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Catalina Sandino Moreno
Sandino Moreno at the 61st Cannes Film Festival in May 2008
Sandino Moreno at the 61st Cannes Film Festival in May 2008
Born (1981-04-19) 19 April 1981 (age 42)
Alma mater
  • Pontifical Xavierian University
  • Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute
Occupation Actress
Years active 2004–present
David Elwell
(m. 2006)
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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). She is known for her role as Tabitha Matthews in the Epix television series From.

Early life

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. Sandino Moreno's role in this movie was acclaimed, receiving positive feedback from different websites and film critics. This performance made her the first Colombian, the second South American, and third Hispanic actress nominated for an Academy Award. 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 as 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 at 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 the TV series American Gothic as a recurring character, Christina Morales. In the same year, she returned to the world of cinema in Custody, where she appeared alongside Viola Davis. The film was premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Personal life

Sandino Moreno was one of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" in 2005.

Sandino Moreno met motion picture electrician David Elwell while working on Maria Full of Grace. The couple married on 15 April 2006 in a small ceremony held in Cartagena de Indias.


Year Film Role Notes
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
Gotham Independent Film Award for Breakthrough Actor
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 Magic Magic Barbara
2013 Roa María de Roa
2013 A Stranger in Paradise Jules
2013 Medeas Christina
2014 At the Devil's Door Leigh
2014 Swelter Carmen
2014 A Most Violent Year Luisa
2016 Custody Sarah
2016 Incarnate Camilla Marquez
2017 The Mystery of Casa Matusita Lucy
2020 The Quarry Celia
2021 Barbarians Eva
Year Title Role Notes
2013 The Bridge Alma Ruiz Recurring role
2014 Red Band Society Eva Palacios Recurring role
2015 East Los High Eddie's Mom Recurring role
2015 Falling Skies Isabella Recurring role (season 5)
2015–2019 The Affair Luisa Main role (seasons 3–4); recurring role (seasons 2 & 5)
2016 American Gothic Christina Morales Recurring role
2019 Surveillance Natalie Reyes
2019 Room 104 Maria Episode: "Rogue"
2022 From Tabitha Matthews Main role


  • "Que Linda Manita" – 2006 (Paris, je t'aime Soundtrack)

Awards and nominations

See also

  • List of actors with Academy Award nominations
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