Anna Torv

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Anna Torv
Anna Torv headshot.jpg
Torv at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con
Born (1979-06-07) 7 June 1979 (age 43)
Years active2001–present
(m. 2008; div. 2009)

Anna Torv (born 7 June 1979)[1] is an Australian actress. She is best known for her role as FBI agent Olivia Dunham on the Fox science-fiction series Fringe (2008–2013), for which she was nominated for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series and received four Saturn Awards for Best Actress on Television. She also starred as Wendy Carr in the Netflix crime thriller series Mindhunter (2017–2019).[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Torv was born in Melbourne, Victoria, the daughter of Susan (née Carmichael) and Hans Arvid Torv. She grew up on the Gold Coast, Queensland.[4] Her father was born to a Scottish mother in Stirling, Scotland; her paternal grandfather is of Estonian descent.[5] Her mother is of Scottish descent.[6] She is estranged from her father.[7] She has a younger brother, Dylan. Her paternal aunt is writer Anna Murdoch Mann, who was married for 31 years to media mogul Rupert Murdoch.[7]

Torv graduated from Benowa State High School in 1996, having previously attended All Saints Anglican School.[8] She graduated from Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art with a degree in performing arts in 2001.[7]


In 2003, Torv played the role of Ophelia with the Bell Shakespeare Company in John Bell's production of Hamlet.[9] In 2004, she joined the cast of Australia's acclaimed television drama The Secret Life of Us playing Nikki Martel.

In 2005, Torv recorded a series of audio books for Scholastic Australia's Solo Collection, including titles Little Fingers, Jack's Owl, Spike, and Maddy in the Middle[10] and later voiced Nariko in the 2007 video game Heavenly Sword.[11]

She then appeared in the BBC series Mistresses in 2008. From 2008 to 2013, Torv played Agent Olivia Dunham in the American television series Fringe. She received an Australians in Film Breakthrough award in 2009. She has been nominated five times for the Saturn Award for Best Television Actress from 2009 to 2013, winning a total of four.[12] Torv appeared as Virginia Grey on HBO's mini-series The Pacific and later starred in a CollegeHumor Original video as a tyrannical traffic cop.[13] In 2014, Torv reprised her role as Nariko in the film adaptation of Heavenly Sword.[14]

In March 2016, Torv was cast in the role of Wendy Carr, an FBI consultant, in the Netflix drama Mindhunter from David Fincher.[15]

In July 2021, Torv was cast in the role of Tess in the HBO post-apocalyptic series The Last of Us.[16]

Torv played newsreader Helen Norville in the ABC series The Newsreader, released in August 2021, for which she won the AACTA award Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series and also the 2022 Logie Award for Most Outstanding Actress.

In 2021, Torv also appeared in the television series Fires produced by the ABC Television network about the 2019–20 bushfire season mega-fires which devastated Australia.

Personal life[edit]

In December 2008, Torv married her Fringe co-star Mark Valley.[17] In April 2010, it was reported that the couple had separated.[18] In 2021, it was reported that the couple had divorced in 2009.[19]



Year Title Role Notes
2003 Travelling Light Debra Fowler
2006 The Book of Revelation Bridget / Gertrude
2014 Heavenly Sword Nariko (voice)
Love Is Now Virginia Grey
2015 The Daughter Anna
2017 Stephanie Jane


Year Title Role Notes
2002 White Collar Blue Neighbour Television film
Young Lions Irena Nedov Recurring role (series 1)
2004–2005 The Secret Life of Us Nikki Martel Recurring role (series 4)
2004 McLeod's Daughters Jasmine McLeod 2 episodes
2007 Frankenstein ITU Nurse Television film
2008 Mistresses Alex Recurring role (series 1)
2008–2013 Fringe Olivia Dunham Main role
2010 The Pacific Virginia Grey Episode: "Peleliu Landing"
2011 CollegeHumor Originals Officer Alia Episode: "Can I Give You a Ticket?"
2013 Open Windsor Pilot
2015 Deadline Gallipoli Gwendoline Churchill Main role; miniseries
2016–2019 Secret City Harriet Dunkley Main role
2017–2019 Mindhunter Wendy Carr Main role
2021 The Newsreader Helen Norville Main role
2021 Fires Lally Robinson Episode 3
2023[20] The Last of Us Tess Recurring role; post-production


