Maria João Bastos has never doubted that she wanted to be an actress. At age 12, she took part of amateur theater groups. At 17, her hobby turned to be a goal, and she left the countryside of Portugal, where she lived and moved to Lisbon in order to run for her professional life on TV. Soon, she made her debut and never stopped. At the same time, Maria João didn’t leave the university. She graduated in Communication Sciences, however she has never  practiced it. "It was my plan B, but it was good anyway, because I love studying," she jokes.

Nowadays, 27 years after the beginning, Maria João collects awards such as “Golden Globe Awards” for the best actress in the film “Mistérios de Lisboa”, which she won the international recognition. As a result, Maria João  performed in 25 soap operas  and 10 movies  and  her career grew by leaps and bounds following by enumerous jobs and always full of enthusiasm. In Portugal, she played a successful role and gave the singer Liliane Marise to life in the soap opera “Destinos Cruzados” - the character became the protagonist of the plot and gained a real life. Believe it or not, Liliane, the character lived by the actress, recorded cds, earned the first place on Top Music of Portugal, and made a show for 72.000 people at “Pavilhão Atlântica” - The largest place for concerts in the country which receives top notch celebrities such as Beyoncé and Madonna. However Maria João doesn’t claim to be a singer. That's just an evidence of her incontestable charisma.

In Brazil,  she has become known since her participation in the soap operas “O Clone”, “Sabor da Paixão “ and also through the highly successful children’s television programme “Sítio do Picapau Amarelo “ for her lovely Portuguese accent. Recently, she returned to Brazil in high style performing the character Diana in the soap opera “Boogie Oogie”. For 2015, her plan is to keep on working in Rio and Lisbon and in 2016 she intends to set herself up more in Brazil.

Entre em Contato


Maria João Bastos

Resumé

QUALIFICATIONS


Martha Graham School – New York/USA

Estúdio Corazza - Madrid/ Spain

Theatre, Movies and Television Courses at Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute - New York/USA

 

LANGUAGES


Portuguese

Spanish

French

English

AWARDS

2011 – GLOBO DE OURO

Best Actress

Movies: Mistérios de Lisboa

Character: Ângela de Lima

2011 – THE VILLAGE VOICE E INDIWIRE

Best Supporting Actress

 

TELEVISION

2017 – NOVO MUNDO - TV GLOBO

Soap Opera

Writer: Thereza Falcão e Alessandro Marson

Direction: Vinicius Coimbra

Character:  Letícia

Braszil

2015/2016 – CORAÇÃO D'OURO - SIC

Soap Opera
Writer: Pedro Lopes
Direction: Sergio Graciano
Character: Beatriz Castro de Aguiar
Portugal

2014 – BOOGIE OOGIE - GLOBO TV

Soap Opera

Writer: Rui Vilhena

Direction: Ricardo Waddington e Gustavo Fernandez

Character: Diana Brazil

2012/2013 - DESTINOS CRUZADOS – TVI

Soap Opera

Writer: Antonio Barreira

Character: Margarida Isabel Cabreira das Caldas (Liliane Marise)

