Dana Vespoli (born September 22, 1972) is the stage name of an American pornographic actress and film director . [2]

Early life

Vespoli was born on September 22, 1972 in Hanover, New Hampshire [51] and spent her "formative years" in Portland, Oregon . [8] Her father was from Thailand and her mother was Scotch-Irish . [51] [8] According to Vespoli, she attended Mills College where she earned a degree in comparative literature . [4]


Vespoli started working as a stripper in 1996 using the stage name "Christa" at the Mitchell Brothers in San Francisco. [6] [7] She entered the adult film industry at the age of 31 years. [10] Her first scene was in Ed Powers ’ Dirty Debutantes series. [51]

Vespoli started directing in January 2006. [11] In April of that year, she began directing for Digital Sin . [12] She currently directs for Sweetheart Video and Evil Angel . [7] [10] [13] In 2011, Complex ranked her thirteenth on their list of "The Top 50 Hottest Asian Porn Stars of All Time". [14] In 2014, Break.com ranked her thirtyfirst on their list of "40 Best Asian Porn Stars Today". [15] Vespoli was inducted into the AVN Hall of Fame in 2016. [40]

Vespoli married pornographic actor Manuel Ferrara in January 2005. [6] The couple divorced seven years later. [7] They have three sons together. [18]

Awards and nominations

As a Performer

Year Ceremony Result Award Work
2015 AVN Award [28] Won Best Transsexual Sex Scene (with Venus Lux ) [29] TS, I Love You
2017 XBIZ Award Won Best Actress - All-Girl Release [52] Lefty


Year Ceremony Result Award Work
2007 Adam Film World Guide Award Won Directrix Of The Year [17] N/A
2013 The Sex Awards [23] Nominated Adult Movie of the Year Dana Vespoli is Back
Nominated Forsaken
Nominated Favorite Director N/A
Erotic Lounge Awards Nominated Best Director N/A
Nominated Best Gonzo Forsaken
NightMoves Award [25] Won Best Director – Non-Parody (Editor’s Choice) [32] N/A
Nominated Best All Girl Release Allie Haze Loves Girls
2014 AVN Award Nominated Director of the Year [10] N/A
Nominated Best New Studio [10] N/A
Nominated Best All-Girl Series [10] Lesbian Anal P.O.V
Nominated Best Director – Feature [10] Forsaken
Nominated Best Screenplay [10]
Nominated Best Boy/Girl Sex Scene (Ash Hollywood & Michael Vegas) [10]
Nominated Best Music Soundtrack [10]
Nominated Best Safe Sex Scene ( Jiz Lee & Manuel Ferrara ) [10] Girl/Boy
Nominated Best Director – Non-Feature [10]
Nominated Best Wall-to-Wall Release [10]
XBIZ Award Won Director of the Year – Non-Feature Release [123]
Nominated Gonzo Release of the Year [66]
Nominated Best Scene - Non-Feature Release (Jiz Lee & Manuel Ferrara) [66]
Nominated Director of the Year - Body of Work [66] N/A
Nominated All-Girl Release of the Year [66] She's Come Undone
XRCO Award Nominated Best Director (Non-Features) [34] N/A
NightMoves Award [35] Won Best Transsexual Release (Editor’s Choice) [36] TS, I Love You
Nominated Best Director Feature N/A
Nominated Best Director Non-feature N/A
Nominated Best Feature Production Hollywood Babylon