Vincenzo Leonardo Cilenti
8 August 1974
Sienna Guillory (m. 2002)
Cilenti was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire to Italian parents from Foiano di Val Fortore (in the province of Benevento). He worked with his girlfriend, actress Sienna Guillory, in the 2001 film Late Night Shopping. The two were married in 2002, and they have continued to appear together in various works. In February 2011 Guillory gave birth to their twin daughters, Valentina and Lucia, named after Guillory's grandmother and great aunt, who were also twin sisters.
After attending Bradford Grammar School, a degree in French and Spanish at the University of Nottingham followed and led to him working as a night porter and a bodyguard on the Cote D'Azur and in Mexico City respectively.
His first professional acting role came in Trial & Retribution, which led to the role of Grant in the world premiere of Liz Lochhead's Perfect Days at The Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh. Here he was spotted by Wendy Brazington who was casting Michael Winterbottom's Wonderland which at the time had the working title Snarl Up. He played graphic artist Peter Saville on his second collaboration with Winterbottom, the Palme d'Or-nominated 24 Hour Party People.
He has appeared in plays both on and off the West End, notably lead roles in Neil LaBute's The Shape of Things at The New Ambassadors Theatre, and the European premiere of the Pulitzer prize-winning play Anna in the Tropics at the Hampstead Theatre.
He also performed at The Royal Court in a series of plays written and directed by Russian artists entirely in Russian; in Thai ballet as Orpheus in Backpacker Orpheus, a play devised entirely from people's experiences in the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake; and in conceptual theatre for new-writing company Paines Plough in a series of shows (including a one-man show) commissioned over a number of seasons by Miuccia Prada to showcase collections for her Miu Miu line at Milan Fashion Week.
Cilenti also directed a short film called Getalife, and in 2015 produced, wrote and appeared in his first feature-length movie The Wicked Within.
His first novel, Mediterranean Homesick Blues, co-written with Ben Chatfield, was published in 2012.
In 2019 he played the role of Joe Lyppiatt (in a gender-swap for the character Joanna) in Noël Coward's Present Laughter at the Old Vic in London opposite Andrew Scott.
He lives in London and Los Angeles.
- Wonderland (1999) - Darren
- Late Night Shopping (2001) - Lenny
- Fallen Dreams (2001) - Arthur
- 24 Hour Party People (2002) - Peter Saville
- Legion of Honor (2002) - Sgt. Crepelli
- Spooks (2003, TV Series) - Carlo Franceschini (uncredited)
- Crust (2003) - Todd Higgins
- Millions (2004) - St Francis
- Colour Me Kubrick: A True... ish Story (2005) - Waldegrave
- Rome (2005, TV Series) - Evander Pulchio
- The Virgin Queen (2005, TV Mini-Series) - Jean de Simier
- Rabbit Fever (2006) - Andrew
- Next (2007) - Mr. Jones
- In the Loop (2009) - Bob Adriano
- The Fourth Kind (2009) - Scott Stracinsky
- Nine (2009) - Leopardi
- Lie to Me (2009, TV Series) - John Lightman
- The Rum Diary (2011) - Digby
- House (2012, TV Series) - Matt Johnson
- Prisoners' Wives (2013, TV Series) - Mick
- Kick-Ass 2 (2013) - Lou
- Supercollider (2013) - Leo Tarsky
- Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) - Watchtower Guard
- The Theory of Everything (2014) - Kip Thorne
- Wolf Hall (2015, TV Mini-Series) - Antonio Bonvisi
- Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (2015, TV Mini-Series) - Childermass
- The Martian (2015) - Mike Watkins
- High-Rise (2015) - Talbot
- The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015) - Doctor
- The Wicked Within (2015) - Michael
- Jekyll and Hyde (2015, TV Mini-Series) - Captain Dance
- Game of Thrones (2015-2016, TV Series) - Yezzan zo Qaggaz
- Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) - Gianni
- Free Fire (2016) - Bernie
- Grantchester (2016, TV Series) - Felix Davis
- The Man with the Iron Heart (2016) - Adolf Opalka
- The Last Tycoon (2016-2017, TV Series) - Aubrey Hackett
- Next of Kin (2018) - Barnesy
- Luther (2019, TV Series) - Jeremy Lake
- Les Misérables (2019, TV Mini-Series) - Rivette
- Greed (2019) - Eric Weeks
- Present Laughter (2019) - Joe Lyppiatt
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