About

Chiara D’Anna is a stage and film actress, a theatre director and a movement expert.

Her wide-ranging body of work includes text-based theatre, multimedia performances, site-specific immersive work, happenings, performance-installations and Commedia dell’Arte. Thanks to her eclectic background, she has been praised for her incredible versatility and outstanding ability to transform herself into different characters:

“Chiara D’Anna stood out from the ensemble, chameleon-like in her ability to transform herself into different characters without a ripple…exceptional.” – Fringe Review

“Chiara D’Anna, who also directs, is impressing as a manic gravedigger, Gary.” – The Public Review

Her cinema career began when she met director and writer Peter Strickland in 2011. After her debut alongside Toby Jones in the award-winning Berberian Sound Studio (2012), Chiara starred in her first lead role opposite Sidse Babett Knudsen in The Duke of Burgundy (2014). This performance brought her to the attention of many critics worldwide. At the Toronto International Film Festival Chiara was nominated as one of the 13 Actors to Watch Out For.

“Superb performances…the Best Film of the first quarter of 2015” – The New York Times*****

“D’Anna, a compact and coiled Audrey Hepburn type who speaks like an Italian-inflected Charlotte Gainsbourg, is absolutely perfect as the younger woman who’s hostage to her own humiliations.” – Little White Lies

“Knudsen and D’Anna are both terrific, and have trembling palpable chemistry…two tremendous central performances…’ – The Telegraph*****
 

Her cinema credits also include the award-winning Native (2016)The Rook (2015) and Stars and Bones (2017) for which she was awarded the Los Angeles Film Awards’ “Inspiring Woman in a Film”.

“Chiara D’Anna – who was also the star of Peter Strickland’s earlier film Berberian Sound Studio – looks like she stepped out of a Fellini film; she’s just perfect.’ – Front Row BBC Radio 4

Chiara is the founder member and Artistic Director of Panta Rei Theatre, a London-based theatre company that strives to create visceral, poetic and visionary performances inspired by the Grotesque, the Surreal and the Absurd. Her productions have been praised for their originality, creativity and outstanding visual power:

“…a sophisticated visual work.[…] We are manipulated with ease by an intuitive company whose physical work is superb.” – Time Out

“An intelligent and inventive company” – Exeunt Magazine

“…an innovative and refreshing use of theatre” – The Public Review

…more about Chiara…

Before moving to London to pursue her acting career Chiara spent a considerable amount of time between the Alps and the Himalayas while completing her MSc in Geology. She is still passionate about science and nature. She loves wild life Photography, Dance, Trekking and Yoga. That’s why she developed Natural You: a unique dance and movement meditation that integrates Chiara’s passion for nature, spirituality, art, theatre and dance. She loves walking her dogs…on Hampstead Heath – her favourite place in London – and around the misty hills of Moncucco Torinese, her homeland:

Hampstead Heath, Summer 2013


Moncucco Torinese, Winter 2015

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