“To not kill my career as an actress after James Bond, I must make the right choice for my next movie. I'm very glad to be a Bond girl. I'm very glad to be a part of history. I'll be very glad when I am 70 years old to say to my child I was a Bond girl. But after the 17th of November, the page will turn and I hope to be a normal European international actress.” Caterina Murino
Originally wanting to become a doctor, Italian actress and model Caterina Murino made a successful switch to modeling by reaching forth place in the 1996 Miss Italy contest. A series of commercial gigs followed, including working for famous brands Mercedes Benz and MasterCard, and she branched out to films and television in 2002. Making her feature film acting debut in the Bogota Film Festival nominee “Nowhere” (2002), Murino got her breakout role in the French comedy “The Corsican File” (2004), opposite Jean Reno. She did not hit the big time until she joined Eva Green and Ivana Milicevic to be one of three Bond girls on the 2006 James Bond movie “Casino Royale,” which starred Daniel Craig as 007. Her sensual performance in the film subsequently made Murino a noticeable face in North America. Her more recent and upcoming film credits include Oliver Parker's “St. Trinian's” (2007, with Rupert Everett), John Irvin's “The Garden of Eden” (2008, opposite Jack Huston) and “Made in Italy” (2008). On the small screen, Murino will play Sam in the two part miniseries “XIII” (2008), starring Stephen Dorff.
Murino can speak English, French and her native Italian. In addition to acting, she can sing, dance the tango, flamenco and some oriental dances. She enjoys horseback riding.
Childhood and Family:
Caterina Murino was born on September 15, 1977, in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy. At school, she was a busy pupil with various extracurricular activities like dance, singing and horseback riding, and emerged as a highly proficient athlete. As a teenager, Caterina was frequently praised for her beauty, but instead of directly pursuing a career in entertainment, she opted to concentrate on her education. An aspiring doctor, Caterina was forced to set new goals after twice failing the entrance exams to get into medical school. She soon embarked on a career as a model and then turned her attention to acting. From 1999 to 2000, she trained to become an actress at the Cinema of Theatre of Francesca de Sapio in Italy.
The Corsican File
After unsuccessful attempts to enter medical school, Caterina Murino began her modeling career and got a break when she finished forth in the 1996 Miss Italy beauty pageant. Encouraged by the achievement, she left her native Cagliari for Milan, where she modeled for commercials for Mercedes Benz, MasterCard, Nescafe and Swatch.
Murino discovered she loved working in front of the camera and enrolled at a local acting school in 1999 and stayed there until 2000. Around that same time, she debuted on stage in a 1999 production of William Shakespeare’s “Richard III” and several Italian plays.
By 2002, Murino had added TV and film acting to her endeavors. Making her debut with a small role in the made-for-German TV film “In der Mitte eines Lebens” (2002), as Lucia Viola, she also portrayed Zanetta in “Giovane Casanova, Il/The Young Casanova” (2002), which won the 2002 Silver FIPA for Best TV Series and Serials at the Biarritz International Festival of Audiovisual Programming. She then guest starred as Sandra Lovati in one episode of the Italian hit series “Don Matteo” (2002). Her first big screen outing was in the Luis Sepúlveda comedy “Nowhere” (2002), which earned a Golden PreColumbian Circle nomination for Best Film at the 2002 Bogota Film Festival.
Murino resurfaced in 2004 in the made-for-TV film “Part Time” and the TV series “Orgoglio,” a love story set in 1912 starring Elena Sofia Ricci and Daniele Pecci. It was also that same year that Murino experienced her breakthrough thanks to her costarring role, opposite Jean Reno and Christian Clavier, in a French comedy “Enquête Corse, L/The Corsican File.” In the movie, she portrayed a character named Léa.
In 2005, Murino was cast with Jean Dujardin and Pascal Elbé in the French comedy “Amour aux trousses, L,” which was directed by Philippe de Chauveron and co-written by de Chauveron and Guy Laurent. She then costarred with Stéphane Freiss and Claire Nebout in the French made-for-TV fantasy “Des jours et des nuits” and appeared in the forgettable comedy “Bronzés 3: amis pour la vie, Les/Friends Forever” (2006). She next portrayed a character in the Spanish drama series “Vientos de agua” (also 2006).
“I went crazy when I heard that I was going to be the next Bond girl! I was jumping and screaming and then I realized that I was on the set of another film. I went back to work, but my concentration was gone.” Caterina Murino
Murino received worldwide attention when she won the role of Solange Dimitrios, a woman who has a one night stand with James Bond, in the Daniel Craig vehicle “Casino Royale (2006), directed by Martin Campbell. Talking about her character in the movie, Murino said, “(My character takes) revenge by sleeping with James Bond. Nice revenge! If all women who've been hit by their husbands can resolve in that way, it would be very nice.”
The following year found Murino playing Nadine in the Italian comedy “Non pensarci/Don't Think About It,” opposite Valerio Mastandrea, Anita Caprioli and Giuseppe Battiston, and having a memorable part in the British comedy “St. Trinian's,” jointly helmed by Oliver Parker and Barnaby Thompson. As Miss Maupassant, she acted alongside British noted actor Rupert Everett and future Bond girl Gemma Arterton.
Murino next teamed up with Lambert Wilson for the French mystery “Grand alibi, Le,” starred as Veronica in the Italian comedy “Seme della discordia, Il,” which won a Golden Lion nomination at the Venice Film Festival, and returned to series TV as Anna Maria in the drama “Donne assassine,” which debuted in Italy on October 16, 2008. She also portrayed Monica in the Stéphane Giusti-directed/written comedy “Made in Italy,” with Gilbert Melki and Amira Casar, and revisited the U.K. with the John Irvin drama “The Garden of Eden,” based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway. The film also starred Jack Huston, Mena Suvari, Richard E. Grant and Matthew Modine.
Murino recently completed filming the TV miniseries remake of “XIII” (2008), starring Stephen Dorff in the titular role. In the miniseries, she played Sam.