Monica Bellucci

Monica Anna Maria Bellucci (Italian: [ˈmɔːnika belˈluttʃi]; born 30 September 1964) is an Italian-French actress and model. She began her career as a fashion model, modelling for Dolce & Gabbana and Dior, before making a transition to Italian films and later American films and French films.

Monica Bellucci
Bellucci in 2009
Monica Anna Maria Bellucci

(1964-09-30) 30 September 1964
Città di Castello, Umbria, Italy
  • Actress
  • fashion model
Years active
  • 1977–present (model)
  • 1990–present (actress)
  • Claudio Carlos Basso
    (m. 1990; div. 1992)
  • Vincent Cassel
    (m. 1999; div. 2013)

Bellucci played a Bride of Dracula in Francis Ford Coppola's gothic romance film Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) and Malèna Scordia in the Italian-language romantic drama Malèna (2000). She was in the controversial Gaspar Noé arthouse horror film Irréversible (2002), and portrayed Mary Magdalene in Mel Gibson's biblical drama The Passion of the Christ (2004).

In the 2003 science-fiction films The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, she played Persephone. In the 2015 James Bond film Spectre, she became the oldest Bond girl in the history of the franchise.[1]

Early life

Bellucci was born 30 September 1964 in Città di Castello, Umbria, Italy,[2] as the only child of Brunella Briganti and Pasquale Bellucci, and grew up in Lama of San Giustino.[3][4][5]



Monica Bellucci began modelling at age 13 by posing for a local photo enthusiast.[6] In 1988, Bellucci left the Faculty of Law at the University of Perugia,[7] and moved to one of Europe's fashion centers, Milan, where she signed with Elite Model Management with the aid of model agent Piero Piazzi.[8] 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.

Bellucci at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival for the promotion of Irréversible

In 2003, she was featured in Maxim.[9] Men's Health also named her one of the "100 Hottest Women of All-Time", ranking her at No. 21.[10] AskMen named her the number one most desirable woman in 2002.[11] According to two national newspapers, she is considered an Italian sex symbol.[12][13]

In 2004, while pregnant with her daughter Deva, Bellucci posed nude for the Italian Vanity Fair in protest against an Italian law that restricts the provision of fertility treatment to heterosexual couples and excludes single women or same-sex couples, restricts surrogacy and research using human embryos, forbids sperm and egg donation, and limits the number of embryos created with in-vitro techniques to three.[14] She posed pregnant and semi-nude again for the magazine's April 2010 issue.[15] From 2006 to 2010 Bellucci was the face of a range of Dior products.[16]

In 2012, she became the new face of Dolce & Gabbana.[17] She is managed by Elite+ in New York City. Bellucci is signed to D'management Group in Milan and also to Storm Management in London.[18] Bellucci also posed for GQ Italia in February 2016.[19]

Bellucci walked the runway for the Spring 2019 Milan Fashion Week for Dolce and Gabbana.[20] Joining her included Isabella Rossellini, Eva Herzigová, and Helena Christensen, continuing the influx of 90s supermodels returning to the spotlight of fashion.


Bellucci at the 2009 Women's World Award ceremony

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.[21] She became known and popular with worldwide audiences, following her roles in Malèna (2000), Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001), 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), Shoot 'Em Up (2007), Don't Look Back (2009), and The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010).[22][23]

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.[24] Bellucci dubbed her own voice for the French and Italian releases of the film Shoot 'Em Up (2007).[25] 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.

At 50, she became the oldest Bond girl ever in the James Bond film franchise, playing Lucia Sciarra in Spectre (2015). Three years later, she appeared in the Australian film Nekrotronic.[26][27]

Personal life

Bellucci married Italian photographer Claudio Carlos Basso in 1990; they divorced after 18 months.[28]

She met French actor Vincent Cassel on the set of their 1996 film The Apartment.[29] They married in 1999[29] and have two daughters, Deva (born 2004) and Léonie (born 2010).[30][31] The couple announced their divorce on 26 August 2013.[29]

In the documentary movie The Big Question, about the film The Passion of the Christ, Bellucci 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."[32][33]

