Isabel de Castro

Isabel Maria Bastos Osório de Castro e Oliveira (August 1, 1931 – November 23, 2005) was a Portuguese film actress.

Isabel de Castro
Isabel Maria Bastos Osório de Castro e Oliveira

(1931-08-01)August 1, 1931
Lisbon, Portugal
DiedNovember 23, 2005(2005-11-23) (aged 74)
Borba, Évora, Portugal
Years active1946-2003


She was born in the capital Lisbon in 1931 to José Osório de Castro e Oliveira (Setúbal, 27 January 1900 - Lisbon, 3 December 1964) and writer Raquel Bastos, granddaughter of the writer Ana de Castro Osório, brother of the writer João Osório de Castro.[1]

Castro's career began with the movie Ladrão, Precisa-se! in 1946. Later, she appeared in some Spanish films including Under the Skies of the Asturias where she played as Angelina Quirós, The Pelegrín System, Lawless Mountain as Maria and in El cerco. She played in more Portuguese films including Francisca (1981), O Desejado (1987) and Hard Times (1988). In the mid-1990s, she went to Cape Verde, appearing in the films Down to Earth (1995) and The Island of Contenda (1996), the latter based on the novel by Henrique Teixeira de Sousa, in which she played the character of Nha Caela. Her last movie was A Casa Esquecida, in 2004. She appeared in about 50 films and appeared in theatre and television.

She died of cancer in Borba near Évora.

Personal life

In 1948, she married Óscar Acúrsio, she later married Miguel Luke[1]

Selected filmography

Year Film Role
1946Ladrão, Precisa-se!
1950Criminal Brigade
1951Under the Skies of the AsturiasAngelina Quirós
1952Forbidden Trade
The Pelegrín SystemLuisa
Persecution in Madrid
1953Lawless MountainMaría
The Dance of the HeartElena Montes
1987O Desejado
1988Hard Times
1995Down to Earth
1995The Island of ContendaNha Caela
2004A Casa Esquecida

Short films

  • A Voice of the Night (1998)
  • Jerónimo (1998)
  • Henrique (2001)


  1. "Os Luso-Descendentes da Índia Portuguesa", Jorge Eduardo de Abreu Pamplona Forjaz ans José Francisco Leite de Noronha, Fundação Oriente, 1st ed., Lisbon, 2003, Vol. III, p. 202 (in Portuguese)
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