Birthplace: Bogotá, Colombia
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).
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. She attended Saint George's School in Bogotá, Colombia. Before becoming an actress, she studied advertising at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá.
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 critics form different websites and film critic's sites. 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 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 in 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. 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.
In 2016 she starred in American Gothic as a recurring role. In the same year, she returned to cine in Custody, where she appeared Viola Davis. The film was premiered at Tribeca Film Festival.
She is the current CEO of El Delirio Productions, a production company based in Los Angeles and Bogotá. Catalina Sandino Moreno is now working in the preproduction of El Delirio's first feature film called Gratitude, written and directed by Nicolás Sandino Moreno; her business partner and brother.
Was one of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" in 2005.
She got married with David Elwell in 2006. They have a son who was born in 2009. They live in New York City.
She defends her Latin origin. She reads Spanish-language books because she misses hearing the language as she did when living in Colombia.
|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
Breakthrough Gotham Independent Awards
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||Roa||María de Roa|
|2013||A Stranger in Paradise||Jules|
|2014||At the Devil's Door||Leigh|
|2014||A Most Violent Year||Luisa|
|2017||The Mystery of Casa Matusita||Lucy|
|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||Isabella||6 episodes|
|2015||The Affair||Luisa||7 episodes|
|2016||American Gothic||Christina Morales||Recurring role|