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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 Doctor Wendy Carr in Netflix's Mindhunter (2017–present).[2][3]

Anna Torv
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Torv at San Diego Comic Con 2012
Born (1979-06-07) 7 June 1979 (age 40)
Years active2002–present
Mark Valley
(m. 2008; div. 2009)
RelativesAnna Murdoch Mann (aunt)
Elisabeth Murdoch (cousin)
Lachlan Murdoch (cousin)
James Murdoch (cousin)


Early lifeEdit

Torv was born in Melbourne, Victoria, the daughter of Susan (née Carmichael) and Hans Torv. She grew up in 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 and Charlize Theron.[19]

Personal lifeEdit

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


Year Title Role Media Notes
1986 The Night Before Christmas Bess Theatre Roman Scandals Theatre Restaurant
1998–2001 Undiscovered Country Unspecified Theatre History credited from playbill of the 2003 production of Hamlet[22]
Bodyline: Time's Up Theatre
Richard III Theatre
Basic Burlesque Theatre
2001 Plenty Susan Traherne Theatre NIDA Theatre, 2 April 2001
Language of The Gods Alicia Theatre NIDA Theatre, 5 May 2001
Ring Round The Moon Capulat Theatre NIDA Studio, 27 June 2001
Goodnight Children Everywhere Ann Theatre NIDA Studio, 28 September 2001
Kiss Me, Kate Chorus Girl Theatre Parade Theatre, 17 October 2001
2002 The Credeaux Canvas Amelia Theatre SBW Stables Theatre, in association with the Griffin Theatre Company
White Collar Blue Neighbour Film Television Movie
Young Lions Irena Nedov TV Series 13 Episodes
2003 Travelling Light Debra Fowler Film Alternate Title: Traveling Light
Hamlet Ophelia Theatre Bell Shakespeare
2004–2005 The Secret Life of Us Nikki Martel TV Series Lead role; Season 4 (20 episodes)
2004 McLeod's Daughters Jasmine McLeod TV Series 2 Episodes: "The Things We Do for Love" & "A McLeod Daughter"
2005 The Cherry Orchard Anya Theatre Sydney Theatre Company
2006 The Book of Revelation Bridget/Gertrude Film
2007 Frankenstein ITU Nurse Film Television Movie
Heavenly Sword Nariko (voice) Video Game Voice over and motion capture
2008 Mistresses Alex TV Series Recurring role (5 episodes)
2008–2013 Fringe Olivia Dunham/Alternate Olivia Dunham/William Bell TV Series Lead role (100 episodes)
2010 The Pacific Virginia Grey TV Series Miniseries (episode: "Peleliu Landing")
2011 CollegeHumor Originals Officer Alia Web Series Episode: "Can I Give You a Ticket?"
2013 Open Windsor TV Series HBO pilot
2014 Heavenly Sword Nariko (voice) Film Voice over for video game adaptation
Love Is Now Virginia Grey Film
2015 Deadline Gallipoli Lady Gwendoline Churchill TV Series Foxtel's Showcase Mini-series
The Daughter Anna Film
2016/2019 Secret City Harriet Dunkley TV Series Foxtel's Showcase Season 1-2
2017 Stephanie Jane Film
Mindhunter Wendy Carr TV Series Main cast

Notable awards and nominationsEdit


  1. ^ "New York Times". The New York Times.
  2. ^ "Torv takes lead role in Abrams' drama".
  3. ^ "We Should Be More Excited That 'Mindhunter' Has Brought Anna Torv Back Into the Spotlight".
  4. ^ Australian Television: Anna Torv profile; accessed 8 August 2014.
  5. ^ "Busy keeping secrets on 'Fringe' Aussie stars in hot new show". Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Anna Torv on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson", 7 April 2010 (YouTube)
  7. ^ a b c "Torv is her own mistress",; accessed 20 April 2015.
  8. ^ Anna Torv's story Archived 2 April 2013 at the Wayback Machine,; accessed 20 April 2015.
  9. ^ Info re Torv and Bell Shakespeare Company,, 3 June 2003; accessed 20 April 2015.
  10. ^ "Anna Torv Audiobooks". AnnaTorverse.
  11. ^ Fussman, Cal. Anna Torv Is a Woman We Love, Esquire, 8 February 2010; accessed 15 October 2010.
  12. ^ Woman, The (25 June 2010). "2010 Saturn Award Winners". Retrieved 2 June 2011.
  13. ^ "Can I Give You A Ticket? (With Anna Torv)". 21 November 2011. Retrieved 12 May 2012.
  14. ^ "First Look: Heavenly Sword Movie". Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  15. ^ "BuddyTV Slideshow - TV's 100 Sexiest Women of 2009: #50-#1". Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  16. ^ "BuddyTV Slideshow - TV's 100 Sexiest Women of 2010". Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  17. ^ "TV's 100 Sexiest Women Of 2011: Gallery Of The Hottest Girls On TV". Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  18. ^ "BuddyTV Slideshow - TV's 100 Sexiest Women of 2012". Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  19. ^ "Anna Torv Boards David Fincher's Netflix Drama 'Mind Hunter'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 8 April 2016.
  20. ^ Dos Santos, Kristin. "Fringe Stars Anna Torv and Mark Valley Married!" E! Online, 2 February 2009.
  21. ^ Jordan, Julie. "Anna Torv and Mark Valley Split", People, 9 April 2010; accessed 15 October 2010.
  22. ^ "Annatorverse: Theatre Gallery - Hamlet 2003". AnnaTorverse - Your One Stop Resource For All Things Anna Torv.

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