Anna Torv
Birth Date:
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Birth Place:
April 15, 1978
National Institute of Dramatic Art, Kensington, New South Wales, Australia (graduated with degree in Performing Arts in 2001)
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Australian actress Anna Torv is best known for her role as FBI agent Olivia Dunham on the Fox television series “Fringe” (2008-2013), from which she amassed four  Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Saturn Awards.

Torv was previously married to Mark Valley. She enjoys horseback riding, surfing, swimming and hiking.


Childhood and Family:

Daughter of Susan and Hans Torv, Anna Torv was born Anna Charmichael Torv on June 7, 1979, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Her father is of Estonian descent, while her mother is of Scottish lineage. She has been alienated from her father since the age of 8. She grew up in Gold Coast, Queensland, and went to Sydney at 17. She has a younger brother named Dylan. Her paternal aunt is writer Anna Maria Torv Murdoch Mann, who was married for 31 years to billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch.

Anna graduated from Benowa State High School in 1996. She attended the University of New South Wales, but later graduated from Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) with a degree in Performing Arts in 2001.   

In December 2008, Anna married her “Fringe” co-star Mark Valley. They became estranged after one year of marriage.

The Secret Life of Us


Anna Torv had a bit part in the Australian made for TV film “White Collar Blue” (2002), starring Peter O'Brien, Freya Stafford and Brooke Satchwell. The same year, she played the character Irena Nedov in the Nine Network drama/crime series “Young Lions,” starring Alex Dimitriades, Alexandra Davies, Tom Long and Anna Lise Phillips. Her first film role was in the Australian drama “Travelling Light” (2003), which was directed and written by Kathryn Millard and starred
Pia Miranda, Sacha Horler and Brett Stiller.

From 2004 to 2005, Torv joined the cast of Network Ten's “The Secret Life of Us” in Season 4 in the role of Nikki Martel. Meanwhile, in 2004, she also appeared as Jasmine McLeod in two episodes of the Logie award winning drama series “McLeod's Daughters.”    

In 2006, Torv starred as Bridget/ The Leading Hooded Woman on the film adaptation of Rupert Thomson's novel, “The Book of Revelatizon,” which was directed and co-written by Ana Kokkinos. In the following year, she played the voice and performed motion capture of the main character Nariko in the 2007 video game “Heavenly Sword” and was cast as ITU Nurse in the British TV film “Frankenstein,” starring Helen McCrory, James Purefoy and Lindsay Duncan. She played a lesbian named Alex on the first series of the BBC serial drama, “Mistresses” (2008).

However, Torv did not enjoy a huge break until she landed the main character Olivia Dunham on the American science fiction television series “Fringe,” which ran on Fox from September 9, 2008 to January 18, 2013. For her portrayal of the FBI agent assigned to investigate the spread of unexplained phenomena, she won the Saturn Award in the category of Best Actress on Television four times in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. She also received several Teen Choice and Critics Choice Television Award nominations for her work.   

Torv appeared as Virginia Grey in an episode of the HBO miniseries “The Pacific” called “Peleliu Landing” (2010). She also appeared as Officer Alia in the episode “Can I Give You a Ticket?” (2011) of the TV series short “CollegeHumor Originals.”       

In 2014, Torv will provide the voice of Nariko in the animated film “Heavenly Sword” (2014), which also wil star the voices of Thomas Jane and Alfred Molina. She also is set to play roles on the upcoming films “Love Is Now” and “Deadline Gallipoli” (2015).

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA: Saturn Award, Best Actress on Television, “Fringe,” 2013
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA: Saturn Award, Best Actress on Television, “Fringe,” 2012
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA: Saturn Award, Best Actress on Television, “Fringe,” 2011
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA: Saturn Award, Best Actress on Television, “Fringe,” 2010 Show Less