Gina Torres

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Gina Torres
Gina Torres in January 2013.jpg
Torres in January 2013
Born(1969-04-25) April 25, 1969 (age 45)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Years active1992–present
Spouse(s)Laurence Fishburne (m. 2002); 1 child
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Gina Torres
Gina Torres in January 2013.jpg
Torres in January 2013
Born(1969-04-25) April 25, 1969 (age 45)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Years active1992–present
Spouse(s)Laurence Fishburne (m. 2002); 1 child

Gina Torres (born April 25, 1969)[1] is an American television and movie actress. She has appeared in many television series, including Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (as Nebula), Xena: Warrior Princess (as Cleopatra), the short-lived Cleopatra 2525, as well as Alias (as Anna Espinosa), the critically acclaimed series Firefly (as series regular Zoe Washburne), Angel (as Jasmine), 24 (as Julia Miliken), The Matrix sequels in a supporting role, and The Shield.

She starred in the independent film South of Pico as Carla. Currently, she has a main role on the USA Network show Suits as Jessica Pearson. She and real-life husband Laurence Fishburne play a married couple on the NBC television series Hannibal.

Early life[edit]

Torres was born at the Flower Fifth Avenue Hospital in Manhattan, the youngest of three children. Her family lived briefly in Washington Heights before moving to The Bronx.[1] Her parents were both of multiracial Cuban descent, and her father worked as a typesetter for La Prensa and The New York Daily News.[2]

Torres, a mezzo-soprano, began singing at an early age and attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York City. She also trained in opera and jazz, and performed in a gospel choir. Torres applied and was accepted to several colleges but could not afford to attend.[3] She chose instead to pursue her dream of being a performer.[1]


Torres in 2008

In 2001, she won the ALMA Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Syndicated Drama Series for her role in Cleopatra 2525.[4] In 2004, she was nominated for the International Press Academy's Golden Satellite Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Drama, for her role as Jasmine in Angel. Her film appearances include The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions.[1] In 2004, Torres appeared in seven episodes of the third season on 24 as Julia Milliken, a woman who has an affair with the White House Chief of Staff and becomes involved in a Presidential scandal. In 2005, she was tapped for the pilot episode of Soccer Moms. Also in 2005, she voiced the character of Vixen in numerous episodes of the animated series Justice League Unlimited and replaced the voice-over of Jada Pinkett Smith's character Niobe in The Matrix Online. She is also known for her role in Fox's short-lived Firefly series, which lasted only one season.[5] She reprised her Firefly role as Zoe in the film Serenity (2005).[1]

In 2006, Torres began her role as Cheryl Carrera in the short-lived drama series Standoff on the FOX network. Her character is the Supervisory Special Agent in Charge for Crisis Negotiation Unit, FBI Los Angeles.[6] Torres appeared in the film I Think I Love My Wife, playing the spouse of Chris Rock's character.[7] She was cast in Washington Field, a 2009 CBS television pilot from executive Producer Edward Allen Bernero, about the National Capital Response Squad, a unit of the FBI made up of elite experts in different areas who travel around the world, responding to events that affect American interests.[8]

She was the voice of Wonder Woman in DC Universe Online MMORPG[9] until mid 2013 when the part was recast,[10][11] as well as Airachnid in the Transformers Prime cartoon.[9]

In 2013, Torres was reunited with fellow Firefly costar, Nathan Fillion, in an episode of Fillion's television show, Castle.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Torres and Laurence Fishburne were engaged in February 2001 and married on September 22, 2002,[13] at The Cloisters museum in New York City.[14] They have one child, a daughter.[15] The couple play a married couple on Hannibal.[16]


1994M.A.N.T.I.S.Dr. Amy EllisTelevision movie
1996Bed of RosesFrancine
1996Dark AngelLaMayneTelevision movie
1996Substance of Fire, TheThe Substance of FireMaitre d'
1997Underworld, TheThe UnderworldUnknownTelevision movie
2003Matrix Reloaded, TheThe Matrix ReloadedCas
2003Law and Mr. Lee, TheThe Law and Mr. LeeVicki LeeTelevision movie
2003Matrix Revolutions, TheThe Matrix RevolutionsCas
2004Hair ShowMarcella
2004Gramercy ParkMrs. HammondTelevision movie
2005Fair GameStacey
2005Soccer MomsJamie CaneTelevision movie
2005SerenityZoe Washburne
2006Five FingersAicha
2007I Think I Love My WifeBrenda Cooper
2007South of PicoCarla Silva
2009Don't Let Me DrownDiana
2009Applause for Miss EMaggieTelevision movie
2009Washington FieldSA Jackie PalmerTelevision movie
2010Justice League: Crisis on Two EarthsSuperwoman
2013Mr. SophisticationJanice Waters


