Luca Marinelli
Luca Marinelli after the European Shooting Stars Award Ceremony (cropped).jpg
Marinelli at the European Shooting Stars Award in 2013
Born (1984-10-22) 22 October 1984 (age 37)
Rome, Italy
SpouseAlissa Jung

Luca Marinelli (born 22 October 1984) is an Italian actor.

He is best known for the roles of Guido in Every Blessed Day (2012), Cesare in Don't Be Bad (2015), The Gipsy in They Call Me Jeeg (2016), the title character of Martin Eden (2019) and Nicky in The Old Guard (2020).


Born in Rome, Luca Marinelli is the son of actor and voice actor Eugenio Marinelli [it], and the nephew of actress and voice actress Sonia Scotti [it]. He enrolled at the Silvio D'Amico National Academy of Dramatic Art, graduating in 2009.[1] Occasionally appearing on stage since 2006, his breakout role was Mattia, the leading character in the Saverio Costanzo's 2010 drama film The Solitude of Prime Numbers.[1] In 2013 he was appointed EFP Shooting Star at the Berlin International Film Festival for his performance in Paolo Virzì's Every Blessed Day.[2] Marinelli also played a supporting role in the Academy Award-winning drama The Great Beauty by Paolo Sorrentino.

For his role of Cesare in Claudio Caligari's final film Don't Be Bad, he won the Pasinetti Award for Best Actor at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival.

In 2016 he won the Nastro d'Argento and David di Donatello for Best Supporting Actor for They Call Me Jeeg, and in 2019 he won the Volpi Cup for Best Actor for his portrayal of the titular character Martin Eden at the 76th Venice International Film Festival.[3] He also played the antagonist Primo in the 2018 TV series Trust, and starred as Nicky in the Netflix film The Old Guard.

He starred as Diabolik in the 2021 film based on the comics series.[4][5]


Not yet released Denotes works that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Notes
2010 The Solitude of Prime Numbers Mattia Balossino (adult)
2011 The Last Man on Earth Roberta
2012 Every Blessed Day Guido Caselli
2012 Mary of Nazareth Joseph Television movie
2012 Nina Fabrizio
2012 Waves Gabriele
2013 The Great Beauty Andrea
2015 Il mondo fino in fondo Loris
2015 Don't Be Bad Cesare
2015 They Call Me Jeeg Fabio
2016 A Dangerous Fortune Mickey Miranda Television movie
2016 Slam Valerio
2017 Il padre d'Italia Paolo
2017 Let Yourself Go Ettore
2017 Rainbow: A Private Affair Milton
2018 Trust Primo FX original miniseries (8 episodes)
2018 Fabrizio De André: Principe libero Fabrizio De André
2018 Ricordi? Lui
2019 Martin Eden Martin Eden
2020 The Old Guard Nicolò di Genova (Nicky)
2021 Diabolik Diabolik
2022 The Eight Mountains Pietro
TBA The Old Guard 2 Not yet released Nicky Post-production[6]

Awards and nominations

Awards and nominations received by Luca Marinelli
Award Year Work Category Result
Ciak d'oro 2016 They Call Me Jeeg Best Supporting Actor Won
David di Donatello[7] 2013 Every Blessed Day Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominated
2016 Don't Be Bad Nominated
2016 They Call Me Jeeg Best Actor in a Supporting Role Won
2019 Fabrizio De André: Principe libero Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominated
2020 Martin Eden Nominated
Globo d'Oro (Italian Golden Globe) 2012 Every Blessed Day Best Actor Nominated
2017 Il padre d'Italia Best Actor Nominated
2018 Rainbow: A Private Affair Best Actor Won[i][8]
2020 Martin Eden Best Actor Nominated[9]
Nastro d'Argento 2012 Every Blessed Day Best Actor Nominated
2016 They Call Me Jeeg Best Supporting Actor Won
2017 Il padre d'Italia Best Actor Nominated
Venice International Film Festival 2015 Don't Be Bad Pasinetti Award for Best Actor Won
2019 Martin Eden Volpi Cup for Best Actor Won
Vittorio Gassman Award 2015 Don't Be Bad Best Actor Won

^[i] Ex-aequo with Toni Servillo for The Girl in the Fog.


  1. ^ a b Luca Volpe. "Luca Marinelli Il Mattia de La solitudine dei numeri primi". MyMovies. Retrieved 28 February 2014.
  2. ^ Adam Dawtrey (26 January 2013). "Marinelli's talents on display in 'Day'". Variety. Retrieved 28 February 2014.
  3. ^ Anderson, Ariston (7 September 2019). "Venice: Todd Phillips' 'Joker' Wins Golden Lion, Roman Polanski Wins Silver Lion". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Martin Eden's lead will suit up in leather for a Diabolik remake". Little White Lies. 9 October 2019. Retrieved 10 September 2020.
  5. ^ "Diabolik con Luca Marinelli in sale il 31 dicembre" (in Italian). ANSA. 1 September 2020. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  6. ^ Rajput, Priyanca (23 September 2022). "Netflix's The Old Guard 2 wraps filming in Rome".
  7. ^ "Accademia del Cinema Italiano - Premi David di Donatello".
  8. ^ "Globo d'oro al miglior attore - Globo d'Oro della Stampa Estera". 7 May 2020.
  9. ^ "7 Nomination per 'Volevo Nascondermi'". 19 June 2020.