Mira Sorvino

Actor, Producer, Assistant director
Despite her sex-symbol good looks, Mandarin-speaking Harvard graduate Mira Sorvino has demonstrated the unpretentious heart of a character actor inherited from her father Paul, whose resume includes critically-acclaimed ... Read more »
Born: 09/27/1967 in Tenafly, New Jersey, USA


Actor (70)

Daughter of God 2015 (Movie)

Janine Cullen (Actor)

Do You Believe? 2015 (Movie)

Samantha (Actor)

Falling Skies 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)


Quitters 2015 (Movie)


Stalker 2015 (Tv Show)


Perfect Sisters 2014 (Movie)

Linda/Perfect Mom (Actor)

Space Warriors 2014 (Movie)

Sally Hawkins (Actor)

Sweet Flame 2014 (Movie)


Waska 2014 (Movie)


Finding Mrs. Claus 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)


Trade of Innocents 2012 (Movie)

Claire Becker (Actor)

Union Square 2012 (Movie)

Lucy (Actor)

Angels Crest 2011 (Movie)

Angie (Actor)

The 12th Annual A Home for the Holidays 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)


Like Dandelion Dust 2010 (Movie)

Wendy Porter (Actor)

Multiple Sarcasms 2010 (Movie)

Cari (Actor)

The 2010 VH1 Do Something Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)


The Presence 2010 (Movie)

The Woman (Actor)

The Last Templar 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)


House 2008 (Tv Show)


Leningrad 2008 (Movie)


Reservation Road 2007 (Movie)

Ruth Wheldon (Actor)

Human Trafficking 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)


Robert Ludlum's Covert One: The Hades Factor 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)


Final Cut 2004 (Movie)

Delila (Actor)

Gods and Generals 2003 (Movie)

Fanny Chamberlain (Actor)

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)


The 75th Annual Academy Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)


The Dutch Master 2003 (Movie)

Teresa (Actor)

Will & Grace 2003 (Tv Show)


Between Strangers 2002 (Movie)

Natalia (Actor)

Semana Santa 2002 (Movie)

Maria Delgado (Actor)

The Grey Zone 2002 (Movie)

Dina (Actor)

The Triumph of Love 2002 (Movie)

Princess Leonide/ Phocion/ Aspasie (Actor)

The Great Gatsby 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


Too Tired to Die 2001 (Movie)

Death (Actor)

Bamboozled 2000 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The 1999 MTV Video Music Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)


At First Sight 1999 (Movie)

Amy Benic (Actor)

Movies in Time Special: Summer of Sam 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


Summer of Sam 1999 (Movie)

Dionna (Actor)

Lulu on the Bridge 1998 (Movie)

Celia Burns (Actor)

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)


The Replacement Killers 1998 (Movie)

Meg Coburn (Actor)

Mimic 1997 (Movie)

Dr Susan Tyler (Actor)

Romy and Michele's High School Reunion 1997 (Movie)

Romy (Actor)

The 1996 Emmy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


The 1997 MTV Movie Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


The 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


The 69th Annual Academy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


Beautiful Girls 1996 (Movie)

Sharon Cassidy (Actor)

Neil Simon's Jake's Women 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)


Sweet Nothing 1996 (Movie)

Monika (Actor)

Tarantella 1996 (Movie)

Diana di Sorella (Actor)

The Buccaneers 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)


The Second Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)


Blue in the Face 1995 (Movie)

Blonde Woman (Actor)

Mighty Aphrodite 1995 (Movie)

Linda Ash (Actor)

New York Cop 1995 (Movie)

Maria (Actor)

Barcelona 1994 (Movie)

Marta Ferrer (Actor)

Quiz Show 1994 (Movie)

Sandra Goodwin (Actor)

Amongst Friends 1993 (Movie)

Laura (Actor)

Swans Crossing 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)


The Obit Writer 1992 (Movie)

Gemma (Actor)

The Second Greatest Story Ever Told 1992 (Movie)

Mary Weinstein (Actor)

Free Money (TV Show)


Intruders (TV Show)


Norma Jean & Marilyn (TV Show)


Parallel Lives (TV Show)


Wisegirls (TV Show)

Producer (2)

Lisa Picard Is Famous 2001 (Movie)


Amongst Friends 1993 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)


Despite her sex-symbol good looks, Mandarin-speaking Harvard graduate Mira Sorvino has demonstrated the unpretentious heart of a character actor inherited from her father Paul, whose resume includes critically-acclaimed turns in Martin Scorsese's "GoodFellas" (1990) and Oliver Stone's "Nixon" (1995, as Henry Kissinger) among his many roles. Adept at assuming accents, hair colors and varied ethnic identities, this bright, naturally brunette Italianate beauty received her first substantial exposure on film as an enigmatic, aristocratic Spanish translator in "Barcelona" (1994), Whit Stillman's thoughtfully comic talkfest. She entered the mainstream later that same year playing the Jewish intellectual wife of Rob Morrow in Robert Redford's "Quiz Show". Redford had first became aware of the young performer in Rob Weiss' "Amongst Friends" (1993), a highly regarded independent feature shown in competition at the Sundance Film Festival. Starting out as third assistant director on that project, she graduated to casting director and finally the lead femme role of the modest drama about well-to-do suburban Jews who fall into lives of crime, ultimately receiving credit as associate producer.


