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Gina Torres (born April 25, 1969)[1] is an Cuban-American television and movie actress. She has appeared in many television series, including Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess, the short-lived Cleopatra 2525, Alias, Firefly, Angel, 24, Suits, The Shield, and Westworld. Currently, she is playing the main character on the new drama TV series, Pearson.

Gina Torres
Born (1969-04-25) April 25, 1969 (age 50)
Years active1992–present
Laurence Fishburne
(m. 2002; div. 2018)

She starred opposite Chris Rock in the feature film I Think I Love My Wife, as Carla in the independent film South of Pico, and she reprised her Firefly role in its feature film sequel Serenity. She and her then-husband Laurence Fishburne played a married couple on the NBC television series Hannibal.

Torres played a main role on the USA Network series Suits as Jessica Pearson for the first seven seasons. She now plays the lead role in the new drama Pearson, a spin-off about Jessica Pearson moving to Chicago and becoming involved in politics.[2]


Early lifeEdit

Torres was born at the Flower Fifth Avenue Hospital in Manhattan, the youngest of three children. Her family lived briefly in Washington Heights before moving to The Bronx.[1] Her parents, Richard and Rebecca, were both of multiracial Cuban descent, and her father worked as a typesetter for La Prensa and The New York Daily News.[3] Torres speaks Spanish.

Torres, a mezzo-soprano, began singing at an early age and attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York City. She also trained in opera and jazz and performed in a gospel choir. Torres applied and was accepted to several colleges but could not afford to attend.[4] She chose instead to pursue her dream of being a performer.[1]


In 2001, she won the ALMA Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Syndicated Drama Series for her role in Cleopatra 2525.[5] In 2004, she was nominated for the International Press Academy's Golden Satellite Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Drama, for her role as Jasmine in Angel. Her film appearances include The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions.[1]

In 2004, Torres appeared in seven episodes of the third season on 24 as Julia Milliken, a woman who has an affair with the White House Chief of Staff and becomes involved in a presidential scandal. In 2005, she was tapped for the pilot episode of Soccer Moms. Also in 2005, she voiced the character of Vixen in numerous episodes of the animated series Justice League Unlimited and replaced the voice-over of Jada Pinkett Smith's character Niobe in The Matrix Online.

Torres in 2008

She is also known for her role in Fox's short-lived Firefly series, which lasted only one season.[6] She reprised her Firefly role as Zoe in the film Serenity (2005).[1] In 2006, Torres began her role as Cheryl Carrera in the short-lived drama series Standoff on the FOX network. Her character is the Supervisory Special Agent in Charge for Crisis Negotiation Unit, FBI Los Angeles.[7] Torres appeared in the film I Think I Love My Wife, playing the wife of Chris Rock's character.[8]

She was cast in Washington Field, a 2009 CBS television pilot from executive Producer Edward Allen Bernero, about the National Capital Response Squad, a unit of the FBI made up of elite experts in different areas who travel around the world, responding to events that affect American interests.[9]

She was the voice of Wonder Woman in DC Universe Online MMORPG[10] until mid 2013 when the part was recast,[11][12] as well as Arachnid in the Transformers Prime cartoon.[10]

In 2013, Torres was reunited with fellow Firefly costar, Nathan Fillion, in an episode of Fillion's television show, Castle.[13]

In 2011, Torres was cast as main character Jessica Pearson on the USA Network legal drama Suits. In 2016, it was announced that Torres would be leaving the cast of Suits following the summer segment of season six. In addition to her contract being up, Torres stated she had grown tired of traveling between Toronto, where Suits is filmed, and her home in Los Angeles. She joined the season two cast of ABC's The Catch, which was filmed in L.A.[14] Torres returned to Suits for the season six finale, which aired on March 1, 2017. Following ABC's cancellation of The Catch in May 2017, Torres has returned to Suits as a recurring cast member in season seven.

Torres plays the role of CAPCOM in the updated version of Walt Disney World's Mission: Space.

In March 2018, it was announced Torres would executive produce and star in Pearson, a Suits spin-off centered around her character, Jessica Pearson.[15]

Personal lifeEdit

Torres and Laurence Fishburne were engaged in February, 2001, and married on September 22, 2002,[16] at The Cloisters museum in New York City.[17] They have one child, a daughter born in 2007.[18] Torres is also the stepmother to Fishburne's two children, from his previous marriage to actress Hajna O. Moss: a son, Langston, born in 1987, and a daughter, Montana, born in 1991. They played a married couple on the show Hannibal.[19]

In September 2017, Torres announced her separation from Fishburne.[20] Fishburne filed for divorce on November 2, 2017,[21] and the divorce was finalized effective May 11, 2018, after Torres and Fishburne reached a final settlement on April 16, 2018.[22]



Year Title Role Notes
1996 Field of Roses Francine
2003 The Matrix Reloaded Cas
2003 The Matrix Revolutions Cas
2004 Hair Show Marcella
2005 Fair Game Stacey
2005 Serenity Zoe Washburne
2006 Jam Lilac
2006 Five Fingers Aicha
2007 I Think I Love My Wife Brenda Cooper
2007 South of Pico Carla Silva
2009 Don't Let Me Drown Diana
2010 Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths Superwoman (voice) Video
2013 Mr. Sophistication Janice Waters
2019 Dispel Celeste Skygoode Short[23]
20?? The Hating Game Helen Pascal Pre-production


