Anna Torv

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For her aunt who was previously married to Rupert Murdoch, see Anna Murdoch Mann.
Anna Torv
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Torv at San Diego Comic Con 2012
Born (1979-06-07) 7 June 1979 (age 37)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation Actress
Years active 2002–present
Spouse(s) Mark Valley (2008–10; divorced)
Relatives Anna Murdoch Mann (aunt)
Elisabeth Murdoch (cousin)
Lachlan Murdoch (cousin)
James Murdoch (cousin)

Anna 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 (née Carmichael) and Hans Torv, also grew up in Gold Coast, Queensland.[3] Her father is of Estonian descent, but was born in Stirling, Scotland.[4] Her mother is of Scottish descent.[5] She is estranged from her father.[6] 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, and her cousins are James, Lachlan and Elisabeth Murdoch.[6]

Torv graduated from Benowa State High School in 1996.[7] She graduated from Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) with a degree in Performing Arts in 2001.[6]


In 2003, Torv played the role of Ophelia with the Bell Shakespeare Company in John Bell's production of Hamlet.[8] In 2004, she 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 voiced Nariko in the 2007 video game Heavenly Sword.[9]

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. 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.[10]

Torv starred in a CollegeHumor Original video as a tyrannical traffic cop.[11] In 2014, Torv reprised her role as Nariko in the film adaptation of Heavenly Sword.[12] Torv has been listed as one of "TV's 100 Sexiest Women" by BuddyTV four times. She ranked #16 in 2009,[13] #27 in 2010,[14] #48 in 2011[15] and #68 in 2012[16]

In March 2016, Torv was cast in the role of Wendy, an FBI Psychologist, in the Netflix drama Mindhunter from David Fincher and Charlize Theron.[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
2003 Travelling Light Debra Fowler
2006 Book of Revelation, TheThe Book of Revelation Bridget
2014 Heavenly Sword Nariko (voice)
2014 Love Is Now Virginia
2015 Daughter, TheThe Daughter Anna
2016 Stephanie Stephanie's mother Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Young Lions Irena Nedov Recurring role
2004 McLeod's Daughters Jasmine McLeod "A McLeod Daughter", "The Things We Do for Love"
2004-05 Secret Life of Us, TheThe Secret Life of Us Nicola "Nikki" Martel Regular role
2007 Frankenstein ITU Nurse TV film
2008 Mistresses Alex Recurring role
2008-13 Fringe Olivia Dunham Main role
2010 Pacific, TheThe Pacific Virginia Grey "Peleliu Landing"
2011 CollegeHumor Originals Officer Alia "Can I Give You a Ticket?"
2014 Open Windsor TV film
2015 Deadline Gallipoli Gwendoline Churchill TV miniseries
2016 Secret City Harriet Dunkley Main role
2017 Mindhunter Wendy TV series, pre-production

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Heavenly Sword Nariko


Year Title Role Notes
1986 Night Before Christmas, TheThe Night Before Christmas Bess Roman Scandals Theatre Restaurant
???? Undiscovered Country [20]
???? Bodyline: Time's Up [20]
???? Richard III [20]
???? Basic Burlesque [20]
2001 Plenty Susan Thaherne NIDA Theatre
2001 Language of the Gods Alicia NIDA Theatre
2001 Ring Round the Moon Capulat NIDA Studio
2001 Goodnight Children Everywhere Ann NIDA Studio
2001 Kiss Me, Kate Chorus Girl Parade Theatre
2002 Credeaux Canvas, TheThe Credeaux Canvas Amelia SBW Stables Theatre
2003 Hamlet Ophelia Bell Shakespeare
2005 Cherry Orchard, TheThe Cherry Orchard Anya Sydney Theatre Company

Notable awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ "New York Times". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ "Torv takes lead role in Abrams' drama". 
  3. ^ Australian Television: Anna Torv profile; accessed 8 August 2014.
  4. ^ "Busy keeping secrets on 'Fringe' Aussie stars in hot new show". Retrieved 12 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "Anna Torv on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson", April 7, 2010 (YouTube)
  6. ^ a b c "Torv is her own mistress",; accessed 20 April 2015.
  7. ^ Anna Torv's story,; accessed 20 April 2015.
  8. ^ Info re Torv and Bell Shakespeare Company,, 3 June 2003; accessed 20 April 2015.
  9. ^ Fussman, Cal. Anna Torv Is a Woman We Love, Esquire, 8 February 2010; accessed 15 October 2010.
  10. ^ Woman, The (25 June 2010). "2010 Saturn Award Winners". Retrieved 2 June 2011. 
  11. ^ "Can I Give You A Ticket? (With Anna Torv)". 21 November 2011. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  12. ^ "First Look: Heavenly Sword Movie". Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  13. ^ "BuddyTV Slideshow - TV's 100 Sexiest Women of 2009: #50-#1". Retrieved 12 January 2015. 
  14. ^ "BuddyTV Slideshow - TV's 100 Sexiest Women of 2010". Retrieved 12 January 2015. 
  15. ^ "TV's 100 Sexiest Women Of 2011: Gallery Of The Hottest Girls On TV". Retrieved 12 January 2015. 
  16. ^ "BuddyTV Slideshow - TV's 100 Sexiest Women of 2012". Retrieved 12 January 2015. 
  17. ^ "Anna Torv Boards David Fincher's Netflix Drama 'Mind Hunter'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2016-04-08. 
  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.
  20. ^ a b c d "Annatorverse: Theatre Gallery - Hamlet 2003". AnnaTorverse - Your One Stop Resource For All Things Anna Torv. 

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