Vera Graziadei is a Ukraine-born British actor, filmmaker and poet. After a degree and Masters in Philosophy at London School of Economics, Vera completed BA Acting from London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA). She was signed up by Curtis Brown upon graduation and since then worked as an actor in film, TV, theatre and radio in the UK and internationally. She is currently represented by Simon & How.
She’s developed her craft doing small roles in British long-running TV series like The Bill, Doctors, Blue Murder, Spooks, Poirot, but also working in leading roles in features and high-budget TV dramas, most notably The Deep with Oscar-nominee Minnie Driver, James Nesbitt OBE, Tobias Menzies and Sacha Dhawan, Me and Mrs Jones with Robert Sheehan, Nathaniel Parker, Neil Morrissey and Sarah Alexander and Vampire Killers with MyAnna Buring. She’s mostly recognised for playing a regular role alongside Oscar-winning Olivia Colman, David Mitchell and Robert Webb in a British cult sitcom Peep Show, written by Oscar-nominee and Emmy-winner Jessie Armstrong (Succession, Four Lions, In the Loop) and BAFTA-winner Sam Bain (Four Lions, Fresh Meat, The Stand-In). She’s also played supporting roles in Alfonso Cuaron’s Children of Men and Michael Winterbottom’s The Look of Love.
Vera’s debut poetry book The Holy Longing came out in September 2018 and got high praise from the readers. White Light, a film based on the poem from the book that Vera performed in and produced, won Best Experimental Film at New York City Independent Film Festival 2020.
In 2017 Vera founded a film production company Luminous Arts and since then written, directed, produced and acted in several music videos and award-winning short films, some of which were officially selected for BAFTA-qualifying festivals: a mini comedy A Map of the World, a poetry film The Silence of I Am and a dark comedy In the Woods with a Dead Dog, adapted from the short story by Michel Faber (Under the Skin, The Crimson Petal and the White), which won a Remi Award for Best Adapted Comedy at 54th WorldFest Houston International Film Festival 2021, Best Comedy at London Independent Film Awards 2021, Best Dark Comedy at Los Angeles Film Awards 2022 and Gold Awards for Best Comedy and Best Director at Independent Shorts Awards 2022 in LA. Recently she’s written and directed a docudrama nic_unextinct , which premiered as part of an official selection at the British Urban Film Festival 2022 and a drama The Silent Canary, co-written with Bex Harvey (co-writer of Oscar-winning short Sing), which premiered in competition at 41st Cambridge Film Festival 2022.
For several years Vera has been working on co-producing Carlo Hintermann’s feature film The Book of Vision, where she acted opposite Charles Dance, Lotte Verbeek and Sverrir Gudnason. The film was executively produced by Terrence Malick and was the opening film at the Venice Film Festival’s Critics’ Week. It also opened Warsaw Film Festival and was officially selected for Sitges, Pingayo, Montreal, Riga, Thessaloniki, San Fransisco Film Festivals amongst many others and was sold internationally by Celluloid Dreams. It’ll be distributed in the UK and Ireland in early 2023 by Parkland Pictures. (More info: www.luminousarts.co.uk)
Vera is a founder and director of a London-based film production company Luminous Arts Productions, which has produced a number of short films, has been involved with Amir Naderi‘s Mountain and recently produced Carlo Hintermann’s The Book of Vision in collaboration with Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life, The Thin Red Line, Days of Heaven), Entre Chien et Loup (The Happy Prince, Elle, The Man who killed Don Quixote) and Citrullo International.
The Book of Vision opened Venice Film Festival’s Critics’ Week and Warsaw Film Festival. It was officially selected for Sitges, Riga, Montreal, Pingayo and Thessaloniki Film Festivals and was nominated for Best Feature in Sitges and Pingayo.