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Ekaterini "Katia" Dandoulaki (Greek: Κάτια Δανδουλάκη) (born May 16, 1948) is a theatre, television and film actress, former fashion model and recording artist. She is best known for her role as protagonist Virna Drako on the Greek television series Lampsi in the 1990s.


Katia Dandoulaki


She is the spouse of the Greek intellectual, translator, writer Marios Ploritis, who has translated many of her plays.

Dandoulaki studied English at Boston University for one year (1968) and speaks fluent English.


Katia Dandoulaki starred in many popular Greek films, like Papaflessas (1971) with Dimitris Papamixail. She played the role of Marmo Panteou, a young wife, in the classic TV series "Pantheoi, Oi" (1977), based on a classic novel by Tassos Athanassiadis. During the 90s she starred as Virna Drakou in a popular Greek soap opera of Nikos Foskolos Lampsi.

She also played Maria Callas in Terence MacNally's Master Class, and Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire. She was one of the basic stars in the TV series, "Istera irthan oi melisses" (2000), directed by Yiannis Koutsomitis. It was one of the few successes that ET1, the state TV channel, had in the last few years. During the 2001-2002 season she played Emma in the classic Pinter play 'Betrayal'. It was a big success, and directed by Stamatis Fasoulis. Her co-stars were S. Zalmas and K. Konstantopoulos.

Lately, she worked on Vera Sto Dexi, as a main character, until 2007.


Katia Dandoulaki

Katia Dandoulaki Theatre

Katia Dandoulaki has a theatre named after her in Athens. The modern theatre of Katia Dandoulaki resulted from the remodelling of the third floor of a commercial complex of entertainment halls built in the 1960s. In particular, the 1000 m2 area of the Superstar Theatre was completely remodelled. It is a work by architect Katerina Thanou.

The theatre proper has 500 stalls on an inclined level and a stage 200 m2 with a revolving section which offered the possibility of multiple uses. The foyer, with an area of 250 m2, is on two levels and includes a bar, bookshop, lounge and a small exhibition area in the loft.

Theatrical Filmography


Madame sans-gene/ Victorien Sardou
Irkutsk story/ Alexei Arbuzov
The little foxes/ Lillian Helman
Un Amour fou/ Andre Roussin
I want to see Musov/ Marty Feldman
Panoria/ George Hortatsis
Life is a dream/ Pedro Calderon de la Barca
Miss Julie/ August Strindberg
The school for wives/ Jean Molière
Poor Marik/ Alexei Arbuzov
Private life/ Noel Coward
Ring round the moon/ Jean Anouilh


Anna Karenina/ Leo Tolstoy
Arms and the man/ George Bernard Shaw
It had to be you/ Renee Taylor & Josheph Bologna
The heiress/ Ruth & August Goetz
Extrimities/ William Mastrosimone
As you desire me/ Luigi Pirandello
Anatol/ Arthur Snitchler
Dream girl/ Elmer Rice
To clothe the naked/ Luigi Pirandello
Nan (Henceforward)/ Alan Ayckbourn
Bell,book and candle/ John Van Druten
The day after the fair/ Thomas Hardy (based on the novel "on the western circuit")
The seagull/ Anton Chekhov (1993)
Jordan / Anna Reynolds & Moira Buffini (1993)
Creditors/ August Strindberg (1994)


The Cherry Orchard/ Anton Chekhov (1995–1996)
A servant of two masters/ Carlo Goldoni (1996–1997)
Master Class/ Terrence McNally (1997–1998)
A streetcar named desire/ Tennessee Williams (1998–1999)
Sause for the Goose/ Georges Feydeau (1999–2000)
Jordan/ Anna Reynolds & Moira Buffini (2000)
It had to be you/ Ren?e Taylor & Josheph Bologna (2000–2001)
Betrayal/ Harold Pinter (2001–02)
Chapter Two/ Neil Simon (2002–2003)
I'm staying near the restaurant: Late to get married, early to die/ Edvard Radzinski (2003–2004)
Three Sisters/ Anton Chekhov (2004–2005)
Witness for the prosecution/ (2005–2006)

National Theatre of Greece Productions

A month in the country / Ivan Turgenev (1984)
Lysistrata/ Aristophanes (summer 1997)

Television and Film Work

"Vera Sto Dexi" (2004–2007) TV Series as Claire
"Leni" (2003) TV Series as Eleni
"Istera irthan oi melisses" (2000) TV Series as Despina
"Lampsi, I" (1991–2000) TV Series .... Virna Drakou
Sweet Country (1987) as Sister Mathilde
"A.D." (1985) (mini) TV Series as Octavia
Tragoudi tis epistrofis, To (1983)
"Athlioi ton Athinon, Oi" (1980) TV Series as Mariora
"Pantheoi, Oi" (1977) TV Series as Marmo Pantheou
1000 hronia prin (1977) (TV)
Agnostos stratiotis (1976) as Myrto
Sta dyktia tou tromou (1975)
Daimonismeni, I (1975) as Eleni Stavrianou
Gios mou, o Stefanos, O (1975) as Hristina
"Hristos xanastavronetai, O" (1975) TV Series as Maryori
"Asterismos ton likon, O" (1974) TV Series
"Alithines istories" (1974) TV Series
Epikindini nychta (1974)
Lesviakos Avgoustos (1974) as Angeliki
Okei, file (1974)
Sfalma (1974)
Polemistai tis eirinis (1973)
Sta diktia tis arahnis (1973)
Boom, tara!!! Ta tzoum!!! (1972) as Lefkippi
Ippokratis kai dimokratia (1972)
Os tin teleftaia stygmi (1972)
Souliotes (1972)
Olokaftoma, To (1971)
Megali stigmi tou '21: Papaflessas, I (1971)



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