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Braga at the ATX Television Festival presentation of the TV show "Queen of the South" in 2016
Alice Braga Moraes

(1983-04-15) April 15, 1983 (age 35)
Years active1998–present
Relatives Sônia Braga (aunt)

Alice Braga Moraes [1] (born April 15, 1983) is a Brazilian actress. She has appeared in several Brazilian films, most notably as Angélica in 2002's highly acclaimed City of God and as Karinna in 2005's Lower City .

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Lower City is a 2005 Brazilian drama film directed by Sérgio Machado. It was released in Brazil and to international film festivals in 2005, including being screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival. Its general release in the United States was in 2006 in New York.


She came to international prominence after appearing opposite Will Smith in I Am Legend (2007) and has since become a familiar face in Hollywood, appearing in films such as Repo Men and Predators (both 2010), The Rite (2011) and Elysium (2013). She plays main character Teresa Mendoza in the crime drama-thriller television series Queen of the South (2016–present). She played Wisdom in the 2017 movie The Shack , based on the book of the same name. [2]

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Early life

Alice Braga Moraes was born in São Paulo, Brazil. She was raised in a Catholic family. [3] Her exposure to the world of acting came at an early age. Both her mother, Ana Braga, and aunt, Sônia Braga, [4] are actresses, and Braga often accompanied them to film sets. She began her career by appearing in school plays and commercials. Her first commercial was for yogurt when she was eight years old. As a teenager she began pursuing roles in television and movies. She speaks fluent Portuguese, Spanish and English.

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Sônia Braga Brazilian-American actress

Sônia Maria Campos Braga is a Brazilian-American actress. She is known in the English-speaking world for her Golden Globe Award nominated performances in Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985) and Moon over Parador (1988). She also received a BAFTA Award nomination in 1981 for Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands. For the 1994 television film The Burning Season, she was nominated for an Emmy Award and a third Golden Globe Award. Her other television credits include The Cosby Show (1986), Sex and the City (2001), American Family (2002), and Alias (2005).


In 1998, Braga debuted in a Portuguese-language short called Trampolim, and then returned to her schooling. Her big break came in 2002 when she was cast as Angélica in the critically acclaimed film City of God , for which she received a Best Supporting Actress nomination from the Cinema Brazil Grand Prize. She took more time off and attended university while appearing in a pair of well-regarded South American films—2005’s Lower City and 2006’s Only God Knows—and in the popular Brazilian television program Carandiru, Outras Historias. Braga made her English-language debut in 2006 with a starring role with Brendan Fraser, Mos Def, and Catalina Sandino Moreno in Journey to the End of Night , which premiered at the 5th Annual Tribeca Film Festival. In 2007, Braga was cast in the Will Smith blockbuster I Am Legend and the drama Crossing Over , which stars Harrison Ford, Ray Liotta, and Ashley Judd. [5] She also appeared in the 2008 David Mamet film Redbelt alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor. [6] Braga portrayed Beth in the science-fiction film Repo Men . [7] She starred as Isabelle in Antal Nimrod's Predators , [8] which was shot and produced by Troublemaker Studios and Robert Rodriguez. [9] In 2013, Braga appeared as Frey Santiago in Neill Blomkamp's Elysium . [10] In 2014 starred as Eva in the Brazilian crime drama film Muitos Homens Num Só , as Vania in the Brazilian jungle film El Ardor , in the Argentine Romance film Latitudes and as Alice Taylor in Kriv Stenders Action-thriller Kill Me Three Times . [11]

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Braga stars in the drama series Queen of the South , produced for USA Network, an adaptation of Arturo Perez-Reverte's best-selling novel La Reina del Sur . This marks Braga's first big U.S. television role. Her previous small-screen credits were two parts in a non-English series. [12]

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Braga at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival
Film and television
1998TrampolimCláudiaShort film
2002 City of God Angélica
2005 Lower City Karina
2005Carandiru, Outras HistóriasVâniaTV series
2006 Only God Knows Dolores
2006 Journey to the End of the Night Monique
2006 Drained Waitress
2007The Milky WayJúlia
2007RummikubFilha paulistaShort film
2007 I Am Legend Anna Montez
2008 Redbelt Sondra Terry
2008 Blindness Woman with Dark Glasses
2009 Crossing Over Mireya Sanchez
2009Cabeça a Prêmio
2010 Repo Men Beth
2010 Predators Isabelle
2011 The Rite Angelina Vargas
2012 As Brasileiras MirtesTV series (episode: "A Indomável do Ceará")
2012 On the Road Terry
2012 City of God - 10 Years Later Herself
2013 Elysium Frey Santiago
2014 Latitudes Olivia
2014 The Ardor Vania
2014 Kill Me Three Times Alice Taylor
2015 The Duel Marisol
2016–present Queen of the South Teresa MendozaTV series
2016Entre Idas E VindasSandra
2017 The Shack Sophia
2018-present Samantha! SorayaTV series
2018 Eduardo & Mônica MônicaFilming
2019 The New Mutants Cecilia Reyes Post-production

Awards and nominations

YearAssociationCategoryNominated workResultRef.
2003 Cinema Brazil Grand Prize Best Supporting ActressCity of GodNominated [13]
2005 Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival Best ActressLower CityWon
2006 ACIE Awards Best ActressLower CityWon
2006 São Paulo Association of Art Critics Awards Best ActressLower CityWon
2006SESC Film FestivalAudience Award Best ActressLower CityWon
2006SESC Film FestivalCritics Award Best ActressLower CityWon
2006Verona Love Screens Film FestivalBest Acting PerformanceLower CityWon
2006Prêmio Contigo CinemaBest ActressLower CityWon
2007Cinema Brazil Grand PrizeBest ActressLower CityWon
2008 Black Reel Awards Best Supporting Actress BlindnessNominated
2008SESC Film FestivalAudience Award Best ActressThe Milky WayWon
2008Cinema Brazil Grand PrizeBest Supporting ActressDrainedNominated

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