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Birth Name: Andrea Donna de Matteo

Date of Birth: January 19, 1973

Place of Birth: Queens, New York, New York, USA

Occupation: Actress

Height: 5' 6"

Best Known For: Playing Adriana La Cerva on HBO's The Sopranos

Drea de Matteo Biography

Drea de Matteo was born on January 19, 1973, in New York. She has two older brothers, Joe and Darren. Her father is a furniture manufacturer and her mother is a playwright and teaches play writing at HB Studio in New York. Drea attended NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, originally planning to become a director. She also studied acting while in college and received positive attention for her performances and she was inspired to pursue a career in acting. By the time Drea graduated from NYU she had already found a manager.

Drea started her career acting in guest roles on television shows. She appeared in a couples of parts in 1996, took a break from acting and in 1999, she won the role that would make her famous. Originally, Drea's character, Adriana La Cerva, on HBO's The Sopranos was only written to appear in a few episodes as the girlfriend of rising mobster, Christopher. Drea's work on the show was so well received by the show's writers and creators, that she written into more episodes and became a central character on the show. Drea stayed on the show through its fourth season in 2004, and took home an Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama for her performances during her final season on the show. That same year, she landed another television series lead playing Gina Tribbiani, sister of Joey Tribbiani, on Joey, a two season spin-off of the hit series Friends. Second to her character on The Sopranos, Drea is widely known for this role.

Drea has also appeared in a number of films in addition to her television work. She appeared in several independent features in 1999 and 2000 including The Gentleman from Boston and in 2001's Swordfish with Halle Berry. Drea made a small appearance in Jon Favreau's Made, which featured the same characters that were first introduced in 1996's Swingers.

In 2002, Drea was seen as a gang leader's girlfriend in Deuces Wild, and she received praise for her role in 2003's Prey for Rock & Roll, as the tough, self-destructive bassist Tracy. In 2005, Drea starred in the thriller Assault on Precinct 13, along with Ethan Hawke, Laurence Fishburne, Gabriel Byrne, and Maria Bello. Drea is scheduled to appear in three films in 2007.

In addition to her acting work, Drea owned a rock and roll vintage clothing store in the East Village called Filth Mart for several years. She closed the store but has voiced the possibility of re-opening it in Los Angeles.

Drea is currently dating country singer Shooter Jennings. They expect their first child, a girl, in early December 2007.
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