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 found out that she had been selected for the part of Olivia in Fringe while she was camping in the Australian Outback.

    • Anna moved to London, to pursue her acting career, after graduating the Australian National Institute of Dramatic Art.

    • Anna's Zodiac sign is Gemini.

    • Although born in Melbourne, Anna grew up in Gold Coast,Queensland.

    • Anna was one younger brother, Dylan Torv.

    • Anna was Estonian and Scotish ancestry.

    • For five consecutive years, between 2009 and 2013, Anna was nominated for a Saturn Award by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films in the category of Best Actress on Television for her role in the TV series Fringe. She won this award four years in a row between 2010 and 2013.

    • For four consecutive years, between 2009 and 2012, Anna was nominated for a Teen Choice Award in the category of Choice TV Actress: Fantasy/Sci-Fi for her role in the TV series Fringe. She never won in any of those years.

    • Anna attended the University of New South Wales.

    • 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 was on of 300 actresses that auditioned for the role of Olivia Dunham in Fringe. She got the part with the help of the casting agent, Tom McSweeney, that was already interested in her for the role. Anna did her audition in video conference.

    • Before her big break in her acting career, Anna was living in London off her credit cards.

    • Anna has the same name as her aunt, that was married to billionaire Rupert Murdoch.

    • Anna's parents are Hans and Susan Torv. Her estrange father was co-owner and CEO of the Hot Tomato Broadcasting Company from Australia.

    • 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 was the character of Nariko in the PlayStation video game Heavenly Sword.

    • Anna worked in the Sydney Theatre Company, where, in 2006, she was part of a production of The Cherry Orchard, directed by Howard Davies.

  • Quotes

    • Anna: (on her character in Fringe having an alternate version) I am always in a better mood playing the 'alternate' Olivia. When there's less responsibility life's kind of cool.

    • Anna: (on her impersonation of Leonard Nimoy for Fringe) I was not excited when that script came out. I was fearful. So what do you do? You call the people that are much better than you and say, 'Help!' John had worked with Leonard, plus I was so, so nervous, I wanted to make sure that, when I went to the set to do it for the first time, there was at least one person that I could look at who I had done it with before and trusted. It offered an element of comfort... I got an email saying, 'I've been hearing good things about your impersonation of me'. I wrote back, 'Oh gosh, I'm so sorry. Why they didn't give it to Josh or John , I don't know'. He was so darling, he wrote back, 'It wouldn't have been as charming'.

    • Anna: (on her role model as an actress) I just adore Kate Winslet. I love her because you're never aware of all the stuff that's going into her characterization and, yet, she completely transforms. She also has this incandescent warmth to her, and that's a quality that is hers. She's approachable and damn believable.

    • Anna: (on doing sex scenes) I don't think anyone finds them easy. It's not that I'm embarrassed about my boobs. It's just that some part of you really doesn't want that out there. At the same time, you want to get good at it. In the moment, what you're really thinking is, Shit, I need a mint.

    • Anna: (on the difference between Australian and American English) Sometimes there will be a line in the script and I just can't imagine saying it. I'll ask an American and they'll say, 'Oh, yeah. That's how we say it'. We just say things differently in Australia - like torch. I'd ask, 'Can I have the torch?' It seems to fall flat when I say, 'Can I have the flashlight?

    • Anna: (on her playing characters in video games) I didn't know much about video games. There are some awfully violent ones. ButHeavenly Sword (2007) is different. I've had huge conversations with a friend who made it. I think what he wants to do is to make the player care. Yes, there's killing. But the character I play in "Heavenly Sword", "Nariko", is ultimately protecting her family and this runaway girl. It's a beautiful game. It's beyond a video game. The landscape is to protect and to care. My friend is working toward a world where you get an emotion out of the people who are playing it. See if you can make them cry if they couldn't save the people who they were trying to protect. This isn't "Pac-Man".

    • Anna: It doesn't necessarily matter what your answer is to the question: What is art? So long as you have one.

    • Anna: I don't feel like I've hit my stride. So I wonder what the moment will be when I get to be who I want to be.

    • 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!