Margarita Levieva

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Margarita Levieva
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Levieva in 2009
Born
Margarita Vladimirovna Levieva

(1980-02-09) February 9, 1980 (age 40)
OccupationActress
Years active2004–present

Margarita Vladimirovna Levieva (Russian: Маргари́та Влади́мировна Леви́ева) is a Russian-American actress and dancer. Levieva was born in St. Petersburg, Russia and began training as a rhythmic gymnast at age 3. She immigrated to Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn with her mother and twin brother at age 11, where she continued her training. She competed at the national level until she was barred from going to the Olympics because of her illegal immigrant status.[1] After graduating a year early from New York University with a double major in economics and psychology, she completed the Meisner Acting Program at the William Esper Studio in New York.[2]

Levieva is best known for her leading role as Abigail "Abby" Parker in David Simon’s critically acclaimed HBO series The Deuce (2016-2019) and for her portrayal of Amanda Clarke in ABC drama series Revenge (2011-2015). Levieva stars in the 2019 independent film Inherit the Viper. Her other film credits include It Happened In L.A. (2017), The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015), Sleeping With Other People (2015), James White (2015), For Ellen (2012), The Lincoln Lawyer (2011), Adventureland (2009), and Spread (2009).

In 2009, Levieva made her Broadway debut in Impressionism, opposite Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen, at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater. She subsequently played a leading role in The Retributionists, opposite Adam Driver, at Playwrights Horizons (2009) and recently returned to theater with The Trial of Donna Caine at George Street Playhouse (2018).

Levieva starred opposite Ben Foster in Chris Stapleton’s music video “Fire Away”. Directed by Tim Mattia, the video was awarded CMA Music Video of the Year in 2016.


Early Life and Education[edit]

Levieva moved to the United States at age 11 with her mother and twin brother. Though she was accepted into Laguardia High School to study dance, she instead attended public high school in Secaucus, New Jersey.[3] In addition to working full-time as a fashion buyer, Levieva graduated a year early from NYU with a double major in economics and psychology and minors in philosophy, sociology, and Russian history.[4] Levieva went on to complete the Meisner Acting Program at the William Esper Studio in New York.

Career[edit]

In 2005, Levieva made a guest appearance on Law & Order: Trial by Jury and in the following two years starred in the Fox series Vanished and feature films The Invisible, Billy's Choice, and Noise, starring Tim Robbins, Bridget Moynahan, and William Hurt.

In 2009, Levieva played Lisa P. in the comedy Adventureland. The same year, she made an appearance in the NBC drama Kings (in the episode "First Night"), starred in the play The Retributionists, and made her Broadway debut in Impressionism. She also starred in the HBO comedy-drama series How to Make it in America. In 2011, she appeared in the thriller film The Lincoln Lawyer with Matthew McConaughey.

Levieva's most prominent television appearances include her series regular roles in ABC drama series Revenge (2011-2015) and in HBO series The Deuce (2016-2019). In The Deuce, Levieva plays Abigail "Abby" Parker, an adventurous college student who strikes up a relationship with Vincent (James Franco), the lead character on the show. After three seasons, the series finale aired October 28, 2019. [5]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Billy's Choice Julie Romano Short film
2005 English Video
2007 David's Apartment Deedee
2007 The Invisible Annie Newton
2007 Salted Nuts Alyssa
2007 Noise Ekaterina Filippovna
2009 Spread Heather
2009 Adventureland Lisa P.
2011 The Lincoln Lawyer Regina 'Reggie' Campo
2011 The Stand Up Veronica
2012 For Ellen Claire Taylor
2013 Knights of Badassdom Beth
2013 Sweating in the Night Diane Short film
2014 Skoryy Moskva-Rossiya Mila
2014 The Loft Vicky Fry
2015 The Diary of a Teenage Girl Tabatha
2015 Sleeping with Other People Hannah
2015 Boys I Used to Babysit Alice Short film
2017 It Happened in L.A. Ingrid
2018 Future World Lei
2018 Inherit the Viper Josie Riley

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 N.Y.-70 Cindy Unsold TV pilot
2005 Law & Order: Trial by Jury Stephanie Davis Episode: "Skeleton"
2006 The Prince Isabelle Unsold TV pilot
2006 What's Not to Love? Blake Unsold TV pilot
2006 Vanished Marcy Collins Main role
2009 Kings Claudia Episode: "First Night"
2010–11 How to Make It in America Julie Recurring role
2011–13 Revenge Amanda Clarke Recurring role
2013-2016 The Blacklist Gina Zanetakos Recurring role
2015 Allegiance Natalie O'Connor Main role
2016–present We Bare Bears Yana 2 episodes:

"Icy Nights" and "Icy Nights II"

2017–2019 The Deuce Abigail "Abby" Parker Main role

References[edit]

  1. ^ DE CROISSET, Phoebe. "Arts Meet: Margarita Levieva". sbjct journal. Retrieved January 29, 2020.
  2. ^ Kennedy, Maria. "BWW Interview: Margarita Levieva and THE TRIAL OF DONNA CAINE at George Street Playhouse 10/16 to 11/11". Broadway World. Retrieved January 29, 2020.
  3. ^ Axelrod, Nick. "Tilt-A-Whirl Girl: Margarita Levieva in 'Adventureland'". WWD. Retrieved January 29, 2020.
  4. ^ Kennedy, Maria. "BWW Interview: Margarita Levieva and THE TRIAL OF DONNA CAINE at George Street Playhouse 10/16 to 11/11". Broadway World. Retrieved January 29, 2020.
  5. ^ Sepinwall, Alan. "'The Deuce' Finale Recap: Giving Up the Ghosts". Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 29, 2020.

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