Morena Baccarin

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Morena Baccarin
Morena Baccarin Comic Con July 21, 2011 (cropped) 01.jpg
Born(1979-06-02) June 2, 1979 (age 35)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Years active2001–present
Spouse(s)Austin Chick (m. 2011)
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Morena Baccarin
Morena Baccarin Comic Con July 21, 2011 (cropped) 01.jpg
Born(1979-06-02) June 2, 1979 (age 35)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Years active2001–present
Spouse(s)Austin Chick (m. 2011)

Morena Baccarin (Portuguese pronunciation: [moˈɾenɐ ˈbakɐɾĩn]; born June 2, 1979) is a Brazilian American actress. She is best 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 is currently appearing in the recurring role of Dr. Leslie Thompkins in the Fox television series Gotham.

Early life[edit]

Morena Baccarin was born in Rio de Janeiro.[1] Her mother is actress Vera Setta, and her father is journalist Fernando Baccarin.[2][3] 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.[4][5] 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.[6][7] 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,[4] where she was in the Drama Division's Group 29 (1996–2000).[8]


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).[9]

Baccarin at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con

She served as Natalie Portman's understudy in the acclaimed Central Park production of The Seagull.[1] The science-fiction drama Firefly was Baccarin's first television series,[10] 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.[1] 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.[11] She landed the lead role of Anna, the leader of the alien Visitors, in ABC's 2009–2011 series V,[12] a remake of the 1984 series.[13] 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,[14] for which she won acclaim for her performance as the conflicted wife of a former prisoner of war.[15] 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[edit]

Baccarin married American film producer and director Austin Chick in November 2011.[16] Their son, Julius, was born on October 22, 2013.[17]


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


2001Way Off BroadwayRebecca
2002Roger DodgerGirl in Bar
2005SerenityInara Serra
2007Sands of OblivionAlice CarterTelevision movie
2008Death in LoveBeautiful Woman
2008Stargate: The Ark of TruthAdriaDirect-to-video
2009StolenRose Montgomery
2011Look AgainAllisonTelevision movie
2014Back in the DayLori
2014Son of BatmanTalia al Ghul (voice)Direct-to-video


2002–2003FireflyInara Serra14 episodes
2005It's Always Sunny in PhiladelphiaCarmenEpisode: "It's Always Sunny on TV"
2005–2006Justice LeagueBlack Canary (voice)3 episodes
2006O.C., TheThe O.C.Maya Griffin3 episodes
2006How I Met Your MotherChloeEpisode: "Swarley"
2006JusticeLisa CruzEpisode: "Christmas Party"
2006–2007Stargate SG-1Adria5 episodes
2007Las VegasSara SamariEpisode: "The Burning Bedouin"
2007HeartlandNurse Jessica Kivala9 episodes
2008DirtClaire LelandEpisode: "And the Winner Is"
2008Numb3rsLynn PotterEpisode: "Blowback"
2009MediumBrooke HoytEpisode: "All in the Family"
2009–2011VAnna22 episodes
2010Deep End, TheThe Deep EndBeth BancroftEpisode: "Unaired Pilot"
2011Batman: The Brave and the BoldCheetah (voice)Episode: "Triumvirate of Terror!"
2011–2012Mentalist, TheThe MentalistErica Flynn3 episodes
2011–2013HomelandJessica Brody29 episodes
2012–2013Good Wife, TheThe Good WifeIsobel Swift2 episodes
2014WarriorsToryUnsold TV pilot
2014GothamDr. Leslie Thompkinsrecurring role

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResult
2010Saturn AwardBest Supporting Actress on TelevisionVNominated[citation needed]
2011Saturn AwardBest Supporting Actress on TelevisionNominated[citation needed]
2013Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesHomelandNominated[citation needed]
Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesNominated[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c "Morena Baccarin: Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved June 5, 2013. 
  2. ^ Morena Baccarin | Movies and Biography - Yahoo! Movies
  3. ^ Massarella, Linda (2012-04-20). "Pare, Baccarin successful roomies". Jam!. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  4. ^ a b Interview with Morena Baccarin. Programa do Jô. Globo TV. April 30, 2010.
  5. ^ Ricco, Flávio. Bastidores da TV. UOL Televisão. April 11, 2010.
  6. ^ "Morena Baccarin Leaving ‘V’ & Her Short Haircut Behind For ‘Homeland’". Access Hollywood. August 4, 2011. Retrieved March 13, 2012. 
  7. ^ "It's Evening in America". Vanity Fair. May 2012. Page 154.
  8. ^ "Alumni News". Juilliard School. September 2007. Archived from the original on 2011-11-11. 
  9. ^ Kuhn, Sarah (March 26, 2005). "Morena Baccarin - 'Way Off Broadway' Movie - Interview". Retrieved June 5, 2013. 
  10. ^ Hernandez, Lee (July 15, 2012). "'Firefly' Alum Morena Baccarin on the Show's 10th Anniversary, Comic-Con and Diversity (EXCLUSIVE)". The Huffington Post. Retrieved February 12, 2013. 
  11. ^ Isherwood, Charles (June 10, 2009). "Snarling, Murderous Reality (Now, That’s Entertainment!)". The New York Times. Retrieved June 5, 2013. 
  12. ^ Mitovich, Matt (March 9, 2009). "Pilot News: V Catches Firefly Star, and More ABC Castings". TV Guide. Retrieved March 9, 2009. 
  13. ^ "Morena Baccarin V Interview". April 22, 2010. Archived from the original on May 1, 2010. Retrieved August 11, 2010. 
  14. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 31, 2011). "'V' Star Morena Baccarin Joins Showtime Drama Series 'Homeland' As Regular". Retrieved May 31, 2011. 
  15. ^ Fretts, Bruce. "Cheers & Jeers". TV Guide. October 17, 2011. page 68.
  16. ^ "Homeland star Morena Baccarin expecting her first child with husband Austin Chick", The Daily Mail, 15 May 2013
  17. ^ "Morena Baccarin Welcomes Son". 2013-10-24. Retrieved 2013-10-25. 

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