Morena Baccarin

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Morena Baccarin
Morena Baccarin by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Baccarin in 2015
Morena Silva de Vaz Setta Baccarin

(1979-06-02) June 2, 1979 (age 41)
  • Brazil
  • United States
Alma materJuilliard School (BFA)
Years active2001–present

Morena Silva de Vaz Setta Baccarin[1] (Portuguese: [mo'ɾenɐ baka'ɾĩ]; born June 2, 1979)[2][3] is a Brazilian-American actress known for portraying Inara Serra in the sci-fi series Firefly and the follow-up film Serenity; the voice of Black Canary in Justice League Unlimited (2004–06), Vanessa in the superhero comedy film Deadpool and its sequel Deadpool 2; Jessica Brody in the Showtime series Homeland, for which she received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2013; and Dr. Leslie "Lee" Thompkins in the Fox series Gotham.

Early life[edit]

Baccarin was born in Rio de Janeiro, the daughter of actress Vera Setta and Fernando Baccarin, a journalist.[3][4] She is of Italian descent.[5] When she was seven, she moved with her family to Greenwich Village, New York, as her father was transferred to work as an editor at Globo TV's headquarters.[6] Baccarin attended Public School 41 and New York City Lab School for Collaborative Studies, where she and her future Homeland co-star Claire Danes were classmates.[7][8] She later attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts before she entered the theater program at the Juilliard School, where she was in the Drama Division's Group 29 (1996–2000).[9]


Baccarin landed her first film role in the improvised fashion-world comedy Perfume (2001). This was followed by a lead role in Way Off Broadway (2001).[10]

Baccarin in 2010

She served as Natalie Portman's understudy in the Central Park production of The Seagull.[11] The science-fiction drama Firefly (2002) as Inara Serra was Baccarin's first television series,[12] and she reprised her role in the 2005 film Serenity.

In February 2005, Baccarin provided the voice for Black Canary in multiple episodes of the animated series Justice League Unlimited. She guest-starred in Season 2 Episode 7 of "How I Met Your Mother" as Chloe, which aired on Nov. 6, 2006. She also guest-starred in three episodes of the television series The O.C. in 2006. Baccarin also appeared in the unaired pilot episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, playing a transgender woman Carmen.[11] It was announced in April 2006 that Baccarin would be playing the adult version of recurring villain Adria in the tenth season of Stargate SG-1. She first appeared in season 10 episode "Counterstrike" as adult Adria (the younger versions of Adria were previously played by other actresses). Baccarin reprised her role in the movie Stargate: The Ark of Truth.

In May 2009, Baccarin made her Off-Broadway debut in Theresa Rebeck's television satire Our House at Playwrights Horizons in New York City.[13] She landed the lead role of Anna, the leader of the alien Visitors, in ABC's 2009–2011 series V,[14] a remake of the 1984 series.[15] In May 2011, shortly following the airing of the show's second-season finale, it was announced that the show would not return for a third season. That same month, Baccarin joined the cast of the Showtime television drama Homeland,[16] for which she received praise for her role as the conflicted wife of a former prisoner of war.[17] On July 18, 2013, she was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series at the 2013 Primetime Emmy awards for her performance.

Baccarin appeared alongside Melissa McCarthy in the 2015 action-comedy Spy as agent Karen Walker. In 2016, Baccarin appeared alongside Ryan Reynolds in the hit movie Deadpool as Vanessa Carlysle.[18] She reprised her role in the 2018 sequel Deadpool 2.[19]

In 2015, Baccarin began a leading role as Dr. Leslie Thompkins in the Fox show Gotham.[20] She portrayed the character in all five seasons of the show. In 2019, she played a psychologist on the Brazilian TV series Sessão de Terapia (Therapy Session), her first production role in her homeland. In 2020, Baccarin co-starred alongside Gerard Butler in the apocalyptic thriller Greenland.

