Born in Rome in 1953 into a family originally from Molise, Sergio Castellitto attended the National Academy of Dramatic Arts and made his stage debut soon afterwards working with important theatre directors such as Luigi Squarzina, Aldo Trionfo and Enzo Muzii. In 1987 he married Margaret Mazzantini, met when playing in a production of Chekhov’s The Three Sisters. In 1996 he made his debut as theatre director with the play Manola, written and starring Margaret Mazzantini alongside Nancy Brilli. His earliest film appearance dates back to 1981 with a small role in Francesco Rosi’s Three Brothers. He then found his first cinema successes with Ricky Tognazzi’s Little Misunderstandings (1989) and Carlo Verdone’s Tonight at Alice's (1990). One of the most versatile actors on the Italian scene, he is at ease both in grotesque comedies like Libero Burro (1999), his film directing debut, or Virzì’s Caterina in the Big City (2003), but is also particularly vivid in dramatic roles (for example, Scola’s Unfair Competition, 2001). Awards to his name include two Silver Ribbons, in 1996 for Giuseppe Tornatore’s The Star Maker (1995) and in 2002 for Marco Bellocchio’s My Mother's Smile, three David di Donatello, in 1990 for Carlo Vanzina’s Three Columns on the News, in 1993 for Francesca Archibugi’s The Great Pumpkin and in 2004 for the multi-award winning Don't Move, which he also directed. In 2006 he starred in another Bellocchio film, The Wedding Director and worked for the first time with Gianni Amelio, in The Missing Star. Active outside Italy too, he is among the best-loved Italian actors in France and has taken part in several US productions (The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, 2008). His latest efforts as director are Twice Born (2012) and You Can't Save Yourself Alone (2015), both based on novels by Mazzantini. Castellitto has also enjoyed huge popular success on the small screen, from the TV dramas Un cane sciolto (1990-1993) to his intense portrayals of cycling champion Fausto Coppi, the priest and educator Don Lorenzo Milani, Saint Pio of Pietrelcina and Enzo Ferrari, founder of the legendary motor racing stable. His latest TV role was as Angelo Vassallo, the innovative mayor of the small southern Italian sea town of Pollica, murdered by the mafia in 2010 (Il sindaco pescatore, 2016). Castellitto also plays the psychoanalyst in the Italian version of In Treatment. In 2013 he was awarded the The Leopard of Honour for his life’s work achievement at the 66th Locarno Film Festival.