Morena Baccarin

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Morena Baccarin
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Born Morena Silva de Vaz Setta Baccarin[1]
(1979-01-02) January 2, 1979 (age 43)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Alma mater Juilliard School
Occupation Actress
Years active 2001–present
Spouse(s) Austin Chick (m. 2011; div. 2015)
Children 1

Morena Silva de Vaz Setta Baccarin (Portuguese pronunciation: [moˈɾenɐ ˈbakaɾĩ]; born January 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, and Jessica Brody in the Showtime series Homeland (for which she received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2013). She plays the role of Dr. Leslie Thompkins in the Fox television series Gotham.

Early life

Morena Baccarin was born in Rio de Janeiro.[2] Her mother is actress Vera Setta, and her father is journalist Fernando Baccarin, who is of Italian Venetian descent (Veneto).[3][4] When she was seven years old, 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.[5][6] 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.[7][8] 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,[5] where she was in the Drama Division's Group 29 (1996–2000).[9]


Baccarin landed her first film role in the improvised fashion-world comedy Perfume (2001). This was followed by a lead role in the film festival hit Way Off Broadway (2001).[10]

Baccarin at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con International

She served as Natalie Portman's understudy in the acclaimed Central Park production of The Seagull.[2] The science-fiction drama Firefly (2002) was Baccarin's first television series,[11] and she reprised her role of Inara Serra 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 Carmen, a male-to-female transsexual.[2] It was announced in April 2006 that Baccarin would be playing the adult version of Adria, a recurring villain 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 as Adria 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.[12] She landed the lead role of Anna, the leader of the alien Visitors, in ABC's 2009–2011 series V,[13] a remake of the 1984 series.[14] 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,[15] for which she won acclaim for her performance as the conflicted wife of a former prisoner of war.[16] On July 18, 2013, she was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series at the 2013 Primetime Emmy awards for her performance.

Personal life

Baccarin married American film producer and director Austin Chick in November 2011.[17] Their son, Julius, was born on October 22, 2013.[18] Chick filed for divorce in 2015, citing irreconcilable differences.[19]

As of September 2015, Baccarin is expecting her second child, her first with her Gotham co-star, Benjamin McKenzie.[20][21]


Baccarin at the 69th Annual Golden Globes Awards in January 2012


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Perfume Monica
2001 Way Off Broadway Rebecca
2002 Roger Dodger Girl in Bar
2005 Serenity Inara Serra
2007 Sands of Oblivion Alice Carter Television movie
2008 Death in Love Beautiful Woman
2008 Stargate: The Ark of Truth Adria Direct-to-DVD
2009 Stolen Rose Montgomery
2011 Look Again Allison Television movie
2014 Back in the Day Lori
2014 Son of Batman Talia al Ghul (voice) Direct-to-DVD
2015 Spy Karen Walker
2016 Deadpool Vanessa Post-production
2016 Batman: Bad Blood Talia al Ghul (voice) Direct-to-DVD


Year Title Role Notes
2002–2003 Firefly Inara Serra 14 episodes
2005 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Carmen Episode: "It's Always Sunny on TV"
2005–2006 Justice League Unlimited Black Canary (voice) 3 episodes
2006 O.C., TheThe O.C. Maya Griffin 3 episodes
2006 How I Met Your Mother Chloe Episode: "Swarley"
2006 Justice Lisa Cruz Episode: "Christmas Party"
2006–2007 Stargate SG-1 Adria 5 episodes
2007 Las Vegas Sara Samari Episode: "The Burning Bedouin"
2007 Heartland Nurse Jessica Kivala 9 episodes
2008 Dirt Claire Leland Episode: "And the Winner Is"
2008 Numb3rs Lynn Potter Episode: "Blowback"
2009 Medium Brooke Hoyt Episode: "All in the Family"
2009–2011 V Anna 22 episodes
2010 Deep End, TheThe Deep End Beth Bancroft Episode: "Unaired Pilot"
2011 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Cheetah (voice) Episode: "Triumvirate of Terror!"
2011–2014 Mentalist, TheThe Mentalist Erica Flynn 3 episodes
2011–2013 Homeland Jessica Brody 29 episodes
2012–2013 Good Wife, TheThe Good Wife Isobel Swift 2 episodes
2014 Warriors Tory Pilot
2014–2015 The Flash Gideon (voice) 6 episodes
2014 The Red Tent Rachel 2 episodes
2014–present Gotham Dr. Leslie Thompkins

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2001 Wine Country Film Festival Best Actress Way Off Broadway Won
2010 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress on Television V Nominated
Scream Awards Breakout Performance - Female Nominated
NewNowNext Awards [22] Brink of Fame: Actor Nominated
2011 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress on Television 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 Nominated
Online Film & Television Association Award [23] Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
2015 Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Female Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Guest Role - Action/Drama The Flash Nominated


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