A veteran television performer in her native country of Australia, actress Anna Torv earned her biggest international exposure as the voice and figure model of the character Noriko in the video game "...
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
|The Book of Revelation||Actor||Bridget/Gertrude||1|
|Fringe (2007-2012)||Actor||Olivia Dunham||2007||1|
|The Book of Revelation||Actor||Bridget||1|
|Scream Awards 2011 (2010-2011)||Actor||n/a||2010||1|
|The 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (2008-2009)||Actor||Presenter||2008||1|
|The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards (2010-2011)||Presenter||n/a||2010||1000040|
|Played the recurring role of Nikki Martel on the Australian series "The Secret Life of Us"|
|Appeared in the Australian feature "The Book of Revelation"|
|Cast as FBI agent Olivia Dunham, the lead role in J. J. Abrams' sci-fi drama "Fringe" (FOX)|
|Nominated for the 2010 Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress: Fantasy/Sci-Fi|
|Professional debut as the lead in the theatre production of "The Credeaux Canvas"|
|Made feature debut in "Traveling Light"|
|Played Alex in the BBC series "Mistresses"|
|Appeared in two episodes of the Australian drama "McLeod's Daughters"|
|Toured Australia playing Ophelia in a production of Shakespeare's "Hamlet"|
|Voiced Nariko in the video game "Heavenly Sword"|
|First role on television, cast as the character Irena Nedov on the Australian series "Young Lions"|
Born on April 15, 1978 in Melbourne, Australia, Torv was the daughter of radio broadcaster Hans Torv and niece to media mogul Rupert Murdoch. She became estranged from her father during adolescence, and would go on to shun interview questions about their relationship in later years. After graduating from high school on Australia's Gold Coast, she attended the National Institute of Dramatic Art and graduated with a degree in Performing Arts in 2001. Her television career was launched with appearances on Australian series like the cop dramas "White Collar Blue" (Network Ten, 2002-03) and "Young Lions" (Nine Network, 2002). She also toured the country as Ophelia in a production of "Hamlet," and divided much of her early career between television and film and the stage.
From 2004-05, she gained favorable notices with her turn as a young woman with an aversion to romantic commitments in the popular twenty-something series, "The Secret Life of Us" (Network Ten, 2001-05). This was followed by a turn in the unusual and award-winning thriller "The Book of Revelation" (2006), about a young man who is sexually assaulted by a trio of women. The challenging project preceded an even more rigorous turn as Chekhov's heroine Anya in "The Cherry Orchard" for the Sydney Theatre Company. Flush with a string of successes, Torv relocated to London to seek work, but found few opportunities. For a time, she supported herself through her credit cards and occasional small parts in BBC productions like "Frankenstein" (ITV, 2007). Torv also lent her voice and movement to the lead character, a female warrior named Noriko, in the Sony/Playstation 3 video game, "Heavenly Sword." The game's creators apparently appreciated Torv's performance enough to design the character to resemble her.
After struggling for a year to find her way in England, she scored with a plum role as a gay bride who indulges in an affair with her wedding planner on the controversial series "Mistresses" (BBC One, 2008-2010). Her performance as the moody yet lusty Alex caught the attention of J.J. Abrams, who was casting for his new sci-fi series, "Fringe" (Fox, 2008- ). Torv beat out over 300 hopefuls to land the role of Olivia Dunham, a young and headstrong FBI agent who finds the stress of her job complicated by her new assignment: investigating a string of strange scientific and paranormal experiences which all appear to be connected. Torv earned praise from critics for her steely performance in her first leading role, and audiences responded with decent ratings for the fledgling series, though it remained in constant jeopardy of being canceled.
|Anna Murdoch||Aunt||Born Anna Maria Torv Murdoch Mann; paternal aunt; married for 31 years to billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch|
|Hans Torv||Father||Estranged since Anna was eight years old|
|Mark Valley||Husband||Met while acting together on "Fringe" (Fox); Married December 2008; Reportedly separated April 2010|
|Benowa State High School|
|National Institute of Dramatic Art|
|"I don't think I've hit my stride. So I wonder what the moment will be when I get to be who I want to be." - Torv quoted in Esquire magazine, March 2010|
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