Thursday, August 29, 2013

Catarina Furtado

Catarina Furtado (b. 1972) is a Portuguese television presenter, actress and UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador.

Catarina was born in Lisbon and is daughter of RTP journalist Joaquim Furtado. Throughout her successful career on television which started in the early 1990s, she has worked for SIC and RTP television networks, as well as the radio stations Rádio Comercial and RDP Antena 3. While an underage girl, Catarina had a short non-talking role in the film Non, ou a Vã Glória de Mandar directed by Manoel de Oliveira. Later on she starred in films like Killing Time (an English film that appeared in the Cannes Film Festival), Fatima (an Italian movie by Fabrizio Costa), Anjo da Guarda and Pesadelo cor-de-rosa, among others. Catarina's first big success was as a presenter on the TV show Top + on RTP, a Portuguese program featuring popular music videos and the national weekly record chart. It was a music show that first illustrated Catarina's natural talent and beauty, and led to her hosting a MTV Portugal program on the SIC network, years before the Portuguese MTV has been founded. She went on to do a variety of shows, including Treasure Hunt (Caça ao Tesouro), in SIC television. That show was often shot on location in Portugal's smaller towns where Catarina arrived in a helicopter.



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