Gia Carides ( Sydney , New South Wales , June 7, 1964) is an Australian actress , best known for having played Nikki in the film and series My Big Fat Greek Wedding .
Biography, she has two sisters: the actress Zoe Carides and the singer-songwriter Danielle Carides.
He speaks fluent Greek. She is very good friends with Australian actress Naomi Watts .
On 12 September 1998 she married Australian actor Anthony LaPaglia , the couple welcomed daughter Bridget LaPaglia in January 2003. In April 2015 the couple announced that they had separated. 1
She is a volunteer as an actress in the Young Storytellers Program .
In 1992 she appeared in Ultraman: Towards the Future where she played Jean Echo, one of the two female members of UMA (a high-tech defense agency) and who is in love with Jack Shindo, an astronaut. That same year she appeared as a guest in several episodes of the police series Police Rescue where she played Helena Angelopoulos, the wife of Helena Angelopoulos ( Steve Bastoni ) until the following year.
In 1993 she appeared in the film Strictly Ballroom where she played Liz Holt, Scott Hastings’ dance partner, who after losing a competition against a rival couple leaves him for another dancer.
In 1999 he played Robin Spitz Swallows in the film Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me , starring Mike Myers .
In 2002, she played cousin Nikki in the American film My Big Fat Greek Wedding . 2
In 2008 she joined the cast of the series East of Everything where she gave life to Melanie Freedman 3 until the end of the series in 2009. In 2011 she appeared in the series Small Time Gangster where she played Darlene.
In 2013 she made a guest appearance on the series We Are Men where she played Sheila, the ex-wife of Frank Russo ( Tony Shalhoub ). That same year she appeared in the series Wonderland where she played Helena, the mother of Dani Varvaris ( Jessica Tovey ).
Gia supports fundraising for the construction of schools in Africa and Ethiopia together with ” Save The Children “.
|2012||Annie and the Gypsy||–||with David Burtka , Cybill Shepherd , Bryce Johnson, Lenny von Dohlen & Peter Paige|
|2011||Burning Man||Carol||with Bojana Novakovic , Essie Davis , Rachel Griffiths , Kerry Fox , Anthony Hayes & Tasneem Roc|
|2011||In Loco Parentis||Mother||short – with Paul Ashton, Ben Lawson & Anthony LaPaglia|
|2009||Year One||Queen||with Jack Black , Michael Cera , Oliver Platt , David Cross & Vinnie Jones|
|2007||The Trap||clear||short – opposite Jeanne Tripplehorn , Greg Butler , Camilla Belle , Aisha Tyler & Channing Tatum|
|2006||stick it||Alice Graham||with Missy Peregrym , Jeff Bridges , Vanessa Lengies & Kellan Lutz|
|2005||One Last Thing…||madelene||with Michael Angarano , Matt Bush, Gideon Glick, Cynthia Nixon & Johnny Messner|
|2004||thank heaven||Cybil||with Matt Keeslar , Jenny McCarthy , Michael E. Rodgers & Kadeem Hardison|
|2003||Exposed||Jade Blake||with Brenda Strong , Lumi Cavazos , Tate Donovan & David Rasche|
|2002||My Big Fat Greek Wedding||Nikki||with Nia Vardalos , John Corbett , Lainie Kazan , Joey Fatone & Ian Gomez|
|2001||Jack the Dog||Georgia||with Nestor Carbonell , Barbara Williams, Travis Fine , Barry Newman & Anthony LaPaglia|
|2000||Maze||Julianne||with Rob Morrow , Laura Linney , Craig Sheffer & Robert Hogan|
|2000||The Extreme Adventures of Super Dave||sandy||with Bob Einstein , Dan Hedaya & Don Lake|
|1999||A Secret Affair||mimi||with Janine Turner , Fionnula Flanagan , Robert Mailhouse, Michael J. Reynolds & Sarah Bolger|
|1999||Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me||Robin Swallows||with Mike Myers , Heather Graham , Michael York , Robert Wagner & Rob Lowe|
|1998||Letters from a Killer||Lita||with Patrick Swayze , Kim Myers , Roger E. Mosley & Bruce McGill|
|1998||Primary Colors||Cashmere McLeod||with John Travolta , Emma Thompson , Billy Bob Thornton , Kathy Bates & Adrian Lester|
|1997||Firehouse||sharlotte brooks||with Richard Dean Anderson , Lillo Brancato , Edie Falco & Skipp Sudduth|
