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Maria De Filippi
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Maria De Filippi onstage at the Sanremo Music Festival, 2009
Born 5 December 1961 (1961-12-05) (age 59)
Nationality Italian
Occupation Television host, television producer, author
Known for Her televised talent shows
'Amici di Maria De Filippi' and ‘Tu Si Que Vales’.
And her two talk shows
‘Uomini & Donne’ and ‘C’è Posta Per Te’
Maurizio Costanzo (m. 1995)
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The first number of Spy 23 June 2017 cover Mondadori

Maria De Filippi (born 5 December 1961) is an Italian television host, owner of the television production company, Fascino PGT. She is one of the most popular Italian presenters in Italian television.


De Filippi was born in Milan, Lombardy, but grew up in Pavia where her family moved when she was ten years old. She is married to talk show host Maurizio Costanzo with whom she has an adopted son.


She has hosted numerous talk shows (mostly trashic) broadcast by Mediaset's Canale 5 such as Uomini e donne and C'e posta per te. From 1993 until the present day (2018), she has hosted on Canale 5 the talent show Amici (before was a simply talk show) which changed its name in 2002 to Amici di Maria De Filippi. Similar to the American series Fame, it features a school with two groups of aspiring young singers and dancers who compete against the other, performing live before an audience, and a panel of judges and instructors. Albanian-born dancer Kledi Kadiu was a regular performer on the programme.

In 2001 she hosted Telegatto with Gerry Scotti. Since 2009, she has been one of Italia's Got Talent's judges and producers.

Marco Carta, Valerio Scanu and Emma Marrone, three singers whose careers were launched through Amici, all subsequently went on to win first place in the prestigious Sanremo Music Festival in 2009, 2010, and 2012 respectively.

Among the TV-shows supported by Maria de Filippi and Fascino PGT's productions there are: Amici, Uomini e donne, C'è posta per te, Italia's Got Talent, Coca-Cola Summer Festival, Temptation Island, Tú sí que vales, Pequeños gigantes, Maurizio Costanzo Show, L'intervista, Selfie - Le cose cambiano, House Party e Ultima fermata.


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Christmas on the Nile Herself Feature film; cameo appearance
2008 I Cesaroni Italian TV Series; episode: "La posta del cuore"
2011 Finally the Happiness Feature film; cameo appearance

Television programs

Title Year Role Notes
Amici 1992–2001 Presenter Talk show, presenter from season 2
Amici di sera 1993–1997 Presenter Night version of the talk show Amici
Forum 1995–1996 Regular guest Debate procedural program (season 11)
Uomini e donne 1996–present Presenter Dating reality show; also creator
Buona Domenica 1997–1998 Guest Variety show (season 10)
Missione impossibile 1998 Presenter Reality show; also creator
Telegatto 2001 2001 Presenter Annual ceremony
Amici di Maria De Filippi 2001–present Presenter Singing and dancing talent show, originally titled Saranno Famosi for its first season
Vero Amore 2005 Presenter Reality show (season 1), retitled for season 2 as Temptation Island
Striscia la notizia 2005, 2015 Guest host Variety show (season 17 and season 28)
Unan1mous 2006 Presenter Reality show; italian version of the American program Unan1mous
Sanremo Music Festival 2009 2009 Co-host Annual music festival
Italia's Got Talent 2009–2013 Judge Talent show (seasons 1–5)
Tú sí que vales 2014–present Judge Talent show; also creator
House Party 2016 Presenter Variety show (episode 1) with Sabrina Ferilli
Rischiatutto Guest Game show; contestant for one episode
Amici Celebrities 2019 Presenter Celebrity version of Amici di Maria De Filippi
Amici Specials 2021–present Presenter Prime Video original web show


  • 1995 - Telegatto Intrattenimento con ospiti for Amici
  • 1996 - Telegatto Intrattenimento con ospiti for Amici di sera
  • 1997 - Telegatto Personaggio femminile dell'anno
  • 1998 - Telegatto Intrattenimento con ospiti for Accadde domani
  • 2000 - Telegatto Miglior talk show for C'è posta per te
  • 2001 - Telegatto Miglior talk show for C'è posta per te
  • 2002 - Telegatto Miglior reality show for Saranno famosi
  • 2002 - Telegatto Trasmissione dell'anno for Saranno famosi
  • 2003 - Telegatto Miglior reality show for Amici di Maria De Filippi
  • 2003 - Telegatto Personaggio femminile dell'anno
  • 2008 - Telegatto TeleRatto Speciale di Amianto for Amici di Maria De Filippi
  • 2011 - Wind Music Award Premio Speciale "Arena di Verona"
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