American actress Sofia Vassilieva was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on October 22, 1992. A product of Russian parentage, she was discovered at the International Modeling and Talent Association in New York. She got the title of Child Actress at the IMTA, and also became a runner-up in the Child Model of the Year 2000. She has spoken French since she was three, and is fluent in that language, as well as in Russian and English. She has taken up ballet, gymnastics and piano lessons, and has been riding horses since she was 10 years old.
In less than a year since her discovery, she was cast as Elena, the granddaughter of a retired Russian General, in the CBS TV series The Agency. When Sofia Vassilieva was nine, she landed the role of Cindy Brady in 2002’s The Brady Bunch in the White House. This enabled her to work with Shelley Long and Gary Cole. The next year, she was given a part in Inhabited, opposite Malcolm McDowell. She also became prominent for playing the title character based on the children’s book series, Eloise. She portrayed the heroine in two made-for-TV movies, Eloise at the Plaza and Eloise at Christmastime with Julie Andrews. Vassilieva later joined the cast of the NBC hit drama series Medium, playing the oldest daughter of the characters played by Patricia Arquette and Jake Weber. This led her to be nominated for a SyFy Portal Genre Award as best young actor/actress, but lost to Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe. In 2005, Vassilieva became a presenter of Family Feature Film on the Humane Society’s 19th Genesis Awards. She won a Young Artist Award in 2006 for best supporting actress in a TV Drama for her role in Medium as well. In 2008, she filmed My Sister’s Keeper with Cameron Diaz and Abigail Breslin.