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Gia Carides (born 7 June 1964) is an Australian actress. She is best known for her portrayals of Liz Holt in Strictly Ballroom, Susy Connor in Brilliant Lies, Cousin Nikki in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and Melissa in Big Little Lies.
Gia Carides and Anthony LaPaglia in 2013.
|Education||Riverside Girls High Chatswood High School|
(m. 1998; div. 2015)
Carides was born in Sydney, Australia, to a Greek father and an English mother. She began acting at the age of 12. Her first film was the drama The Love Letters from Teralba Road starring Bryan Brown and Kris Macquade.
Early in her career, Carides starred as Helena Angelopolous on the Australian television series Police Rescue, also receiving acclaim for her films Strictly Ballroom and Brilliant Lies, with AFI Award nominations for each.
She is best known for her roles as Robin Swallows (née Spitz) in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and as Cousin Nikki in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, the sequel television show My Big Fat Greek Life, and the sequel film My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.
Carides works in both America and Australia, recognised for a host of film and television credits including Primary Colors, Year One and East of Everything. She also appeared in a guest spot on husband Anthony LaPaglia's television series Without A Trace.
She has volunteered as an actress with the Young Storytellers Program.
Carides was married to actor Anthony LaPaglia, whom she met in Sydney in 1992. A year later they starred in the film Paperback Romance (a.k.a. Lucky Break). She and LaPaglia are the parents of daughter Bridget (born in January 2003). Gia Carides is sister to Zoe Carides, also an actress, and Danielle Carides, singer songwriter. Her former brother in-law is doctor-turned-actor Jonathan LaPaglia. In April 2015, newspapers reported that LaPaglia and Carides had split after 17 years.
|1977||The Love Letters from Teralba Road||Maureen|
|1983||Midnite Spares||Ruth Mintos|
|1983||Phar Lap||Emma Woodcock||Credited as Georgia Carr|
|1984||Annie's Coming Out||Narrator|
|1985||The Coca-Cola Kid||Chambermaid|
|1992||Strictly Ballroom||Liz Holt|
|1992||The Girl Who Came Late||Wendy|
|1995||Bad Company||Julie Ames|
|1996||Two If by Sea||Joan Rappaport (uncredited)|
|1996||Brilliant Lies||Susy Connor|
|1998||Primary Colors||Cashmere McLeod|
|1998||Letters from a Killer||Lita|
|1999||Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me||Robin Swallows|
|2000||The Extreme Adventures of Super Dave||Sandy||Video|
|2001||Jack the Dog||Georgia|
|2002||My Big Fat Greek Wedding||Cousin Nikki|
|2005||One Last Thing...||Madelene|
|2006||Stick It||Alice Graham|
|2007||The Trap||Clara||Short film|
|2011||In Loco Parentis||Mum||Short film|
|2015||This Isn't Funny||Gillian Jones|
|2016||My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2||Cousin Nikki|
|2016||Joe Cinque's Consolation||Maria Cinque|
|1983||A Country Practice||Tracy Power||Episode: "Hair of the Dog: Part 1"|
Episode: "Hair of the Dog: Part 2"
|1984||Five Mile Creek||Beth||Episode: "Maggie"|
|1986||Studio 86||Episode: "Strawberry Girl"|
Episode: "Sisters in the Bathroom"
|1989||Inside Running||TV series|
|1991||Boys from the Bush||Episode: "The Stuffed Platypus"|
Episode: "Poetic Galah"
|1991||Acropolis Now||Haroula||Episode: "The Goddess"|
|1992||The Resting Place||Sally||TV short|
|1992||Ultraman: Towards the Future||Jean Echo||13 episodes|
|1992-1993||Police Rescue||Helena Angelopoulos||7 episodes|
|1993||Seven Deadly Sins||Gluttony||TV miniseries|
|1995||The Adventures of Captain Zoom in Outer Space||Vesper, Vox's High Priestess||TV movie|
|1997||ER||Suzanne Alner||Episode: "You Bet Your Life"|
|1997||Firehouse||Charlotte Brooks||TV movie|
|1997||The Devil's Child||Eva||TV movie|
|1999||A Secret Affair||Mimi||TV movie|
|2003||My Big Fat Greek Life||Nikki||7 episodes|
|2003||Gladius||Additional Voices||Video game|
|2005||Without a Trace||Stephanie Patterson||Episode: "4.0"|
|2008-2009||East of Everything||Melanie Freedman||10 episodes|
|2011||Small Time Gangster||Darlene||8 episodes|
|2017-Present||Big Little Lies||Melissa||9 episodes|
|2017||Twin Peaks||Hannah||1 episode|
|2017||The Librarians||Lenore Jones||1 episode|
- Gia Carides My Big Fat Greek Wedding
- "Anthony LaPaglia and Gia Carides split after 17 years of marriage: Who's Ant's mystery brunette?". Daily Telegraph. 5 April 2015. Retrieved 22 May 2015.