Barbara Matera

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Barbara Matera
Born (1981-12-09) 9 December 1981 (age 36)
Lucera, Italy
Occupation Politician
Television announcer
Years active 2001–present

Barbara Matera (born 9 December 1981) is an Italian television announcer, actress and MEP for the centre-right The People of Freedom (PdL) party.


Matera was born on 9 December 1981 in Lucera in the Province of Foggia,[1] in the Apulia, southern Italy. She studied Educational Sciences from the University of Rome La Sapienza, without graduating.[1][2]

In 2000, she was a contestant in the Miss Italia beauty contest.[3] Later, in September 2003,[1] she became an announcer for Rai Uno, the primary television station of RAI, Italy's state-owned national public service broadcaster.[3] She remained with RAI until 2007.[1]

In 2003, she appeared in the film Ma che colpa abbiamo noi, directed by and starring Carlo Verdone. In 2007, she starred in the role of a journalist in the Rai Uno miniseries La Terza verità, led by Stefano Reali. After that, she held the role of Francesca Rossini on the seventh season of Carabinieri, broadcast on Canale 5, and guest starred in an episode of Don Matteo. In 2009, she appeared in the Canale 5 television film Due mamme di troppo, directed by Antonello Grimaldi.[4]

European Parliament election[edit]

Matera's candidacy for Member of the European Parliament was presented by Silvio Berlusconi's center-right political party, The People of Freedom (PdL), in the 2009 European Parliament elections.[5] Her accession to the short list of candidates came as part of an effort by Berlusconi to reshape the PdL's image for the European Parliament elections: "I want young faces, new faces, to renew the image of Italy and the PdL in Europe."[3]

In response to criticism of the initiative, Matera said "I've never been a showgirl," and expressed hope that her candidacy would challenge the "prejudic[ial]" dichotomy about women of intellect versus beauty.[6] She identified Mara Carfagna, Italy's Minister for Equal Opportunity, as her "political role model."[6]

She was elected with 129,994 direct votes in the electoral college of the South.[7]

Matera is the winner of the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Award, 2017.[8]



Year Film Role Other notes
2003 Ma che colpa abbiamo noi Danka English: What Fault Is It of Ours?
Directed by Carlo Verdone


Year Television series Role Other notes
2007 La terza verità Rai Uno TV miniseries
Directed by Stefano Reali
2008 Carabinieri Francesca Rossini Aired on Canale 5
Don Matteo Laura Guest appearance
2009 Due mamme di troppo Viola Canale 5 television film
Directed by Antonello Grimaldi


  1. ^ a b c d "Barbara Matera: la velina favorita de 'Il Cavaliere'". Europa Press (in Spanish). 30 April 2009. Archived from the original on 9 June 2009. Retrieved 30 May 2009.
  2. ^ G.A.Stella, Barbara Matera, da soubrette a candidata «Io unisco l’esteriorità e i contenuti», Corriere della Sera, 26 May 2009
  3. ^ a b c Owen, Richard (23 April 2009). "Silvio Berlusconi lines up starlets for European Parliament elections". The Australian. The Times). Archived from the original on 27 April 2009. Retrieved 30 May 2009.
  4. ^ "Due mamme di troppo (FILM TV) (2009)". (in Italian). Retrieved 30 May 2009.
  5. ^ Schlam, Hans-Jürgen (29 May 2009). "Candidates for the European Parliament: The Rich, the Odd and the Beautiful". Der Spiegel. Archived from the original on 30 May 2009. Retrieved 30 May 2009.
  6. ^ a b Squires, Nick (8 May 2009). "Silvio Berlusconi's 'female political candidates' hit back". The Daily Telegraph. London. Archived from the original on 14 May 2009. Retrieved 31 May 2009.
  7. ^ Corriere del Mezzogiorno, Ecco tutti gli eletti a Strasburgo Matera «regina» delle preferenze
  8. ^ "MEP Awards 2017 - Winners". MEP Awards. Dods Parliamentary Communications Ltd. Retrieved 8 May 2017.

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