is the granddaughter of Gino Cervi, one of the greatest Italian cinema and theatre actors. In 1995, Jane Campion
tapped Cervi to star alongside Nicole Kidman
and John Malkovich
in The Portrait of a Lady
, a film based on the novel by Henry James. Cervi was next cast as Artemisia Gentileschi in the French film Artemisia
by Agnes Merlet. The film, chronicling the life of the great 17th century painter, was nominated for a Golden Globe Award as Best Foreign Language Film. In 2000, Cervi was nominated as Best New Actress (meilleure espoire feminine) in the French César Awards for her performance in Pascal Bonitzer's Rien sur Robert
Cervi has worked in a host of films in England, France and Italy, for directors including Mike Figgis, Peter Greenaway, Pupi Avati and Sergio Rubini, among others. Her credits include several independent movies and television productions, including Mark Rydell's James Dean: An Invented Life with James Franco, and Robert Dornhelm's War and Peace with Brenda Blethyn and Malcolm McDowell.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2008.
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