|April 19, 1981|
|Place of Birth|
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 for began 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.
|Height||5 ft 7 in / 169 cm|
|Weight||126 lb / 57 kg|
|Shoe (Feet) Size||8 US|
|Race / ethnicity||Multiracial|