Valerio Mastandrea is one of Italy's much beloved actors of his generation. He debuted in theatre in 1993 and on the big screen the following year, acting in "Ladri di cinema", by Pieno Natoli. For his interpretation of Davide Ferrario's film "Tutti giù per terra" he was awarded the Grolla d'Oro for Best Actor. He then played in film written by Nanni Moretti and Daniele Gaglione, Marco Tullio Giordana and Silvio Soldino. In 2010 he won the Davide di Donatello award for best actor for his role in the film "La prima cosa bella" with Stefania Sandrelli, directed by Paolo Virzì. In 2013 he was awarded two more Davide di Donatello prizes for "Gli equilibristi" by Robarto Andò. He made his debut in fiction with his novel "Chiedo Scusa", written with Francesco Abate, under the pseudonym of Saverio Mastrofranco.