1992Unnatural PursuitsSilkenEpisode: "I Don't Do Cuddles"
1992Law & OrderLaura ElkinEpisode: "Skin Deep"
1995Law & OrderCharleneEpisode: "Purple Heart"
1995NYPD BlueDominican WomanEpisode: "E.R."
1995One Life to LiveMagdalena12 episodes
1996One Life to LiveNell5 episodes
1997ProfilerMichelle BrubakerEpisode: "FTX: Field Training Exercise"
1997Gregory Hines Show, TheThe Gregory Hines ShowJeanetteEpisode: "Flirting with Disaster"
1997Xena: Warrior PrincessCleopatraEpisode: "The King of Assassins"
1997–1999Hercules: The Legendary JourneysNebula8 episodes
1998Hercules: The Legendary JourneysBeth HymsonEpisode: "Yes, Virginia, There is a Hercules"
1998La Femme NikitaJenna VoglerEpisode: "Open Heart"
1998Encore! Encore!Opera Patron #3Episode: "Pilot"
2000–2001Cleopatra 2525Helen 'Hel' Carter28 episodes
ALMA Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
2001–2002Any Day NowStacy Trenton3 episodes
2001–2006AliasAnna Espinosa6 episodes
2002–2003FireflyZoe Washburne14 episodes
2003Agency, TheThe AgencyDacia BangaEpisode: "Absolute Bastard"
2003AngelJasmine5 episodes
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2003Guardian, TheThe GuardianSadie Harper2 episodes
2004CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationWarden HuttonEpisode: "XX"
200424Julia Milliken7 episodes
2004–2006Justice League UnlimitedVixen/Mari McCabe (voice)5 episodes
2006Shield, TheThe ShieldSadie Kavanaugh2 episodes
2006Without a TraceTyra HughesEpisode: "More Than This"
2006–2007StandoffCheryl Carrera18 episodes
2007Dirty Sexy MoneyPrincess AmaEpisode: "The Nutcracker"
2008Boston LegalA.D.A. Mary FranklinEpisode: "The Gods Must Be Crazy"
2008BonesDr. Toni EzralowEpisode: "The Bone That Blew"
2008Criminal MindsDet. Thea SalinasEpisode: "Normal"
2008–2009Eli StoneAttorney Miller2 episodes
2009Dirty Sexy MoneyPrincess AmaEpisode: "The Facts"
2009Pushing DaisiesLila RobinsonEpisode: "Water & Power"
2009Unit, TheThe UnitSgt. Natasha AndrewsEpisode: "Best Laid Plans"
2009Drop Dead DivaDiana HallEpisode: "Make Me a Match"
2009FlashForwardFelicia Wedeck2 episodes
2009Gossip GirlGabriela Abrams2 episodes
2010Vampire Diaries, TheThe Vampire DiariesBreeEpisode: "Bloodlines"
2010Boondocks, TheThe BoondocksEbony Brown (voice)Episode: "Lovely Ebony Brown"
2010HugeDr. Dorothy Rand10 episodes
2011–2013Transformers: PrimeAirachnid (voice)12 episodes
2011–presentSuitsJessica Pearson48 episodes
Nominated—ALMA Award for Favorite Supporting Actress on Television
2013CastlePenelope FosterEpisode: "Reality Star Struck"
2013–presentHannibalPhyllis "Bella" Crawford4 episodes
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Guest Starring Role on Television

Video games[edit]

2005Matrix Online, TheThe Matrix OnlineNiobe (voice)
2011DC Universe OnlineWonder Woman (voice)
2012Transformers: Prime – The GameAirachnid (voice)
2014DestinyIkora Rey (voice)


1993Face ValueMarci Williams
1994Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public, TheThe Best Little Whorehouse Goes PublicTerri Clark


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  11. ^ "It's a wonder: the voice actors of DC Universe speak out".
  12. ^ Carlbert, Michelle (February 11, 2013). "'Castle' Episode 5.14 Preview: Gina Torres Guest Stars in 'Reality Star Struck'". Retrieved June 5, 2013. 
  13. ^ Barron, James (24 September 2002). "Boldface Names: An Amicable Merger". The New York Times, Section B; Column 3; Metropolitan Desk, p. 2.
  14. ^ "Laurence Fishburne And Wife Gina Torres Are Expecting Their First Child". KABC-TV. Associated Press. January 8, 2007. Retrieved July 28, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Update: Laurence Fishburne and Gina Torres welcome first child; spotted out in Hollywood". Moms & Babies. November 14, 2007. Retrieved July 28, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Gina Torres on 'Hannibal' TV series: "It is chilling"". Jan 18, 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 

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