Greta Scacchi talks PrimiDieci UK award

PrimiDieci UK 2016 Awards Gala

Earlier this week the inaugural PrimiDieci UK 2016 Awards Gala Dinner was held at the prestigious BAFTA centre in London amidst a distinguished guest list comprising some of the most renowned global dignitaries of Italian origin.

One of the esteemed awardees included Sussex resident Greta Scacchi (Emmy Award-winning actress). She was presented with her award by Clare Blampied, MD of Sacla UK.

Commenting on her award win, Greta said:

“Having mixed heritage has really helped me in my work – there are various things one can put success down to in my profession, especially in the sense of when opportunity comes along. However, having been cast as the English Rose from very early on in my career, one thing I was able to use as an actor was a natural Italian trait.
“The reason I’ve been told I surprised people in my performance in War and Peace is that I was able to tap into my hot-blooded, expressive side. This is one aspect which makes me so proud to be Italian. I feel that I can go back to Italy, work there and be embraced.”

The PrimiDieci Society is an Elite Club representing the Most Distinguished Italians Worldwide and champions their contribution. The black-tie gala event celebrated ‘the ten most successful Italians in the UK today’ across fields from culture to science, design to business, and saw in attendance a plethora of renowned names from the spheres of business and industry, public service, the media, the arts and entertainment. Other awardees included: Vittorio Colao (CEO, Vodafone Group), Toni Mascolo (Co-Founder and CEO of Toni&Guy) and Francesco Vanni d’Archirafi (CEO, CITI Group);

Greta trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and has worked extensively in Australia, America and Europe. She has given versatile performances in films, such as Heat and Dust (1983), The Ebony Tower (1984), The Coca-Cola Kid (1985), White Mischief (1987), Presumed Innocent (1990), The Player (1992) and Country Life (1994).

In 1996, she won an Emmy Award for her work as Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna of Russia in the television film, Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny, and was nominated for a Golden Globe and numerous other awards. In 2007, she received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for Broken Trail.

Her theatre credits include Bette and Joan at London’s Arts Theatre, a Gala Performance of William Shakespeare’s King Lear at The Old Vic in London directed by Sir Jonathan Miller directed. In October 2013 she was made a Cavaliere dell’Ordine al Merito for her services to the Arts. In October 2013 she was made a Cavaliere dell’Ordine al Merito for her services to the Arts.

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Pictured Top: the 2016 PrimiDieci UK award winners

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