Portugal

2012 – BAIRRO ESTRELA POLAR - TVI

Series

Writer: Francisco Moita Flores

Character: Diana

Portugal

2012 – AS LINHAS DE TORRES - RTP1

Mini Series

Direction: Valéria Sarmiento

Character: Maria de Jesus Almeida

Portugal

2011 – INTRIGA FATAL - TVI

Television film

Writer: Rui Vilhena and João Sequeira

Character: Bárbara

Portugal

2010/2011 – SEDUÇÃO - TVI

Soap Opera

Writer: Rui Vilhena

Direction: Attílio Riccó, Nuno Franco and Paula Mourão

Character: Ester Vasconcelos

Portugal

2009 – FLOR DO MAR - TVI

Soap Opera

Writer: Antônio Barreira and André Ramalho

Director: Antônio Moura Mattos

Character: Gabriela

Portugal

2009 – EQUADOR - TVI

Series

Based on the literary work of Miguel Sousa Tavares

Writer: Rui Vilhena

Director: André Cerqueira

Character: Ann Jamerson

Portugal

2008 – CASOS DA VIDA - TVI

Mini Series

1st Season : AS NOIVAS DE MAIO

Character: Vitória

Portugal

2008 – CASOS DA VIDA - TVI

Mini Series

1st Season: O CASAL DO ANO

Character: Suzana

Portugal

2006/2007 – TEMPO DE VIVER - TVI

Soap Opera

Writer: Rui Vilhena

Character: Raquel Mendes

Portugal

2005/2006 – MUNDO MEU - TVI

Soap Opera

Writer: Casa da Criação

Character: Sofia Salgado

Portugal

2005 – INSPETOR MAX - TVI

Series

Character: Mariana

Portugal

2004/2005 – NO COMANDO - GNT

Talk Show

Leading Actress

Brazil

2004 – O SEGREDO - TVI

Mini-Series

Direction: Leonel Vieira, Paulo Nascimento and Patrícia Sequeira

Co- Production: Stopline Filmes, Accorde Filmes and RTP

Character: Suzana

Portugal

2004 – SÓ GOSTO DE TI - TVI

Series

Production: Endemol

Character: Rita

Portugal

2004 – SÍTIO DO PICA-PAU AMARELO - TV GLOBO

Animated Series

Character: Isabel

Brazil

2003 – SABOR DA PAIXÃO - TV GLOBO

Soap Opera

Writer: Ana Maria Moretzsohn

Director: Denise Saraceni

Character: Rita Coimbra

Brazil

2002 – O CLONE - TV GLOBO

Soap Opera

Writer: Glória Peres

Director: Jayme Monjardim

Character: Amália

Brazil

2001 – GANÂNCIA - SIC

Soap Opera

Writer: Marilúcia Abreu e Francisco Nicholson

Character: Joana

Portugal

2001 – A MINHA FAMÍLIA É UMA ANIMAÇÃO - SIC

Series

Episode: Oferta de Lua de Mel

Portugal

2000 – QUERIDO PROFESSOR - SIC

Series

Character: Catarina

Portugal

2000 – ALTA FIDELIDADE - SIC

Television Film

Director: Tiago Guedes e Frederico Serra

Character: Carla

Portugal

1999/2000 – TODO O TEMPO DO MUNDO - TVI

Soap Opera

Writer: Tozé Martinho

Character: Marta Campos

Portugal

1997 – MÉDICO DE FAMÍLIA - SIC

Series

Character: Vitória

Portugal

1996/1997 – DESAFIOS - TVI

Weekly Television

Programme Presenter

Portugal

1992 – CINZAS - RTP1

Soap Opera

Direction: Régis Cardoso

Character: Maria João

Portugal

 

MOVIES

2016 – A PONTE NA CALIFÓRNIA

Short Film

Director : Pedro Amorim

Character: Carla

Portugal

2013 – THE CASANOVA VARIATIONS

Director: Michael Sturminger

Character: Lady Doctor

Austria

2012 – A MORAL CONJUGAL

Director: Arthur Serra Araújo

Character: Bárbara

Portugal

2012 – AS LINHAS DE WELLINGTON

Director: Valéria Sarmiento

Character: Maria de Jesus Almeida

France/Portugal

2012 – O BAIRRO

Director: Jorge Cardos, Lourenço Mello, José Manuel Fernandes and Ricardo Inácio

Character: Diana

Portugal

2011 – EM CÂMERA LENTA

Director: Fernando Lopes

Character: Ma Vie

Portugal

2011 – CATARINA E OS OUTROS

Director: André Badalo

Character: Woman 1

Portugal

2010 – JE M'APPELLE BERNARDETTE

Director: Jean Sagols

Character: Sophie Pailhasson

France

2010 – SHOOT ME

Director: André Badalo

Character: Teresa

Portugal

2009/2010 – MISTÉRIOS DE LISBOA

Director: Raul Ruíz

Character: Ângela de Lima

Portugal/France

2007 – O ÚLTIMO À CONDENADO

Director: Francisco Manso

Character: Adelaide

Portugal

2005 – O INIMIGO SEM ROSTO

Director: José Farinha

Characater: Nina

Portugal

2005 – O ELEVADOR

Director: Patrícia Sequeira

Character: A Grávida

Portugal

2004 – VENENO DA MADRUGADA

Director: Ruy Guerra

Character: Rebeca Assis

Portugal

 

THEATRE

2005 – O MÉTODO DE GRONHOLM

Writer: Jordir Galcerán

Director: Virgilio Castelo

Casa do Artista

Portugal

2005 – GIRL GONE

Writer: Jacquelyn Reingold

Character: Tish

Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute

New York - USA