Gia Carides

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Gia Carides
Born(1964-06-07) 7 June 1964 (age 48)
Sydney, Australia
Years active1977-present
SpouseAnthony LaPaglia (1998-present) 1 child
 
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Gia Carides
Born(1964-06-07) 7 June 1964 (age 48)
Sydney, Australia
Years active1977-present
SpouseAnthony LaPaglia (1998-present) 1 child

Gia Carides (born 7 June 1964) is an Australian actress. She is best known for her portrayals of Liz Holt in Strictly Ballroom, Susy Connor in Brilliant Lies, and Cousin Nikki in My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

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Early life

Carides was born in Sydney, Australia, to a Greek father and an English mother.[1] She began acting at the age of 12. Her first film was a hard hitting drama starring alongside Bryan Brown and Kris Macquade.

Career

Early in her career, Carides starred as 'Helena Angelopolous' on the Australian television series Police Rescue, while also having acclaim for her films Strictly Ballroom and Brilliant Lies, receiving AFI Award nominations for each.

She is best known for her roles as Robin Spitz/Swallows in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and as Cousin Nikki in My Big Fat Greek Wedding and the sequel television show My Big Fat Greek Life.

Carides works in both America and Australia, credited with a host of film and television credits including Primary Colors, Year One and East of Everything. She's also appeared in a guest spot of husband Anthony LaPaglia's television series Without A Trace.

She has volunteered as an actress with the Young Storytellers Program. Gia is active in fundraising for building schools in Africa and Ethiopia with Save The Children.

Personal life

Carides is married to actor Anthony LaPaglia, whom she met in Sydney in 1992. A year later they starred in the film Paperback Romance (a.k.a. Lucky Break). She and LaPaglia are the parents of daughter Bridget (born in 2003). Gia Carides is sister to Zoe Carides, also an actress, and Danielle Carides, singer songwriter. Her brother in-law meanwhile is doctor-turned-actor Jonathan LaPaglia (from New York Undercover).

Selected Filmography

YearTitleRoleNotes
1984Midnight SparesRuth
1985BlissLucy Joy
1986BacklashNikki Iceton
1991The Girl Who Came LateWendy
1992Strictly BallroomLiz HoltNominated – Australian Film Institute Award for Best Supporting Actress
1994Paperback Romance (a.k.a. Lucky Break)Sophie
1995Bad CompanyJulie AmesHollywood film debut
1996Brilliant LiesSusy ConnorNominated – Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress
1997ER (TV), 1 episodeSuzanne AlnerEpisode titled "You Bet Your Life"
LifebreathGale Pullman
1998Primary ColorsCashmere McLeod
Letters from a KillerLitaco-starred with Patrick Swayze
1999Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged MeRobin Swallows
2000MazeJulianne
2001Thank HeavenCybil
2002My Big Fat Greek WeddingCousin Nikki
2003My Big Fat Greek Life (TV)NikkiAppeared in all 7 episodes
ExposedJade Blake
2005Without A Trace (TV), 1 episodeStephanie Patterson
One Last Thing...Madelene
2006Stick ItAlice Graham
2008–2009East of Everything (TV), 10 episodesMelanie Freedman
2009Year OneQueen
2011Burning Man

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