Claudia Gerini: From a Beauty Queen to an Award-Winning Actress


Who is Claudia Gerini?

Italian actress and singer Claudia Gerini, was born in Rome, Italy, on 18 December 1971, making Sagittarius her zodiac sign. She has 99 acting credits, but is probably still known best for playing Claudia Procles in the 2004 drama movie “The Passion of the Christ”, directed by Mel Gibson, and which starred Monica Bellucci and Jim Caviezel. It follows the final 12 hours in the life of Jesus, and the movie won 30 of the 54 awards for which it was nominated, including Oscar nominations for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Best Achievement in Make-up, and Best Achievement in Cinematography.

Claudia’s currently shooting for four upcoming movies, which include “The Well”, “US Palmese” and “Sicilian Holiday – Sciacca, un Sogno Fatto in Sicilia”.

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Education and early life

Claudia was raised alongside her sister Romina Gerini in Rome, by their father Antonio Gerini and mother Tania Cecere; Claudia rarely speaks about her family in public because she respects their privacy, but it’s believed that her father’s a car mechanic and her mother a high school teacher.

She was 13 when she was crowned Miss Teenager Italy, and it was two years later that she made her debut film appearance, portraying Mucci in the 1987 comedy “Roba da Ricchi”; Claudia’s been active in the film industry ever since.

She matriculated from a local high school in Rome in 1989, and then enrolled at college; Claudia then spent a couple of months learning French in Paris, France, but didn’t drop out of university. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 1993.

Roles in movies

The year 1988 saw Claudia play Gloria in the comedy “Ciao Ma’”, while the following year saw her appear in the comedy “Night Club”.

In 1991, she played Martina in the adventure horror “Favola Crudele”, which starred John Savage and Mirella Banti, and was written and directed by Roberto Leoni. It follows a terrorist who’s escaped to a remote desert island, and has found shelter at a mansion inhabited by two girls, aged nine and 18, and their housekeeper. Some of Claudia’s following roles were in the 1992 adventure “L’Atlantide”, the 1994 drama “Padre e Figlio”, and the 1995 drama “Femme de Passions”.

What also marked the ‘90s for her was starring as Ginevra in the 1999 comedy “La Vespa e la Regina”, which also starred Pere Ponce and Luigi Petrucci, and was directed by Antonello De Leo; it follows a gay man who’s promised to his sick grandmother that he’ll try and sleep with a woman, while he now has his eyes set on the lesbian leader of the rock ‘n’ roll band The Fucking Sisters.

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Claudia could then have been seen appearing in the action comedy “Amarsi Puo Darsi”, the crime comedy “HS – Hors Service” and the drama “Francesca e Nunziata”, all released in 2001. The year 2003 saw her play Signora Raguzzi in the romantic comedy “Under the Tuscan Sun”, which starred Raoul Bova and Diane Lane, and was written and directed by Audrey Wells. It follows an author who’s bought a villa in Tuscany; the movie was nominated for five awards. Some of Claudia’s notable performances in the remainder of the 2000s were in the 2004 family western “Guardians of the Clouds”, the 2006 mystery thriller “The Unknown Woman”, and the 2009 comedy “Meno Male Che Ci Sei”.

In the following decade, she portrayed Gianna D’Antonio in the critically acclaimed 2017 action crime thriller “John Wick: Chapter 2”, which starred Riccardo Scamarcio and Keanu Reeves, and was directed by Chad Stahelski. It follows John Wick who’s returned to the criminal underworld to repay a debt – the movie won four of its 14 award nominations.

Some of Claudia’s most recent film roles have been in the romantic drama “Lo Sposo Indeciso che non Poteva o Forse non Voleva Più Uscire dal Bagno”, the drama “L’ordine del Tempo”, and the comedy “Amleto e Mio Fratello”, all released in 2023.

Roles in TV series

Claudia’s debut TV series role was playing Amica di Luisa in a 1991 episode of the mini-series “Un Bambino in Fuga – Tre Anni Dopo”, and the same year saw her appear in an episode of the comedy “Classe di Ferro”.

Her following role came in 2001, when cast to play Fata Turchina in three episodes of the comedy “L’ottavo Nano”, which starred Corrado Guzzanti and Serena Dandini, and follows the lives of several young adults. The year 2003 saw Claudia play Titti in three episodes of the comedy “Camera Café”, and she gained recognition in 2006, when cast to star as Marta De Maria in all 12 episodes of the crime action “48 Ore”, which also starred Valentina Lodovini and Adriano Giannini, and was created by Leonardo Fasoli. It follows the lives of several police officers.

Claudia had only one other TV series role in the remainder of the 2000s, portraying a supporting character in a 2009 episode of the comedy “Cosi Fan Tutte”.

She’s since appeared in four TV series, including her portrayal of Sara Monaschi, one of the lead characters, in 19 episodes of the popular crime action “Suburra: Blood on Rome”, which also starred Giacomo Ferrara and Alessandro Borghi, and aired from 2017 through 2020. It follows the battle between the Vatican, corrupt politicians and organized crime in a city near Rome in 2008; the series won one of its three award nominations.

Other credits

Claudia wrote and directed the 2022 drama movie “Tapirulan”.

Some of her recent talk-show and game-show appearances have been in “Drag Race Italia”, “L’eredita”, and “Illuminate – Lina Wertmuller”.

Awards and nominations

Claudia’s won 14 of her 38 award nominations. Some of her wins include a 2004 Capri Actress Award for her performance in “The Passion of the Christ”, a 2012 Primavera del Cinema Italiano Festival Award for Actress of the Year, for her performances in both “Love Is in the Air” and “Una Famiglia Perfetta”, and a 2012 Flaiano International Prize for Best Actress, for “My Tomorrow”.

Love life and relationships

Claudia avoids speaking about her love life in public, but we still know that she has two daughters, and was a married woman. She married non-celebrity Italian Alessandro Enginoli in a private ceremony on 21 September 2002, gave birth to their daughter Rosa on 22 May 2004, but she and Alessandro divorced in the same year.

She began dating Italian actor, screenwriter and director Federico Zampaglione in 2005, and  gave birth to their daughter Linda on 28 September 2009; Claudia and Federico were also engaged for some years, but broke up in 2016.

There are no other men whom Claudia’s perhaps been with, that we know about; she seems to be unattached as of September 2023, was once married to Alessandro Enginoli and has a daughter with him, while she also has a daughter with former fiancé Federico Zampaglione.

Hobbies and interesting facts

Claudia began practicing Taekwondo at a very early age, and today holds a black belt; she’s also into practicing boxing.

She supports the Italian Democratic Party, led by Walter Veltroni.

Claudia, Serena Autieri and Pippo Baudo together hosted the 2003 Festival of Sanremo.

Her sister Romina appeared in the 1989 comedy movie “Night Club”.

More than 1.5 million people are following Claudia on Instagram today, and she’s posted over 1,600 pictures and videos onto the network; most are about the TV series and movies in which she’s appeared.

She’s a philanthropist, and has volunteered with a number of Italian charity organizations.

One of Claudia’s favorite actresses is Monica Bellucci, and some of her favorite movies include “The Apartment”, “Mafia Mamma” and “Tears of the Sun”.

Appearance and net worth

Claudia’s age is 51. She has blue eyes and brown hair, weighs around 125lbs (57kgs) and is 5ft 6ins (1.68m) tall.

Claudia’s net worth’s been estimated at over $5 million, as of September 2023.

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