Maria Nafpliotou is an award-winning Greek actress. In addition to lead roles in Greek television and movies, she has delivered many leading roles on the stage, and is also a dancer.
Nafpliotou was born in Athens and still resides there. She took up dancing while at school, initially with the Rodopi Kouvari Dancing School but continued her studies at the Rallou Manou Professional Dancing School, whence she graduated. After she completed her studies, she started her career as a professional dancer as a member of Rallou Manou's Greek Chorodram and a member of the modern dancing group Andromeda. From 1992 to 1996 she was the lead dancer for the dance theater group Roes, formed by Sofia Spyratou.
In 1992 she made her first appearance on the big screen in the movie Island. In 1993 she was the leading lady of the short-length film From Now On by Maria Douza. From 1996 to 1998 she studied drama at the George Kimoulis Modern Theater Of Athens drama school. She had previously had acting lessons at the Giannis Rigas workshop. In 1996 she appeared on television for the first time, taking part in the TV film Niovi Was Dancing Her Life by Alexandros Papailiou.