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Morena Baccarin
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Baccarin in 2016
Born
Morena Silva de Vaz Setta Baccarin

(1979-06-02) June 2, 1979 (age 39)
Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
EducationJuilliard School (BFA)
OccupationActress
Years active2001–present
Spouse(s)
Austin Chick
(m. 2011; div. 2016)

Ben McKenzie
(m. 2017)
Children2

Morena Baccarin (/məˈrnə ˈbækərɪn/;[1] Portuguese: [moˈɾenɐ ˈbakaɾĩ]; born June 2, 1979)[2] is a Brazilian-American actress. She is known for portraying Inara Serra in the series Firefly and the follow-up film Serenity, Adria in the series Stargate SG-1 and the follow-up film Stargate: The Ark of Truth, Anna in the 2009 version of the series V, Vanessa in the superhero comedy film Deadpool and its sequel Deadpool 2, and Jessica Brody in the Showtime series Homeland, for which she received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2013. She currently portrays Dr. Leslie Thompkins in the Fox series Gotham.

Contents

  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Personal life
  • 4 Filmography
    • 4.1 Film
    • 4.2 Television
    • 4.3 Video games
  • 5 Awards and nominations
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Early life[edit]

Baccarin was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She is the daughter of Vera Setta, an actress, and Fernando Baccarin, a journalist.[3][4] She is of Italian descent.[5] Her name, "Morena", means "brunette" in several languages, including Spanish and Portuguese.[6] When she was seven, she moved with her family to Greenwich Village, New York, as her father was transferred to work as an editor at Globo TV's headquarters.[7] Baccarin attended Public School 41 and New York City Lab School for Collaborative Studies, where she and her future Homeland co-star Claire Danes were classmates.[8][9] She later attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts before she entered the theater program at the Juilliard School, where she was in the Drama Division's Group 29 (1996–2000).[10]

Career[edit]

Baccarin landed her first film role in the improvised fashion-world comedy Perfume (2001). This was followed by a lead role in Way Off Broadway (2001).[11]

Baccarin at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con International

She served as Natalie Portman's understudy in the Central Park production of The Seagull.[3] The science-fiction drama Firefly (2002) as Inara Serra was Baccarin's first television series,[12] and she reprised her role in the 2005 film Serenity.

In February 2005, Baccarin provided the voice for Black Canary in multiple episodes of the animated series Justice League Unlimited. She also guest starred in three episodes of the television series The O.C. in 2006. Baccarin also appeared in the unaired pilot episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, playing a transgender woman Carmen.[3] It was announced in April 2006 that Baccarin would be playing the adult version of recurring villain Adria in the tenth season of Stargate SG-1. She first appeared in season 10 episode "Counterstrike" as adult Adria (the younger versions of Adria were previously played by other actresses). Baccarin reprised her role in the movie Stargate: The Ark of Truth.

In May 2009, Baccarin made her Off-Broadway debut in Theresa Rebeck's television satire Our House at Playwrights Horizons in New York City.[13] She landed the lead role of Anna, the leader of the alien Visitors, in ABC's 2009–2011 series V,[14] a remake of the 1984 series.[15] In May 2011, shortly following the airing of the show's second-season finale, it was announced that the show would not return for a third season. That same month, Baccarin joined the cast of the Showtime television drama Homeland,[16] for which she received praise for her role as the conflicted wife of a former prisoner of war.[17] On July 18, 2013, she was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series at the 2013 Primetime Emmy awards for her performance.

Baccarin appeared alongside Melissa McCarthy in the 2015 action-comedy Spy as agent Karen Walker. In 2016, Baccarin appeared alongside Ryan Reynolds in the hit movie Deadpool as Vanessa Carlysle.[18] She reprised her role in the 2018 sequel Deadpool 2.[19]

In 2015, Baccarin began a leading role as Dr. Leslie Thompkins in the hit Fox show Gotham.

Personal life[edit]

Baccarin married American film producer and director Austin Chick in November 2011.[20] Their son was born in October 2013.[21] Chick filed for divorce in July 2015, citing irreconcilable differences.[22] On March 18, 2016, Baccarin and Chick's divorce became official.[23]

In September 2015, Baccarin said that after her divorce was finalized, she planned to marry her Gotham co-star, Ben McKenzie, adding that she was pregnant with their child. Baccarin and McKenzie also both had roles on The O.C.[24] The couple have a daughter, born in March 2016.[25] Baccarin and McKenzie announced their engagement in November 2016.[26] They were married in Brooklyn, New York, on June 2, 2017.[2][27]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Baccarin at the 69th Golden Globe Awards on January 15, 2012
Year Title Role Notes
2001 Perfume Monica
Way Off Broadway Rebecca
2002 Roger Dodger Girl in Bar
2005 Serenity Inara Serra Reprised from Firefly
2008 Death in Love Beautiful Woman
Stargate: The Ark of Truth Adria
2009 Stolen Rose Montgomery
2014 Back in the Day Lori
Son of Batman Talia al Ghul Voice role
2015 Spy Karen Walker
2016 Batman: Bad Blood Talia al Ghul Voice role
Deadpool Vanessa Carlysle
2017 Malevolent Gamemaster Voice role
2018 Deadpool 2 Vanessa Carlysle

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2002–2003 Firefly Inara Serra Main role
2005 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Carmen Episode: "It's Always Sunny on TV" (unaired pilot)[3]
2005–2006 Justice League Unlimited Dinah Laurel Lance/Black Canary (voice) 3 episodes
2006 The O.C. Maya Griffin 3 episodes
How I Met Your Mother Chloe Episode: "Swarley"
Justice Lisa Cruz Episode: "Christmas Party"
2006–2007 Stargate SG-1 Adria Recurring role, 5 episodes
2007 Las Vegas Sara Samari Episode: "The Burning Bedouin"
Heartland Nurse Jessica Kivala Main role
Sands of Oblivion Alice Carter Television film
2008 Dirt Claire Leland Episode: "And the Winner Is"
Numb3rs Lynn Potter Episode: "Blowback"
2009 Medium Brooke Hoyt Episode: "All in the Family"
2009–2011 V Anna Main role
2010 The Deep End Beth Bancroft Episode: "Unaired Pilot"
2011 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Cheetah (voice) Episode: "Triumvirate of Terror!"
Look Again Allison Television film
2011–2014 The Mentalist Erica Flynn 3 episodes
2011–2013 Homeland Jessica Brody Main role (seasons 1–3)
2012–2013 The Good Wife Isobel Swift Episodes: "Long Way Home", "The Wheels of Justice"
2014 Warriors Tory Unsold TV pilot
2014–2016, 2018 The Flash Gideon Recurring voice role, 13 episodes
2014 The Red Tent Rachel Television miniseries
2015–present Gotham Dr. Leslie Thompkins Recurring role (season 1); main role (season 2–present)
2019 A Series of Unfortunate Events Beatrice Baudelaire Episodes: "Penultimate Peril: Part 2", "The End"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2017 Destiny 2 Sagira Curse of Osiris DLC

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result Refs
2001 Wine Country Film Festival Best Actress Way Off Broadway Won [citation needed]
2010 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress on Television V Nominated
Scream Awards Breakout Performance - Female V Nominated
NewNowNext Awards Brink of Fame: Actor V Nominated [28]
2011 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress on Television V Nominated
2013 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Homeland Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Homeland Nominated
2016 MTV Movie Awards Best Female Performance Deadpool Nominated [29]
Best Kiss (with Ryan Reynolds) Deadpool Nominated [29]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress: Action Deadpool Nominated