Valentina Cervi is an Italian film and television actress.\nCervi was born in Rome, Italy. She is the daughter of director Tonino Cervi and granddaughter of the famous Italian actor Gino Cervi. Cervi started her acting career at age ten in Carlo Cotti's 1986 film Portami la luna. She also played an English-language role in Jane Campion's 1996 The Portrait of a Lady.\nOne of her most acclaimed roles was the lead in the 1997 film Artemisia, directed by Agnès Merlet. It was loosely based on the painter Artemisia Gentileschi's life, but controversially portrayed the relationship between Agostino Tassi and Artemisia as a passionate affair rather than as rape.\nIn 2011, she appeared as Arianna in BBC TV's Italian detective mini-series Zen. The London Times commenting on her role as follows: \"Zen need only walk into a Lavazzatore for [a] B-movie-rank Gina Lollo to press her amples into his chest. An interview with one courtesan [Cervi] was conducted ... with her in bra and fishnets, the interrogation interrupted by the command 'zip' as he dressed and undressed her\". She also appeared as \"Valentina\" in Canale 5's series Distretto di Polizia in 2011.