Alice Braga Biography

Alice Braga is a highly acclaimed Brazilian actress known for her work in both Brazilian and American films and television shows. With a family background in acting, Braga’s passion for the profession was evident from a young age. She made her debut in a commercial as a child and later gained critical acclaim for her role in the Brazilian crime film ‘City of God’ in 2002. Her exceptional performance in the Brazilian drama film ‘Lower City’ in 2005 earned her numerous international awards. Braga’s talent and versatility led her to appear in the English-language film ‘Journey to the End of the Night’ in 2006, where she showcased her acting prowess. However, it was her role opposite Will Smith in the American post-apocalyptic sci-fi horror film ‘I Am Legend’ in 2007 that catapulted her to international recognition. Since then, Braga has continued to impress audiences with her performances in various Hollywood movies, including ‘Repo Men’, ‘Predators’, ‘The Rite’, and ‘Elysium’. Currently, she captivates viewers as the lead character Teresa Mendoza in the American crime-drama series ‘Queen of the South’ and also makes appearances in the Brazilian web comedy series ‘Samantha!’.

Quick Facts

  • Also Known As: Alice Braga Moraes
  • Age: 40 Years, 40 Year Old Females
  • Family: father: Nico Moraes, mother: Ana Braga
  • Actresses
  • Brazilian Women
  • Height: 5’4″ (163 cm), 5’4″ Females

Rise to Stardom

Alice Braga began acting professionally at the age of eight, when she appeared in a yogurt commercial. She began auditioning for television and film roles in her teens. In 1998, while still in school, she debuted in the Portuguese-language short film ‘Trampolim’. Four years later, she bagged the breakthrough role of Angélica in the critically acclaimed Brazilian crime film ‘City of God’, which also earned her a nomination for the ‘Best Supporting Actress Award’ at the ‘Cinema Brazil Grand Prize’ the following year. After that, she went back to university to complete her studies. In 2005, she returned to play a major role in the Brazilian drama film ‘Lower City’, for which she won several Best Actress awards, including the ‘Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival Award’, the ‘ACIE Awards’, and the ‘São Paulo Association of Art Critics Awards’. During this time, she also appeared on the popular Brazilian television program ‘Carandiru, Outras Historias’ (2005) and had a lead role in the Mexican-Brazilian drama film ‘Only God Knows’ (2006). After completing her studies, she focused on her career in Hollywood and appeared in successful American films like ‘I Am Legend’, ‘Predators’, and ‘Elysium’, and the television series ‘Queen of the South’.


In 2006, Alice Braga made her English-language debut with a role in Eric Eason’s independent film ‘Journey to the End of the Night’, appearing alongside Brendan Fraser, Mos Def, and Catalina Sandino Moreno. After appearing in a few small roles, she was cast opposite Will Smith in the hit film ‘I Am Legend’ (2007). The next year, she had starring roles in the films ‘Redbelt’ and ‘Blindness’, which had Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo as main characters. In 2009, she appeared as Mireya Sánchez in the crime-drama film ‘Crossing Over’ alongside Harrison Ford, Ray Liotta, and Ashley Judd. In 2010, she appeared as Beth in ‘Repo Men’ and as Isabelle in ‘Predators’. The following year, she played Angelina Vargas in the supernatural horror film ‘The Rite’. In 2012, she acted in the film ‘On the Road’, had a guest role in the Brazilian TV series ‘As Brasileiras’ and appeared in the documentary film ‘City of God – 10 Years Later’. She then starred opposite Matt Damon in Neill Blomkamp’s sci-fi action film ‘Elysium’. Year 2014 saw her in starring roles in ‘Latitudes’, ‘The Ardor’, and ‘Kill Me Three Times’, the last two of which received mixed to negative reviews from critics. Her next film ‘The Duel’ (2016), alongside Woody Harrelson and Liam Hemsworth, also received mixed reviews. In 2016, she was cast in the main role of Teresa Mendoza in the crime-drama series ‘Queen of the South’. She had a supporting role in ‘The Shack’ (2017) and has a special guest role in the Brazilian web comedy series ‘Samantha!’ She has a major role in the upcoming superhero horror film ‘The New Mutants’.

Family & Personal Life

Alice Braga Moraes was born on April 15, 1983 in São Paulo, Brazil to Ana Braga and Nico Moraes. Her mother, her aunts, Sônia and Maria Braga, and her uncle Júlio Braga are all actors. They often took her to film sets with them, which gave her an early exposure to acting. Her sister Rita Moraes went on to become a film producer. As a child, Braga acted in school plays and commercials. She did her elementary schooling in Sao Paolo, Brazil, and after her parents relocated to the United States, she attended a high school in Los Angeles. Even though she began appearing in films during her teenage years, she took a break from showbiz to complete her university education. She can speak Portuguese, Spanish and English fluently. She was in a relationship with Mexican actor Diego Luna in 2004-05. She revealed in an interview in 2008 that she ended her relationship because she was young and not ready for marriage.

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