Elena Sofia Ricci: bio, career and awards of the famous actress

Elena Sofia Ricci on the set of Flowers above Hell

Elena Sofia Ricci, whose real name is Elena Sofia Barucchieri, is an Italian actress, best known for her work in theatre, film and television.

Thanks to its versatility, it has gained vast popularity among Italian and international audiences. Born in Rome, she began her career in the theater in the mid-80s, then entered the world of cinema and television in the early 90s.

brief biography

Elena Sofia Ricci was born on November 14, 1961 in Rome, where she graduated in Modern Literature. Subsequently you embarked on a theatrical career, working with some of the major Italian directors. In 1991 she entered the world of cinema and television, achieving great success with several films and TV series.


Elena Sofia Ricci was destined to a lifetime in show business from a young age. At the age of 21, she entered the world of cinema with Giuliano Carnimeo's Zero in Conduct, a film about the dreams of a group of teenagers.

Over the next two years, she played a banker's wife in the film Employees di Pupi Avati and took part in the film “A Sunday yes, always"Of 1986.
In 1987, he participated in two films directed by again Go ahead, "Sposi" and "Ultimo minuto", one of the few Italian films about the reality of the world of football.

Furthermore, he acted in several television series such as "Those 36 steps", "A man in a trap" and "A woman in Venice", as well as in some TV films such as Chiara and Francesca and Sound.

In 1991 she began her career in cinema and television and in a short time she became one of the most famous actresses in Italy.

Career in the 90s

The nineties were there consecration by Elena Sofia Ricci as an interpreter of brilliant comedies.
His talent for comedy was highlighted in important roles in the films "We'll talk about it on Monday", "But not forever", "Don't call me Omar" and "And when she died it was national mourning".

However, the actress did not hesitate to face more dramatic roles, as in the historical drama “In the name of the sovereign people” by Luigi Magni and in the thriller “Perbene perbene” by Francesco Laudadio.
In addition, he also took part in minor films such as the Italian-Spanish "Burro" and "L'assassina di Beat Kuert".

The early 2000s and the success with “I Cesaroni”

In 2001, Elena Sofia Ricci took part in "Commedia sexy" by Claudio Bigagli, a farce of misunderstandings typically Italian, followed by the film "How to make a Martini" and "Sunday lunch" by Carlo Vanzina.

Television gave her the opportunity to win the favor of millions of viewers with the series "Pride" (2004), where she is a woman tormented by the passion for an impossible love. She was also involved in "History of war and friendship" (2002) and "At the end of the night" (2003).

On the stage, he played tragic, classical and light characters.

On television, she participated in the TV dramas "Caravaggio" (2007), "All the noises of the world" (2007) and above all she was the protagonist of the series "I Cesaroni", a television case of extraordinary success reached the third season.

As of 2011 she starred as Sister Angela in the series God help us broadcast on Rai 1 until he quit to devote himself to Flowers above Hell.

Honors and awards

Elena Sofia Ricci has won several awards throughout his career, including the Silver ribbon for Best Supporting Actress in 1993 and the Telecat as best actress in 1998.

In total Elena Sofia Ricci won:

  • 3 David di Donatello, of which:
    • 2 for Best Actress in “Let's talk about it on Monday” in 1990 and “Them” in 2019
    • 1 for Best Supporting Actress in "My Sister" in 1988
  • 3 Silver Ribbons,
  • 1 Golden Globe,
  • 4 Golden Clapperboard,
  • 1 Grolla d'oro,
  • 1 Rudolph Valentino Award,
  • 1 Alberto Sordi Award,
  • 1 Kineo Diamanti Award at the Venice Film Festival
  • 2 Telecat

Private life

Elena Sofia Ricci is a very private woman and has never made her private life public. However, it is known that she was married to the writer Luca Damiani in 1991. In 1996 his first daughter Emma was born during his relationship with Pino Quartullo. In the 2003 remarried with the composer Stefano Mainetti, with whom he had a daughter named Maria.

In addition to her work as an actress, she loves traveling and reading.

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Written by Gennaro Marchesi
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