“The earth, my village” is a phrase that depicts Claudia Ferri well, and her multicultural family is reflected in her versatile performances. Her father was born in Italy and her mother’s ancestry is Irish, Scottish, French and Native American. She grew up hearing Italian, French, Arab, and English spoken among cousins, aunts and uncles.
It’s no surprise that Claudia Ferri is known as a linguist in the industry and is multilingual on screen too (English, Italian, French, Spanish), and can convincingly emulate Portuguese, Russian, Greek and other languages when required.
But her skills as an actress are truly mutable in essence.
She joins the cast of Ed Burns’s upcoming “Public Morals” As Elena Latour, a French Madam in New York during the 1960’s.
She was nominated as Best Leading Actress in a Dramatic Series for the Canadian Screen Awards’ Gémeaux 2014 for her portrayal based on real life Colombian drug trafficker and money launderer, Ines Barbosa, in “The Godmother”/”La Marraine”.
Claudia Ferri’s first big break came in 1996, while visiting her parents in Naples, Florida; a phone call from her agent informed her that she had been chosen to play Maura Ramirez, opposite Aidan Quinn and joining actors Donald Sutherland and Ben Kingsley in “The Assignment”.
Claudia Ferri’s landmark performances include a wide variety of roles:
She taunted audiences with her chilling performance in AMC’s “The Killing” as Native American band chief Nicole Jackson.
The summer of 2010 saw Ms Ferri reunited with Aidan Quinn and share the screen with Andy Garcia in “Across The Line: The Exodus of Charlie Wright ” as Mary, a Mexican retired escort on the edge of beauty, haunted by time and age lines creeping up on her.
In 2009 she was cast in the web series and voiced characters in the mega popular video game “Assassin’s Creed II; Lineage“.
Throughout the years she was also cast as the Caucasian sister, mother, curator, meanie, sweetie and the list goes on!
in 2005, she won the Outstanding Female Performance ACTRA AWARD as the series’ lead, Elena Batista, in the TV comedy “Ciao Bella“. In 2003, she was nominated as Best Supporting Actress at theJUTRA AWARDS and CANADIAN COMEDY AWARDS for her role as the neurotic sister, Anna Barberini, in “Mambo Italiano” .
14 months into her debut on television, she portrayed the Italian Mafia boss’s wife, Christina Panzoni, in Omertà II. One crucial scene between her character & her Mafia boss husband made Quebec’s top 10 television events that year.