Anna Torv

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Anna Torv
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Torv at the 2011 San Diego Comic Con
Born (1979-06-07) 7 June 1979 (age 40)
Years active2002–present
Mark Valley
(m. 2008;div. 2009)
Relatives Anna Murdoch Mann (aunt)
Elisabeth Murdoch (cousin)
Lachlan Murdoch (cousin)
James Murdoch (cousin)

Anna Torv (born 7 June 1979) [1] is an Australian actress known for her roles as FBI agent Olivia Dunham on television series Fringe (2008–2013), for which she was nominated for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series in 2011, and as Dr. Wendy Carr in Netflix's Mindhunter (2017–present). [2] [3]


Early life

Torv was born in Melbourne, Victoria, the daughter of Susan (née Carmichael) and Hans Torv. She grew up on the Gold Coast, Queensland. [4] Her father was born to a Scottish mother in Stirling, Scotland; her paternal grandfather is of Estonian descent. [5] Her mother is of Scottish descent. [6] She is estranged from her father. [7] She has a younger brother, Dylan. Her paternal aunt is writer Anna Murdoch Mann, who was married for 31 years to media mogul Rupert Murdoch. [7]

Torv graduated from Benowa State High School in 1996. [8] She graduated from Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) with a degree in Performing Arts in 2001. [7]


In 2003, Torv played the role of Ophelia with the Bell Shakespeare Company in John Bell's production of Hamlet . [9] In 2004, she joined the cast of Australia's acclaimed television drama The Secret Life of Us playing Nikki Martel.

In 2005, Torv recorded a series of audio books for Scholastic Australia's Solo Collection, including titles Little Fingers, Jack's Owl, Spike, and Maddy in The Middle [10] and later voiced Nariko in the 2007 video game Heavenly Sword. [11]

She then appeared in the BBC series Mistresses in 2008. From 2008 to 2013, Torv played Agent Olivia Dunham in the American television series Fringe . She received an Australians in Film Breakthrough award in 2009. She has been nominated five times for the Saturn Award for Best Television Actress from 2009 to 2013, winning a total of four. [12] Torv appeared as Virginia Grey on HBO's mini-series The Pacific and later starred in a CollegeHumor Original video as a tyrannical traffic cop. [13] In 2014, Torv reprised her role as Nariko in the film adaptation of Heavenly Sword. [14]

Torv has been listed as one of "TV's 100 Sexiest Women" by BuddyTV four times. She ranked #16 in 2009, [15] #27 in 2010, [16] #48 in 2011 [17] and #68 in 2012. [18]

In March 2016, Torv was cast in the role of Wendy Carr, an FBI consultant, in the Netflix drama Mindhunter from David Fincher. [19]

Personal life

In December 2008, Torv married her Fringe co-star Mark Valley. [20] They separated after one year of marriage. [21]


Torv at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con International Anna Torv by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Torv at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con International
1986The Night Before ChristmasBessTheatreRoman Scandals Theatre Restaurant
1998–2001 Undiscovered Country UnspecifiedTheatreHistory credited from playbill of the 2003 production of Hamlet [22]
Bodyline: Time's UpTheatre
Richard III Theatre
Basic BurlesqueTheatre
2001 Plenty Susan TraherneTheatreNIDA Theatre, 2 April 2001
Language of The GodsAliciaTheatreNIDA Theatre, 5 May 2001
Ring Round The Moon CapulatTheatreNIDA Studio, 27 June 2001
Goodnight Children Everywhere AnnTheatreNIDA Studio, 28 September 2001
Kiss Me, Kate Chorus GirlTheatreParade Theatre, 17 October 2001
2002The Credeaux CanvasAmeliaTheatreSBW Stables Theatre, in association with the Griffin Theatre Company
White Collar Blue NeighbourFilmTelevision Movie
Young Lions Irena NedovTV Series13 Episodes
2003 Travelling Light Debra FowlerFilmAlternate Title: Traveling Light
Hamlet Ophelia Theatre Bell Shakespeare
2004–2005 The Secret Life of Us Nikki MartelTV SeriesLead role; Season 4 (20 episodes)
2004 McLeod's Daughters Jasmine McLeodTV Series2 Episodes: "The Things We Do for Love" & "A McLeod Daughter"
2005 The Cherry Orchard AnyaTheatre Sydney Theatre Company
2006 The Book of Revelation Bridget/GertrudeFilm
2007 Frankenstein ITU NurseFilmTelevision Movie
Heavenly Sword Nariko (voice)Video GameVoice over and motion capture
2008 Mistresses AlexTV SeriesRecurring role (5 episodes)
2008–2013 Fringe Olivia Dunham/Alternate Olivia Dunham/William Bell TV SeriesLead role (100 episodes)
2010 The Pacific Virginia Grey TV SeriesMiniseries (episode: "Peleliu Landing")
2011CollegeHumor OriginalsOfficer AliaWeb SeriesEpisode: "Can I Give You a Ticket?"
2013OpenWindsorTV SeriesHBO pilot
2014 Heavenly Sword Nariko (voice)FilmVoice over for video game adaptation
Love Is NowVirginia GreyFilm
2015 Deadline Gallipoli Lady Gwendoline ChurchillTV SeriesFoxtel's Showcase Mini-series
The Daughter AnnaFilm
2016/2019 Secret City Harriet DunkleyTV SeriesFoxtel's Showcase Season 1-2
2017 Stephanie JaneFilm
2017-present Mindhunter Wendy CarrTV SeriesMain cast

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