Photo of Monica Bellucci Monica Bellucci

Born Sept. 30, 1964, in Città di Castello, Italy, actress Monica Bellucci planned to pursue a career in law, but had a change of heart when she began modeling to pay her law school tuition. By 1990, she'd made the shift from modeling to acting, landing a part on an Italian TV series.

Bellucci made her English-language debut with a small role in Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992), starring Gary Oldman and Winona Ryder. A slew of European films followed, and in 2000, she was back in front of American audiences, playing Gene Hackman's trophy wife in Under Suspicion.

Since then, the Italian actress has continued to alternate between European and American films, hitting the jackpot stateside with the big-budget sequels The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions (both 2003) before turning in a more subdued performance as Magdalen in Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ.

Monica Bellucci in The Whistleblower

The Whistleblower

2010 R

Sent to Bosnia in the aftermath of civil war, an American policewoman uncovers evidence that U.N. peacekeepers are covering up sex trafficking. But when she brings her findings to light, she learns that her foes are more powerful than the law.

  • Monica Bellucci in Spectre Spectre
  • Monica Bellucci in The Matrix Reloaded The Matrix Reloaded
  • Monica Bellucci in The Sorcerer's Apprentice The Sorcerer's Apprentice
  • Monica Bellucci in Bram Stoker's Dracula Bram Stoker's Dracula
  • Monica Bellucci in The Matrix Revolutions The Matrix Revolutions
  • Monica Bellucci in The Bible Collection: Joseph The Bible Collection: Joseph
  • Monica Bellucci in The Passion of the Christ The Passion of the Christ
  • Monica Bellucci in Malèna Malèna
  • Monica Bellucci in Shoot 'Em Up Shoot 'Em Up
  • Monica Bellucci in Tears of the Sun Tears of the Sun
  • Monica Bellucci in Irreversible Irreversible
  • Monica Bellucci in The Brothers Grimm The Brothers Grimm
  • Monica Bellucci in A Burning Hot Summer A Burning Hot Summer
  • Monica Bellucci in Brotherhood of the Wolf Brotherhood of the Wolf
  • Monica Bellucci in The Private Lives of Pippa Lee The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
  • Monica Bellucci in The Apartment The Apartment
  • Monica Bellucci in She Hate Me She Hate Me
  • Monica Bellucci in How Much Do You Love Me? How Much Do You Love Me?
  • Monica Bellucci in Don't Look Back Don't Look Back
  • Monica Bellucci in Remember Me, My Love Remember Me, My Love
  • Monica Bellucci in The Wonders The Wonders