As a bestselling author Gabriella Leonardi’s two poetry books, The Art Of The Damaged Soul (Austin Macauley) and The Art Of The Damaged Soul Vol 2 – When Two Souls Collide (Amazon) have both topped The British and Irish poetry charts as well as the Women’s poetry charts multiple times and are available in leading book shops worldwide. One leading critic has described her as “the 21st century Sylvia Plath”. She regularly writes about women’s safety, mental health, climate change and many other issues important to her generation.
Gabriella is currently developing the pilot for a 10-part sitcom, I Think My Boyfriend Hates Me about a beautiful but insecure young woman with dreams of becoming a film star who moves with her aspiring musician boyfriend into his parent’s home to save money because they can’t afford the rent. They are a loving but dysfunctional family with a lot of different clashing personalities across the ages which brings a lot of chaos.
In May 2023 Gabriella appeared at The Brighton Fringe in her own one woman show based on The Art Of The Damaged Soul winning the Encore Insure Bursary Award for The Most Promising Show as well as runner up in Voice Magazine’s Best Newcomer Award. She has plans to develop this as a touring production.
She studied at the East 15 Acting School and since then has appeared in Raw Power Films’ RoadGirl, directed by Jesse Lawrence, Silent D Pictures’ In Search of Fear, directed by John K. Webster and the short based on Stephen King’s novel All That You Love Will Be Carried Away, written and directed by Hendrik Harms. She also has extensive theatre experience.
She has worked extensively as a model appearing in major fashion magazines, many on the front covers, including Vogue Italia, Off Town, Mob, Gmaro, Afi, Teen Cruze, Beauty Mute, Shuba, Pump, Q.