Year Title Role Venue Notes
1986 The Night Before Christmas Bess Roman Scandals Theatre Restaurant
1998–2001 Undiscovered Country Unknown Unknown Credited from playbill of the 2003 production of Hamlet
Bodyline: Time's Up
Richard III
Basic Burlesque
2001 Plenty Susan Traherne NIDA Theatre 2 April 2001
Language of the Gods Alicia 5 May 2001
Ring Round the Moon Capulat NIDA Studio 27 June 2001
Goodnight Children Everywhere Ann 28 September 2001
Kiss Me, Kate Chorus Girl Parade Theatre 17 October 2001
2002 The Credeaux Canvas Amelia SBW Stables Theatre In association with the Griffin Theatre Company
2003 Hamlet Ophelia Bell Shakespeare
2005 The Cherry Orchard Anya Sydney Theatre Company

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Heavenly Sword Nariko (voice) Also motion capture

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2008 NAVGTR Awards Lead Performance in a Drama Heavenly Sword Nominated
2009 Saturn Awards Best Actress on Television Fringe Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fringe Nominated
Scream Awards Breakout Performance – Female Fringe Nominated
2010 Saturn Awards Best Actress on Television Fringe Won
Scream Awards Best Television Performance Fringe Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fringe Nominated
2011 Saturn Awards Best Actress on Television Fringe Won
Scream Awards Best Science Fiction Actress Fringe Nominated
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Actress in a Drama Actress Fringe Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fringe Nominated
2012 Saturn Awards Best Actress on Television Fringe Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fringe Nominated
2013 Saturn Awards Best Actress on Television Fringe Nominated
2016 AACTA Awards Best Supporting Actress The Daughter Nominated
2017 Logie Awards Most Outstanding Actress Secret City Won
2019 AACTA Awards Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama Secret City Nominated
2021 AACTA Awards Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series The Newsreader Won
2022 Logie Awards Most Popular Actress The Newsreader Nominated
2022 Logie Awards Most Outstanding Actress The Newsreader Won


  1. ^ "On This Day: June 7". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 9 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Torv takes lead role in Abrams' drama".
  3. ^ "We Should Be More Excited That Mindhunter Has Brought Anna Torv Back Into the Spotlight".
  4. ^ Australian Television: Anna Torv profile. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
  5. ^ "Busy keeping secrets on Fringe Aussie stars in hot new show". Philadelphia Daily News. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Anna Torv on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson", 7 April 2010 (YouTube)
  7. ^ a b c "Torv is her own mistress", The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  8. ^ Anna Torv's story Archived 2 April 2013 at the Wayback Machine, Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  9. ^ Info re Torv and Bell Shakespeare Company, The Sydney Morning Herald, 3 June 2003. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  10. ^ "Anna Torv Audiobooks". AnnaTorverse.
  11. ^ Fussman, Cal. Anna Torv Is a Woman We Love, Esquire, 8 February 2010. Retrieved 15 October 2010.
  12. ^ Woman, The (25 June 2010). "2010 Saturn Award Winners". Retrieved 2 June 2011.
  13. ^ "Can I Give You A Ticket? (With Anna Torv)". 21 November 2011. Retrieved 12 May 2012.
  14. ^ "First Look: Heavenly Sword Movie". Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  15. ^ "Anna Torv Boards David Fincher's Netflix Drama Mind Hunter". The Hollywood Reporter. 8 March 2016. Retrieved 8 April 2016.
  16. ^ "HBO's The Last of Us Casts Anna Torv in Key Role". The Hollywood Reporter. 22 July 2021. Retrieved 22 July 2021.
  17. ^ Dos Santos, Kristin. "Fringe Stars Anna Torv and Mark Valley Married!" E!, 2 February 2009.
  18. ^ Jordan, Julie (9 April 2010). "Anna Torv and Mark Valley Split". People. Archived from the original on 27 March 2017. Retrieved 15 October 2010.
  19. ^ Quigley, Genevieve (10 July 2021). "Why you won't find The Newsreader actor Anna Torv on social media". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  20. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (16 February 2022). "'The Last Of Us': HBO Chief Gives Premiere Date Update On Video Game Adaptation". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 17 February 2022.

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