“Definitely one to watch” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Cecilia’s Mum
For dates and more info visit: www.papersmokers.co.uk
I’m a proud Italian and a devoted supporter of AC Milan. In between hundreds of pizzas and kilos of pasta, I’ve also studied theatre and music, spent a year at the Parisian Sorbonne and got a degree in Modern Literature. I started training as an actress and singer in Italy.
In 2008 I moved to London to complete my studies at Drama Centre. Straight out of drama school I presented a piece of new writing as part of the Old Vic New Voices programme and worked with upcoming theatre company Curious Directive. I also founded international collective Fumatori di Carta/Paper Smokers. In 2015 I was cast as the female lead in the Italian show The Olympic Games Of 1936 where I sang 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. In 2017, among other things, I was one of the finalists at MonologueSlam London and filmed the role of Mrs Carpenter in Disney’s new series Penny on M.A.R.S.
In 2018 I performed at the Edinburgh Fringe for the first time with my solo show Diary of an Expat, the show is going on tour around the UK in 2019. For dates visit: www.papersmokers.co.uk
I have always loved reading and was terrified of writing. Over the past few years I’ve been lucky enough to get the chance to give it a go.
Over the past few years I’ve co-written the documentary Maradonapoli (distributed by Warner Bros Italy) and have written my first solo show Diary of an Expat which has been presented at EdFringe at Underbelly, the response has been hugely positive from audience and reviewers (check out the Press page). With the theatre collective I founded Paper Smokers/Fumatori di Carta I am currently working on Miles Apart Together, a new project on female explorers, along with other unnamed (yet) solo shows.
I’ve always been fascinated with directing. From an early age I forced my family to sit down and enjoy extremely crafted and rehearsed performances in our living room.
In 2018 Federico Buffa, who I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with over the past few years, asked me to direct his first non sport related show. L’Odissea di Kubrick has opened in Parma in November, with him and the Philharmonic Orchestra Arturo Toscanini conducted by Alessandro Nidi. It will be presented in June 2019 in a renewed version with a smaller ensemble at the Teatro Romano in Verona (http://festivalbellezza.it/ver/festival2019/).
I’m currently working on a podcast, a TV Series, several theatrical projects and a feature film. If you want to know more just contact me directly.
Alongside all of that, I am is also a jazz singer and voiceover artist. I work with brands such as Amazon, Audible, Hasbro and Barilla.
As a singer songwriter, I have 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.
Height: 5’4” (1.63cm)
Build: Slim (ish)
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
Favourite food: Pasta al Pesto
Acting CV: https://www.spotlight.com/3590-0196-5667
Member of: Equity, WFTV, Patamu & Artisti 7607
“Her own performance is most definitely the stand out though, she has perfect comedy timing.” – John Fish – Number9 Reviews
“Genuinely hilarious.” – Cindy Marcolina – Broadway World
“A very natural kind of funny.” – Greg Stewart – Theatre Weeky
“…Gragnani’s charismatic personality, expert management, and openness as a performer…” – Richard Pettifer – Theaterstuck
” …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
“Diary of an Expat”, 2019 Tour: http://papersmokers.co.uk
“Diary of an Expat”, Underbelly EdFringe: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/diary-of-an-expat
“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/