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Unnatural Pursuits Silken Episode: "I Don't Do Cuddles"
1992, 1995 Law & Order Laura Elkin, Charlene Episodes: "Skin Deep", "Purple Heart"
1994 M.A.N.T.I.S. Dr. Amy Ellis TV film
1995, 1996 One Life to Live Magdalena, Nell Recurring role
1996 Dark Angel LaMayne TV film
1997 Profiler Michelle Brubaker Episode: "FTX: Field Training Exercise"
1997 The Gregory Hines Show Jeanette Episode: "Flirting with Disaster"
1997 Xena: Warrior Princess Cleopatra Episode: "The King of Assassins"
1997–1999 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Nebula Recurring role (seasons 4–5)
1998 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Beth Hymson Episode: "Yes, Virginia, There Is a Hercules"
1998 La Femme Nikita Jenna Vogler Episode: "Open Heart"
2000–01 Cleopatra 2525 Helen 'Hel' Carter Main role
2001, 2005–06 Alias Anna Espinosa Guest role (seasons 1, 4–5)
2001–02 Any Day Now Stacy Trenton Recurring role (season 4)
2002–03 Firefly Zoe Washburne Main role
2003 The Agency Dacia Banga Episode: "Absolute Bastard"
2003 Angel Jasmine Recurring role (season 4)
2003 The Law and Mr. Lee Vicki Lee TV film
2003 The Guardian Sadie Harper Episodes: "Big Coal", "Shame"
2004 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Warden Hutton Episode: "XX"
2004 24 Julia Milliken Recurring role (season 3)
2004 Gramercy Park Mrs. Hammond TV film
2004–2006 Justice League Unlimited Vixen / Mari McCabe (voice) Guest role (seasons 1–3)
2005 Soccer Moms Jamie Cane TV film
2006 The Shield Sadie Kavanaugh Episodes: "Kavanaugh", "Of Mice and Lem"
2006 Without a Trace Tyra Hughes Episode: "More Than This"
2006–07 Standoff Cheryl Carrera Main role
2007, 2009 Dirty Sexy Money Princess Ama Episodes: "The Nutcracker", "The Facts"
2008 Boston Legal A.D.A. Mary Franklin Episode: "The Gods Must Be Crazy"
2008 Bones Dr. Toni Ezralow Episode: "The Bone That Blew"
2008 Criminal Minds Det. Thea Salinas Episode: "Normal"
2008–09 Eli Stone Attorney Miller Episodes: "Grace", "Tailspin"
2009 The Unit Sgt. Natasha Andrews Episode: "Best Laid Plans"
2009 Applause for Miss E Maggie TV film
2009 Pushing Daisies Lila Robinson Episode: "Water & Power"
2009 Drop Dead Diva Diana Hall Episode: "Make Me a Match"
2009 FlashForward Felicia Wedeck Episodes: "137 Sekunden", "Gimme Some Truth"
2009 Washington Field SA Jackie Palmer TV film
2009 Gossip Girl Gabriela Abrams Episodes: "Enough About Eve", "The Treasure of Serena Madre"
2010 The Vampire Diaries Bree Episode: "Bloodlines"
2010 The Boondocks Ebony Brown (voice) Episode: "Lovely Ebony Brown"
2010 Huge Dorothy Rand Main role
2011–2013 Transformers: Prime Airachnid (voice) Recurring role (seasons 1–3)
2011–2018 Suits Jessica Pearson Main role (seasons 1–7)
2013 Castle Penelope Foster Episode: "Reality Star Struck"
2013–2015 Hannibal Phyllis 'Bella' Crawford Guest role (seasons 1–3)
2015 Revenge Natalie Waters Episodes: "Kindred", "Bait", "Retaliation"
2015–16, 2018 Star Wars Rebels Ketsu Onyo (voice) Episodes: "Blood Sisters", "The Forgotten Droid", "Family Reunion - and Farewell", "A Fool's Hope"
2016 The Death of Eva Sofia Valdez Eva Sofia Valdez TV film
2016, 2018 Westworld Lauren Episodes: "The Stray", "The Well-Tempered Clavier", "Les Écorchés"
2017 The Catch Justine Diaz Recurring role (season 2)
2017 Level Up Norge Ikora Rey (voice) Episode: "Level Update #45"
2017 Claws Sally Bates Episode: "Fallout"
2017 Star Wars Forces of Destiny Ketsu Onyo (voice) Episodes: "Newest Recruit", "Crash Course"
2018 Final Space (voice) Guest role
2018 Angie Tribeca Gillian Kayhill Episode: "Behind the Scandalabra"
2019 Pearson Jessica Pearson Main role[24][25]

Web seriesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Con Man Grace Episode: "Voiced Over"

Video gamesEdit

List of voice performances in video games
Year Title Role
2005 The Matrix Online Niobe
2011 DC Universe Online Wonder Woman
2012 Transformers: Prime – The Game Airachnid
2014 Destiny Ikora Rey[26]
2015 Destiny: The Taken King Ikora Rey
2017 Destiny 2 Ikora Rey
2018 Destiny 2: Forsaken Ikora Rey
2018 Lego DC Super-Villains Superwoman


Year Title Role
1993 Face Value Marci Williams
1994 The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public Terri Clark


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