Caterina Murino Biography
Caterina Murino, born on September 15, 1977, in Cagliari, Sardinia, is an Italian actress and former model. Although Murino initially aspired to be a doctor, her path took a turn when she finished fifth in the 1997 Miss Italy contest.
She studied drama at the Scuola di Cinema e Teatro run by Francesca De Sapio in 1999-2000 and went on to appear in stage productions of Richard III and Italian-language plays.
Caterina Murino began her career in television in 2002 and gained international fame after playing Bond girl Solange Dimitrios in the 2006 adaptation of the James Bond novel Casino Royale. Despite having a broken rib from a horse riding accident the day before her audition, she still managed to land the role. Director Martin Campbell had considered using a stunt performer for the iconic horse riding scene in the film, but Murino refused and performed the sequence herself, even though she was experiencing leg pain.
In early 2011, Murino co-starred with Rufus Sewell in the short-lived BBC One TV series Zen. She also appeared in Bob Sinclar’s music video clip Far l’amore and starred in the video clip of the famous party band The Gypsy Queens’ l’Italiano. In 2013, she played Penelope, Ulysses’ wife, in a TV production of Odysseus.
Caterina Murino is trilingual, speaking French, English, and Italian. She’s a versatile actress and a talented athlete, with skills in singing, tango, flamenco, oriental dance, and horseback riding.
Despite her success, Murino remains grounded and true to her roots. She once said, “I do have ambition, but it’s not my life. My life is wearing jeans and tennis shoes and traveling on the metro.” She also expressed her love for her family and her dream of re-creating the fantastic family she grew up in with her brother and parents, who are still happily in love.