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Torres in January 2013
April 25, 1969 |
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Laurence Fishburne (2002–present)|
Gina Torres (born April 25, 1969) is an American television and movie actress. She has appeared in many television series, including Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (as Nebula), Xena: Warrior Princess (as Cleopatra), the short-lived Cleopatra 2525, as well as Alias (as Anna Espinosa), Firefly (as series regular Zoe Washburne), Angel (as Jasmine), The Matrix sequels in a supporting role, and The Shield. She also starred in the independent film South of Pico as the fragile waitress Carla. Currently she plays a supporting role on the USA Network show Suits as Jessica Pearson.
Early life 
Torres was born at the Flower Fifth Avenue Hospital in Manhattan, New York City, the youngest of three children. Her family lived briefly in Washington Heights before moving to The Bronx. Her parents were both of multiracial Cuban descent, and her father worked as a typesetter for La Prensa and the New York Daily News.
Torres, a mezzo soprano, began singing at an early age and attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York City. She also trained in opera and jazz, and performed in a gospel choir. Torres applied and was accepted to several colleges but could not afford to attend. She chose instead to pursue her dream of being a performer.
In 2001, she won the ALMA Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Syndicated Drama Series for her role in Cleopatra 2525. In 2004, she was nominated for the International Press Academy's Golden Satellite Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Drama, for her role as Jasmine in Angel. Her film appearances include The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions.
In 2004, Torres appeared in seven episodes of the third season on 24 as Julia Milliken, a woman who has an affair with the White House Chief of Staff and becomes involved in a Presidential scandal. In 2005, she was tapped for the pilot episode of Soccer Moms. Also in 2005, she voiced the character of Vixen in numerous episodes of the animated series Justice League Unlimited and replaced the voice-over of Jada Pinkett Smith's character Niobe in The Matrix Online. She is best known for her role in Fox's short-lived Firefly series, which lasted only one season but still carries a heavy science fiction fanbase. She reprised her Firefly role as Zoe in the film Serenity (2005).
In 2006, Torres began her role as Cheryl Carrera in the short-lived drama series Standoff on the FOX network. Her character is the Supervisory Special Agent in Charge for Crisis Negotiation Unit, FBI Los Angeles. Torres appeared in the film I Think I Love My Wife, playing the spouse of Chris Rock's character.
She was cast in Washington Field, a 2009 CBS television pilot from executive Producer Edward Allen Bernero. It is about the National Capital Response Squad, a unit of the FBI made up of elite experts in different areas who travel around the world, responding to events that affect American interests. The cast includes Cole Hauser, Eddie Cibrian, Gina Torres, Teri Polo and Matthew Yang King.
In 2013, Torres was reunited with fellow Firefly costar, Nathan Fillion, in an episode of Fillion's television show, Castle.
Personal life 
|1996||Bed of Roses||Francine|
|1996||The Substance of Fire||Maitre d'|
|2003||The Matrix Reloaded||Cas|
|2003||The Matrix Revolutions||Cas|
|2007||I Think I Love My Wife||Brenda Cooper|
|2007||South of Pico||Carla Silva|
|2009||Don't Let Me Drown||Diana|
|2012||Mr. Sophistication||Janice Waters|
|2012||Hotel Transylvania||Maronda the Witch|
|1992||Unnatural Pursuits||Silken||Episode: "I Don't Do Cuddles"|
|1992||Law & Order||Laura Elkin||Episode: "Skin Deep"|
|1994||M.A.N.T.I.S.||Dr. Amy Ellis||TV movie|
|1995||Law & Order||Charlene||Episode: "Purple Heart"|
|1995||NYPD Blue||Dominican Woman||Episode: "E.R."|
|1995||One Life to Live||Magdalena||12 episodes|
|1996||One Life to Live||Nell||5 episodes|
|1996||Dark Angel||LaMayne||TV movie|
|1997||The Underworld||TV movie|
|1997||Profiler||Michelle Brubaker||Episode: "FTX: Field Training Exercise"|
