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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). 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 (2000, with Gene Hackman and Morgan Freeman) 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 and Heath Ledger), Le Deuxième soufflé (2007), Shoot Em' Up (with Clive Owen), Don't Look Back (2009), and The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010, with Nicolas Cage and Alfred Molina).

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 version of the 2005 animated film Robots (with Ewan McGregor).

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.

At 50, she will be the oldest Bond girl ever in the next James Bond movie, playing Lucia Sciarra in Spectre (2015).

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