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Catalina Sandino Moreno
Biographical information
Born

April 19, 1981 (1981-04-19) (age 33); in Bogotá

Nationality

Colombian

Residence

New York

Gender

Female

Eye color

Black

Hair color

Black

Height

5' 6½"

Family
  • David Elwell (spouse)
Career
Years active

2004 - present

In Twilight saga

Maria

Notable roles
  • María Álvarez in Maria Full of Grace
Academy Awards
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (nominated)
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Catalina Sandino Moreno (born April 19, 1981) is a Colombian actress who played the vampire Maria in the film Eclipse.

Biography

Sandino was born in Bogotá, Colombia to a pathologist mother and a cattle breeder/veterinarian father. Before becoming an actress, she studied advertising at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá. She relocated to New York City in 2004, after she was noticed for her talent at the Rubén Di Pietro acting school in Bogotá. She was then referred to a casting audition for the 2004 film Maria Full of Grace where she beat over 900 girls for the lead role. Sandino's role in this movie made her the first Colombian and third Hispanic actress nominated for an Academy Award. Sandino has lived with motion picture electrician David Elwell from 2004 to the present, whom she met working on Maria Full of Grace. She married him on April 15, 2006 in a small ceremony held in Cartagena de Indias.

Filmography

Year Film Role
2004 Maria Full of Grace María Álvarez
2006 Journey to the End of the Night Angie
Fast Food Nation Sylvia
2007 Paris, je t'aime Ana
The Hottest State Sarah
Heart of the Earth Blanca Bosco
Love in the Time of Cholera Hildebranda Sánchez
2008 Che Part One: The Argentine Aleida March de Guevarra
Che Part Two: Guerrilla Aleida March de Guevarra
2010 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse María
2012 For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada Adriana
A Stranger in Paradise Jules
2013 Medeas (post-production) Christina
Magic Magic (post-production) Barbara

Awards

Year Award Category Result Role
2004 Cartagena Film Festival Mejor Actriz (Best Actress) Won María Full of Grace.
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Most Promising Performer Won
Gotham Awards Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards New Generation Award (shared with Joshua Marston) Won
Seattle International Film Festival Golden Space Needle Award for Best Actress Won
2005 Academy Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Nominated
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award Best Actress Nominated
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film Chlotrudis Award for Best Actress Nominated
Imagen Foundation Awards Best Actress - Film Won
Independent Spirit Awards Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead Won
Online Film Critics Society Best Breakthrough Performance Won
Association of Latin Entertainment Critics Cinema - Best Actress Won
Satellite Award Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role Nominated
ShoWest Convention, USA International Star of the Year -
2006 London Film Critics' Circle Actress of the Year Nominated María Full of Grace

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