Catarina Furtado

2005 Laureus World Sports Award - Show Arrivals

Furtado in 2005, photo by

Birth Name: Catarina Cardoso Garcia da Fonseca Furtado

Place of Birth: Lisbon, Portugal

Date of Birth: 25 August, 1972

Ethnicity: Portuguese, as well as one eighth Konkani Goan

Catarina Furtado is a Portuguese television presenter, actress, and UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador.

Catarina was born in Lisbon, Portugal, to Maria Helena Cardoso Garcia da Fonseca, a teacher, and Joaquim da Silva Furtado, a journalist, reporter, television anchor, and documentary film director. Catarina has stated in an interview that one of her great-grandfathers was from Goa, India. Her parents are pictured here. Her maternal great-uncle (grandmother’s brother) was engineer and professor Edgar Cardoso.

She is married to actor João Reis, with whom she has two children.

Catarina’s paternal grandfather was named António Furtado.

Catarina’s paternal grandmother was named Lucinda.

Catarina’s maternal grandfather is named João Garcia da Fonseca.

Catarina’s maternal grandmother is Maria Amélia de Mesquita Cardoso (the daughter of Francisco Vitor Cardoso and Amélia Teixeira de Mesquita). Francisco was from Goa.

Sources: O que vejo e não esqueço – Ser voluntário: uma escolha de vida, by Catarina Furtado, 2015 (in Portuguese) (in Portuguese) (in Portuguese)

Genealogy of Catarina Furtado (focusing on her mother’s side) –

5 Responses

  1. suburbanwinemom2020 says:

    Change “Indian [Goan]” to “Konkani [Goan]”

  2. stlucas says:

    Her paternal grandparents were António Furtado and Lucinda.

    Her maternal great-grandfather Francisco Vitor Cardoso was from Goa.

    Source: Catarina’s book “O que vejo e não esqueço – Ser voluntário: uma escolha de vida” (2015)

  3. Manila says:

    She will host the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.

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