Morena Baccarin

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Morena Baccarin
Morena Baccarin by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Baccarin in 2015
Born (1979-06-02) June 2, 1979 (age 38)
Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Alma mater Juilliard School
Occupation Actress
Years active 2001–present
Spouse(s) Austin Chick (m. 2011; div. 2016)
Ben McKenzie (m. 2017)
Children 2

Morena Baccarin (/məˈrnə ˈbækərɪn/;[1] Portuguese: [moˈɾenɐ ˈbakaɾĩ]; born June 2, 1979)[2] is a Brazilian-American actress. She is 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, Vanessa in the superhero comedy film Deadpool, 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 plays the role of Dr. Leslie Thompkins in the Fox television series Gotham.

Early life[edit]

Baccarin was born in Rio de Janeiro, the daughter of Vera Setta, an actress, and Fernando Baccarin, a journalist.[2][3] She is of Italian descent.[4] Her name, "Morena", means "brunette" in Portuguese.[5] When she was seven, 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.[6] 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.[7][8] 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, where she was in the Drama Division's Group 29 (1996–2000).[9]


Baccarin landed her first film role in the improvised fashion-world comedy Perfume (2001). This was followed by a lead role in Way Off Broadway (2001).[10]

Baccarin at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con International

She served as Natalie Portman's understudy in the Central Park production of The Seagull.[2] The science-fiction drama Firefly (2002) was Baccarin's first television series,[11] 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 transgender female.[2] 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.[12] She landed the lead role of Anna, the leader of the alien Visitors, in ABC's 2009–11 series V,[13] a remake of the 1984 series.[14] 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,[15] for which she received good notices for her role as the conflicted wife of a former prisoner of war.[16] On July 18, 2013, she was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series at the 2013 Primetime Emmy awards for her performance.

Baccarin appeared alongside Melissa McCarthy in the 2015 action-comedy Spy as agent Karen Walker. In 2016, Baccarin appeared alongside Ryan Reynolds in the hit movie Deadpool as Vanessa Carlysle.[17]

In 2015, Baccarin began a leading role as Dr. Leslie Thompkins in the hit Fox show Gotham.

Personal life[edit]

Baccarin married American film producer and director Austin Chick in November 2011.[18] Their son, Julius, was born on October 22, 2013.[19] Chick filed for divorce in July 2015, citing irreconcilable differences.[20] On March 18, 2016 Baccarin and Chick's divorce became official.[21]

In September 2015, Baccarin said that after her divorce was been finalized she planned to marry her Gotham co-star, Ben McKenzie, adding that she was pregnant with their child.[22] The couple have a daughter, Frances Laiz Setta Schenkkan, born March 2, 2016.[23] Baccarin and McKenzie announced their engagement in November 2016.[24] They were married on June 2, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York, on Baccarin's 38th birthday.[25]



