Anna Torv

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Anna Torv
20120713 Anna Torv @ Comic-con cropped.jpg
Born (1979-06-07) 7 June 1979 (age 35)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation Actress
Years active 2002–present
Spouse(s) Mark Valley

Anna Charmichael Torv (born 7 June 1979)[1] is an Australian actress known for her role as FBI agent Olivia Dunham on the Fox television series Fringe (2008–2013).[2]

Early life[edit]

Torv was born in Melbourne, Victoria, the daughter of Susan and Hans Torv.[3] She grew up on the Hinterlands of the Gold Coast, Queensland.[4] Anna's father is of Estonian descent, but was born in Stirling, Scotland.[5] She is of Scottish descent on her mother's side.[6] Torv has been estranged from her father since the age of 8.[7] She has a younger brother named Dylan. Her paternal aunt is writer Anna Murdoch Mann, who was married for 31 years to billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch.[7]

Torv graduated from Benowa State High School in 1996.[8] She graduated from Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) with a degree in Performing Arts in 2001.[7]


Torv (right) and Joshua Jackson (left) at the Fringe panel during Comic-Con in 2010

In 2004, Torv joined the cast of Australia's acclaimed television drama The Secret Life of Us playing Nikki Martel. Torv appeared in the BBC series Mistresses. She also played the voice and performed motion capture of the main character Nariko in the 2007 video game Heavenly Sword.[9]

From 2008 to 2013, Torv played Agent Olivia Dunham in the American television series Fringe.[10] She received an Australians in Film Breakthrough award in 2009. Torv appeared as Virginia Grey on HBO's mini-series The Pacific. She has been nominated five times for the Saturn Award for Best Television Actress from 2009 to 2013, winning a total of four.[11] Torv also starred in a CollegeHumor Original video as a tyrannical traffic cop.[12]

On 30 October 2013, a trailer was shown for the Heavenly Sword Movie. Anna will be reprising her role as Nariko in the movie.[13]

Torv has been listed as one of "TV's 100 Sexiest Women" by BuddyTV 4 times. She ranked #16 in 2009,[14] #27 in 2010,[15] #48 in 2011[16] and #68 in 2012[17]

Personal life[edit]

In December 2008, Torv married her Fringe co-star Mark Valley.[18] They separated after one year of marriage.[19]


Year Title Role Notes
2015 Stephanie (pre-production) Stephanie's Mother
Open (pre-production) Windsor Television Movie (HBO pilot)
The Daughter (post-production) Anna Australian film
2014 Love Is Now Virginia
Heavenly Sword Nariko (voice)
2007 Frankenstein ITU Nurse Television Movie
2006 The Book of Revelation Bridget
2003 Travelling Light Debra Fowler
2002 White Collar Blue Neighbour Television Movie
TV series
Year Title Role Notes
2015 Deadline Gallipoli (post-production) Gwendoline Mini-Series
2008-2013 Fringe Olivia Dunham/Alternate Olivia Dunham/William Bell Main role (100 episodes)
2011 CollegeHumor Originals Officer Alia Episode: Can I Give You a Ticket?
2010 The Pacific Virginia Grey Miniseries. Episode: Peleliu Landing
2008 Mistresses Alex Recurring role (5 episodes)
2004-2005 The Secret Life of Us Nikki Martel Main role Season 4 (20 episodes)
2004 McLeod's Daughters Jasmine McLeod Episodes: The Things We Do for Love and A McLeod Daughter
2002 Young Lions Irena Nedov Recurring role (13 episodes)
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Heavenly Sword Nariko (voice)

Notable awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ "New York Times". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ "Torv takes lead role in Abrams' drama". 
  3. ^ Lynch, Marissa. Anna's star on the rise, Gold Coast Bulletin, 19 September 2008. Accessed 15 October 2010.[dead link]
  4. ^ Australian Television: Anna Torv profile Accessed 08 August 2014.
  5. ^ "Busy keeping secrets on 'Fringe' Aussie stars in hot new show.". Retrieved 12 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Anna Torv on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 4/7/10 " at YouTube
  7. ^ a b c "Torv is her own mistress", Sydney Morning Herald
  8. ^
  9. ^ Fussman, Cal. Anna Torv Is a Woman We Love, Esquire, 8 February 2010. Accessed 15 October 2010.
  10. ^ ""Anna Torv Is Nothing Like the Character She Plays on ',Fringe'," (interview)". Retrieved 2 June 2011. 
  11. ^ Woman, The (25 June 2010). "2010 Saturn Award Winners". Retrieved 2 June 2011. 
  12. ^ "Can I Give You A Ticket? (With Anna Torv)". 21 November 2011. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  13. ^ "First Look: Heavenly Sword Movie". Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  14. ^ "BuddyTV Slideshow - TV's 100 Sexiest Women of 2009: #50-#1". Retrieved 12 January 2015. 
  15. ^ "BuddyTV Slideshow - TV's 100 Sexiest Women of 2010". Retrieved 12 January 2015. 
  16. ^ "TV's 100 Sexiest Women Of 2011: Gallery Of The Hottest Girls On TV". Retrieved 12 January 2015. 
  17. ^ "BuddyTV Slideshow - TV's 100 Sexiest Women of 2012". Retrieved 12 January 2015. 
  18. ^ Dos Santos, Kristin. "Fringe Stars Anna Torv and Mark Valley Married!" E! Online, 2 February 2009.
  19. ^ Jordan, Julie. Anna Torv and Mark Valley Split, People, 9 April 2010. Accessed 15 October 2010.

External links[edit]