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Occupation  Actress, singer
Height  1.65 m
Role  Actress
Name  Violante Placido
Years active  1993–present

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Full Name  Maria Violante Placido
Born  1 May 1976 (age 39) (1976-05-01) Rome, Italy
Parents  Michele Placido, Simonetta Stefanelli
Albums  Don't Be Shy..., Far From the Maddening Crowd, Monkey's Tea Party
Siblings  Brenno Placido, Michelangelo Placido, Inigo Placido, Gabriele Placido
Movies  The American, Ghost Rider: Spirit of V, Moana, Soul Mate, The Lookout
Similar People  Michele Placido, Simonetta Stefanelli, Brenno Placido, Thekla Reuten, Federica Vincenti

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Maria Violante Placido ([ˈplatʃido]; born 1 May 1976) is an Italian actress and singer.


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Early life

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Placido was born in Rome, Italy. She is the daughter of actor-director Michele Placido and actress Simonetta Stefanelli.


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Her film debut was alongside her father in Quattro bravi ragazzi, and later took part in Jack Frusciante Left the Band. Her first important role was in L'anima gemella, directed by Sergio Rubini.

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Placido's other movies include Ora o mai più, by Lucio Pellegrini, Che ne sarà di noi, by Giovanni Veronesi, and Ovunque sei, directed by her father. In 2006, she starred in Pupi Avati's comedy La cena per farli conoscere, released in 2007. In March 2009, she played a role in the Hindi movie Barah Aana. She also played the title role as Moana Pozzi in the 2009 miniseries Moana. In 2010, she appeared alongside George Clooney in the drama-thriller The American.

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Placido played Nadya in the 2012 film Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, a reboot to the 2007 film Ghost Rider, both based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name.


She co-stars in Transporter: The Series, a spin-off from the movie of the same name. The TV series stars Chris Vance as Frank Martin. In season two, she appears as Caterina Boldieu, a former French intelligence officer, now assisting Frank Martin, in all episodes.


In 2006, Placido released, under the name Viola, her first album as a singer, Don't Be Shy..., including 10 tracks (most of which are in English) written by herself, inspired by Stuart Benson. Viola sings in the style of singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega. The second single is "How to save your life". Subsequently she collaborated with the Italian singer-songwriter Bugo in the remake duet version of his song "Amore mio infinito".

Personal life

Violante Placido gave birth to her first child, a son named Vasco, in October 2013. The father is her partner, Massimiliano D'Epiro, who is an Italian film director.


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