Gia Carides

Lowest Rated: 11% One Last Thing (2006)
Birthday: Jun 7, 1964
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Gia Carides had been acting in her native Australia for over a decade before she finally made the move to the U.S. Born in Sydney, Carides was cast in her first film at age 12. Throughout the 1980s, she acted in a number of Australian theater productions and Australian films, including Phar Lap (1983), the award-winning Bliss (1985), and Backlash (1986). With a supporting role in Baz Luhrmann's cult art house favorite Strictly Ballroom (1992), Carides scored her first international success. She co-starred opposite eventual husband Anthony LaPaglia in the Australian-made Paperback Romance (1994) and Brilliant Lies (1996). After she relocated to the United States in the mid-'90s, Carides acted in off-Broadway theater and won roles in several studio and independent films, including CIA drama Bad Company (1995) and erotic thriller Lifebreath (1997). Winning fans for her looks as well as her talent, Carides played the small yet crucial part of Gennifer Flowers-esque Cashmere McLeod in Mike Nichols' adaptation of political roman à clef Primary Colors (1998) and lent her sensual presence to the blockbuster Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) as Dr. Evil's seductive assassin Robin Swallows. Carides scored another, if far less expected, box office smash with her supporting role in My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002). As writer-star Nia Vardalos's Cousin Nikki, Carides was a key figure in the comic Greek clan benevolently plaguing Vardalos and John Corbett's ethnically mismatched couple, helping to turn the modest indie romantic comedy into a record-breaking sleeper hit. She reprised the role in the short-lived television spin-off the following year. Carides played The Queen in Year One (2009) and appeared on several Australian television series, including East of Everything.

Highest Rated Movies



28% My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Cousin Nikki $52.1M 2016
No Score Yet This Isn't Funny Gillian Jones 2015
76% Burning Man Carol 2012
No Score Yet Annie and the Gypsy Actor 2012
15% Year One Queen $43.4M 2009
No Score Yet The Trap Actor 2007
11% One Last Thing Madelene 2006
31% Stick It Alice Graham $26.9M 2006
No Score Yet Thank Heaven Cybil 2006
No Score Yet Exposed Jade Blake 2003
76% My Big Fat Greek Wedding Nikki $241.3M 2002
39% Maze Julianne 2001
No Score Yet The Extreme Adventures of Super Dave Actor 2000
No Score Yet Barbara Taylor Bradford's A Secret Affair Mimi 1999
51% Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Robin Swallows 1999
No Score Yet Letters From a Killer Lita 1998
81% Primary Colors Cashmere McLeod 1998
No Score Yet The Devil's Child Actor 1997
33% Paperback Romance Sophie 1997
No Score Yet Last Breath Gale Pullman 1997
80% Brilliant Lies Susy Connor 1996
27% Bad Company Julie Ames 1995
95% Strictly Ballroom Liz Holt 1992
No Score Yet Backlash Nikki Iceton 1986
No Score Yet Bliss Lucy Joy 1985
44% The Coca Cola Kid Chambermaid 1985
100% Phar Lap (Phar Lap: Heart of a Nation) Emma 1983
No Score Yet Midnite Spares Ruth 1983


No Score Yet Without a Trace
Stephanie Patterson
  • 2005
No Score Yet My Big Fat Greek Life
Cousin Nikki
  • 2003
No Score Yet ER
Suzanne Alner
  • 1997


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