Mama Mia! Ex-model star of Dolittle blockbuster turns heads after picking up gong at glamorous Italian awards ceremony

Model-turned-actress Kasia Smutniak was given the Eastern Star Award in recognition of her help in building a bridge between western and Central Eastern Europe. SEBASTIEN NOGIER/PAP/EPA

The Polish star of the ‘Dolittle’ blockbuster has won the Eastern Star Award at the Trieste Film Festival in Italy.

Kasia Smutniak who’s originally from Piła but now lives in Italy with her children and second husband was given the award in recognition of her help in building a bridge between western and Central Eastern Europe.

The 40-year-old from Piła lives in Italy with her second husband and two children. Archiwum Leszczyński/PAP

Speaking at the ceremony over the weekend, the 40-year-old former model said: “I am honoured and happy to receive this award that allowed me to come to this festival and present her film ‘(Nie) Znajomi’ which, being the Polish remake of Paolo Genovese's film ‘Perfect Strangers’, could not better represent the idea of bridging our cultures.”

Smutniak is currently starring in the film ‘Dolittle’ alongside Robert Downey Jnr and a host of talented actors who lend their voices to the talking animals.

Kasia was at the Trieste Film Festival to promote her film ‘(Nie) Znajomi’ in which she stars alongside Cold War legend Tomasz Kot.Press materials

Previously she was in ‘From Paris With Love’ alongside John Travolta and in the acclaimed ‘Radio West’.

The first movie she co-produced, ‘(Nie) Znajomi’, also starred Cold War star Tomasz Kot.

Smutniak has a recurring role on an English language, Italian-produced hit show ‘Devils’ alongside Patrick Dempsey.

Kasia moved to Italy to be a model before falling in love with acting. Press materials

After moving to Italy as a model at 17 she soon fell in love with acting.

She met Pietro Taricone on the set of Radio West before marrying and having a child with him.

In 2010 he died after a skydiving accident.

Kasia is currently starring in the new Dolittle blockbuster as Lily Dolittle alongside Hollywood A-listers including Robert Downey Jnr. Press materials

Smutniak remarried last year with the father of her second child, producer, Domenico Procacci.

She has won seven ‘Silver Ribbon’ awards for acting in Italy and one Italian Golden Globe.