Morena Baccarin was born on June 2, 1979 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. At the age of 10, she moved to Greenwich Village, New York with her family. As a child, she was already exposed to the world of acting because her mother was Brazilian actress Vera Setta. Morena studied at the La Guardia High School for the Performing Arts in New York and attended the prestigious Juilliard School, where she starred in a number of plays including Mary Stuart, The Seagull, The Importance of Being Ernest and Love’s Labours Lost.During her time on the independent film, Rodger Dodger, Baccarin's interaction with film stars Campbell Scott and Isabella Rosellini inspired her to head to Los Angeles. This turned out to be a fruitful move for her when writer/director Joss Whedon, who created Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its offshoot, Angel , cast her as a regular on his show Firefly and its ensuing film, Serenity.
She made her film debut in the independent movie Perfume, following it up with a lead role in the acclaimed Way Off Broadway. This earned her rave reviews and the Best Actress award at the Wine Country Film Festival. The next year, she worked on another indie feature, Rodger Dodger. Her interaction with film stars Campbell Scott and Isabella Roselline was what inspired her to head off to Los Angels. She has also worked alongside Natalie Portman, becoming her understudy in the acclaimed Central Park production of The Seagull.
Baccarin also provided the voice for Black Canary in several episodes of the animated Justice League Unlimited. From 2003 to 2004, she was cast in the show Still Life, before she became a guest star in The O.C. This was followed by roles in Kitchen Confidential, How I Met Your Mother, Justice and Las Vegas. Baccarin was also seen on episodes of the sci-fi series Stargate SG-1. In 2007, she joined the cast of the TNT series Heartland as the bright and diligent Nurse Jessica Kivala. The actress’ other works include Sands of Oblivion, Dirt and The Boy in the Box.
In 2009, Baccarin joined the cast of V, a re-imagining of the 1983 miniseries created by Kenneth Johnson. On the series, she played Anna, the manipulative High Commander of the Visitors and mother of Lisa. From 2011 to 2013, she played Jessica Brody on the series Homeland. Simultaneously, she landed the recurring role of Erica Flynn on The Mentalist. In 2014, she appeared on The Flash as Gideon. At present, she is part of the TV series Gotham.
2014: The Flash
2011-2014: The Mentalist (TV series) - Erica Flynn
2009-2011: V (TV series) - Anna
2010: The Deep End (TV series) - Beth Bancroft
2009: Stolen - Rose Montgomery
2009: Medium (TV series) - Brooke Hoyt
2008: Numb3rs (TV series) - Lynn Potter
2008: Dirt (TV series) - Claire Leland
2008: T Takes: Morena Baccarin (video short) - The Guest in Room 111
2008: T Takes: Room 111 (video short) - The Guest in Room 111
2008: Stargate: The Ark of Truth (video) - Adria
2008: Death in Love
2007: Heartland (TV series) - Nurse Jessica Kivala
2007: Sands of Oblivion (TV movie) - Alice Carter
2006-2007: Stargate SG-1 (TV series) - Adria
2007: Las Vegas (TV series) - Sara Samari
2006: Justice (TV series) - Lisa Cruz
2006: How I Met Your Mother (TV series) - Chloe
2006: Kitchen Confidential (TV series) - Gia
2006: The O.C. (TV series) - Maya Griffin
2005-2006: Justice League (TV series) - Black Canary/Dinah Lance/Edgar Mandragora
2005: Serenity - Inara
2003-2004: Still Life (TV series) - Maggie Jones
2002-2003: Firefly (TV series) - Inara Serra
2002: Roger Dodger - Girl in Bar
2001: Way Off Broadway - Rebecca
2001: Perfume - Monica