Marc Anthony Actor

Briefly dated in summer 1998 No longer together

Mattea Backus

Born Nov. 3, 2004; father, Christopher Backus

Christopher Backus Actor

Began dating spring 2003 Engaged in September 2003 Married June 11, 2004 at a Santa Barbara, CA courthouse A religious ceremony and reception for family and friends took place on July 2, 2004 in Capri, Italy

Holden Backus

Born June 22, 2009; father, Christopher Backus

Johnny Backus

Born May 29, 2006; father, Christopher Backus

Lucia Backus

Born May 3, 2012; father, Christopher Backus

Olivier Martinez Actor

Dated from 1998-2003 No longer together as of February 2003

Paul Sorvino Actor

Born April 13, 1939; divorced from Mira's mother Played Paul Cicero in Martin Scorsese's "Goodfellas" (1990) and Henry Kissinger in Oliver Stone's "Nixon" (1995)

Lorraine Davis Sorvino Actor


Michael Sorvino Actor

Born Nov. 21, 1977 Appeared together in "Amongst Friends" (1993) and "Sweet Nothing" (1995)

Amanda Sorvino

Born in 1971

Quentin Tarantino Actor

Together from 1996-98


Harvard University

Cambridge , Massachusetts
Graduated magna cum laude; spent a year living in Beijing; wrote thesis on anti-African sentiment in China; while at Harvard, she helped found the Harvard-Radcliffe Veritones, one of Harvard's co-ed a cappella groups

Dwight-Englewood School

Englewood Cliffs , New Jersey



Co-starred in the drama "Union Square," directed by Nancy Savoca


Played a mother forced to give up her adopted son to his biological father in "Like Dandelion Dust"


Played a woman haunted by a spirit in an isolated cabin in "The Presence"


Co-starred in the Terry George directed "Reservation Road"


Co-starred with Donald Sutherland in the Lifetime drama "Human Trafficking"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a TV movie


Starred in the thriller "The Final Cut" with Robin Williams and James Caviezel


Starred with Mariah Carey in "WiseGirls"; film screened at Sundance


Played wife Fanny to Jeff Daniels' Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain in the "Gettysburg" prequel "Gods and Generals"


Appeared in writer-director Tim Blake Nelson's Holocaust drama "The Grey Zone"


Played a princess who masquerades as a male in the film version of the Marivaux play "The Triumph of Love"


Produced the mockumentary "Lisa Picard Is Famous"; also made cameo appearance as herself


Made NYC stage debut opposite Daniel Benzali in off-Broadway production of "Naked"


Appeared as Daisy Buchanan in the A&E adaptation of "The Great Gatsby"


Cast as John Leguizamo's wife in Spike Lee's "Summer of Sam"; film was co-written by and co-starred Michael Imperioli


Starred opposite Val Kilmer in Irwin Winkler's romance "At First Sight"


Teamed with Hong Kong action icon Chow Yun-Fat for "The Replacement Killers"


Starred opposite Lisa Kudrow in the comedy "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion"


Portrayed brilliant entomologist whose mutant creations threaten NYC in Guillermo Del Toro's "Mimic"


Earned an Emmy nomination for her role as Marilyn Monroe in the HBO movie "Norma Jean & Marilyn"; shared title role with Ashley Judd who played Norma Jean


Delivered award-winning film role as the squeaky-voiced prostitute in Woody Allen's "Mighty Aphrodite"


Played the loyal but co-dependent wife of Michael Imperioli in "Sweet Nothing"


Acted with father in "Parallel Lives" on Showtime


Cast in Whit Stillman's independent film "Barcelona"


First role in a major Hollywood picture, playing Rob Morrow's wife in Robert Redford's "Quiz Show"


Hired as third assistant director on "Amongst Friends"; offered a lead role by friend and director Rob Weiss


TV series debut as a regular, the short-lived syndicated series "Swans Crossing"


Briefly played Julie Camalleti on the CBS daytime drama "Guiding Light"


Made guest appearance on the CBS comedy-drama "The Oldest Rookie," which starred her father


At age 12, worked as a production assistant for "That Championship Season," starring her father Paul Sorvino

Acted in theater productions at Harvard

Bonus Trivia


Sorvino was fluent in Mandarin Chinese and also spoke French.


How an early reading of Irving Stone's "The Agony and the Ecstacy" affected Sorvino's take on sexuality: "In it Michelangelo is described as being bisexual. I thought, Oh I could understand that. What if you just fell in love with somebody who was of your same gender? It's not something you can help. Having an attraction for someone is ineluctable.""I honestly have not been attracted to women, but I thought it would be possible because of that book. I could imagine that some person would walk into my life one day that I'd fall in love with, and it would be a woman. As a teenager I used to worry about it because I thought it would be a big problem for my family and confusing for me. I used to be very fond of people on a platonic level to the point where I'd wonder, Is this love...sexual? But it never had a physical correspondence. I know now I'm pretty damned heterosexual. It's not hard to fall for men. It's actually alarmingly easy." – Sorvino quoted in The Advocate, April 2, 1996


"My father did not want me to be a child actor, did not want me to audition for things. I was actually offered a part by Diane Ladd to play her daughter on a television series but my father wouldn't let me. I'm glad about that now because I had a normal childhood, I had a lot of chances to try and do other things and Harvard was like an extended version of that. Then I could go and see whether acting was for me or maybe just a childish notion." – Sorvino quoted in Empire magazine, July 1998


"I was too tall in high school. At 13, I was 5'9 – the tallest kid in my class. I'd walk down the halls feeling like a giraffe. Being famous is like being too tall in high school, Sometimes I feel that way even today. it's not that big a problem. I'm not phobic or anything. But, if I look back, there were times when it was difficult for me to behave the right way." – Sorvino on fame to Movieline magazine, October 2002