|Born||in Porto, Portugal|
|Birth Name||Benedita Gonçalves Aires Pereira|
|Height||5' 8" (1.73 m)|
Mini Bio (1)
Award-winning actress Benedita Pereira achieved major stardom in her native Portugal by the time she was 18. Born into a close-knit family of travelers; a civil engineer father and mother who elected to stay home and raise her 3 children in their native Porto, Benedita decided she was going to be an actor at age 8. This came just after being enrolled in the Balleteatro Centro de Formacao, where she immediately began participating in stage productions. As a youth, she performed at Porto's National Theatre and landed a few minor television roles. In high school, she was scouted by a modeling agency and worked in runway, catalog and editorial, saving a large part of her earnings for her future.
While finishing her high school exams, Benedita landed her first major TV role: a lead in Portugal's first teen-targeted series on TVI, the country's major network. The show proved an immediate success and catapulted Benedita to 'instant stardom'.
Over the next five years, her success in her home country continued to grow with offer after offer arriving for starring roles in numerous TV series and prestigious stage productions. Despite this success, she longed for more growth as an actor and decided to learn to act in her fluently and articulately spoken 2nd language, American English (unaccented). She moved to New York and resumed her training, attending the Lee Strasberg Institute; finishing the 2-year Conservatory program and then returning home to Portugal after accepting an offer for lead in a new series. Her instincts in accepting the role were on target, as her portrayal of a young woman masquerading as a man in "Ele é Ela", earned her a trophy for Best Actress at the 2010 Portugal TV Awards.
Returning to New York City with her new prize, Benedita received an offer to star in a U.S./Portugal co-production. In 2011, she won a second Best Actress in Television award and decided to learn Spanish (her 3rd language) and then a 4th (Brazilian Portuguese). In 2016, she picked up another Best Actress nomination, this time Portugal's "Emmy" equivalent. After being asked by French casting director Mathilde Snodgrass, to read for a role in a French film with an international ensemble cast, she decided to master her already conversational French. Her 1000+ episodes as in series lead in television, extensive travels to more than a dozen countries, acting training in 3 countries, years of living in New York City and 5 fluently spoken languages, give Benedita unique and rare qualifications in the English language market.
Benedita's voice and likeness are the basis of the Brazilian character Fabiana in the 3rd installment of Rockstar Games' mega hit Max Payne series.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Stacey Castro Media
|David de Magalhães Sarmento de Albuquerque da Quinta||(9 July 2011 - 2016) ( divorced)|