Italian actress Silvia Colloca is best recognized by American moviegoers for her roles as Verona, one of the Dracula's three brides, in Stephen Sommers' action/horror film "Van Helsing" (2004; starring Hugh Jackman and Kate Beckinsale), and as Nadia Kaminski, the widow of an accountant of the Romanian Mafia who is being protected by Wesley Snipes' top US Secret Agent character, in the action/thriller film "The Detonator" (2006).
She also appeared in David Leland's romantic comedy film "Virgin Territory" (2007; starring Hayden Christensen and Mischa Barton). The 5' 7¼" actress will next be seen in the upcoming films "Lesbian Vampire Killers," "A Simple Love Story," and "Out of the Night."
Colloca has been married to her "Van Helsing" (2004) co-star actor, Richard Roxburgh, since 2004. They have one son together.
Childhood and Family:
In Milan, Italy, Silvia Colloca was born on May 23, 1978 to Loredana and Mario Colloca. The youngest of three siblings, Silvia has one older sister, Alessandra, who lives in Sicily, and one older brother, Giammarco, who is a chef.
Silvia, who speaks fluent English and Italian, attended The Music Academy of Milan for 4 years. On September 25, 2004, she married Australian actor Richard Roxburgh (born on January 1, 1962), who played Dracula with her in the film “Van Helsing” (2004). The couple welcomed their first child on February 10, 2007, a son named Raphael Roxburgh.
Detonator Leading Lady
Enrolled in acting school at the age of 13 and continued to study for the next 7 years, Silvia Colloca, a talented opera trained Mezzosoprano, has began her career on the stage as a musical theater performer in her home country Italy.
In 2002, Colloca began appearing in film, playing a small role as Cannes award hostess in director Alessandro D'Alatri's Italian romantic comedy movie starring Stefania Rocca and Fabio Volo, "Casomai" (aka. "If by Chance"). In the following year, Colloca co-starred with Marco Marelli, Francesca Vettori, Barbara Ortelli, Tamara Dona, Guido Gaffuri, and Giovanni Vettorazzo in the Italian dramatic TV series "Avvocato, L'."
2004 saw Colloca made her first American film in writer/director Stephen Sommers' action/horror film about vampire hunter Gabriel Van Helsing, "Van Helsing" (2004), starring Hugh Jackman and Kate Beckinsale. In the film, she portrayed Verona, one of the Dracula's three brides (the other two were played by Josie Maran and Elena Anaya). She would later marry the actor who played Dracula, Richard Roxburgh, in September 2004. They also voiced their characters in its video games version, a third-person shooter for the Play Station 2 and Xbox.
Colloca subsequently landed a starring role in writer/director Romano Scavolini's Italian drama film "Apocalisse delle scimmie, L'" (2005). And after turning down the role of Azelia in TV movie "The curse of King's Tut Tomb" (2006), which later went to Leonor Varela, Colloca played the female lead opposite Wesley Snipes, in the action/thriller film "The Detonator" (2006), as Nadia Kaminski, the widow of an accountant of the Romanian Mafia who is being protected by Snipes' top US Secret Agent character.
Recently, Colloca portrayed a sister in writer/director David Leland's "Virgin Territory" (2007; starring Hayden Christensen and Mischa Barton), a romantic comedy film based upon Giovanni Boccaccio's "Decameron." It was released in France in December 12, 2007 under the title "Medieval Pie."
Colloca will soon complete her new film, "Lesbian Vampire Killers," a horror/action/comedy by Phil Claydon. She is also working on the upcoming films projects "A Simple Love Story," a romantic drama by writer/director Dimitri Vorris, and "Out of the Night," a war drama written and directed by Claudio Macor in which she co-stars with Rupert Evans, Peter O'Toole (rumored), and husband Richard Roxburgh.