|1997||Lifebreath||Gale Pullman||with Luke Perry , Francie Swift & Gary Basaraba|
|1997||The Devil’s Child||Eve||with Kim Delaney , Matthew Lillard & Ivana Milicevic|
|nineteen ninety six||Brilliant Lies||Suzy Connor||with Anthony LaPaglia , Zoe Carides , Ray Barrett & Michael Veitch|
|nineteen ninety six||Two If by Sea||Joan Rappaport||with Denis Leary , Sandra Bullock & Stephen Dillane|
|nineteen ninety six||The Cottonwood||kathy||with Ricardo Cordero, Stacy Edwards & Steven Feder|
|nineteen ninety five||The Adventures of Captain Zoom in Outer Space||evening||with Daniel Riordan, Liz Vassey & Ron Perlman|
|nineteen ninety five||Bad Company||Julie Ames||with Ellen Barkin , Laurence Fishburne , Frank Langella & Michael Beach|
|1994||lucky break||sophie||with Jacek Koman , Anthony LaPaglia , Rebecca Gibney , Robyn Nevin & Marshall Napier|
|1992||The Girl Who Came Late||Wendy||with Miranda Otto , Martin Kemp, Geoff Morrell & Bruce Venables|
|1992||Ballroom||Liz Holt||with Paul Mercurio, Tara Morice , Bill Hunter, Pat Thomson, Barry Otto & Kris McQuade|
|1992||The Resting Place||sally||short – with Peter Mochrie|
|1992||greenkeeping||gina||with Mark Little, Lisa Hensley, Max Cullen & Robyn Nevin|
|1987||Backlash||nikki iceton||with David Argue, Lydia Miller & Brian Syron|
|1985||bliss||Lucy Joy||with Barry Otto , Lynette Curran, Helen Jones & Miles Buchanan|
|1985||The Coca Cola Kid||Waitress||with Eric Roberts , Greta Scacchi , Chris Haywood , Kris McQuade & Max Gillies|
|1984||Annie’s Coming Out||narrator||with Angela Punch McGregor., Drew Forsythe , Liddy Clark, Monica Maughan & Lyn Collingwood|
|1983||phar lap||Emma||with Tom Burlinson, Richard Morgan, Robert Grubb & Simon Wells|
|1983||Midnite Spares||ruth||with Max Cullen , Bruce Spence , Tony Barry & Graeme Blundell|
|1977||The Love Letters from Teralba Road||Maureen||with Kris McQuade , Bryan Brown , Joy Hruby & Kevin Leslie|
- T.V. series
|2013||wonderlands||helena||episode “Equal Rights”|
|2013||We Are Men||Sheila||2 episodes|
|2011||Small Time Gangster||Darlene||8 episodes|
|2008 – 2009||East of Everything 4||melanie freeman||10 episodes|
|2005||Without a Trace||Stephanie Patterson||episode #4.0|
|2003||My Big Fat Greek Life||Nikki||7 episodes|
|1997||RD||Suzanne Alner||episode “You Bet Your Life”|
|1992 – 1993||Blue Heelers||Helena Angelopoulos||7 episodes|
|1993||seven deadly sins||gluttony||miniseries|
|1992||Ultraman: Towards the Future||jean echo||13 episodes – miniseries|
|1991||Acropolis Now||Haroula||episode “The Goddess”|
|1991||Boys in front of the Bush||–||2 episodes|
|1986||Studio 86||–||2 episodes|
|1984||Five Mile Creek||Beth||episode “Maggie”|
|1983||Country Practice||Tracy Power||2 episodes|
|2003||gladius||lent his voice for additional vocals|
|1992||The White Rose of Annandale||–||john bashford||stables theater||with Peter Bodnar, John Mandoukos, Jill Mckay & Martin Reefman|
|1989||The Marriage of Figaro||–||Jean Pierre Mignon||The Wharf Theater||with Miles Buchanan , Peter Collingwood, Jennifer Hagan & Barry Otto|
|1988, 1989||Don’s Party||–||Graeme Blundell||Athenaeum Theater||with Steve Bisley , Nicholas Eadie, Deborah Kennedy & Bill Young|
|1988||The Kid||–||Peter Kingston||stables theater||with Beth Child, David Field & Rebecca Frith|
|1987, 1988||The Heartbreak Kid||–||Peter Kingston||stables theater||with Marcus Graham , Nicholas Papademetriou & Franco Serafin|
|1987||shakers||–||Terence O’Connell||Belvoir St. Theater||with Nikki Coghill , Kaarin Fairfax & Lisa Kelly|
|1984||Fair and Tender Ladies||–||Arne Neeme||–||with Bill Conn, Julie Hudspeth, Bill Pearson & Toni Scanlan|
|1979||Dancing Partners/Animal||–||Fred Simms||stables theater||with Terry Byrnes, Julie Herbert, Bronwen Phillips & Michael Ross|
Awards and nominations
|2003||Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture||Screen Actors Guild Award||My Big Fat Greek Wedding||Winners|
|nineteen ninety six||Best Actress in a Lead Role||AFI Award||Brilliant Lies||nominated|
|1992||Best Actress in a Supporting Role||AFI Award||Ballroom||nominated|