Vanozza Cattaneo
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2x10 The Confession episode still of Vanozza Cattaneo
Season(s) 1, 2, 3
Portrayed by Joanne Whalley
First appearance The Poisoned Chalice
Latest appearance The Prince
Episode count 26
Status Alive
Occupation Courtesan (formerly)
Residence Rome, Italy
Spouse(s) Theo
Significant other(s) Rodrigo Borgia (ex-lover)
Children Cesare Borgia
Juan Borgia (deceased)
Lucrezia Borgia
Joffre Borgia
Other relatives Giovanni Borgia (grandchild)
"Kings and Popes and Emperors belong to their peoples, not to their families."
―Vanozza Cattaneo[src]

Vanozza Cattaneo is a main character in the first, second and third seasons. She is portrayed by Joanne Whalley, and makes her debut in the series premiere.

Vanozza is the former mistress of Rodrigo Borgia. They have four children together; Cesare Borgia, Juan Borgia, Lucrezia Borgia and Joffre Borgia.


The refined, aging mistress of Rodrigo, Vanozza is the mother of his children. Although she no longer shares the Pope's bed, she is still the matriarch of his household and a vital member of his family. When a younger woman catches the Pope's eye, Vanozza unleashes a fury that threatens to unseat him. She is later barred from her own daughter's wedding because of the impropriety of the Pope acknowledging an affair that produced children.[1]


Season one appearances
The Poisoned Chalice The Assassin The Moor
Lucrezia's Wedding The Borgias in Love The French King
Death, on a Pale Horse The Art of War Nessuno (Nobody)
Season two appearances
The Borgia Bull Paolo The Beautiful Deception Stray Dogs The Choice
Day of Ashes The Siege at Forli Truth and Lies World of Wonders The Confession
Season three appearances
The Face of Death The Purge Siblings The Banquet of Chestnuts The Wolf and the Lamb
Relics Lucrezia's Gambit Tears of Blood The Gunpowder Plot The Prince


Every photo of Vanozza Cattaneo on this wiki can be seen here.

Historical notesEdit

  • Vanozza was not a courtesan, as the series claims, but an Italian noblewoman from the House of Candia.[2]
  • Vanozza's husband Theo is a fusion of her three historical husbands.[2]


  2. 2.0 2.1

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