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Elisabetta Canalis
Elisabetta Canalis 66ème Festival de Venise (Mostra).jpg
Canalis at the 2009 Venice Film Festival
Born (1978-09-12) 12 September 1978 (age 45)
Sassari, Italy
  • Actress
  • showgirl
  • television presenter
Years active 1999–present
Teodoro Zuffi
(m. invalid year)
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Elisabetta Canalis (Italian: [elizaˈbɛtta kaˈnaːlis]; born 12 September 1978) is an Italian actress and showgirl.

Early life

Canalis was born in Sassari, Sardinia in Italy. Her father, Cesare, is a radiologist in University of Sassari's clinic, and her mother, Bruna, was a teacher. She has a brother named Luigi, who is also a radiologist and was involved in a Switzerland debt scandal. Canalis was educated in Sassari, where she attended the "classical" high school (Liceo classico), and then moved to Milan to study foreign languages at Università degli Studi di Milano, though she never graduated because she started to work as a dancer for Silvio Berlusconi's TV channel Canale 5 at the age of 21.


Acting and presenting

Elisabetta Canalis was a dancer on the Canale 5 TV show Striscia la notizia from 1999 to 2002. Canalis had a minor role in Virgin Territory, a comedy produced by Roberto Cavalli. In 2005, she replaced a busy Michelle Hunziker in Love Bugs 2, the second season of the sitcom Love Bugs. In 2007, she co-hosted the annual Italian music festival, Festivalbar but the TV program closed. In 2009, she replaced a pregnant Elena Santarelli on the Italian version of Total Request Live, on MTV Italia. Elisabetta hosted the Trofeo Birra Moretti 2008, a summer football competition played between S.S.C. Napoli, A.C. Milan and Juventus.

In 2010, she played a recurring character in season 3 of the TNT series Leverage. In February 2011, she co-hosted the most important Italian song contest, Sanremo Music Festival with Gianni Morandi and Belen Rodriguez. She interviewed in the Festival Robert De Niro . Canalis appeared on the 13th season of Dancing with the Stars. She was paired with Valentin Chmerkovskiy and was the second to be eliminated on 27 September 2011. She was interviewed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in September 2011. She posed for PETA's campaign in 2011. For two nights, she co-hosted for the second time the Sanremo Music Festival 2012 and acted with the singer Adriano Celentano in the role of "Messy Italia".

In March 2015, she was appointed Goodwill Ambassador UNICEF Italy.


She has been a spokeswoman and runway model from 2006 to 2009 for the fashion brand "Hollywood Milano", a Milan-based disco club. She promoted in a spot recorded in New York the new city limousine Musa "5th Avenue". In June 2011 she appeared in a photoshoot of the Spanish version of Vogue, and in September 2011 in the Arabian version of Harper's Bazaar. That same year, she modeled for Roberto Cavalli.

Canalis was June 2010 cover girl for the third time on Vanity Fair. In the same year, she is, for the Italian version of Vanity Fair, the 4th woman most beautiful in 2010. Thanks to Clooney, she gained a contract as spokesmodel for Pantene. In The Netherlands, she is a spokesperson for Auping. She was the covergirl for a June 2012 edition of Sportweek Dreams, a special edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport. The shoot was in Santo Domingo. She appeared in a July 2012 advertisement for PETA. On 2016 she became testimonial for the sportwear brand DEHA.

Personal life

George Clooney, Elisabetta Canalis 66ème Festival de Venise (Mostra) 2
Canalis with George Clooney at 66th Venice International Film Festival (2009)

Canalis was previously engaged to footballer Christian Vieri, and she also had a short relationship with film director Gabriele Muccino following his divorce. Canalis subsequently had a short relationship with football player Reginaldo.

Canalis dated American actor George Clooney for two years before breaking up in June 2011.

Canalis married orthopedic surgeon Brian Perri on 14 September 2014 in Alghero, Sardinia. During the wedding, Italian singer Bianca Atzei sang the traditional Sardinian song Ave Maria. On 29 September 2015, she gave birth to their daughter Skyler Eva.


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Deuce Bigalow: European ... Castle lady Cameo appearance
2006 Natale a New York Carlotta Ferri
2007 Virgin Territory Sister Gabriella
2008 La seconda volta non si scorda mai Ilaria Fiorito
La fidanzata di papà Felicity
2010 A Natale mi sposo Paloma
Year Title Role Notes
2003–04 Carabinieri Alessandra Ferri Main role; 48 episodes
2005 Love Bugs Elisabetta Main role (season 2)
2007 Buona la prima! Herself Episode: "Non c'è 2 senza trendy"
2008 Medici miei Vittoria Colombini Main role; 11 episodes
2010 Fratelli Benvenuti Krishna Recurring role; 6 episodes
Leverage Mystery Woman Recurring role; 5 episodes
2014 Party On Party guest Episode: "Sardinia"
2018 L'isola di Pietro Giulia Canale Main role (season 2); 6 episodes

See also

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