Mili Avital in Me'ever Layam in 1992
|Native name||מילי אביטל|
30 March 1972 |
|Spouse(s)||Charles Randolph (2004–present)|
Mili Avital (Hebrew: מילי אביטל; born 30 March 1972) is an Israeli American actress. Avital built a successful international career. She started in her native Israel, starring on stage, film and Television, winning the Israeli Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1992, and nominated for Best Actress in 1994. That year she moved to New York and started to work almost immediately in America. She has maintained her career in both countries since.
Avital was born in Jerusalem, the daughter of graphic designers Noni and Iko Avital. Her family is Jewish. She was raised in Tel Aviv and Ra'anana. She attended the Thelma Yellin High School of Arts in Giv'atayim. She moved to New York in 1994, and continues to reside there with her husband, screenwriter Charles Randolph (The Life of David Gale, "The Interpreter", "Love and Other Drugs"), and their two children.
Avital served as a member of the Board of Governors of the Haifa University 2009-2013.
As one of the most highly regarded actresses in her native Israel, Avital has achieved international success with her diverse starring roles in film and television. She began her professional career on stage, during her senior year in high school, in Dangerous Liaisons at the Cameri Theater in Tel Aviv.
In 1993 she arrived in New York City to study acting at the "Circle in the Square Theatre School". The following year, discovered by an agent while working as a waitress, she was cast as the female lead in Stargate, 1994, for which she received a Sci-fi Universe award. She has appeared in films such as Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man opposite Johnny Depp, Doug Ellin's Kissing a Fool, Polish Wedding opposite Clair Danes, and Robert Benton's The Human Stain. In 1999, she portrayed a rape victim from overseas in the pilot episode of the long-running NBC legal drama, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Avital returned to the series in 2012 as the worried mother of an abducted child in the episode "Manhattan Vigil". Her television work includes Scheherazade in the Emmy-nominated ABC miniseries Arabian Nights to rave reviews, Jon Avnet’s Uprising, and After the Storm . In 2009-2010 Avital appeared in the FX TV show Damages, in a recurring role as the mistress to the husband of Patty Hewes (Glenn Close). She recently appeared in the 2012 ABC television series 666 Park Avenue.
Avital was first introduced to Israeli audiences in the title role of Yael's Friends, a highly popular television film, to rave reviews. She won the 1992 Israeli Film Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her first feature film role, in Me'ever Layam (Over the Ocean). Her recent work in Israel includes the cult comedy Ahava Colombianit (Colombian Love), as well as Noodle, for which she received the 2007 Israel's Critics' Circle Award for Best Actress, the Israeli Academy Award nomination for Best Actress, and Israel's Person of the Year nomination. 2006. Avital is starring in Prisoners of War (aka Chatufim), a Keshet prime-time Israeli TV series, on which the American television series Homeland is based . Avital was nominated for Best Actress in a Drama Series (first season) for her work. The massively successful show won Best Drama Series Israeli TV awards. Avital recently completed a comedy series, "Landing on Their Feet", for Keshet, alongside Shani Cohn ("Eretz Nehederet").
|1992||Me'ever Layam||Miri Goldfarb|
|1995||Dead Man||Thel Russell|
|1996||Invasion of Privacy||Theresa Barnes|
|1997||End of Violence, TheThe End of Violence||Featured Performer|
|1998||Animals with the Tollkeeper||Fatima|
|1998||Kissing a Fool||Samantha Andrews|
|1999||Young Girl and the Monsoon, TheThe Young Girl and the Monsoon||Erin|
|2000||Bad Seed||Emily Tylk|
|2003||Human Stain, TheThe Human Stain||Young Iris|
|2004||Ahava Colombianit||Tali Shalev|
|2005||When Do We Eat?||Vanessa|
|1999||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Marta Stevens||Episode: "Payback"|
|2000||Arabian Nights||Scheherezade||TV miniseries|
|2001||After the Storm||Coquina||TV film|
|2001||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Ava Parulis / Irina Parulis||Episode: "Parasites"|
|2001||Uprising||Deworah Baron||TV film|
|2002||Shabatot VeHagim||Noa||Episodes: "El Ha-Ma'ayan", "Air Guitar"|
|2009||Damages||Anna Mercado||Episodes: "I Agree, It Wasn't Funny", "London. Of Course"|
|2009-2012||Prisoners of War||Nurit Halvei-Zach||Recurring role (11 episodes)|
|2010||Damages||Anna Mercado||Episode: "The Dog Is Happier Without Her"|
|2010||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Lenore Abrigaille||Episode: "Palimpsest"|
|2012||666 Park Avenue||Danielle Tyler||Episode: "Murmurations"|
|2012||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Laurie Colfax||Episode: "Manhattan Vigil"|
- Keck, William (8 August 2012). "Keck's Exclusives: New Bodies Check in to ABC's 666 Park Avenue". TV Guide. Retrieved 13 August 2012.
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