Giovanna Mezzogiorno (born November 9, 1974) is an Italian
theater and film actress.
Mezzogiorno was born in Rome, the daughter of actors
Vittorio Mezzogiorno and Cecilia Sacchi. After her studies
in actor practice, she worked for two years in Paris in
Peter Brook's theater laboratory. Her career began in 1995,
in Brook's Qui est là, an adaptation of Shakespeare's
Hamlet, as Ofelia.
In 1997, she made her debut in the cinema world, in the
Sergio Rubini's film Il viaggio della sposa, winning the
Premio Flaiano as best female interpreter. After Michele
Placido's Del perduto amor, in 2000 and 2001 she worked for
international productions alongside with John Malkovich and
Gerard Depardieu, but her fame increased greatly after her
part in the lucky L'ultimo bacio by Gabriele Muccino. In the
latter she acted alongside Stefano Accorsi, who was to be
her companion for a long period.
In 2002, in the movie Il più crudele dei giorni, she
portrayed the Italian journalist Ilaria Alpi, who had been
killed in Somalia in mysterious circumstances. Her role
gained her a Silver Ribbon. Other numerous awards were given
to her for Ferzan Ozpetek's La finestra di fronte and
Cristina Comencini's La Bestia nel Cuore / The Beast in the
Heart (2005), which was nominated for Best Foreign Film at
the 2006 Oscars. Mezzogiorno, alongside Spanish actor Javier
Bardem and American actor Benjamin Bratt, appeared in Mike
Newell's film adaptation of Love in the Time of Cholera by
Gabriel García Márquez.
Daughter of actors Vittorio Mezzogiorno and Cecilia Sacchi.
She worked in Paris for two years at the Peter Brook
Workshop (Le Centre International de Créations Théatrales).
Made her film debut in Viaggio della sposa, Il (1997),
becoming Italy's most promising younger actress.
Made her stage debut as Ophelia in Peter Brook's "Qui est
She was Stefano Accorsi's girlfriend until 2001.
Wanted to become a ballerina, so she studied dancing for 13
Lives in Rome, Milan and Paris.
Has two tattoos on the inner side of her ankles: a "V", the
initial letter of her father's name, and the scorpion zodiac
Has brown hair and hazel eyes.
Wears a size 4 dress.
Her fiancé is Daniele Anzellotti.
Her surname means "midday" in Italian.
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