Performer & Creator

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

DIARY OF AN EXPAT, written and performed by Cecilia, is going on tour!

 For dates and more info visit:


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:

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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. 

In 2016/17 I co-wrote the documentary Maradonapoli (distributed by Warner Bros) and have written my first solo show Diary of an Expat which has been presented at EdFringe at Underbelly, the response has been great from audience and reviewers (check out the Press page). With my theatre collective Paper Smokers I am currently working on Miles Apart Together, a new project on female explorers, and an unnamed (yet) solo show on family heritage and motherhood.

Being a control freak 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, had the crazy idea of asking me to direct his first non sport related show and accepting my excited and terrified yes! L’Odissea di Kubrick has opened in Parma in November, with him and the Philharmonic Orchestra Arturo Toscanini conducted by Alessandro Nidi. It was such a wonderful experience that the show will have a future and I will be directing more.

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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.



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

Favourite food: Pasta al Pesto

Acting CV:


“…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”, 2019 Tour:

“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.