|1997||The Gregory Hines Show||Jeanette||Episode: "Flirting with Disaster"|
|1997||Xena: Warrior Princess||Cleopatra||Episode: "The King of Assassins"|
|1997-1999||Hercules: The Legendary Journeys||Nebula||8 episodes|
|1998||Hercules: The Legendary Journeys||Beth Hymson||Episode: "Yes, Virginia, There is a Hercules"|
|1998||La Femme Nikita||Jenna Vogler||Episode: "Open Heart"|
|1998||Encore! Encore!||Opera Patron #3||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2000-2001||Cleopatra 2525||Helen 'Hel' Carter||28 episodes;
ALMA Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Syndicated Drama Series (2001)
|2001-2002||Any Day Now||Stacy Trenton||3 episodes|
|2001-2006||Alias||Anna Espinosa||6 episodes|
|2002-2003||Firefly||Zoe Washburne||14 episodes|
|2003||The Agency||Dacia Banga||Episode: "Absolute Bastard"|
Nominated - Satellite Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Drama (2004)
|2003||The Law and Mr. Lee||Vicki Lee||TV movie|
|2003||The Guardian||Sadie Harper||Episode: "Big Coal"
|2004||Gramercy Park||Mrs. Hammond||TV movie|
|2004||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Warden Hutton||Episode: "XX"|
|2004||24||Julia Milliken||7 episodes|
|2004-2006||Justice League Unlimited||Vixen / Mari McCabe (voice)||5 episodes|
|2005||Soccer Moms||Jamie Cane||TV movie|
|2006||The Shield||Sadie Kavanaugh||Episode: "Kavanaugh"
Episode: "Of Mice and Lem"
|2006||Without a Trace||Tyra Hughes||Episode: "More Than This"|
|2006-2007||Standoff||Cheryl Carrera||18 episodes|
|2007||Dirty Sexy Money||Princess Ama||Episode: "The Nutcracker"|
|2008||Boston Legal||A.D.A. Mary Franklin||Episode: "The Gods Must Be Crazy"|
|2008||Bones||Dr. Toni Ezralow||Episode: "The Bone That Blew"|
|2008||Criminal Minds||Det. Thea Salinas||Episode: "Normal"|
|2008||Eli Stone||Attorney Miller||Episode: "Grace"|
|2009||Eli Stone||Attorney Miller||Episode: "Tailspin"|
|2009||Dirty Sexy Money||Princess Ama||Episode: "The Facts"|
|2009||Pushing Daisies||Lila Robinson||Episode: "Water & Power"|
|2009||The Unit||Sgt. Natasha Andrews||Episode: "Best Laid Plans"|
|2009||Applause for Miss E||Maggie||TV movie|
|2009||Drop Dead Diva||Diana Hall||Episode: "Make Me a Match"|
|2009||FlashForward||Felicia Wedeck||Episode: "137 Sekunden"
Episode: "Gimme Some Truth"
|2009||Gossip Girl||Gabriela Abrams||Episode: "Enough About Eve"
Episode: "The Treasure of Serena Madre"
|2009||Washington Field||SA Jackie Palmer||TV movie|
|2010||The Vampire Diaries||Bree||Episode: "Bloodlines"|
|2010||Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths||Superwoman (voice)||Video|
|2010||The Boondocks||Ebony Brown (voice)||Episode: "Lovely Ebony Brown"|
|2010||Huge||Dr. Dorothy Rand||10 episodes|
|2011-2012||Transformers: Prime||Airachnid (voice)||8 episodes|
|2011–present||Suits||Jessica Pearson||Main cast;
Nominated - ALMA Award Favorite TV Actress - Supporting Role (2012)
|2011||Naruto: Shippuden||Mei Terumi / Fifth Mizukage (voice)||Anime role|
|2013||Castle||Penelope Foster||Episode: "Reality Star Struck"|
|2013||Hannibal||Phyllis "Bella" Crawford||Main Cast|
Other works 
|1993||Face Value||Marci Williams||Theatre|
|1994||The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public||Terri Clark||Theatre|
|2005||The Matrix Online||Niobe (voice)||Video game|
|2011||DC Universe Online||Wonder Woman (voice)||Video game|
|2012||Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations||Mei Terumi / Fifth Mizukage (voice)||Video game|
- "Gina Torres". Gina Torres. Retrieved 2010-04-09.
- Barron, James (24 September 2002). "Boldface Names: An Amicable Merger". The New York Times, Section B; Column 3; Metropolitan Desk; Pg. 2.
- "Laurence Fishburne And Wife Gina Torres Are Expecting Their First Child". KABC-TV. Associated Press. 8 January 2007. Retrieved 28 July 2011.
- "Update: Laurence Fishburne and Gina Torres welcome first child; spotted out in Hollywood". Moms & Babies. People.com. 14 November 2007. Retrieved 28 July 2011.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Gina Torres|
- Official website
- Gina Torres at the Internet Movie Database
- Gina Torres at the Internet Broadway Database
- Gina Torres at The Internet Theatre Database
- Serenity: An Interview with Gina Torres at blackfilm.com August 2005