Baccarin at the 69th Annual Golden Globes Awards in January 2012
Year Title Role Notes
2001 Perfume Monica
Way Off Broadway Rebecca
2002 Roger Dodger Girl in Bar
2005 Serenity Inara Serra Reprised from Firefly
2008 Death in Love Beautiful Woman
Stargate: The Ark of Truth Adria
2009 Stolen Rose Montgomery
2014 Back in the Day Lori
Son of Batman Talia al Ghul Voice role
2015 Spy Karen Walker
2016 Batman: Bad Blood Talia al Ghul voice role
Deadpool Vanessa Carlysle
2017 Malevolent Gamemaster In post-production; voice role
2018 Deadpool 2 Vanessa Carlysle In post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2002 – 03 Firefly Inara Serra 14 episodes
2005 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Carmen Episode: "It's Always Sunny on TV" (unaired pilot)[2]
2005 – 06 Justice League Unlimited Dinah Laurel Lance/Black Canary (voice) 3 episodes
2006 O.C., TheThe O.C. Maya Griffin 3 episodes
How I Met Your Mother Chloe Episode: "Swarley"
Justice Lisa Cruz Episode: "Christmas Party"
2006 – 07 Stargate SG-1 Adria 5 episodes
2007 Las Vegas Sara Samari Episode: "The Burning Bedouin"
Heartland Nurse Jessica Kivala 9 episodes
Sands of Oblivion Alice Carter Television movie
2008 Dirt Claire Leland Episode: "And the Winner Is"
Numb3rs Lynn Potter Episode: "Blowback"
2009 Medium Brooke Hoyt Episode: "All in the Family"
2009 – 11 V Anna 22 episodes
2010 Deep End, TheThe Deep End Beth Bancroft Episode: "Unaired Pilot"
2011 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Cheetah (voice) Episode: "Triumvirate of Terror!"
Look Again Allison Movie
2011 – 14 Mentalist, TheThe Mentalist Erica Flynn 3 episodes
2011 – 13 Homeland Jessica Brody 29 episodes
2012 – 13 Good Wife, TheThe Good Wife Isobel Swift 2 episodes
2014 Warriors Tory Unsold TV pilot
2014 – 16 The Flash Gideon (voice) 8 episodes
2014 The Red Tent Rachel 2 episodes
2015 – present Gotham Dr. Leslie Thompkins 52 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2001 Wine Country Film Festival Best Actress[26] Way Off Broadway Won
2010 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress on Television V Nominated
Scream Awards Breakout Performance - Female Nominated
NewNowNext Awards Brink of Fame: Actor[27] Nominated
2011 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress on Television Nominated
2013 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Homeland Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2016 MTV Movie Awards Best Female Performance[28] Deadpool Nominated
Best Kiss (with Ryan Reynolds) Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress: Action Nominated


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  8. ^ "It's Evening in America". Vanity Fair. May 2012. Page 154.
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  12. ^ Isherwood, Charles (June 10, 2009). "Snarling, Murderous Reality (Now, That's Entertainment!)". The New York Times. Retrieved June 5, 2013. 
  13. ^ Mitovich, Matt (March 9, 2009). "Pilot News: V Catches Firefly Star, and More ABC Castings". TV Guide. Retrieved March 9, 2009. 
  14. ^ "Morena Baccarin V Interview". April 22, 2010. Archived from the original on May 1, 2010. Retrieved August 11, 2010. 
  15. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 31, 2011). "'V' Star Morena Baccarin Joins Showtime Drama Series 'Homeland' As Regular". Retrieved May 31, 2011. 
  16. ^ Fretts, Bruce. "Cheers & Jeers". TV Guide. October 17, 2011. page 68.
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  18. ^ "Homeland star Morena Baccarin expecting her first child with husband Austin Chick", Daily Mail, May 15, 2013
  19. ^ "Morena Baccarin Welcomes Son". 2013-10-24. Retrieved 2013-10-25. 
  20. ^ Rayford Rubenstein, Janine (July 6, 2015). "Homeland Actress Morena Baccarin's Husband Files for Divorce". People Magazine. Retrieved July 6, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Morena Baccarin Officially Divorced". E! News. March 18, 2016. Retrieved March 20, 2016. 
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  23. ^ Mandell, Andrea (March 11, 2016). "Exclusive: Morena Baccarin, Ben McKenzie welcome baby girl". USA Today. Archived from the original on March 12, 2016. 
  24. ^ Webber, Stephanie (November 29, 2016). "Ben McKenzie, Morena Baccarin Are Officially Engaged: See Her Ring!". Us Weekly. 
  25. ^ Jordan, Julie (June 7, 2017). "Morena Baccarin and Ben McKenzie Are Married!". People. 
  26. ^ "Morena Baccarin". Retrieved September 19, 2016. 
  27. ^ "Your Complete Guide To This Year's NewNowNext Awards "Brink of Fame: Actor" Nominees". Retrieved October 30, 2016. 
  28. ^ Author Jamie Lovett @JamieLovett (2016-03-08). "Deadpool, Avengers, And Star Wars Nominated For MTV Movie Awards". 

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