Bellucci is fluent in Italian, French and English and has also acted in Persian.[34][35]



Year Title Role
1990 Vita coi figli Elda
1991 The Raffle Francesca
1992 Bram Stoker's Dracula One of Dracula's brides
1992 Ostinato Destino Marina/Angela
1994 Briganti – Amore e libertà Costanza
1994 The Heroes Deborah
1995 Snowball Melina
1995 Bits and Pieces
1995 Joseph Pharaoh's wife
1996 The Apartment Lisa
1996 Sorellina e il principe del sogno Princess
1997 Stressati
1997 Dobermann Nat the Gypsy
1997 Mauvais genre Camille
1997 Come mi vuoi Nellina
1998 Le Plaisir Girl
1998 Compromise Monique
1998 Kaputt Mundi Giulia Giovannini
1998 A los que aman Valeria
1999 Comme un poisson hors de l'eau Myrtille
1999 Méditerranées Marguerite
2000 Under Suspicion Chantal Hearst
2000 Franck Spadone Laura
2000 Malèna Malèna Scordia
2001 Brotherhood of the Wolf Sylvia
2002 Astérix & Obélix: Mission Cléopâtre Cleopatra
2002 Irréversible Alex
2003 Remember Me, My Love Alessia
2003 Tears of the Sun Dr. Lena Fiore Kendricks
2003 The Matrix Reloaded Persephone
2003 The Matrix Revolutions Persephone
2004 The Passion of the Christ Mary Magdalene
2004 Secret Agents Barbara/Lisa
2004 She Hate Me Simona Bonasera
2005 The Brothers Grimm The Mirror Queen
2005 How Much Do You Love Me? Daniela
2006 Sheitan La belle vampiresse
2006 Napoleon and Me Baroness Emilia Speziali
2006 The Stone Council Laura Siprien
2007 Heartango L'inafferrabile
2007 Manual of Love 2 Lucia
2007 Shoot 'Em Up Donna Quintano
2007 Le deuxième souffle Manouche
2008 Sanguepazzo Luisa Ferida
2008 L'uomo che ama Alba
2009 Don't Look Back Jeanne
2009 The Private Lives of Pippa Lee Gigi Lee
2009 Baarìa – La porta del vento Bricklayer's girlfriend
2009 Omaggio a Roma Tosca
2010 The Whistleblower Laura Leviani
2010 The Sorcerer's Apprentice Veronica
2010 Rose, c'est Paris L'esprit de gala
2011 Manuale d'amore 3 Viola
2011 A Burning Hot Summer Angèle
2012 Rhino Season Mina
2013 Des gens qui s'embrassent (People who kiss) Giovanna
2014 The Wonders Milly Catena
2014 Na Quebrada Paola
2015 Ville-Marie Sophie
2015 Spectre Lucia Sciarra
2016 On the Milky Road Nevesta
2018 Nekrotronic Finnegan
2019 The Best Years of a Life Elena
2019 Spider in the Web Angela
2020 The Man Who Sold His Skin Soraya Waldy
TBA Radical Eye: The Life and Times of Tina Modotti Tina Modotti
2021 Fantasies (Les Fantasmes)[36]
TBA The Befana Comes At Night 2: The Origins Dolores


Year Title Role Notes
2016 Mozart in the Jungle Alessandra Guest role; 5 episodes
2017 Twin Peaks: The Return Herself Episode: "Part 14"
2018 Call My Agent! Herself 2 episodes

Video games

Year Title Voice role
2003 Enter the Matrix Persephone
2004 Prince of Persia: Warrior Within Kaileena

Dubbing roles

Year Film Role Notes
2003Sinbad: Legend of the Seven SeasMarinaFrench dub
2005RobotsCappyFrench dub

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
1997 César Awards Most 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 Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists Silver Ribbon for Best Supporting Actress Ricordati di me Won
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 Globo d'oro European Golden Globe Won
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 Nominated
2017 San Sebastian Film Festival Honorary Donostia Award Won
2017 Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists European Nastro D'Argento On the Milky Road Won
2020 Magritte Award Honorary Magritte Award Won
2021 David di Donatello Awards David Speciale Won


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