Born in Rio de Janeiro and raised in New York, Morena Baccarin is the daughter of Brazilian stage actress Vera Setta and Brazilian Record TV News Coordinator Fernando Baccarin. She moved to Greenwich Village at the age of seven and later studied theatre at the prestigious Julliard School.
Morena Baccarin gained recognition for her lead role on V - a 2009 remake of the 1980s television miniseries. She starred as Anna, the leader of a cult of aliens known as the Visitors.
Baccarin made her off-Broadway debut in Theresa Rebeck's television satire Our House at Playwrights Horizons in New York City, in which she played a news reporter whose affair with a television executive lands her a gig as the host of a hit reality show.
Her first movie role came in 2001 in the improvised fashion-world comedy Perfume. Following that, she landed a lead part in the film festival hit Way Off Broadway. Shortly before moving to Los Angeles, Baccarin appeared with Natalie Portman and understudied for her role in the acclaimed Central Park production of The Seagull.
Morena Baccarin plays Jessica Brody in Homeland. Learn more about her character:
Nicholas Brody's wife Jessica is shocked to learn of the discovery and return of her husband. Even though she held out hope that he was still alive, she has been struggling to raise their two children, now teenagers, on her own. She is also in a relationship with Nick's close friend and co-worker Matt Faber, and is suddenly torn between her love for him and her allegiance to her long-lost husband. Reincorporating this virtual stranger back into her life is not going to be easy.
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