucci, Women's World Awards 2009 b.jpg
Bellucci in 2009
Born Monica Anna Maria Bellucci
(1964-09-30) 30 September 1964 (age 53)
Città di Castello, Umbria, Italy
Nationality Italian
Occupation Actress • fashion model
Years active 1977–present (model)
1990–present (actress)
Children 2
Monica Bellucci
Modeling information

Monica Anna Maria Bellucci (Italian pronunciation: [ˈmɔːnika belˈluttʃi], born 30 September 1964)[2] is an Italian actress and fashion model. Bellucci began her career as a fashion model, modeling for the likes of Dolce & Gabbana and Dior, before making a transition to Italian films and later Hollywood films. She is often considered among the most beautiful women in the world.[3][4]

She is perhaps best known to American audiences for her role as Persephone in the 2003 science-fiction films The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. She also played the Bride of Dracula in Francis Ford Coppola's gothic romance film Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) and Malèna Scordia in the Italian-language romantic drama Malèna (2000), and held roles in controversial films such Gaspar Noé's arthouse horror film Irréversible (2002) and Mel Gibson's biblical drama The Passion of the Christ (2004), in which she portrayed Mary Magdalene. At age 51, Bellucci played the role of a Bond girl in the 2015 James Bond film Spectre.

Early life[edit]

Bellucci was born 30 September 1964 in Città di Castello, Umbria, Italy,[5] as the only child of Brunella Briganti and Pasquale Bellucci, and grew up in San Giustino.[6][7]



Monica Bellucci began modelling at age 13 by posing for a local photo enthusiast.[8] In 1988, Bellucci moved to one of Europe's fashion centres, Milan, where she signed with Elite Model Management. 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.[9] Men's Health also named her one of the "100 Hottest Women of All-Time", ranking her at No. 21.[10] AskMen named her the number one most desirable woman in 2002.[11] According to two national newspapers, she is considered an Italian sex symbol.[12][13] In 2004, while pregnant with her daughter Deva, Bellucci posed nude for the Italian Vanity Fair in protest against Italian laws that prevent the use of donor sperm.[14] She posed pregnant and semi-nude again for the magazine's April 2010 issue.[15] From 2006 to 2010 Bellucci was the face of a range of Dior products.[16] In 2012, she became the new face of Dolce & Gabbana.[17] She is managed by Elite+ in New York City. Bellucci is signed to D'management Group in Milan and also to Storm Model Management in London.[18] Belluci also posed for GQ Italia in February 2016.[19]


Monica Bellucci at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival for the promotion of Irréversible

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[20] 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, "Under Suspicion",[21] 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).[22][23]

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.[24] Bellucci dubbed her own voice for the French and Italian releases of the film Shoot 'Em Up (2007).[25] 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.

Empire magazine selected her as twenty-first on their list of "The Sexiest 25 Characters in Cinema – The Women" for her role of "Persephone" in the Matrix series.[26] Likewise, Nettavisen declared in 2009 that the role of Persephone qualified Bellucci as one of the 25 sexiest women of all time.[27]

At 50, she became the oldest Bond girl ever in the James Bond film franchise, playing Lucia Sciarra in Spectre (2015).[28]

Personal life[edit]

Bellucci met French actor Vincent Cassel on the set of their 1996 film The Apartment.[29] They married in 1999,[29] and have two daughters, Deva (born 2004) and Léonie (born 2010).[30][31] Bellucci and Cassel announced their divorce on 26 August 2013.[29]

In the documentary movie The Big Question, about the film The Passion of the Christ, she 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."[32]

In September 2012 at a Toronto International Film Festival press conference for the Iranian movie Rhino Season, Bellucci stated that she can speak four languages: Italian, French, English and Persian .[33]


