Roma Maffia

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Roma Maffia
Born (1958-05-31) May 31, 1958 (age 60)
Years active1982–present

Roma Maffia (born May 31, 1958) is an American actress.

Life and career[edit]

Roma Maffia was born in Manhattan, New York, of Afro-Caribbean descent;[1] she got her Italian surname from her stepfather.[1][2][3] Ever since Maffia was small, she was interested in television, and celebrities. She did her first play in high school, playing one of the Von Trapp family members in The Sound of Music.

Maffia began her official acting career in off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway productions. In 1994, she played Carmen in director Ron Howard's film The Paper. Soon after, she landed a role on the television series Chicago Hope. Maffia's television career continued as she played Grace Alvarez, the forensic pathologist for the Violent Crimes Task Force for four seasons on NBC's Profiler. She has had guest-starring and recurring roles on shows such as ER, The West Wing, and Law & Order.

Her most widely seen performances may be playing Seattle attorney Catherine Alvarez in the film Disclosure (1994), starring Michael Douglas and Demi Moore. She followed this up with a series of performances as Vanessa Galiano in the TV series, Law & Order and as Judge Victoria Peyton on ABC's Boston Legal.

Since 2003, Maffia has appeared as Liz Cruz on the FX Network series Nip/Tuck, the anesthesiologist colleague of two dysfunctional plastic surgeons. Maffia and Julian McMahon worked on the TV show Profiler.

Maffia is a 1973 graduate of St. Michael Academy (New York City).

In April 2013, Entertainment Weekly announced that Maffia will join Pretty Little Liars in season four. Her character, Linda Tanner, is a state investigator and the co-worker of Gabriel Holbrook (Sean Faris).[4]



Year Title Role Notes
1982 Smithereens Prostitute
1983 Stuck on You! Attila's Sister
1988 Married to the Mob Angie's First Customer
1991 American Blue Note Marie
1994 The Paper Carmen
1994 Disclosure Catherine Alvarez
1995 Nick of Time Ms. Jones
1996 Eraser Claire Isaacs
1997 Kiss the Girls Dr. Ruocco
1999 Double Jeopardy Margaret
2000 Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her Debbie Segment: "Love Waits For Kathy"
2001 The New Women Virginia VanUpp
2001 I Am Sam First Family Court Judge uncredited
2002 Treading Water The Agent
2003 Holes Atty. Carla Morengo
2006 Scarface: The World Is Yours Voice Video game
2007 Totally Baked: A Pot-U-Mentary Dr. Willa Peterson
2007 Ghost ImageI Detective Amos
2008 Yonkers Joe Santini
2008 The Blue Tooth Virgin Dr. Christopher
2009 Kingshighway Rosa
2013 The Call Maddy
2019 Leave Not One Alive TBA filming


Year Title Role Notes
1985–86 The Equalizer Sindee Episode: "Desperately"
Episode: "Dead Drop"
1988 Internal Affairs Diane TV film
1993 The X-Files Uncredited Episode: "Born Again"
1993 The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles New York Cabbie Episode: "Young Indiana Jones and the Scandal of 1920"
1994–95 Chicago Hope Angela Giandamenicio Episodes: "Pilot"
"Over the Rainbow"
"Food Chains"
"With the Greatest of Ease"
"You Gotta Have Heart"
"Great White Hope"
1995 Her Deadly Rival Officer Caldwell TV film
1995 The Heidi Chronicles TV film
1995 Courthouse Ms. Marino Episodes: "Order on the Court"
"One Strike and You're Out"
"Injustice for All"
1996 Wings Claire Barnett Episode: "Porno for Pyros"
1996 Her Costly Affair Sally Canter NBC TV film
1996 Mistrial' Laurie Meisinger TV film
1996–2000 Profiler Grace Alvarez 82 episodes
1997 The Defenders: Payback Julie Bishop TV film
1998 The Daily Show Herself Episode dated 06-23-98
1998 Welcome to Paradox Barbara Cloak Episode: "Research Alpha"
1998 Route 9 Agent Ellen Marks TV film
2000 The David Cassidy Story Ruth Aarons TV film
2001 The West Wing Officer Rhonda Sachs Episode: "Somebody's Going to Emergency, Somebody's Going to Jail"
2001 Gideon's Crossing Valerie Thomlinson Episode: "Freak Shows"
2001 The Division Sandra Episode: "Intervention"
2001 Ally McBeal Werner's Attorney Episode: "Fear of Flirting"
2001 ER Ms. Prager Episodes: "Partly Cloudy, Chance of Rain"
"Quo Vadis?"
"I'll be Home for Christmas"
2002 Judging Amy Amanda York Episode: "Tidal Wave"
2002 Taina Gladys Episode: "The Fear Factors"
2002 For the People Sophia Episode: "Lonely Hearts"
2002 Endgame: Ethics and Values in America Julia TV film
2002 The Sopranos Professor Longo-Murphy Episode: "Christopher"
2002 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Adelle Cross Episode: "Fight Night"
2003 Boomtown Sally Jacobson Episode: "Inadmissible"
2003–06 Law & Order Vanessa Galliano Episodes: "Ill-Conceived"
"The Dead Wives Club"
"Cost of Capital"
2003–10 Nip/Tuck Dr. Elizabeth "Liz" Troy Cruz Series Regular
2004 Century City Janice Cahn Episode: "To Know Her"
2005 Strong Medicine Rafael's mother Episode: "Dying Inside"
2006 Ghost Whisperer Dr. Hillary Sloan Episode: "The Ghost Within"
2007–08 Boston Legal Judge Victoria Peyton 9 episodes
2009 Dexter Marriage Therapist Episode: "If I Had a Hammer"
2009 Criminal Minds Det. Reese Evans Episode: "Conflicted"
2009 Eastwick Mme. Aleksandra Episode: "Madams and Madames"
2010 Medium Victoria Gossett Episode: "Dead Meat"
2011 Off the Map Matilda Episode: "Everything's as It Should Be"
2012 Grey's Anatomy Roberta Thompson 4 episodes
2013–2017 Pretty Little Liars Linda Tanner 17 episodes
2013 NCIS NCIS Special Agent Vera Strickland Episode: "Under the Radar"
2018 Bull Hazel Diaz Episode: "Witness for the Prosecution"


  1. ^ a b Gemelli, Zoë (2008-01-26). "Nip/Tuck's Roma Maffia". Curve. Archived from the original on 2011-07-08. Retrieved 2013-11-12.
  2. ^ Hoffman, Jan (1995-01-08). "UP AND COMING: Roma Maffia; Ask Her Anything, But Don't Ask, 'What Is She?'". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-11-12.
  3. ^ Reliable sources differ in regards to Maffia's surname. Articles in Curve and The New York Times state that "Maffia" is her stepfather's surname. But in The Life and Crimes of Don King: The Shame of Boxing in America, which features an interview with her brother, Joseph, it is reported that "Maffia" is their birth father's surname.
  4. ^ "'Pretty Little Liars': Roma Maffia cast!".

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