About Cecilia

Performer. Writer. Voiceover Artist.

“Definitely one to watch” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Cecilia’s Mum

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, I 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.“. 

In 2018 I attended EdFringe with my solo show DIARY OF AN EXPAT at Underbelly, receiving 4 star reviews. With my theatre collective Paper Smokers I is currently working on a new project called MILES APART TOGETHER, the story of three female explorers. I am also directing my first show in Italy with Federico Buffa and the Philharmonic Orchestra Arturo Toscanini.

Alongside working as an actress, I am is also a jazz singer and voiceover artist: 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.


Eyes: Green

Hair: Blonde

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.

Recent Work

“Diary of an Expat”, Underbelly EdFringe:

“Penny on M.A.R.S.”, Disney TV Series:

“Masters of Pasta”, Barilla commercial with Roger Federer:

“The Madonna of the Mountains”, audiobook:

Stage reading of “Nessuno può fermarmi” by Caterina Soffici:

“Article 50”, the only funny thing about Brexit:

Italian Tour for the successful theatre show “Le Olimpiadi del 1936”, all details and dates at:

“La Traviata”, Teatro Nuovo, Salsomaggiore – Italy.