Greta Scacchi in January 2008
18 February 1960|
Tim Finn (1983–1989)|
Vincent D'Onofrio (1989–1993)
Greta Scacchi (Italian pronunciation: [ˌɡrɛːta ˈskakːi]; born 18 February 1960) is an Italian-Australian actress known for her roles in the films White Mischief, Presumed Innocent, The Player and Looking for Alibrandi. She won an Emmy Award in 1996 for her portrayal of Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna of Russia in the television film, Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny.
Scacchi was born on 18 February 1960 in Milan, Italy, the daughter of Luca Scacchi, an Italian art dealer and painter, and Pamela, an English dancer and antiques dealer. Scacchi's parents divorced when she was four, and her mother returned to her native England with Greta and her two older brothers, first to London, then to Haywards Heath, West Sussex. In 1975, after her mother's remarriage the family moved to Perth, Australia, where her stepfather was a visiting professor at the University of Western Australia (UWA). While in Perth, Scacchi attended Hollywood Senior High School and joined UWA's University Dramatic Society, where she made her theatrical debut at the New Dolphin Theatre in Edward Bond's play Early Morning under director Arne Neeme.
In 1977, Scacchi returned to England to study at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, where her contemporaries included Miranda Richardson and Amanda Redman. In 1982, she made her film debut in the German movie Das Zweite Gesicht (The Second Face), and gave versatile performances in films, such as Heat and Dust (1983), The Ebony Tower (1984), The Coca-Cola Kid (1985), White Mischief (1987), Presumed Innocent (1990), The Player (1992) and Country Life (1994). She turned down the role of Catherine Trammell in Basic Instinct (1992).
In 1996, she won an Emmy Award for her work as Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna of Russia in the television film, Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny, and was nominated for a Golden Globe and numerous other awards. In 1999, she had a role as an Italian-Australian single mother in the Australian film Looking for Alibrandi, a performance for which she won the 2000 AFI award for Best Supporting Actress.
In 2007, she received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for Broken Trail.
Scacchi is fluent in English, French, German, and Italian, which has made her a popular choice for European casting directors.
She has performed in a wide range of parts in theatre. She appeared In Times Like These (Bristol Old Vic) and Cider with Rosie (Phoenix Arts Theatre, Leicester) as her film career was taking off. After making four films in 15 months, in 1985 she appeared with Mark Rylance and Kevin McNally in Airbase (Oxford Playhouse and Arts Theatre). In Uncle Vanya at the Vaudeville Theatre, London, in 1987, she played opposite Michael Gambon and Jonathan Pryce. In 1991 she played Nora in Ibsen's A Doll's House in the Festival of Perth. A year later she played the lead role in Strindberg's Miss Julie for the Sydney Theatre Company. She returned to Sydney in 1996 to play Cecilia in Sam Shepard's Simpatico In 1999 she took the lead in Easy Virtue in Chichester, directed by actress Maria Aitken.
In 2001 she returned to Sydney for Harold Pinter's Old Times, directed by Aarne Neeme, playing Kate. In 2004 she toured Italy with an Italian production Vecchi Tempi of the same play, but this time playing Anne. In 2005, she performed at the Theatre Royal, Bath, in Thea Sharrock's production of Noël Coward's Private Lives. Back in Australia in 2008, she was nominated for a Sydney Theatre Best Actress Award for playing Queen Elizabeth in Schiller's Mary Stuart in Sydney.
In that year she also performed in Terence Rattigan's The Deep Blue Sea at the Theatre Royal, Bath, on tour and then in the West End back at the Vaudeville Theatre.
In 2010, she replaced an injured Kristin Scott Thomas in the Chatelet Theatre, Paris in the French premiere (37 years after it was written) of Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music. As Desiree she sang "Send In The Clowns".
In May 2011, she appeared alongside Anita Dobson in the play Bette and Joan at London's Arts Theatre, directed by Bill Alexander, about the personal and professional relationship between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. At the end of that year she appeared at the Ensemble Theatre, Sydney in David Williamson's new play, Nothing Personal
Between 20 August and 12 November 2016 she played Phoebe Rice opposite Kenneth Branagh's Archie Rice in a revival of John Osborne's The Entertainer at the Garrick Theatre in London's West End. The play received mixed reviews but hers were uniformly positive.
Scacchi was in a relationship with New Zealand musician Tim Finn from 1983–89. She had a four-year relationship with American actor Vincent D'Onofrio, with whom she has a daughter, Leila (born in 1992).
Scacchi is an active supporter of campaigns and organisations that promote environmental causes. She has supported Greenpeace and Christian Aid's climate change campaign. In 2009, she posed nude with a codfish to promote the documentary End of the Line, a film exposing the effects of overfishing. She continues to lead the linked Fishlove campaign, which has seen a host of well known actors pose for photographs with a variety of fish.
