Caterina Murino is an Italian actress. She was born in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy. She reached fifth place in the 1996 Miss Italy contest. In 1999 and 2000, she studied drama at the Cinema of Theatre of Francesca de Sapio, and appeared in stage productions of Richard III and Italian language plays. Besides her native Italian, she also speaks Spanish, English and French. She began her career in television in 2002. She gained international fame after playing Solange in the 2006 adaptation of the James Bond novel Casino Royale. She lives in Paris.