Violante Placido

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Violante Placido
Placido in concert in Cantù, 18 June 2010
Maria Violante Placido

(1976-05-01) 1 May 1976 (age 42)
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1993–present
Partner(s)Massimiliano D'Epiro
Parent(s)Michele Placido
Simonetta Stefanelli

Maria Violante Placido (Italian pronunciation: [vi.oˈlante ˈplaːtʃido]; born 1 May 1976) is an Italian actress and singer.

Early life[edit]

Placido was born in Rome, Italy. She is the daughter of actor-director Michele Placido and actress Simonetta Stefanelli.



Her film debut was alongside her father in Quattro bravi ragazzi, and later took part in Jack Frusciante Left the Band. Her first important role was in L'anima gemella, directed by Sergio Rubini.

Placido's other movies include Ora o mai più, by Lucio Pellegrini, Che ne sarà di noi, by Giovanni Veronesi, and Ovunque sei, directed by her father. In 2006, she starred in Pupi Avati's comedy La cena per farli conoscere, released in 2007. In March 2009, she played a role in the Hindi movie Barah Aana. She also played the title role as Moana Pozzi in the 2009 miniseries Moana. In 2010, she appeared alongside George Clooney in the drama-thriller The American.

Placido played Nadya in the 2011 film Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, a sequel to the 2007 film Ghost Rider, both based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name.[1]


She co-stars in Transporter: The Series, a spin-off from the movie of the same name. The TV series stars Chris Vance as Frank Martin. In season two, she appears as Caterina Boldieu, a former French intelligence officer, now assisting Frank Martin, in all episodes.


In 2006, Placido released, under the name Viola, her first album as a singer, Don't Be Shy..., including 10 tracks (most of which are in English) written by herself, inspired by Stuart Benson. Viola sings in the style of singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega. The second single is "How to Save Your Life". Subsequently, she collaborated with the Italian singer-songwriter Bugo in the remake duet version of his song "Amore mio infinito".[2]



Year Film Role Notes Ref(s)
1993 Quattro bravi ragazzi Valeria Film debut
1996 Vite strozzate Laura
1996 Jack Frusciante è uscito dal gruppo Adelaide
1997 Farfalle
2000 A Deadly Compromise Caterina
2002 Les amants de Mogador Hélène
2002 Ciao America Paola Angelini
2002 Soul Mate Maddalena Major role
2002 Ginostra Nurse
2003 Now or Never Viola
2003 Gli indesiderabili Agneska
2004 Che ne sarà di noi Carmen
2004 Ovunque sei Elena
2004 Ruins July
2005 Raul - Diritto di uccidere Sonia
2006 Fade to Black Stella
2006 Any Reason Not to Marry? Nina
2007 A Dinner for Them to Meet Betty Lanza
2007 Lezioni Di Cioccolato Cecilia Ferri
2008 La luna nel deserto Voice Short
2009 Sleepless Anna
2009 Barah Aana Kate Bollywood film
2010 The American Clara Hollywood film
2011 Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance Nadya Hollywood film
2012 The Lookout Anna
2016 7 Minutes Marianna


Year Title Role Notes Ref(s)
2001 Casa famiglia TV Series
2005 Karol: A Man Who Became Pope Maria Pomorska TV Movie
2005 Les Rois maudits TV Mini-Series
2006 The Mona Lisa Mystery Aurore TV Movie
2007 War and Peace Helene Kuragin TV Mini-Series
2007 Quelli che... il calcio Herself TV Series
2008 Una madre Maria TV Movie
2008 Donne assassine Marta TV Series
2008 Pinocchio Fata Turchina (Blue Fairy) TV Movie
2009 Moana Moana TV Movie
2010 Entertainment Tonight Herself TV Series
2010 Janela Indiscreta Herself TV Series
2014 Transporter: The Series Caterina Boldieu TV Series (11 episodes)

Personal life[edit]

Violante Placido gave birth to her first child, a son named Vasco, in October 2013. The father is her partner, Massimiliano D'Epiro, who is an Italian film director.[3]


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