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 44)
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 44)
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), 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.[citation needed]

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.[2] She chose instead to pursue her dream of being a performer.[1]


At 2008 Creation Firefly & Serenity Convention

In 2001, she won the ALMA Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Syndicated Drama Series for her role in Cleopatra 2525.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5] Torres appeared in the film I Think I Love My Wife, playing the spouse of Chris Rock's character.[6] 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.[7]

She was the voice of Wonder Woman in DC Universe Online MMORPG[8] until mid 2013 when the part was recast,[9][10] as well as Airachnid in the Transformers Prime cartoon.[8]

In 2013, Torres was reunited with fellow Firefly costar, Nathan Fillion, in an episode of Fillion's television show, Castle.[11]

Personal life[edit]

She met actor Laurence Fishburne while filming The Matrix Reloaded. Torres and Fishburne were engaged in February 2001 and married on September 22, 2002,[12] at The Cloisters museum in New York City.[13] They have one child, a daughter.[14] The couple play a married couple on Hannibal.


1996Bed of RosesFrancine
1996Substance of Fire, TheThe Substance of FireMaitre d'
2003Matrix Reloaded, TheThe Matrix ReloadedCas
2003Matrix Revolutions, TheThe Matrix RevolutionsCas
2004Hair ShowMarcella
2005Fair GameStacey
2005SerenityZoe Washburne
2006Five FingersAicha
2007I Think I Love My WifeBrenda Cooper
2007South of PicoCarla Silva
2009Don't Let Me DrownDiana
2012Mr. SophisticationJanice Waters
2012Hotel TransylvaniaMaronda the Witch


1992Unnatural PursuitsSilkenEpisode: "I Don't Do Cuddles"
1992Law & OrderLaura ElkinEpisode: "Skin Deep"
1994M.A.N.T.I.S.Dr. Amy EllisTV movie
1995Law & OrderCharleneEpisode: "Purple Heart"
1995NYPD BlueDominican WomanEpisode: "E.R."
1995One Life to LiveMagdalena12 episodes
1996One Life to LiveNell5 episodes
1996Dark AngelLaMayneTV movie
1997Underworld, TheThe UnderworldTV movie
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 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Syndicated Drama Series (2001)
2001 - 2002Any Day NowStacy Trenton3 episodes
2001 - 2006AliasAnna Espinosa6 episodes
2002 - 2003FireflyZoe Washburne14 episodes
2003Agency, TheThe AgencyDacia BangaEpisode: "Absolute Bastard"
2003AngelJasmine5 episodes;
Nominated - Satellite Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Drama (2004)
2003Law and Mr. Lee, TheThe Law and Mr. LeeVicki LeeTV movie
2003Guardian, TheThe GuardianSadie HarperEpisode: "Big Coal"
Episode: "Shame"
2004Gramercy ParkMrs. HammondTV movie
2004CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationWarden HuttonEpisode: "XX"
200424Julia Milliken7 episodes
2004 - 2006Justice League UnlimitedVixen / Mari McCabe (voice)5 episodes
2005Soccer MomsJamie CaneTV movie
2006Shield, TheThe ShieldSadie KavanaughEpisode: "Kavanaugh"
Episode: "Of Mice and Lem"
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 MillerEpisode: "Grace", "Tailspin"
2009Dirty Sexy MoneyPrincess AmaEpisode: "The Facts"
2009Pushing DaisiesLila RobinsonEpisode: "Water & Power"
2009Unit, TheThe UnitSgt. Natasha AndrewsEpisode: "Best Laid Plans"
2009Applause for Miss EMaggieTV movie
2009Drop Dead DivaDiana HallEpisode: "Make Me a Match"
2009FlashForwardFelicia WedeckEpisode: "137 Sekunden"
Episode: "Gimme Some Truth"
2009Gossip GirlGabriela AbramsEpisode: "Enough About Eve"
Episode: "The Treasure of Serena Madre"
2009Washington FieldSA Jackie PalmerTV movie
2010Vampire Diaries, TheThe Vampire DiariesBreeEpisode: "Bloodlines"
2010Justice League: Crisis on Two EarthsSuperwoman (voice)Video
2010Boondocks, TheThe BoondocksEbony Brown (voice)Episode: "Lovely Ebony Brown"
2010HugeDr. Dorothy Rand10 episodes
2011 - 2013Transformers: PrimeAirachnid (voice)12 episodes
2011–presentSuitsJessica PearsonMain cast;
Nominated - ALMA Award Favorite TV Actress - Supporting Role (2012)
2013CastlePenelope FosterEpisode: "Reality Star Struck"; reunited with Firefly co-star Nathan Fillion
2013HannibalPhyllis "Bella" CrawfordRecurring
Pending - Saturn Award for Best Guest Starring Role on Television

Other works[edit]

Other works
1993Face ValueMarci WilliamsTheatre
1994Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public, TheThe Best Little Whorehouse Goes PublicTerri ClarkTheatre
2005Matrix Online, TheThe Matrix OnlineNiobe (voice)Video game
2011DC Universe OnlineWonder Woman (voice)Video game
2012Transformers: Prime – The GameAirachnid (voice)Video game


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  2. ^ "Gina Torres". Gina Torres. Retrieved 2010-04-09. 
  3. ^ "Gina Torres: Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Patches, Matt (August 4, 2012). "GINA TORRES ON 'FIREFLY' 10TH ANNIVERSARY: 'I JUST ABOUT BURST INTO TEARS'". Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Gina Torres on Standoff and Serenity". September 12, 2006. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  6. ^ Schwarzbaum, Lisa (March 14, 2007). "I Think I Love My Wife". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  7. ^ Sullivan, Brian Ford (11/04/09). "The Futon's First Look: "Washington Field" (CBS)". Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Dickens, Donna (January 28, 2013). "Dear Hollywood: Cast Gina Torres As Wonder Woman". buzzfeed. Retrieved June 5, 2013. 
  9. ^ Jens "Spytie" Anderson, Ted "Mepps" Stone. Sons of Trigon: Gotham Wastelands. YouTube: DCUniverseOnlineGame. Retrieved November 10, 2013. 
  10. ^ "It's a wonder: the voice actors of DC Universe speak out".
  11. ^ Carlbert, Michelle (February 11, 2013). "'Castle' Episode 5.14 Preview: Gina Torres Guest Stars in 'Reality Star Struck'". Retrieved June 5, 2013. 
  12. ^ Barron, James (24 September 2002). "Boldface Names: An Amicable Merger". The New York Times, Section B; Column 3; Metropolitan Desk, p. 2.
  13. ^ "Laurence Fishburne And Wife Gina Torres Are Expecting Their First Child". KABC-TV. Associated Press. January 8, 2007. Retrieved July 28, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Update: Laurence Fishburne and Gina Torres welcome first child; spotted out in Hollywood". Moms & Babies. November 14, 2007. Retrieved July 28, 2011. 

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