Morena Baccarin

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Morena Baccarin
A smiling woman with shoulder-length, dark brown hair and wearing a white blouse looks off to her right
Baccarin in 2015
Morena Silva de Vaz Setta Baccarin

(1979-06-02) June 2, 1979 (age 44)
EducationJuilliard School (BFA)
Years active2001–present
  • (m. 2011; div. 2016)
  • (m. 2017)

Morena Silva de Vaz Setta Baccarin[1] (Portuguese: [moˈɾenɐ bakaˈɾĩ] ; born June 2, 1979[2][3]) is an American actress. She is known for portraying Inara Serra in the sci-fi television series Firefly and its follow-up film Serenity, Vanessa in the superhero comedy films Deadpool, Deadpool 2, and Deadpool & Wolverine, Jessica Brody in the series Homeland, Dr. Leslie "Lee" Thompkins in the series Gotham, and Elena Federova in the series The Endgame. For Homeland, she was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2013.

Early life[edit]

Baccarin was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the daughter of actress Vera Setta and Fernando Baccarin, a journalist.[3][4] Through her father, she is of part Italian descent with roots in Veneto.[5]

Baccarin attended Public School 41 and New York City Lab School for Collaborative Studies, where her future Homeland co-star Claire Danes and she were classmates.[6][7] She later entered the theater program at the Juilliard School, where she was in the drama division's Group 29 (1996–2000).[8]


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).[9]

She served as Natalie Portman's understudy in the Central Park production of The Seagull.[10] The science-fiction drama Firefly (2002) as Inara Serra was Baccarin's first television series,[11] and she reprised her role in the 2005 film Serenity.[12]

Baccarin at the 69th Golden Globe Awards in January 2012

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 two, episode seven of How I Met Your Mother as Chloe, which aired on November 6, 2006. She also guest-starred in three episodes of the television series The O.C. in 2006. Baccarin appeared in the unaired pilot episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, playing a transgender woman, Carmen.[10] In April 2006 Baccarin was announced to be playing the adult version of recurring villain Adria in the 10th season of Stargate SG-1.[13] 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 film Stargate: The Ark of Truth.[14]

In May 2009, Baccarin made her off-Broadway debut in Theresa Rebeck's television satire Our House at Playwrights Horizons in New York City.[15] She landed the lead role of Anna, the leader of the alien Visitors, in ABC's 2009–2011 series V,[16] a remake of the 1984 series.[17] In May 2011, shortly following the airing of the show's second-season finale, producers announced that the show would not return for a third season. That same month, Baccarin joined the cast of the Showtime television drama Homeland,[18] for which she received praise for her role as the conflicted wife of a former prisoner of war.[19] On July 18, 2013, she was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series at the 2013 Primetime Emmy awards for her performance.[20]

Baccarin appeared in the 2015 action-comedy Spy as agent Karen Walker. In 2016, Baccarin appeared in the film Deadpool as Vanessa Carlysle.[21] She reprised her role in the 2018 sequel Deadpool 2.[22] In 2015, Baccarin began a leading role as Dr. Leslie Thompkins in the Fox show Gotham.[23] She portrayed the character in all five seasons of the show. She also played a recurring role as Erica Flynn, a woman who murdered her husband, and a romantic interest of Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) from The Mentalist, 2013 to 2015. In 2019, she played a psychologist on the Brazilian TV series Sessão de Terapia (Therapy Session), her first production role in her native country. In 2020, Baccarin co-starred in the apocalyptic thriller Greenland.[24] In 2023, Bacarrin starred in the action film Fast Charlie.[25]

Political views and activism[edit]

In January 2019, she wrote an opinion piece[26] in Newsweek magazine describing her experiences working with the International Rescue Committee on behalf of refugees.[27] She was interviewing refugees from Venezuela during a trip to Colombia. She warned of an evolving situation, which could lead to an increase of refugees asking for asylum in the United States. Baccarin became an advocate for women and girls, inspired by her mother's work for women’s rights in Brazil.[28][29]

In 2019, together with other artists, lawyers, advocates, and refugees, she took part in the Flores Exhibits project.[30] She read the sworn testimony of a migrant child held in detention at the U.S.-Mexico border.[31][32][33]

Personal life[edit]

In November 2011, Baccarin married American film producer and director Austin Chick.[34] In October 2013, Baccarin and Chick's son was born.[35] In July 2015, Chick filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.[36] Around that time, Baccarin began dating her Gotham co-star Ben McKenzie.[37] In March 2016, Baccarin and McKenzie's daughter was born.[38] On March 18, 2016, Baccarin and Chick's divorce became official.[39] In November 2016, Baccarin and McKenzie announced their engagement.[40] They were married in Brooklyn, New York, on June 2, 2017, Baccarin's 38th birthday.[2][41] In March 2021, Baccarin and McKenzie announced the birth of their son.[42]



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[43]
2015 Spy Karen Walker
2016 Batman: Bad Blood Talia al Ghul Voice[43]
Deadpool Vanessa Carlysle
2018 Deadpool 2 Vanessa Carlysle
2019 Framing John DeLorean Cristina Ferrare
Ode to Joy Francesca
2020 Greenland Allison Garrity
To Your Last Death Gamemaster Voice
2021 The Good House Rebecca McAllister
2022 Last Looks Lorena Nascimento
2023 Fast Charlie Marcie Kramer
2024 Deadpool & Wolverine Vanessa Carlysle Post-production[44]
Elevation TBA Post-production
TBA Tropico Lucia / Olivia Post-production
TBA Greenland: Migration Allison Garrity Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2002–2003 Firefly Inara Serra Main role
2003–2004 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)[10]
2005–2006 Justice League Unlimited Dinah Lance / Black Canary Voice, recurring role[43]
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"
2006–2007 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"
2009–2011 V Anna Main role (seasons 1–2)
2010 The Deep End Beth Bancroft Unaired TV pilot
2011 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Cheetah Voice, episode: "Triumvirate of Terror!"[43]
Look Again Allison Television film
2011–2013 Homeland Jessica Brody Main role (seasons 1–3)
2011–2014 The Mentalist Erica Flynn Guest role (seasons 3–4, 7)
2012–2013 The Good Wife Isobel Swift 2 episodes
2014 Warriors Tory Unsold TV pilot
The Red Tent Rachel Miniseries
2014–2023 The Flash Gideon Voice, recurring role; uncredited
2015–2019 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), 9 episodes
2020 The Twilight Zone Michelle Weaver / Phineas Lowell Episode: "Downtime"
2021 Home Invasion Casie Main role
2022 Beat Bobby Flay Herself Guest host; episode: "Morena and the Marcona"
The Endgame Elena Federova Main role[45]
2024 Fire Country Mickey Fox Guest role (season 2)

Video game[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominated work Association Category Result Ref.
2010 V Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress on Television Nominated
Scream Awards Breakout Performance – Female Nominated
NewNowNext Awards Brink of Fame: Actor Nominated [46]
2011 V Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress on Television Nominated
2013 Homeland Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2016 Deadpool MTV Movie Awards Best Female Performance Nominated [47]
Best Kiss (with Ryan Reynolds) Nominated [47]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress: Action Nominated [48]
Imagen Awards Best Actress – Feature Film Nominated [49]


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