The Italian government has just honoured Scacchi by recognising her as one of the most successful Italians living in the UK. Yet Britain has refused her citizenship, despite her in many ways being as British as Nigel Havers or Prunella Scales.
For the actress, acclaimed for roles in White Mischief, Presumed Innocent, The Player and Country Life, was born in Milan to an Italian art dealer father and English dancer mother, Pamela. After her parents divorced when she was aged four, she was brought up in Haywards Heath by mama. At 15, Scacchi was taken to live in Australia by Pamela and her new husband. But just two years later Scacchi returned to England to study at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Soon she was an international movie star after wowing in her Merchant Ivory petticoat for Heat and Dust; a glittering career followed, in which as a leading lady opposite the likes of Harrison Ford, she was often described as one of the world’s most beautiful women – to the occasional resentment, she has suggested, of the sisterhood.
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