Anna Torv

Anna Torv


6/11/1978, Melbourne, Australia

Birth Name

Anna Torv


  • The cast of Fringe Season 5.
  • Anna Torv on Fringe Season 5.
  • Anna Torv returns as Agent Olivia Dunham...
  • Anna Torv on Fringe from the episode
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Anna was born in Melbourne in 1978 and moved to Sydney, but she spent her teen years on the Gold Coast. Since graduating from NIDA Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art in 2001, Anna has performed on stage with the Bell Shakespeare Company. Her debut was being the…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Anna was voted #16 in BuddyTV's TV's 100 Sexiest Women of 2009.

    • Anna enjoys horseback riding, surfing, swimming, and hiking.

    • Anna graduated from Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) in 2001. She has a degree in Performing Arts (Acting).

    • Anna and her Fringe co-star Mark Valley were married in Christmas 2008. They had been secretly dating for several months.

    • Anna appeared on the cover of TV Guide the week of October 20 2008, alongside Fringe co-star Joshua Jackson.

    • Anna is 5'9" (1.75m) tall, she has blonde hair and green eyes.

    • Anna performed in amateur theater on Australia's Gold Coast before getting her formal acting training.

    • Anna has gotten weapons and fight training while working on Fringe. She is also using a voice coach to remove all traces of her Australian accent for her role on the show.

    • Anna loves to run.

    • Anna is of Estonian decent.

    • Since she was 8 years old Anna has been estranged from her father.

    • Anna divides her time between Manhattan, New York, where she stays in an apartment, and Brisbane, Australia, where her family resides.

    • Anna was listed among TV Guide's Fall TV's New Faces of 2008, named number one in iF Magazine's list of Ten Hottest Women from TV Shows premiering this fall for 2008 and listed number nine on Entertainment Weekly's 15 Stars to Watch This Fall list for 2008.

    • Aside from a contract as part of J.J. Abrams' series Fringe, FOX has offered Anna a two-picture deal.

    • After seeing the pilot episode of Fringe, New York Magazine described Anna Torv as having "Blanchettesque good looks" and as someone who "will be appearing in the fevered dreams of nerds all too soon". She has been touted as the next Cate Blanchett, who also hails from Melbourne, Australia.

    • Anna attended Benowa High School in Gold Coast, Australia.

    • Anna beat out over 300 other hopefuls from the US and 40 from Australia for the role of Olivia Dunham in the FOX series Fringe. It was WB Movieworld casting agent Tom McSweeney who helped find Torv. Even prior to seeing Anna read dialogue from Fringe, J.J. Abrams already knew she was the right girl for the role when he saw her audition tape for an Australian show. She did her show audition for the producers via a transpacific video conference.

    • Finding it difficult to find a job, Anna lived off her credit card while staying in London in 2006.

    • Anna shares her name with an aunt who was married to her billionaire uncle Rupert Murdoch.

    • Anna is the daughter of Hans and Susan Torv. Her father is the co-owner of Hot Tomato Broadcasting Company CEO, the radio station is based in Gold Coast, Australia. She has a brother named Dylan.

    • Anna has appeared in the following films and TV movies:
      - White Collar Blue in 2002 as Neighbour
      - The Book of Revelation in 2006 as Gertrude
      - Frankenstein in 2007 as ITU Nurse

    • Anna did the motion capture for PlayStation 3 game Heavenly Sword where she plays Nariko in the game.

    • Anna played Anya in The Cherry Orchard for the Sydney Theatre Company, directed by Howard Davies in 2006.

  • Quotes

    • Anna Torv: I'm a huge camper, and love hiking and mountain biking. Since my show is filmed in New York City, I've been able to go to the Hudson Valley, in upstate New York, on weekends. Recently, friends and I went to Mohonk Mountain House [in New Paltz] and walked around the lake and swam. Two days of that and you feel great. I wear Blundstones for hiking. They're like a work boot with a bit of grip, so you can wear them all day. They're quite groovy."

    • Anna Torv: (about her character on Fringe) She's ridiculously focused and ridiculously determined. She's living in a man's world, and it's quite fun to not be constantly playing the love interest. That's what you get a lot of the time; you're playing these flirtatious scenes or you're going on dates or you're dressed up. I love that she's practical. She wears suits, and she doesn't wear lipstick; she just does her job.

    • Anna Torv: They freaked out when I had to do some of the driving though, because I'm from Australia and we drive on the other side of the street. Josh [Joshua Jackson] is a little bit scared as I'm looking over the wrong shoulder reversing back.

    • Anna Torv: (on suppressing her Australian accent and sounding American) You get into a groove and it becomes less cumbersome. Every now and then you slip up. You always lose it when you have to scream loudly or get emotional.

    • Anna Torv: (about the craziest thing she has done for the show Fringe) I don't know what I can say. I mean, seriously-- ... this sounds so boring--but, legitimately, standing outside of a hospital in minus 45 degrees with the wind blowing in my face, with no hat on, no gloves on, nothing on my face. That was insane. And the scene got cut from the pilot anyway.

    • Anna Torv: (on her series Fringe) That's the thing I love about this series, the potential to go in any direction. I keep thinking 'Ooh I hope it goes in this direction!' and then when I get a script it's so much better than I could have imagined.

    • Anna Torv: (on the show Fringe) What I love about the show is [the question of] the conspiracy, the retention of knowledge. Who really has that, and who has the power? If they're telling us they're able to clone a sheep, if that's OK for us to know, you go, 'Come on, what else are they doing?'

    • Anna Torv: ('this' referring to Fringe) As far as the paranormal, I'm a bit of a squib myself. All the gross stuff, I didn't have any interest in prior to this.

    • Anna Torv: I've found in my life that the parts that you're right for are the parts that you get. It's really usually quite easy because you're kind of right.

    • Anna Torv: I actually really love props, guns, anything that's active and moving because it gets you totally out of your own head and it gives you some kind of focus. You're kind of more engaged because there's more truth to what you're doing because you're actually holding it so I love all of that stuff. I love to be physically engaged.

    • Anna Torv: (on the show Mistresses) I'm relieved that in this show particularly there wasn't really a big deal made out of (being a lesbian). You have gay characters and it's usually, 'Ooh, she's gay and it's this and it's that', but they're having an affair like all the other characters in the show and it reads like a normal relationship - which is what it is.

    • Anna Torv: (on being associated with her billionaire uncle Rupert Murdoch) I hate that that even comes up. I've been estranged from my father since I was eight.

    • Anna Torv: (comparing herself to her character in The Secret Life of Us) I was cynical about life and particularly about love when I was younger, just like Nikki. Since then I have fallen in love but at the moment, Nikki is too afraid.

    • Anna Torv: (about her character Nikki in The Secret Life of Us) Nikki is harsh. I can understand why though and I hope the audience will also learn to understand in time.

  • anna torv

    she is good actress

    i am waiting to see she in another series
  • Fantastic!

    Anna Torv is a wonderful actress. On Fringe, she does a fantastic job portraying the two Olivia's (three if you count the reboot version). There are so many subtle differences between the two characters that make it so believable. Also, she is absolutely stunning without being overdone. She and Joshua Jackson have wonderful onscreen chemistry. I hope we see more from her after Fringe!