Cecilia is a proud Italian and a devoted supporter of AC Milan. In between hundreds of pizzas and kilos of pasta, she’s also studied theatre and music, spent a year at the Parisian Sorbonne and got a degree in Modern Literature.
Cecilia started training as an actress and singer in Italy. In 2008 she moved to London to complete her studies at Drama Centre. Straight out of drama school she presented a piece of new writing as part of the Old Vic New Voices programme and worked with upcoming theatre company Curious Directive. She also founded her own international collective Fumatori di Carta/Paper Smokers.
She has been constantly working as a voiceover artist, lending her voice to video games, documentaries and popular brands such as MTV and Hasbro.
In 2015 she was cast as the female lead in the Italian show “The Olympic Games Of 1936” where she sand and acted in Italian, English, French and German, alongside Sky Sport journalist Federico Buffa. The show, which has been touring Italy between 2015 and 2017, was a success both with audience and critics and earned Cecilia praise for her vocal qualities and elegance in the portrayal of a 1950s chanteuse.
In 2017, among other things, she was one of the finalists at MonologueSlam London, she presented her first solo show EXPAT UNDERGROUND, wrote the documentary MARADONAPOLI (distributed by Warner Bros), and filmed the role of Mrs Carpenter in Disney’s new series “Penny on M.A.R.S.“.
Alongside working as an actress, Cecilia is also a jazz singer and a songwriter (www.ceciliag.co.uk), she has had the privilege to record an EP at Abbey Road Studios and was one of the three finalist of the competition Rock The House 2015.
DIARY OF AN EXPAT is a relevant and thought-provoking solo show, directed by Katharina Reinthaller (Labels, Fringe First Winner 2015), telling the comic story of the encounter between modern migrant Cecilia and London – a contemporary El Dorado craved by generations of young Europeans.
When she arrived in the UK from Italy, Cecilia’s mission began – trying to become British whilst remaining deeply Italian. She started her exciting life abroad with thrilling adventures, a successful career and a vibrant urban lifestyle… kind of.
Now, after numerous dubious jobs and weird encounters, Cecilia finds herself alone among the chaos of multi-ethnic, glamorous London as the European dream of life abroad slowly drifts away.
28th June, 7.15 pm- From the Forest Festival, EDFRINGE PREVIEW
5th July, 7.15pm – Buxton Fringe, EDFRINGE PREVIEW
28th July, 9pm – The Drayton Arms, EDFRINGE PREVIEWFF
2nd – 26th August, 1pm – Underbelly Cowgate (Belly Laugh)
Based on real testimonies as well as personal experiences, DIARY OF AN EXPAT looks at lives of Europeans abroad and their urgency to understand and explore what expatriating means for a younger generation. Confronting the legal technicalities of becoming a citizen of another country, Cecilia questions what role this will play on her identity and how we decide where we belong.
Height: 5’4” (1.63cm)
Build: Slim (ish)
Playing range: 25-35
Country of Origin: Italy
Voice Quality: Clear, warm, funny. Experience in character voices.
Surname Pronunciation: Gra – gnu (GN is a sound that doesn’t exist in the English language unfortunately) – ne
“…Gragnani’s charismatic personality, expert management, and openness as a performer…” – Richard Pettifer – Theaterstuck
“Gragnani is a clear and confident performer in this one-woman show, holding the audience’s attention and getting them to play along.” – Kudzanayi Chiwawa
” …with the voice of the talented Cecilia Gragnani who interprets with elegance and charm the repertoire of those times.” – Maurizio Carra – Teatri Online
“… Cecilia appears in red and immediately sings like Marlene.” – Alberto Fortunati – La Gazzetta di Mantova
“L’attrice Cecilia Gragnani ha dato voce in maniera magnifica alla sceneggiatura di Francesca Camozzi, in un lavoro accurato e pieno di emozioni.” – Caterina Soffici
“…Assieme alla giovane e talentuosa cantante Cecilia Gragnani che, con la sua splendida voce, rievoca con grande versatilità, le canzoni che hanno segnato un’epoca.” – Alessandra Rinaldi – Dazeba News
After 2 years, 123 runs, more than 60.000 audience members, the tour of “The Olympic Games of 1936” has come to an end. A huge THANK YOU to a fantastic team, memorable theaters, wonderful audiences and great Italian food.
“Penny on M.A.R.S.”, Disney TV Series: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7449210/fullcredits
“Masters of Pasta”, Barilla commercial with Roger Federer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWA1RH53Gvk
“The Madonna of the Mountains”, audiobook: https://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Madonna-of-the-Mountains/product-reviews/B078X2JK96/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_viewopt_fmt?ie=UTF8&reviewerType=all_reviews&formatType=current_format&pageNumber=1
Stage reading of “Nessuno può fermarmi” by Caterina Soffici: https://twitter.com/Stpeters2015/status/917744290633338881
“Article 50”, the only funny thing about Brexit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kGRxMDlG8g
Italian Tour for the successful theatre show “Le Olimpiadi del 1936”, all details and dates at: http://federicobuffa.com/tour
“La Traviata”, Teatro Nuovo, Salsomaggiore – Italy. http://www.teatronuovosalsomaggiore.it/a-cena-con-lopera-la-traviata/
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