Claudia Koll (stage name of Claudia Colacione; born May 17, 1965) is an Italian actress and missionary.
Koll made her debut as a cinema actress in 1989, but achieved fame for her part in the erotic movie Così fan tutte (All Ladies Do It, 1992), directed by Tinto Brass. Subsequently she has worked mostly for theater and television. She reached her widest audience in the popular television series Linda e il brigadiere (Linda and the Brigadier, 1997-2000) with Nino Manfredi.
She co-hosted the 1995 edition of the Sanremo Music Festival.
She had a Catholic upbringing, but when she left home to become an actress, she also left the Church. As she said in testimony, she began to live as she liked, doing whatever she wanted, in a spirit of rebellion against all authority. She lived this transgressive life, she says, for many years, thinking it was true liberty, but its actual effect on her was to leave her psychologically vulnerable and without protection. One day in 2000, during a session of vaguely Buddhist, vaguely "New Age"-style meditation such as (she says) many people in show business make use of in order to relax and be able to concentrate on their work, she found herself, without warning, overcome by a terrifying sense of being in the presence of evil and in mortal danger. In her fear she began to recite the Lord's Prayer and felt the threat recede. According to the exorcist Father Francesco Bamonte, "transcendental meditation...and other such New Age practices that stress 'out of body' experiences" can potentially open the door to demonic attacks.
Subsequently Claudia Koll became a devout Roman Catholic. She is involved in several humanitarian activities and has travelled all over Italy to give testimony of her conversion and invite young people to return to prayer and faith in God. In 2006 she also gave a moving testimony at a healing service in Malta.
- Orlando sei (1989)
- Così fan tutte (1992)
- Benito - The Rise and Fall of Mussolini (1993)
- Miracolo italiano (1994)
- Uomini sull'orlo di una crisi di nervi (1995)
- Cucciolo (1998)
- La Koll: da Brass al ruolo di Linda bella poliziotta, Corriere della Sera, 2 April 1997 (in Italian).
- "Claudia Koll: conversione", YouTube, 1 November 2007 (in Italian).
- Rossano D'Antonio. "Gesù compagno di strada": La testimonianza di Claudia Koll, Il Quotidiano del Molise, 1 July 2008 (in Italian).
- Quoted in Matt Baglio, The Rite (London: Pocket Books, 2010), p. 56. This book was the inspiration for the 2011 film The Rite.
- Leon Bertoletti. "Porn Star's New Life", Hic sunt leones, 1 June 2007.
- "The Faith of Claudia Koll", Gloria.tv, 24 September 2008 (in English and Italian).
- "Italian Actress Claudia Koll gives her Testimony at Mdina Healing Service", Malta Network Resources, 6 August 2006.