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Alexandra Lencastre
Born: September 26, 1965 [51 yo] in Lisboa, Portugal

Alexandra Lencastre was born in Lisbon, in 1965. She's one of the most talented and most popular Portuguese actresses. As a Philosophy student, became interested in the experience of a theatre group from the University. She left Philosophy and began her acting studies at the Theater School (Conservatório), in Lisbon. It was with the play 'Frei Luís de Sousa', directed by Jorge Listopad, that her acting career really began, winning an award for best revelation. Since then, she worked with some of the main directors of the Portuguese theater, including Carlos Avilez, João Lourenço and José Wallenstein. She began working in television, on the Portuguese version of 'Sesame Street'. Later, in television, both in fiction (including some very popular telenovelas) and entertainment features (such as the polemic interviews of 'In Bed With..'), she became a star for Portuguese audiences. Since 1990, with Filha da Mãe (1990), by João Canijo, her film career developed, working with directors like João Botelho, João Mário Grilo and Teresa Villaverde. Her most important success, both with audiences and critic, is Delfim, O (2002), directed by Fernando Lopes. In the same year, she worked with Javier Bardem in The Dancer Upstairs (2002), directed by John Malkovich. In 2003, she was again a great success in TV, with Ana e os Sete, Portuguese version of a Spanish series. With Rogério Samora, in O Delfim, Alexandra Lencastre defined a new pair for the Portuguese cinema; they met again in Lá Fora (2004), also directed by Fernando Lopes.

Has two daughters: Margarida, born 10 Oct 1996; Catarina, born 1998.

She has been in several theater plays. Some of those were written by David Mamet, 'Moliére' ("Tartufo"), Almeida Garrett, José Régio and Gil Vicente.

She lives with her two daughters in Cascais.

She's an actress and a TV host.

She was first noticed by the public with the novel "A Banqueira do Povo" (1993).

Besides Portuguese, she also speaks English and French.

She was born in a army hospital in Lisbon.

Lived with her grandparents until the age of 3. After that Alexandra went to lived with her parents in Restelo.

Has an older brother named Pedro (b. 1964).

Studied in Academia de Música de Santa Cecília.

Meet actress Rita Blanco in Conservatório Nacional. They remain good friends until today.

Won the critics award for revelation actress for her role in the play "Frei Luís de Sousa".

Her first soap was "A Banqueira do Povo" (1993).

Her father, Jacinto Teodósio Pedrosa, was a lieutenant. Her mother is Gisa de Alencastre Telo.

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