After studying literature and graduating from Accademia dei Filodrammatici, Lella Costa’s theatre début was in 1980 with the Repertorio monologue, i.e. the orphan girl and the stockings. It was the beginning of a trajectory which has brought her into contact with contemporary writers and she works on the radio and theatre-cabaret and has become one of the best known actresses in Italy.
Together with Massimo Cirri and Giorgio Gallione she has co-written many of the shows she has acted in. Over recent years she has acted in Ferite a morte, a multi-award winning show on the extremely topical issue of gender violence and murders of women. Her theatre work has been accompanied for years by diverse and important radio and TV appearances and a constant civil commitment. In 2017 she presented the special TV programme Mariangela! (Rai Cultura) devoted to the life and career of Mariangela Melato. In 2018 she returned to Rai3 with La tv delle ragazze – Gli Stati generali 1988 2018.
She is a member of the Università degli Studi di Scienze Gastronomiche di Pollenzo’s board of directors.