Ottavia Piccolo is an Italian actress, occasionally engaged in the field of dubbing.
In 1964 she met Giorgio Strehler, who directed her in Le baruffe chiozzotte and later in the Shakespearean King Lear. Her other masters will be Luca Ronconi for the theater and Mauro Bolognini for the cinema (Madamigella di Maupin). In Metello of the latter, based on the book by Vasco Pratolini, her proof was such as to deserve the Prix Interprétation féminine at the Cannes Film Festival 1970, the Silver Ribbon for the best leading actress, a Special David to David di Donatello 1970 and a Golden Globe for the best revelation actress.
This success will ensure that the actress is "adopted" by French cinema: she will be directed, among others, by Claude Sautet and Pierre Granier-Deferre (L'evaso). In 1968 she played the role of the female protagonist in Serafino by Pietro Germi, alongside Adriano Celentano. The following year she played a secondary role in the comedy Una su 13, with Vittorio Gassman, Sharon Tate, Orson Welles and Vittorio De Sica. In 1970 she recorded a 45 rpm with Rodolfo Baldini, to whom she was linked in that period (after a flirtation with Massimo Ranieri).
From the mid-seventies she will concentrate mainly on the theater of Shakespeare, Pirandello, Alfieri and Hofmannsthal; but she will be better known to the general public for her appearance in numerous television dramas, especially from classic texts of world literature: among all: Il mulino del Po and La coscienza di Zeno directed by Sandro Bolchi, and La Certosa di Parma, directed by Bolognini.