Margherita Buy (born January 15, 1962) is an Italian actress. She is a seven-time David di Donatello Awards winner and seven-time Nastro d'argento winner.

Life and Career

After a long period of studying at the Academy of Dramatic Arts, she made her breakthrough role in Duccio Tessari's Una grande storia d'amore (1986), which was followed by roles in Daniele Luchetti's two projects It's Happening Tomorrow (1988) and The Week of the Sphinx (1990). For the last one, she won the best performance by an actress in a leading role award at the San Sebastian International Film Festival.

Afterwards, she played in Sergio Rubini's The Station for which she won her first David di Donatello Prize and the Silver Ribbon as best leading actress, in 1990. After The Station, she became a premier star featuring in Italian box office hits like Carlo Verdone's Damned the day I met you (1992). She teamed up again with director Daniele Luchetti for The Storm Is Coming (1992) and worked with Mario Monicelli in Looking for Paradise (1995) and Pozzessere (An Eyewitness Account).

In 1994 she was directed by her husband, Sergio Rubini, in the film Prestazione straordinaria. She also formed an association with Italian director Giuseppe Piccioni, who directed her in four films: the most important being Penniless Hearts (1996) and Not of this World, which earned Margherita her second David di Donatello Award.

Now Margherita Buy is one of the most appreciated actresses of European cinema: Ferzan Özpetek's The Ignorant Fairies, in which she portrayed a widow who discovered her husband had been having an affair with a man for the last seven years won her a Silver Ribbon as best lead. Cristina Comencini's The Best Day of My Life won her another Silver Ribbon, this time as best supporting actress. Paolo Virzì's Caterina in the Big City won her third David and her third Silver Ribbon as best supporting actress. For her work in Giovanni Veronesi's Manuale d'amore she won her fourth David di Donatello.

Her performance in I giorni dell'abbandono by Roberto Faenza earned her the Golden Graal for best performance by an actress in a drama. Il caimano by Nanni Moretti, shown at the 2006 Cannes film festival, gave her the Ciak d'oro 2006 award as best lead actress.

In October 2006, she starred in the new release, La sconosciuta, by Academy Award winner Giuseppe Tornatore and in December she starred in Alessandro D'alatri's Commediasexy.


Year Title Role
1983 Flipper Annina
1986 La Seconda Notte (The Second Night) Lea
Diciottanni - Versilia 1966 (Eighteen - Versilia 1966) Chicca
1987 Una grande storia d'amore (A great story of love) Paola
1988 It's Happening Tomorrow Vera
I giorni randagi (The Stray Days) Annalisa
1989 Nulla ci può fermare (Nothing Can Stop Us) Francesca
1990 The Station Flavia
The Week of the Sphinx Gloria
1991 Ask For The Moon Elena Bacchelli
1992 Damned the Day I Met You Camilla Landolfi
1993 Dairy of a Man Condemned to Marriage Sandra
Cominciò tutto per caso (It All Began By Chance) Stefania
The Storm is Coming Eugenia
1994 Prestazione straordinaria (Extraordinary performance) Clara Guerri
Le fils préféré (The Favorite Son) Anna Maria
1995 Bits and Pieces Traffic Warden
Looking For Paradise Claudia Bertelli
1996 Follow Your Heart young Olga
Penniless Hearts Lucia
An Eyewitness Account Franca Nava
1998 Dolce far niente (Sweet Nothing) Countess Gabriella Nancini
1999 Not of this World Sister Caterina
La vita che verrà (The Life to Come) Viviana Vitanza
2000 L'ombra del gigante (Giant's shadow) Adele
All the Love There Is Marisa
Against The Wind Clara
2001 The Ignorant Fairies Antonia
2002 Incompreso (Misunderstood) Elisa Quaratesi
The Best Day of My Life Sara
2003 Margherita. Ritratto confidenziale (Margherita. Confidential Portrait) Herself
It Can't Be All Our Fault Flavia
Caterina in the Big City Agata Iacovoni
2004 Love Returns Silvia
Maigret: La trappola (Maigret: The Trap) Louise Maigret
Maigret: L'ombra cinese (Maigret: The Chinese Shadow)
The Vanity Serum Lucia Allasco
2005 Manual of Love Barbara
Days of Abandonment Olga
2006 The Caiman Paola Bonomo/Aidra
The Unknown Woman Irena's Lawyer
Comediasexi Dora Di Vergilio
2007 Saturn in Opposition Angelica Pontesilli
Days and Clouds Elsa
2008 My Friends Anna
Pinocchio Teacher
2009 Due Partite (The Ladies Get Their Say) Gabriella
The White Space Maria
L'uomo nero (The black man) Anna
2010 Genitori & figli - Agitare bene prima dell'uso (Parents & Children, Shake Well Before Use) Rossana
Happy Family Anna
Marriage and Other Disasters Nanà
2011 We Have a Pope Female psychiatrist
2012 Com'è bello far l'amore (How Nice To Make Love) Cameo appearance
Magnificent Presence Lea Marni
The Red and the Blue Giuliana
2013 La scoperta dell'alba (The Dawn Discovery) Barbara Astengo
A Five Star Life Irene
Mi rifaccio vivo Virginia
2014 People who are well Carla
2015 Mia Madre (My Mother) Margherita
Me, Myself and Her Federica
2016 Questi giorni (These Days) Adria
Come diventare grandi nonostante i genitori Silvia Rufini

Awards and Nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
1986 Italian Golden Globe Best Actress Revelation La seconda notte Won
1990 David di Donatello Best Actress The Station
Nastro d'Argento
Golden Ciak
Silver Shell The Week of the Sphinx
David di Donatello Nominated
1992 Italian Golden Globe Damned the Day I Met You Won
Flaiano Prize
Golden Ciak
David di Donatello Nominated
1993 Golden Ciak Cominciò tutto per caso Won
David di Donatello Nominated
1996 An Eyewitness Account
1999 Not of This World Won
Nastro d'Argento Nominated
2001 The Ignorant Fairies Won
Italian Golden Globe
David di Donatello Nominated
European Film Award - Jameson People's Choice Award
2002 Nastro d'Argento Best Suporting Actress The Best Day of My Life Won
Golden Ciak Best Actress
2003 David di Donatello Best Supporting Actress Caterina in the Big City
Nastro d'Argento
Golden Ciak
2004 Nastro d'Argento Best Actress The Vanity Serum Nominated
2005 David di Donatello Best Supporting Actress Manual of Love Won
Italian Golden Globe Special Jury Award Days of Abandonment
Best Actress Nominated
Nastro d'Argento
2006 Nastro d'Argento The Caiman Won
Golden Ciak
David di Donatello Nominated
2007 Nastro d'Argento Saturn in Opposition Won
Italian Golden Globe
Golden Ciak
David di Donatello Nominated
David di Donatello Days and Clouds Won
Nastro d'Argento
Golden Ciak
30th Moscow International Film Festival
2009 Nastro d'Argento Best Supporting Actress Due partite Nominated
Pasinetti Award Best Actress The White Space Won
David di Donatello Nominated
Nastro d'Argento
2010 Nastro d'Argento Marriage and Other Disasters
2011 David di Donatello Best Supporting Actress We Have a Pope
2013 Italian Golden Globe Best Actress La scoperta dell'alba
David di Donatello A Five Star Life Won
Golden Ciak
Nastro d'Argentino Nominated
2015 David di Donatello Mia Madre Won
Nastro d'Argento
Golden Ciak
European Film Award Nominated
Italian Golden Globe


  • She was married to Sergio Rubini until the mid-1990s.

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