Demetra Hampton

Demetra Lisa Ann Hampton (born June 15, 1968) is an American actress and model. She is best known for portraying the character of Valentina in the eponymous Italian television series. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she first began her career as a model in New York City, before being chosen for the character and moving to Italy. She went on to appear in films such as Three Columns in the News (1990), Kreola (1993), National Lampoon's Last Resort (1994) and Chicken Park (1994). In 2001, after working on the film, Gabriel, Hampton went on a hiatus from acting until 2012 when she appeared in the Italian comedy, Good as You.

Demetra Hampton
Demetra Lisa Ann Hampton

(1968-06-15) June 15, 1968
OccupationActress, model
Years active1988–present
Luca Bielli (m. 1998)


Former gymnast, Hampton began her career in New York City where she worked as a model. While on vacation in Los Angeles, an Italian film agent who was casting the television series Valentina (1989) and was looking for an actress to portray the main character. She took photos of Hampton and sent them to the producer Angelo Rizzoli. Hampton was sent to Milan the next day and was immediately cast in role of Valentina.[1]

Personal life

From 1994 to 1998 Hampton was romantically linked to an Italian politician Walter Armanini. In January 1998, she had a domestic accident which left her with fractured ankles after falling out of the balcony. The police stated it was a "suicide attempt for love". However, Hampton has denied the voluntary nature of the act.[2]



  1. "Demetra Hampton e 'Valentina', l'intramontabile bellezza degli anni '90". Giornale di Puglia (in Italian). December 4, 2014. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
  2. Cavalli, Giovanna (January 12, 1998). "Salto nel vuoto per Demetra, un giallo". Corriere della Sera (in Italian). Archived from the original on November 9, 2015. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
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