Bellucci at Miami Film Festival 2016 presentation of Ville-Marie
Title Year Role
Vita coi figli 1990 Elda
The Raffle 1991 Francesca
Bram Stoker's Dracula 1992 One of Dracula's brides
Ostinato Destino 1992 Marina/Angela
Briganti – Amore e libertà 1994 Costanza
I Mitici 1994 Deborah
Snowball 1995 Melina
Bits and Pieces 1995
Joseph 1995 Pharaoh's wife
The Apartment 1996 Lisa
Sorellina e il principe del sogno 1996 Princess
Stressati 1997
Dobermann 1997 Nat the Gypsy
Mauvais genre 1997 Camille
Come mi vuoi 1997 Nellina
Le Plaisir 1998 Girl
Compromise 1998 Monique
Kaputt Mundi 1998 Giulia Giovannini
A los que aman 1998 Valeria
Comme un poisson hors de l'eau 1999 Myrtille
Méditerranées 1999 Marguerite
Under Suspicion 2000 Chantal Hearst
Franck Spadone 2000 Laura
Malèna 2000 Malèna Scordia
Brotherhood of the Wolf 2001 Sylvia
Astérix & Obélix: Mission Cléopâtre 2002 Cleopatra
Irréversible 2002 Alex
Remember Me, My Love 2003 Alessia
Tears of the Sun 2003 Lena Fiore Kendricks
Matrix Reloaded, TheThe Matrix Reloaded 2003 Persephone
Enter the Matrix 2003 Persephone
Matrix Revolutions, TheThe Matrix Revolutions 2003 Persephone
Passion of the Christ, TheThe Passion of the Christ 2004 Mary Magdalene
Secret Agents 2004 Barbara/Lisa
She Hate Me 2004 Simona Bonasera
Brothers Grimm, TheThe Brothers Grimm 2005 The Mirror Queen
How Much Do You Love Me? 2005 Daniela
Sheitan 2006 La belle vampiresse
Napoleon and Me 2006 Baroness Emilia Speziali
The Stone Council 2006 Laura Siprien
2007 L'inafferrabile
Manual of Love 2
2007 Lucia
Shoot 'Em Up 2007 Donna Quintano
Le deuxième souffle 2007 Manouche
Sanguepazzo 2008 Luisa Ferida
L'uomo che ama 2008 Alba
Don't Look Back 2009 Jeanne
Private Lives of Pippa Lee, TheThe Private Lives of Pippa Lee 2009 Gigi Lee
Baarìa – La porta del vento 2009 Bricklayer's girlfriend
Omaggio a Roma 2009 Tosca
Whistleblower, TheThe Whistleblower 2010 Laura Leviani
Sorcerer's Apprentice, TheThe Sorcerer's Apprentice 2010 Veronica
Rose, c'est Paris 2010 L'esprit de gala
Manuale d'amore 3 2011 Viola
A Burning Hot Summer 2011 Angèle
Rhino Season 2012 Mina
Des gens qui s'embrassent (People who kiss) 2013 Giovanna
The Wonders 2014 Milly Catena
Na Quebrada 2014 Paola
Ville-Marie 2015 Sophie
Spectre 2015 Lucia Sciarra
On the Milky Road 2016 Nevesta
Mozart in the Jungle 2016 Alessandra
Twin Peaks 2017 Herself


Year Film Role
2003 Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas Marina (French voice-dub)
2005 Robots Cappy (French voice-dub)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
2003 Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists Silver Ribbon for Best Supporting Actress Ricordati di me Won
2005 Globo d'oro European Golden Globe Won
1997 César Awards Best Promising Actress The Apartment Nominated
2001 European Film Awards Audience Award for Best Actress Malèna Nominated
2003 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress Brotherhood of the Wolf Nominated
2003 Cinescape Genre Face of the Future Award Best Female The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions Nominated
2003 David di Donatello Awards Best Supporting Actress Ricordati di me Nominated
2003 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Female Breakout Star The Matrix Reloaded and Tears of the Sun Nominated
2004 MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss The Matrix Reloaded Nominated
2005 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 Silver Ribbon for Best Supporting Actress N Nominated
2017 Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists European Nastro D'Argento On the Milky Road Won


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