Nia Vardalos

Actress
Actress-writer-producer-director Nia Vardalos' ticket to success was creating films inspired by her own Greek heritage, her lively extended family, and her appealing "everywoman" quality. As the screenwriter and star of ... Read more »
Born: 09/24/1962 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, CA

Filmography

Actor (42)

Graves 2016 - 2017 (TV Show)

Actor

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2016 (Tv Show)

Guest

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 2016 (Movie)

Toula (Actor)

The Catch 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Great Holiday Baking Show 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Host

Helicopter Mom 2015 (Movie)

Maggie (Actor)

Jane the Virgin 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Star vs. the Forces of Evil 2015 (Tv Show)

Voice

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Living in Neon Dreams 2014 (Movie)

Duchess (Actor)

Dealin' With Idiots 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

For a Good Time, Call... 2012 (Movie)

Rachel Rodman (Actor)

Grey's Anatomy 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cougar Town 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Larry Crowne 2011 (Movie)

Map Genie (Voice)

The Good Guys 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

I Hate Valentine's Day 2009 (Movie)

Genevieve Gernier (Actor)

My Life in Ruins 2009 (Movie)

Georgia (Actor)

My Boys 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

2004 IFP/Independent Spirit Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Connie and Carla 2004 (Movie)

Connie (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2004 (Tv Show)

Guest

Oscar Countdown 2003 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Divas 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

My Big Fat Greek Life 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

The 9th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Big in 2002 Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2002 (Movie)

Toula Portokalos (Actor)

Curb Your Enthusiasm 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

High Incident 1995 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Meet Prince Charming 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Drew Carey Show 1997 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Two Guys and a Girl 1998 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Boy Meets World 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

It's Like, You Know... 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Team Knight Rider 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

Marry Me (Tv Show)

Actor
Writer (7)

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 2016 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Larry Crowne 2011 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

I Hate Valentine's Day 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

I Hate Valentine's Day 2009 (Movie)

(Story By)

Connie and Carla 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2002 (Movie)

("My Big Fat Greek Wedding") (Play as Source Material)
Producer (3)

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 2016 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

A Taxi Odyssey 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Connie and Carla 2004 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Director (1)

I Hate Valentine's Day 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Actress-writer-producer-director Nia Vardalos' ticket to success was creating films inspired by her own Greek heritage, her lively extended family, and her appealing "everywoman" quality. As the screenwriter and star of the autobiographical comedy "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" (2002), Vardalos took the entertainment industry by storm when the film came virtually out of nowhere to become a top-grossing summer hit. Vardalos' sharp observational eye for such universal experiences as looking for love and dealing with relatives struck a note with audiences, in both "Greek Wedding" and the romantic comedy "My Life in Ruins" (2009). Vardalos also wrote and starred in the campy female buddy comedy "Connie and Carla" (2004), but her directorial debut "I Hate Valentine's Day" (2009) proved that her strength for comedy lay not in slapstick and big premises but rather in her appealing perspective on love and the modern woman.

Relationships

Daughter
Adopted a toddler with husband, Ian Gomez in the Summer of 2008

Ian Gomez Actor

Husband

Gus Vardalos

Father
Came to America from his Greek village in the 50's

Doreen Vardalos

Mother
From a Greek family but raised in Canada

EDUCATION

Ryerson University

Milestones

2011

With Tom Hanks, co-wrote "Larry Crowne"; Hanks also directed and co-starred

2009

Feature directorial debut, "I Hate Valentine's Day"; also wrote and co-starred, again re-teamed with John Corbett

2009

Starred in the comedy, "My Life in Ruins"; did uncredited rewrite work

2004

Wrote screenplay and co-starred with Toni Collette in "Connie and Carla," as two women posing as drag queens on the run from the mob

2003

Stared again as Nia Portokalos in the short-lived CBS series, "My Big Fat Greek Life"

2002

Adapted her play into the hit film, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"; also starred; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress and an Oscar nomination for Original Screenplay

2000

Wrote and performed the one-woman stage play, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"; based on her friends' recollection of humorous stories about her family and centered around her account of her wedding

1999

Co-starred as Jessica in the independent comedy, "Meet Prince Charming"

1997

Voiced Domino, a Ford Mustang, in the short-lived NBC series, "Team Knight Rider"

1996

Appeared in first film, "No Experience Necessary"

1995

Relocated to Hollywood, CA

1990

Became a member of Chicago's Second City troupe

1988

Took a job in the box office of Toronto's Second City theater; joined the troupe when she replaced an actress who fell ill 15 minutes before curtain

Bonus Trivia

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Named for her grandmothers Eugenia and Antonia.

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