Performer. Writer. Voiceover Artist.
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.
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.
“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/
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