Born on 19 April 1981 as Catalina Sandino Moreno in Bogota, Colombia, she is a Colombian actress. She shared the Silver Bear with Charlize Theron and also got nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Maria Full of Grace (2004). Sandino Moreno was raised in a middle class family. Moreno’s father is a vet and her mother a pathologist. She attended Saint George’s School in Bogota, Colombia. Prior to becoming an actress, she used to study advertising at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota.
In the year 2003, casting calls for Maria Full of Grace were conducted in New York and Colombia where she was first noticed for her talent at the acting school in Bogota. She was then referred to a casting audition where she outperformed 900 girls for the main role. She left the college to work on her first film. Sandino Moreno appeared as Maria Alvarez, a Colombian girl working in a flower plantation where she became pregnant and then used as a drug mule. Sandino Moreno’s role in the film was acclaimed, and received positive reviews from various websites and film critic’s sites. She became the first Colombian, second South-American and third Hispanic actress to get nominated for an Oscar. She was the first person born in the 1980s to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. She also won a Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival alongside Charlize Theron and was nominated for Screen Actors Guild Award.
After a hiatus, she returned to act in television in November 2013 and it was announced that she was going to play the titular role in upcoming biopic Castro’s Daughter, based on Alina Fernandez’s autobiography bearing the same name. She acted in films Roa (2013) and A Most Violent Year (2014) where she co-starred with Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain. On October 20, 2014, it was announced that she would appear on the final season of Falling Skies in a recurring role of Isabella.
Moreno is currently the CEO of El Delirio Productions, a production company situated in Los Angeles and Bogota. She was among People Magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People” in 2005. Moreno married David Elwell in 2006. Their son was born in 2009. They live in New York City. Moreno is protective about her Latin roots. She reads Spanish language books because she doesn’t get to hear the language as often as she did while she lived in Colombia.
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