Gia Carides

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Gia Carides
Anthony LaPaglia and Gia Carides at the Man of Steel premiere in Sydney (9123807673).jpg
Born (1964-06-07) 7 June 1964 (age 50)
Sydney, New South Wales
Years active 1977–present
Spouse(s) Anthony LaPaglia (m. 1998)
Children Bridget LaPaglia

Gia Carides (born 7 June 1964) is an Australian actress. She is best known for her portrayals of Liz Holt in Strictly Ballroom, Susy Connor in Brilliant Lies, and Cousin Nikki in My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

Early life[edit]

Carides was born in Sydney, Australia, to a Greek father and an English mother.[1] She began acting at the age of 12. Her first film was the hard hitting drama The Love Letters from Teralba Road starring Bryan Brown and Kris Macquade.

Career[edit]

Early in her career, Carides starred as 'Helena Angelopolous' on the Australian television series Police Rescue, while also having acclaim for her films Strictly Ballroom and Brilliant Lies, receiving AFI Award nominations for each.

She is best known for her roles as Robin Spitz/Swallows in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and as Cousin Nikki in My Big Fat Greek Wedding and the sequel television show My Big Fat Greek Life.

Carides works in both America and Australia, credited with a host of film and television credits including Primary Colors, Year One and East of Everything. She's also appeared in a guest spot of husband Anthony LaPaglia's television series Without A Trace.

She has volunteered as an actress with the Young Storytellers Program. Gia is active in fundraising for building schools in Africa and Ethiopia with Save The Children.

Also had parts in Rotten tomatoes and Phar Lap

Personal life[edit]

Carides is married to actor Anthony LaPaglia, whom she met in Sydney in 1992. A year later they starred in the film Paperback Romance (a.k.a. Lucky Break). She and LaPaglia are the parents of daughter Bridget (born in January 2003). Gia Carides is sister to Zoe Carides, also an actress, and Danielle Carides, singer songwriter. Her brother in-law meanwhile is doctor-turned-actor Jonathan LaPaglia (from New York Undercover).

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1977 Love Letters from Teralba Road, TheThe Love Letters from Teralba Road Maureen
1983 Midnite Spares Ruth Mintos
1983 Phar Lap Emma Woodcock
1984 Annie's Coming Out Narrator
1985 Coca-Cola Kid, TheThe Coca-Cola Kid Chambermaid
1985 Bliss Lucy Joy
1987 Backlash Nikki Iceton
1992 Greenkeeping Gina
1992 Strictly Ballroom Liz Holt
1992 Girl Who Came Late, TheThe Girl Who Came Late Wendy
1994 Paperback Romance Sophie
1995 Bad Company Julie Ames
1996 Cottonwood, TheThe Cottonwood Kathy
1996 Two If by Sea Joan Rappaport (uncredited)
1996 Brilliant Lies Susy Connor
1997 Lifebreath Gale Pullman
1998 Primary Colors Cashmere McLeod
1998 Letters from a Killer Lita
1999 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Robin Swallows
2000 Extreme Adventures of Super Dave, TheThe Extreme Adventures of Super Dave Sandy Video
2000 Maze Julianne
2001 Jack the Dog Georgia
2002 My Big Fat Greek Wedding Cousin Nikki
2003 Exposed Jade Blake
2005 One Last Thing... Madelene
2006 Thank Heaven Cybil
2006 Stick It Alice Graham
2007 Trap, TheThe Trap Clara Short film
2009 Year One Queen
2011 In Loco Parentis Mum Short film
2011 Burning Man Carol
2012 White Camellias Completed
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1983 Country Practice, AA Country Practice Tracy Power Episode: "Hair of the Dog: Part 1"
Episode: "Hair of the Dog: Part 2"
1984 Five Mile Creek Beth Episode: "Maggie"
1986 Studio 86 Episode: "Strawberry Girl"
Episode: "Sisters in the Bathroom"
1989 Inside Running TV series
1991 Boys from the Bush Episode: "The Stuffed Platypus"
Episode: "Poetic Galah"
1991 Acropolis Now Haroula Episode: "The Goddess"
1992 Resting Place, TheThe Resting Place Sally TV short
1992 Ultraman: Towards the Future Jean Echo 13 episodes
1992-1993 Police Rescue Helena Angelopoulos 7 episodes
1993 Seven Deadly Sins Gluttony TV miniseries
1995 Adventures of Captain Zoom in Outer Space, TheThe Adventures of Captain Zoom in Outer Space Vesper, Vox's High Priestess TV movie
1997 ER Suzanne Alner Episode: "You Bet Your Life"
1997 Firehouse Charlotte Brooks TV movie
1997 Devil's Child, TheThe Devil's Child Eva TV movie
1999 Secret Affair, AA Secret Affair Mimi TV movie
2003 My Big Fat Greek Life Nikki 7 episodes
2003 Gladius Additional Voices Video game
2005 Without a Trace Stephanie Patterson Episode: "4.0"
2008-2009 East of Everything Melanie Freedman 10 episodes
2011 Small Time Gangster Darlene 8 episodes

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