|Name:||Monica Anna Maria Bellucci|
|Birthplace:||Città di Castello, Umbria, Italy|
|Birthdate:||30 September, 1964|
|Active:||1990 - present|
|Films appeared in:||Tears of the Sun|
Shoot 'Em Up
|Role:||Lena Fiore Kendricks|
Monica Bellucci (born September 30, 1964) is an Italian actress and fashion model. Her film career began in the early 1990s. She played some minor roles in La Riffa (1991) and Francis Ford Coppola's take on Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992, with Keanu Reeves and Anthony Hopkins). 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 (with Mark Dacascos), Stephen Hopkins' Under Suspicion (2000, with Morgan Freeman and Thomas Jane) and Irréversible (2002). She has since played in many films from Europe and Hollywood like The Passion of the Christ (2004), The Brothers Grimm (2005, with Matt Damon), Le Deuxième soufflé (2007), Don't Look Back (2009), and The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010, with Nicolas Cage).
She was supposed to be seen portraying Indian politician Sonia Gandhi in the biopic Sonia, originally planned for release in 2007, but was been shelved. She also voiced Kaileena in the video game Prince of Persia: Warrior Within, and was the French voice of Cappy for the French dubbing 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 (again with Reeves and with Laurence Fishburne and Carrie-Anne Moss).