Born: April 15, 1983
Birthplace: São Paulo, Brazil
Alice Braga Moraes (born April 15, 1983) is a Brazilian actress. She has appeared in several Brazilian films, most notably as Angélica in 2002's highly acclaimed City of God and as Karinna in 2005's Lower City.
She came to international prominence after appearing opposite Will Smith in I Am Legend (2007) and has since become a familiar face in Hollywood, appearing in films such as Repo Men and Predators (both 2010), The Rite (2011) and Elysium (2013). She plays main character Teresa Mendoza in crime drama-thriller series TV series Queen of the South (2016-present). She played Wisdom in the 2017 movie The Shack, based on the book of the same name.
Alice Braga Moraes was born in São Paulo, Brazil. She was raised in a Catholic family. Her exposure to the world of acting came at an early age. Both her mother, Ana Braga, and aunt, Sônia Braga, are actresses, and Braga often accompanied them to film sets. She began her career by appearing in school plays and commercials. Her first commercial was for yogurt when she was eight years old. As a teenager she began pursuing roles in television and movies. She speaks fluent Portuguese, Spanish and English.
In 1998, Braga debuted in a Portuguese-language short called Trampolim, and then returned to her schooling. Her big break came in 2002 when she was cast as Angélica in the critically acclaimed film City of God, for which she received a Best Supporting Actress nomination from the Cinema Brazil Grand Prize. She took more time off and attended university while appearing in a pair of well-regarded South American films—2005’s Lower City and 2006’s Only God Knows—and in the popular Brazilian television program Carandiru, Outras Historias. Braga made her English-language debut in 2006 with a starring role with Brendan Fraser, Mos Def, and Catalina Sandino Moreno in Journey to the End of Night, which premiered at the 5th Annual Tribeca Film Festival. In 2007, Braga was cast in the Will Smith blockbuster I Am Legend and the drama Crossing Over, which stars Harrison Ford, Ray Liotta, and Ashley Judd. She also appeared in the 2008 David Mamet film Redbelt alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor. Braga portrayed Beth in the science-fiction film Repo Men. She starred as Isabelle in Antal Nimrod's Predators, which was shot and produced by Troublemaker Studios and Robert Rodriguez. In 2013, Braga appeared as Frey Santiago in Neill Blomkamp's Elysium. In 2014 starred as Eva in the Brazilian crime drama film Muitos Homens Num Só, as Vania in the Brazilian jungle film El Ardor, in the Argentine Romance film Latitudes and as Alice Taylor in Kriv Stenders Action-thriller Kill Me Three Times.
Braga stars in the drama series Queen of the South, produced for USA Network, an adaptation of Arturo Perez-Reverte's best-selling novel La Reina del Sur. This marks Braga's first big U.S. television role. Her previous small-screen credits were two parts in a non-English series.
|2002||City of God||Angélica|
|2005||Carandiru, Outras Histórias||Vânia||TV series|
|2006||Only God Knows||Dolores|
|2006||Journey to the End of the Night||Monique|
|2007||The Milky Way||Júlia|
|2007||Rummikub||Filha paulista||Short film|
|2007||I Am Legend||Anna Montez|
|2008||Blindness||Woman with Dark Glasses|
|2009||Crossing Over||Mireya Sanchez|
|2009||Cabeça a Prêmio|
|2011||Rite, TheThe Rite||Angelina Vargas|
|2012||As Brasileiras||Mirtes||TV series (episode: "A Indomável do Ceará")|
|2012||On the Road||Terry|
|2012||City of God - 10 Years Later||Herself|
|2014||Kill Me Three Times||Alice Taylor|
|2016||Queen of the South||Teresa Mendoza||TV series|
|2016||Entre Idas E Vindas||Sandra|
|2019||The New Mutants||Cecilia Reyes|
|2003||Cinema Brazil Grand Prize||Best Supporting Actress||City of God||Nominated|
|2005||Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival||Best Actress||Lower City||Won|
|2006||ACIE Awards||Best Actress||Lower City||Won|
|2006||São Paulo Association of Art Critics Awards||Best Actress||Lower City||Won|
|2006||SESC Film Festival||Audience Award Best Actress||Lower City||Won|
|2006||SESC Film Festival||Critics Award Best Actress||Lower City||Won|
|2006||Verona Love Screens Film Festival||Best Acting Performance||Lower City||Won|
|2006||Prêmio Contigo Cinema||Best Actress||Lower City||Won|
|2007||Cinema Brazil Grand Prize||Best Actress||Lower City||Won|
|2008||Black Reel Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Blindness||Nominated|
|2008||SESC Film Festival||Audience Award Best Actress||The Milky Way||Won|
|2008||Cinema Brazil Grand Prize||Best Supporting Actress||Drained||Nominated|