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Anna Torv

Anna Torv
Born (1979-06-07) 7 June 1979
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation Actress
Years active 2002–present
Spouse(s) Mark Valley (2008–09; divorced)

Anna Torv (born 7 June 1979)[1] is an Australian actress known for her role as FBI agent Olivia Dunham on the Fox television series Fringe (2008–2013).[2]


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Filmography 4
  • Notable awards and nominations 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life

Torv was born in Melbourne, Victoria, the daughter of Susan (née Carmichael) and Hans Torv, also grew up in Gold Coast, Queensland.[3] Her father is of Estonian descent, but was born in Stirling, Scotland.[4] Her mother is of Scottish descent.[5] She is estranged from her father.[6] 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, and her cousins are James, Lachlan and Elisabeth Murdoch.[6]

Torv graduated from Benowa State High School in 1996.[7] She graduated from Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) with a degree in Performing Arts in 2001.[6]


Torv (right) with Joshua Jackson at the 2010 San Diego Comic Con

In 2003, Torv played the role of Ophelia with the Bell Shakespeare Company in John Bell's production of Hamlet.[8]

In 2004, she joined the cast of Australia's acclaimed television drama The Secret Life of Us playing Nikki Martel. Torv appeared in the BBC series Mistresses. She also voiced "Nariko" in the 2007 video game Heavenly Sword.[9]

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. Torv appeared as Virginia Grey on HBO's mini-series The Pacific. She has been nominated five times for the Saturn Award for Best Television Actress from 2009 to 2013, winning a total of four.[10] Torv starred in a CollegeHumor Original video as a tyrannical traffic cop.[11]

On 30 October 2013, a trailer was shown for the Heavenly Sword Movie. Anna will be reprising her role as Nariko in the movie.[12]

Torv has been listed as one of "TV's 100 Sexiest Women" by BuddyTV four times. She ranked #16 in 2009,[13] #27 in 2010,[14] #48 in 2011[15] and #68 in 2012[16]

Personal life

In December 2008, Torv married her Fringe co-star Mark Valley.[17] They separated after one year of marriage.[18]


Year Title Role Notes
2002 White Collar Blue Neighbour Television Movie
2003 Travelling Light Debra Fowler
2006 The Book of Revelation Bridget
2007 Frankenstein ITU Nurse Television Movie
2014 Heavenly Sword Nariko (voice)
Love Is Now Virginia
2015 The Daughter Anna Australian film
Stephanie Stephanie's Mother Post-production
TV series
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Young Lions Irena Nedov Recurring role (13 episodes)
2004 McLeod's Daughters Jasmine McLeod Episodes: A McLeod Daughter and The Things We Do for Love
2004–2005 The Secret Life of Us Nikki Martel Main role Season 4 (20 episodes)
2008 Mistresses Alex Recurring role (5 episodes)
2008–2013 Fringe Olivia Dunham/Alternate Olivia Dunham/William Bell Main role (100 episodes)
2010 The Pacific Virginia Grey Miniseries (episode: Peleliu Landing)
2011 CollegeHumor Originals Officer Alia Episode: Can I Give You a Ticket?
2015 Deadline Gallipoli Lady Gwendoline Churchill Mini-series
2016 Secret City Harriet Dunkley
Year Title Role Notes
2002 The Credeaux Canvas Amelia SBW Stables Theatre, in association with the Griffin Theatre Company
2003 Hamlet Ophelia Bell Shakespeare
2005 The Cherry Orchard Anya Sydney Theatre Company
Video games
Year Title Voice
2007 Heavenly Sword Nariko

Notable awards and nominations


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  3. ^ Australian Television: Anna Torv profile; accessed 8 August 2014.
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  5. ^ "Anna Torv on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson", April 7, 2010 (YouTube)
  6. ^ a b c "Torv is her own mistress",; accessed 20 April 2015.
  7. ^ Anna Torv's story,; accessed 20 April 2015.
  8. ^ Info re Torv and Bell Shakespeare Company,, 3 June 2003; accessed 20 April 2015.
  9. ^ Fussman, Cal. Anna Torv Is a Woman We Love, Esquire, 8 February 2010; accessed 15 October 2010.
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  17. ^ Dos Santos, Kristin. Stars Anna Torv and Mark Valley Married!"Fringe" E! Online, 2 February 2009.
  18. ^ Jordan, Julie. "Anna Torv and Mark Valley Split", People, 9 April 2010; accessed 15 October 2010.

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