Anastasia Baranova

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Anastasia Baranova
Born (1989-04-23) 23 April 1989 (age 29)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active2002–present

Anastasia Baranova (Russian: Aнастасия Баранова; born 23 April 1989[1]) is a Russian American actress, best known for her starring roles as Jennifer "Scout" Lauer on the television series Scout's Safari and as Addison "Addy" Carver on the Syfy series Z Nation.


Baranova was born in Moscow, Russia, in what was then part of the Soviet Union. As a child, she began modeling in Moscow. In 1998, Baranova and her mother, Ata, moved from Russia to Minnesota in the United States, where she continued to model. In 2000, they moved to California, where Baranova began her acting career. To learn the English language, she used the JumpStart CD-ROM series and took speech and singing classes.[1][2] She is fluent in both Russian and English, and studied at Chapman University.

She is a graduate of the Los Angeles-based school The Acting Corps.[3] As of 2010, she lives in Los Angeles, California.


Baranova began her acting career in 2002 with a small speaking role on the Disney Channel series Lizzie McGuire. She then won the lead role for the Discovery Kids/NBC television series Scout's Safari, playing the character Jennifer Lauer. Filming began in July 2002, and primarily took place at locations around South Africa.[1][2] The series ran from October 2002 to February 2004, lasting two seasons and 26 episodes.

Baranova has had one- or two-episode appearances on several television series, including Sons of Anarchy, Joan of Arcadia, Veronica Mars, Drake & Josh, 7th Heaven, and Malcolm in the Middle. She also appeared in the 2007 film Rise: Blood Hunter. In 2010, she made an appearance on the HDNet series Svetlana.

In 2014, Baranova joined the cast of the Syfy post-apocalyptic horror-comedy-drama series Z Nation, playing the role of Addison "Addy" Carver.[4][5]


Film roles
Year 2016 Title welcome to willts Role lead role Notes
2007 Rise: Blood Hunter Teen girl
2011 Apocalypse, CA Giant interviewee 2
2014 Mostly Ghostly: Have You Met My Ghoulfriend? Young Emma
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Lizzie McGuire Cara Gunther Episode: "Over the Hill"
2002–04 Scout's Safari Jennifer "Scout" Lauer Lead role
2004 Joan of Arcadia Exchange Student Episode: "No Bad Guy"
2004–05 Veronica Mars Lizzie Manning Episodes: "Like a Virgin", "Green-Eyed Monster"
2005 Drake & Josh Yooka Episode: "We're Married"
2005 7th Heaven Lizzie Wheeler Episode: "Ring Around the Rosie"
2005 Malcolm in the Middle Sonja Episode: "Blackout"
2010 Svetlana Nastya Episode: "Wish Fulfillment"
2012 90210 Reece Turner Episode: "902-100"
2013 Sons of Anarchy Escort Episode: "Huang Wu"
2014–present Z Nation Addison Carver Lead role
Video game roles
Year Title Role Notes
2011 Rise of Nightmares Sacha / Tasha [citation needed]
2011 The Darkness II Angelus / Venus / Additional Voices
2014 Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z Miss Monday
2015 Evolve Additional voices [6]


  1. ^ a b c Smith, Margaret (2002). "Meet Anastasia Baranova". Archived from the original on 20 December 2002. Retrieved 15 April 2010.
  2. ^ a b Smith, Margaret (2002). "A Teen Actress' Career". Archived from the original on 20 December 2002. Retrieved 15 April 2010.
  3. ^ "Testimonials". 2006. Archived from the original on 10 April 2010. Retrieved 15 April 2010.
  4. ^ "'Z Nation': Harold Perrineau, Tom Everett Scott, DJ Qualls Join Syfy's Zombie Series". Variety. 19 June 2014. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  5. ^ Goodman, Tim (12 September 2014). "'Z Nation': TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  6. ^ Sledgehammer Games. Evolve. Activision. Scene: Credits, 10:54 in, Voice Over Performers.

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