Social engagement[edit]

Baccarin works with the International Rescue Committee on behalf of refugees.[21] In January 2019, she wrote an article in Newsweek magazine describing her experiences. She was interviewing refugees from Venezuela during a trip to Colombia. Back then she warned of an evolving situation, which could lead to an increase of refugees asking for asylum in the US.[22]

In 2019, she, together with other artists, lawyers, advocates and refugees, took part in the Flores Exhibits project. She read a protocol of a statement by a migrant.[23][24]

Personal life[edit]

Baccarin married American film producer and director Austin Chick in November 2011.[25] Their son was born in October 2013.[26] Chick filed for divorce in July 2015, citing irreconcilable differences.[27] On March 18, 2016, Baccarin and Chick's divorce became official.[28]

In September 2015, Baccarin said that after her divorce was finalized, she planned to marry her Gotham co-star Ben McKenzie, adding that she was pregnant with their child.[29] The couple's daughter was born in March 2016.[30] Baccarin and McKenzie announced their engagement in November 2016.[31] They were married in Brooklyn, New York, on June 2, 2017, Baccarin's 38th birthday.[2][32] They announced the birth of their son in March 2021.[33]


Baccarin at the 69th Golden Globe Awards in January 2012


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Perfume Monica
Way Off Broadway Rebecca
2002 Roger Dodger Girl in Bar
2005 Serenity Inara Serra
2007 Sands of Oblivion Prof. Alice Carter
2008 Death in Love Beautiful Woman
Stargate: The Ark of Truth Adria
2009 Stolen Rose Montgomery
2011 Look Again Allison
2014 Back in the Day Lori
Son of Batman Talia al Ghul (voice)
2015 Spy Karen Walker
2016 Batman: Bad Blood Talia al Ghul (voice)
Deadpool Vanessa Carlysle
2018 Deadpool 2
2019 Framing John DeLorean Cristina Ferrare
Ode to Joy Francesca
2020 Greenland Allison Garrity
To Your Last Death Gamemaster (voice)
TBA The Good House Rebecca McAllister Post-production
Last Looks Lorena Nascimento Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2002–03 Firefly Inara Serra Main role (Season 1)
2003–04 Still Life Maggie Jones Main role (Season 1)
2005 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Carmen Episode: "It's Always Sunny on TV" (unaired pilot)[11]
2005–06 Justice League Unlimited Dinah Laurel Lance / Black Canary (voice) Guest role (Seasons 2–3)
2006 The O.C. Maya Griffin Guest role (Season 3)
How I Met Your Mother Chloe Episode: "Swarley"
Justice Lisa Cruz Episode: "Christmas Party"
Kitchen Confidential Gia Episode: "An Affair to Remember"
2006–07 Stargate SG-1 Adria Guest role (Season 10)
2007 Las Vegas Sara Samari Episode: "The Burning Bedouin"
Heartland Nurse Jessica Kivala Guest role (Season 1)
Sands of Oblivion Alice Carter Television film
2008 Dirt Claire Leland Episode: "And the Winner Is"
Numb3rs Lynn Potter Episode: "Blowback"
2009 Medium Brooke Hoyt Episode: "All in the Family"
2009–11 V Anna Main role (Seasons 1–2)
2010 The Deep End Beth Bancroft Unaired pilot
2011 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Cheetah (voice) Episode: "Triumvirate of Terror!"
Look Again Allison Television film
2011–14 The Mentalist Erica Flynn Guest role (Seasons 3–4, 7)
2011–13 Homeland Jessica Brody Main role (Seasons 1–3)
2012–13 The Good Wife Isobel Swift 2 episodes
2014 Warriors Tory Unsold TV pilot
The Red Tent Rachel Miniseries
2014–20 The Flash Gideon (voice) Recurring role (Seasons 1–2, 4–6)
2015–19 Gotham Leslie Thompkins Recurring role (Season 1)
Main role (Seasons 2–5)
2019 A Series of Unfortunate Events Beatrice Baudelaire 2 episodes
Sessão de Terapia Dr. Sofia Callas Guest role (Season 4)
2020 The Twilight Zone Michelle Weaver / Phineas Lowell Episode: "Downtime"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice role Notes
2017 Destiny 2 Sagira Curse of Osiris DLC

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2010 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress on Television V Nominated
Scream Awards Breakout Performance - Female Nominated
NewNowNext Awards Brink of Fame: Actor Nominated [34]
2011 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress on Television Nominated
2013 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Homeland Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2016 MTV Movie Awards Best Female Performance Deadpool Nominated [35]
Best Kiss (with Ryan Reynolds) Nominated [35]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress: Action Nominated [36]
Imagen Awards Best Actress - Feature Film Nominated [citation needed]


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  22. ^ Morena Baccarin (January 24, 2019). "The Venezuela crisis could produce more refugees than Syria. Here is how the U.S. can prepare - opinion". Retrieved June 22, 2019.
  23. ^ "THE FLORES EXHIBITS". September 19, 2019. Retrieved September 19, 2019.
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