Gina Torres

 

Date Of Birth

April 25, 1969
 

Biography

Gina Torres was born April 25, 1969 in New York City, New York and is the youngest of three children in a Cuban-American family. Aside from being an actress known for playing most science fiction and fantasy roles, Torres is a mezzo-soprano opera and jazz vocalist whose career began onstage, in plays and musicals. Her family lived briefly in Washington Heights before moving to the Bronx. She was born at the Flower Fifth Avenue Hospital in Manhattan. The daughter of an Afro-Cuban typesetter for the New York Daily News, she started singing at an early age, which she continued doing when she attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts in the Big Apple. After high school, she decided college wasn’t really the thing for her, and she couldn’t really afford those who accepted her any way. She then pursued performing professionally in lieu of a tertiary education.

Torres came to prominence upon landing the lead role in the TV movie, M.A.N.T.I.S., which formed her fruitful partnership with Renaissance Pictures, leading to two of her most notable roles, as Nebula on Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Hel on Cleopatra 2525. In 2001, she won the ALMA Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Syndicated Drama for her work on Cleopatra 2525. She has also starred in Joss Whedon's Firefly and the series, Standoff, as well as appearing in the recurring role as the villainous Anna Espinosa, on the spy drama, Alias. Torres is married to Lawrence Fishburne, with whom she co-starred in The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. Her other screen credits include Mad TV, Angel, South of Pico, and The Shield.

Torres was engaged with The Matrix star Laurence Fishburne in 2001, and they married the following year. The couple met while filming The Matrix. They had their first daughter Delilah in June of 2007.

She later played Dr. Dorothy Rand on the TV series Huge, and booked the role of Katherine Pearson on Suits. She also lent her voice to Transformers: Prime and Open Season 3.
 

Place of Birth

New York City, New York
 

Birth Name

Gina Torres
 

Gender

Female
 

Filmography

2011: Mr. Sophistication - Janice Waters
2010: Suits (TV series) - Katherine Pearson
2010-2011: Transformers Prime (TV series) - Airachnid
2011: DC Universe Online (Video Game) - Wonder Woman (voice)
2010: Huge (TV series) - Dorothy Rand
2010: The Boondocks (TV series) - Ebony Brown
2010: Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths (video) - Superwoman (voice)
2010: The Vampire Diaries (TV series) - Bree
2009: Washington Field (TV movie) - SA Jackie Palmer
2009: Gossip Girl (TV series) - Gabriela Abrams
2009: FlashForward (TV series) - Felicia Wedeck
2009: Drop Dead Diva (TV series) - Diana Hall
2009: Applause for Miss E (TV movie) - Maggie
2009: Don't Let Me Drown - Diana
2009: The Unit (TV series) - Sgt. Natasha Andrews
2008-2009: Eli Stone (TV series) - Attorney Miller
2009: Pushing Daisies (TV series) - Lila Robinson
2007-2009: Dirty Sexy Money (TV series) - Princess Ama
2008: Criminal Minds (TV series) - Detective Thea Salinas
2008: Bones (TV series) - Dr. Toni Ezralow
2008: Boston Legal (TV series) - A.D.A. Mary Franklin
2007: South of Pico - Carla Silva
2006-2007: Standoff (TV series) - Cheryl Carrera
2007: I Think I Love My Wife - Brenda Cooper
2006: Five Fingers - Aicha
2001-2006: Alias (TV series) - Anna Espinosa
2006: Without a Trace (TV series) - Tyra Hughes
2006: Jam - Lilac
2006: The Shield (TV series) - Sadie Kavanaugh
2004-2006: Justice League (TV series) - Mari McCabe/Vixen
2005: Serenity - Zoë
2005: The Matrix Online (Video Game) - Niobe (voice)
2005: Fair Game - Stacey
2005: Soccer Moms (TV movie) - Jamie Cane
2004: Hair Show - Marcella
2004: 24 (TV series) - Julia Milliken
2004: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV series) - Warden Hutton
2004: Gramercy Park (TV movie) - Mrs. Hammond
2003: The Matrix Revolutions - Cas
2003: The Guardian (TV series) - Sadie Harper
2002-2003: Firefly (TV series) - Zoë Washburne
2003: The Law and Mr. Lee (TV movie) - Vicki Lee
2003: The Matrix Reloaded - Cas
2003: Angel (TV series) - Jasmine
2003: The Agency (TV series) - Dacia Banga
2001-2002: Any Day Now (TV series) - Stacy Trenton
2000-2001: Cleopatra 2525 (TV series) - Helen Carter/Helen 'Hel' Carter
1997-1999: Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (TV series) - Nebula/Beth Hymson, Casting Director
1998: Encore! Encore! (TV series) - Opera Patron #3
1998: La Femme Nikita (TV series) - Jenna Vogler
1997: Xena: Warrior Princess (TV series) - Cleopatra
1997: The Gregory Hines Show (TV series) - Jeanette
1997: Profiler (TV series) - Michelle Brubaker
1997: The Underworld (TV movie)
1995-1996: One Life to Live (TV series) - Magdalena/Nell
1996: The Substance of Fire - Maitre d'
1996: Dark Angel (TV movie) - LaMayne
1996: Bed of Roses - Francine
1995: NYPD Blue (TV series) - Dominican Woman
1992-1995: Law & Order (TV series) - Charlene/Laura Elkin
1994: M.A.N.T.I.S. (TV movie) - Dr. Amy Ellis
1992: Unnatural Pursuits (TV series) - Silken

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