Monica Bellucci is an Italian actress and fashion model. She played Bond girl Lucia Sciarra in the 2015 James Bond film, Spectre. At age 50, Bellucci makes history as the oldest Bond girl in the franchise, replacing Honor Blackman who played Pussy Galore when she was aged 37.
Monica Bellucci began modelling at age 13 by posing for a local photo enthusiast. In 1988, Bellucci moved to one of Europe's fashion centres, Milan, where she signed with Elite Model Management. By 1989, she was becoming prominent as a fashion model in Paris and across the Atlantic, in New York City. She posed for Dolce & Gabbana and French Elle, among others. In that year, Bellucci made the transition to acting and began taking acting classes. The February 2001 Esquire's feature on Desire featured Bellucci on the cover and in an article on the five senses. In 2003, she was featured in Maxim. Men's Health also named her one of the "100 Hottest Women of All-Time", ranking her at No. 21. AskMen named her the number one most desirable woman in 2002.
Bellucci's modelling career is managed by Elite+ in New York City. She is considered an Italian sex symbol. From 2006 to 2010 she was the face of a range of Dior products. Bellucci is signed to D'management group in Milan and also to Storm Model Management in London.
In 2004, while pregnant with her daughter Deva, Bellucci posed nude for the Italian Vanity Fair Magazine in protest against Italian laws that prevent the use of donor sperm. She posed pregnant and semi-nude again for the magazine's April 2010 issue.
In 2012 she became the new face of Dolce & Gabbana.
Monica Bellucci at Cannes Film Festival in 2002.
Bellucci's film career began in the early 1990s. She played some minor roles in La Riffa (1991) and Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992). In 1996 she was nominated for a César Award for best supporting actress for her portrayal of Lisa in The Apartment and strengthened her position as an actress. She became known and popular with worldwide audiences, following her roles in Malèna (2000), Brotherhood of the Wolf, "Under Suspicion", and Irréversible (2002). She has since played in many films from Europe and Hollywood like Tears of the Sun (2003),The Matrix Reloaded (2003), The Passion of the Christ (2004), The Brothers Grimm (2005), Le Deuxième souffle (2007), Don't Look Back (2009), and The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010).
She was supposed to be seen portraying Indian politician Sonia Gandhi in the biopic Sonia, originally planned for release in 2007, but it has been shelved. Bellucci dubbed her own voice for the French and Italian releases of the film Shoot 'Em Up (2007). She also voiced Kaileena in the video game Prince of Persia: Warrior Within, and the French voice of Cappy for the French version of the 2005 animated film Robots.
Empire magazine selected her as twenty-first on their list of "The Sexiest 25 Characters in Cinema - The Women" for her role of "Persephone" in the Matrix series.
Bellucci met French actor Vincent Cassel on the set of their 1996 film The Apartment. They married in 1999, and have two daughters, Deva (born 2004) and Léonie (born 2010). Bellucci and Cassel announced their separation in August 2013.
In the documentary movie The Big Question, about the film The Passion of the Christ, she stated: "I am an agnostic, even though I respect and am interested in all religions. If there's something I believe in, it's a mysterious energy; the one that fills the oceans during tides, the one that unites nature and beings."
In September 2012 at a Toronto International Film Festival press conference for the Iranian movie Rhino Season, Bellucci stated that she can speak four languages: Italian,French, English and (some) Persian.
|Vita coi figli||1990||Elda|
|Briganti – Amore e libertà||1990||Costanza|
|Bram Stoker's Dracula||1992||One of Dracula's brides|
|Bits and Pieces||1995|
|The Apartment||1996||Lisa||Nominated—César Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|Sorellina e il principe del sogno||1996||Princess|
|Dobermann||1997||Nat the Gypsy|
|Come mi vuoi||1997||Nellina|
|L'ultimo Capodanno||1998||Giulia Giovannini|
|A los que aman||1998||Valeria|
|Comme un poisson hors de l'eau||1999||Myrtille|
|Under Suspicion||2000||Chantal Hearst|
|Brotherhood of the Wolf||2001||Sylvia||Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|Astérix & Obélix: Mission Cléopâtre||2002||Cleopatra|
|Remember Me, My Love||2003||Alessia||Nastro d'Argento for Best Supporting Actress|
Nominated—David di Donatello for Best Supporting Actress
|Tears of the Sun||2003||Lena Fiore Kendricks|
|The Matrix Reloaded||2003||Persephone|
|Enter the Matrix||2003||Persephone|
|The Matrix Revolutions||2003||Persephone|
|The Passion of the Christ||2004||Mary Magdalene||Nominated—Nastro d'Argento for Best Supporting Actress|
|She Hate Me||2004||Simona Bonasera|
|The Brothers Grimm||2005||The Mirror Queen|
|How Much Do You Love Me?||2005||Daniela|
|Sheitan||2006||La belle vampiresse|
|Napoleon and Me||2006||Baroness Emilia Speziali||Nominated—Nastro d'Argento for Best Supporting Actress|
|The Stone Council||2006||Laura Siprien|
|Manual of Love 2||2007||Lucia|
|Shoot 'Em Up||2007||Donna Quintano|
|Le deuxième souffle||2007||Manouche|
|L'uomo che ama||2008||Alba|
|Don't Look Back||2009||Jeanne|
|The Private Lives of Pippa Lee||2009||Gigi Lee|
|Baarìa – La porta del vento||2009||Bricklayer's girlfriend|
|Omaggio a Roma||2009||Tosca|
|The Whistleblower||2010||Laura Levin|
|The Sorcerer's Apprentice||2010||Veronica|
|Rose, c'est Paris||2010||L'esprit de gala|
|Manuale d'amore 3||2011||Viola|
|A Burning Hot Summer||2011||Angèle|
|Des gens qui s'embrassent (People who kiss)||2013||Giovanna|
|Lungo la Via Lattea (On the Milky Road) retitled : Love & War||2014|
|Le meraviglie||2014||Milly Catena|
|2005||Robots||Cappy (French voice-dub)|
|2014||Black Electronic Shekhar||Sonia (speak role, Persian voice-dub)|
Awards and nominations
|2003||Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists||Silver Ribbon for Best Supporting Actress||Ricordati di me||Won|
|2005||Golden Globe Award:European Golden Globe||Won|
|1997||César Awards||Best Promising Actress||The Apartment||Nominated|
|2001||European Film Awards||Audience Award for Best Actress||Malèna||Nominated|
|2003||Saturn Award||Best Supporting Actress||Brotherhood of the Wolf||Nominated|
|2003||Cinescape Genre Face of the Future Award||Best Female||The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions||Nominated|
|2003||David di Donatello Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Ricordati di me||Nominated|
|2003||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Female Breakout Star||The Matrix Reloaded and Tears of the Sun||Nominated|
|2004||MTV Movie Awards||Best Kiss||The Matrix Reloaded||Nominated|
|2005||Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists||Silver Ribbon for Best Supporting Actress||The Passion of the Christ||Nominated|
|2007||Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists||Silver Ribbon for Best Supporting Actress||N (Io e Napoleone)||Nominated|