Maria Violante Placido (Italian: ˈplatʃido; born 1 May 1976) is an Italian actress and singer. Born in Rome, she is the daughter of actor-director Michele Placido and actress Simonetta Stefanelli.
Her film debut was alongside her father in Quattro bravi ragazzi, and later took part in Jack Frusciante è uscito dal gruppo. Her first important role was in L'anima gemella, directed by Sergio Rubini.
Placido's other movies include Ora o mai più, by Lucio Pellegrini, Che ne sarà di noi, by Giovanni Veronesi, and Ovunque sei, directed by her father. In 2006, she starred in Pupi Avati's comedy La cena per farli conoscere, released in 2007. In March 2009, she played a role in the Hindi movie Barah Aana. In 2010, she appeared alongside George Clooney in the drama-thriller The American.
Placido played Nadya in the 2012 film Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, a sequel to the 2007 film Ghost Rider, both based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name.
In 2006, Placido released, under the name Viola, her first album as a singer, Don't Be Shy..., including 10 tracks (most of which are in English) written by herself, inspired by Stuart Benson. Viola sings in the style of singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega. The second single is "How to save your life". Subsequently she collaborated with the Italian singer-songwriter Bugo in the remake duet version of his song "Amore mio infinito".
Violante Placido gave birth to her first child, a son named Vasco, in October 2013. The father is her partner, Massimiliano D'Epiro, who is an Italian film director.