Mariacristina was born in Trieste, Italy, not far from Venice. She has an important career in Italy in both television and features, which we will cite in a moment.
In America MariaCristina has played major roles in international co-productions of American and European networks: “Jesus” for CBS, “Paul of Tarsus” for TNT, “Hercules” for NBC, “Law and Order” for NBC, and “Barabbas” for Reelz Channel. All of these films played in prime-time also on RAI Uno in Italy, and every major channel across Europe. She appeared in “Law and Order” opposite Alfred Molina, and in a recurring role on the comedy series “Backpackers” for CW Network. She will be on the air on the upcoming fourth season for the post apocalyptic TNT hit series “The Last Ship” opposite Adam Baldwin and she will be starring in the Comedic TV Movie for Netflix “Rossi & White”.
In the American feature world, she appeared in “Angels & Demons”, directed by Ron Howard, and in the International feature market she was one of the stars of Dario Argento’s “Dracula”, and she is starring in the forth coming U.K. produced film “Battered Dreams.
She has also performed her comedy Stand Up and One Woman Show in Los Angeles and Rome with great success.
She is currently the presenter/host on TELEITALIA the Italian Network of the Los Angeles County, (channel 18) where she hosts simultaneously in both English and Italian and now she is also hosting her own Show “The Stranger” on BIDCHAT.com
Trieste, Mariacristina’s home town, is a beautiful, complex, multi-ethnic city on the northeastern border of Italy. She was exposed to a mixed background of Italian and middle European cultures throughout her childhood.
She began her acting career at 19 years old working for RAI radio, and on the live stage, experiencing the Commedia dell’Arte…. the traditional Venetian masks of comedy and satire.
She earned a degree at the Acting School of Bologna run by legendary Alessandra Galante Garrone who taught the method invented by the amazing Jacques Lecoq.
She worked in the theatre for several years, in leading roles in major Italian productions. In Milan she became an on-air presenter for RAI radio, while modeling for Italian designers: Moschino Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, and the French companies Capuccine-Puerari and Tehen.
Soon she was hired by Raimondo Vianello, an Italian star, for his Channel 5 sitcom ”Casa Vianello”, the most successful sitcom ever produced in Italy. MariaCristina played “ Valeria” the tempting young woman living on the top floor, who was constantly flirting with Raimondo’s character. This nationally televised character on a hit television show gave her early success.
She moved to Rome to pursue a career in the cinema where she quickly received major roles with Italian masters : Pupi Avati, Dario Argento, and Alessandro Benvenuti. She has had starring roles in many television series, both drama & comedy; such as “Incantesimo”, “Diritto di Difesa”, “Il Bene e Il Male”, all for RAI, for Channel 5 “Tutti Per Bruno”….and many others.
She recently acted in French for director Stephane Giusti in “Odysseus”, a French/Italian co-production television series on Arte’ and RAI Uno.
Maria Cristina is completely fluent in English & Italian, she speaks Spanish some French & Serb Croatian. She often works in voice over and dubbing assignments.
She was invited to study at the world famous Actors Studio West in Hollywood with Martin Landau and joined the Comedy & Stand Up experience at the West Side Comedy Theater (Second City) in Santa Monica. She is currently studying with Ivana Chubbuck, at her studio in Hollywood.
She is a SAG-AFTRA member & a permanent US resident.
She loves comedy and invents funny characters, but also loves to bring to the audience’s attention the reality of life in drama. She believes actors are born to be the voice of the people, and it is their mission to help the world to become a better place.
She lives in Los Angeles and Rome with her husband and their twelve year old daughter.