The Italian actress and producer Nicoletta Braschi was born in Cesena and moved to Rome in 1980 to study at the Accademia d’Arte Drammatica Silvio D’Amico.
Her impressive filmography as an actress, ending for the time being with Roberto Benigni’s La tigre e la neve (2005), includes titles by some of the most important Italian and international film directors, having worked on several occasions under Roberto Benigni, Giuseppe Bertolucci and Jim Jarmusch: Mi piace lavorare-Mobbing (Francesca Comencini, 2003), Pinocchio (Roberto Benigni, 2002), La vita è bella (Roberto Benigni, 1997), Ovosodo (Paolo Virzì, 1997), Pasolini: un delitto italiano (Marco Tullio Giordana, 1995), Sostiene Pereira (Roberto Faenza, 1995), Il mostro (Roberto Benigni, 1994), Johnny Stecchino (Roberto Benigni, 1991), La domenica specialmente (Giuseppe Bertolucci, 1990), Mystery Train (Jim Jarmusch, 1989), Il piccolo diavolo (Roberto Benigni, 1988), Come sono buoni I bianchi (Marco Ferreri, 1987), Down by Law (Jim Jarmusch, 1986), Segreti, segreti (Giuseppe Bertolucci, 1985) and Tu mi turbi (Roberto Benigni, 1983).
She has produced two of Roberto Benigni’s films, Pinocchio and La tigre e la neve. As a stage actress, her most recent performances have been in Sogno di una notte di mezza estate, directed by Claudio Abbado (2004), and Il Metodo Gronholm, directed by Cristina Pezzoli (2006-2007).
She has won several awards, including the Flaiano in 1998, the David di Donatello as Best Actress for Ovosodo, also in 1998, and the Award for Best Actress at the International Mar del Plata Film Festival in 2004 for Mi piace lavorare.