In October 2013, for her services to the arts she was made a knight in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. In September 2017 she was the Festival Ambassador for the three week long Lavazza Italian Film Festival which ran in Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth and Hobart.
|1981||Bergerac||Annie||Series 1, episode 10: "The Hood and the Harlequin"|
|1982||Das Zweite Gesicht||Anna|
|1983||Dead on Time||Pretty girl|
|1983||Heat and Dust||Olivia||Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Newcomer to Film|
|1984||The Ebony Tower||Diana/'The Mouse'||TV film|
|1984||Waterfront||Anna Cheri||TV mini-series|
|1985||Defence of the Realm||Nina Beckman|
|1985||Burke & Wills||Julia Matthews|
|1985||Doctor Fischer of Geneva||Anna Luise-Fischer||TV film|
|1985||The Coca-Cola Kid||Terri|
|1987||White Mischief||Diana Lady Broughton|
|1987||Good Morning, Babylon||Edna Bonnano|
|1987||A Man in Love||Jane Steiner|
|1988||Young Distance (La Donna della Luna)||Angela|
|1988||Love and Fear||Maria|
|1989||The Skull Beneath Her Skin||Cordelia Grey||A 2-part BBC Radio Play of P D James novel. Scacchi's radio debut.|
|1990||Presumed Innocent||Carolyn Polhemus|
|1992||Salt on Our Skin||George|
|1994||Country Life||Deborah Voysey|
|1994||The Browning Version||Laura Crocker-Harris|
|1995||Jefferson in Paris||Maria Cosway|
|1996||Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny||Tsarina Alexandra||TV film|
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
|1997||The Odyssey||Penelope||TV film|
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
|1997||The Serpent's Kiss||Juliana|
|1998||Love and Rage||Agnes MacDonnell|
|1998||The Red Violin||Victoria Byrd|
|1998||Macbeth||Lady Macbeth||TV film|
|1999||Cotton Mary||Lily MacIntosh|
|1999||Tom's Midnight Garden||Aunt Gwen Kitson|
|1999||The Manor||Mrs. Ravenscroft|
|1999||Looking for Alibrandi||Christina Alibrandi||Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role|
Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Supporting Actress
|2000||One of the Hollywood Ten||Gale Sondergaard|
|2001||The Farm||Liz Cooper||TV film|
|2001||Festival in Cannes||Alice Palmer|
|2002||Jeffrey Archer: The Truth||Margaret Thatcher||TV film|
|2002||Daniel Deronda||Lydia Glasher||TV serial|
|2003||Baltic Storm||Julia Reuter|
|2004||Beyond the Sea||Mary Duvan|
|2005||Il Commissario Maigret||Italian TV Production|
|2005||Heart Attack||Dr Adele Partridge||Episode of Australian 'Two Twisted' TV series|
|2006||Broken Trail||Nola Johns||2 episodes|
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
|2006||Marple||Tuppence Beresford||Episode: "By the Pricking of My Thumbs"|
|2006||The Book of Revelation||Isabel|
|2006||Icicle Melt||Short Film|
|2006||The Handyman||Julia Parchant||Short Film|
|2006||Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the stories of Stephen King||Dr. Katie Arlen||TV miniseries. Episode: "Autopsy Room Four"|
|2007||Hidden Love||Dr. Dubois|
|2008||Shoot on Sight||Susan Ali|
|2008||Miss Austen Regrets||Cassandra Austen||TV film|
|2008||The Trojan Horse||Helen Madigan||2 episodes|
|2010||Un altro mondo||Cristina|
|2010||Way to Live Forever||Private instructor|
|2011||Hindenburg||Helen Van Zandt||TV film|
|2013||Agatha Christie's Poirot||Mrs Burton-Cox||Episode: "Elephants Can Remember"|
|2013||Masterpieces Unveiled||Herself (Presenter)||TV Documentary Series- 8 episodes|
|2014||The Falling||Miss Mantel|
|2015||A.D. The Bible Continues||Mother Mary||4 episodes|
|2016||War & Peace||Countess Rostova||6 episodes|
|2017||La Tenerezza||Aurora||Film directed by Gianni Amelio|
|2017||Versailles||Madeleine de Foix||TV Series Season 2|
|2017||The Terror||Lady Jane Franklin||TV Series based on Dan Simmons novel|
|1976||Early Morning||Florence Nightingale||Edward Bond's play at Dolphin Theatre, Perth|
|1981||Cider With Rosie||Rosie & other parts||Leicester Phoenix|
|1985||In Times Like These||Vivien Mercer||New Vic Theatre, Bristol|
|1985||Airbase||Lt. Madeline Kohler||Oxford Playhouse & Arts Theatre, London|
|1987||Uncle Vanya||Yelena||Vaudeville Theatre, London|
|1991||A Doll’s House||Nora||The Hole in the Wall Theatre Company, Perth|
|1992||Miss Julie||Miss Julie||Sydney Theatre Company|
|1996||Simpatico||Cecilia||Sydney Theatre Company|
|1999||Easy Virtue||Larita||Chichester, England|
|2001||Old Times||Kate||Sydney Theatre Company|
|2004||Vecchi Tempi||Anne||Italian tour of Pinter play|
|2005||Private Lives||Amanda||Theatre Royal, Bath|
|2008||Mary Stuart||Queen Elizabeth||Sydney Theatre|
|2008||The Deep Blue Sea||Hester||Theatre Royal, Bath; Vaudeville, London|
|2010||A Little Night Music||Desiree||Chatelet Theatre, Paris. French premiere|
|2011||Bette and Joan||Bette Davis||Arts Theatre, London and tour|
|2013||King Lear||Regan||The Old Vic, London|
|2014||The Seagull||Madame Arkadina||Black Swan Theatre, Perth|
|2015||The Glass Menagerie||Amanda||Headlong/West Yorkshire Playhouse/Liverpool Playhouse co-production|
|2016||The Entertainer||Phoebe Rice||The Garrick Theatre, London|
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Her daughter's father is the actor Vincent D'Onofrio, with whom Scacchi had a four-year relationship that ended acrimoniously not long after the baby, Leila, was born
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- Cinema: conferito a Greta Scacchi Ordine a Merito
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