Catalina Sandino Moreno

  • Birth Place: Bogotá, Colombia
  • Profession: Actor
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Fast Facts

  • Attended a private British school in Bogotá, and took acting lessons to help overcome her shyness.
  • Studied advertising in college.
  • Received a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her first film, Maria Full of Grace, in which she played a Colombian drug mule.
  • Was the first Colombian and third Hispanic actress to receive a nomination for a Best Actress Oscar.
  • When she moved to New York, she was detained by customs on suspicion of being a drug mule.
  • New York stage debut was in the Frog & Peach Theatre Company's production of Shakespeare's King John.
  • Met her husband, a lighting technician, on the set of Maria Full of Grace.


  • 2005, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Actress: Nominee
  • 2005, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Female Lead: Winner
  • 2004, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2004, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2004, Berlin Film Festival — Silver Bear for Best Actress: Winner


  • David Elwell — Husband


  • Attended Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia; Lee Strasberg Institute, New York, NY (2004)

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  • Birth Place: Bogotá, Colombia
  • Profession: Actor