Anna Torv

Anna Torv

Anna Torv, an illustrious Australian actress, has garnered widespread acclaim for her dynamic and enthralling performances in acclaimed television series. She is particularly recognized for her standout roles in “Fringe,” where she portrayed FBI agent Olivia Dunham, and in “Mindhunter” as Wendy Carr, a character that further showcased her range and depth as an actress.

What we know about this person

Full name:

Anna Torv

Date of birth:

June 7, 1979

Zodiac sign:



Melbourne, Australia





Marital status:



5' 6" (1.7 m)


127 lbs (58 kg)



Early life

Born on June 7, 1979, in Melbourne, Australia, Anna Torv grew up in a culturally diverse household. Her mother, Susan Torv, hails from Scotland, while her father, Hans Arvid Torv, has Estonian roots. Alongside her elder brother Dylan, Anna was nurtured in an environment that valued humility and self-respect. Following her parents’ separation when she was six, Anna and her siblings moved with their mother to the Gold Coast.

During her formative years, Anna engaged in a variety of outdoor activities, including surfing, swimming, and hiking, and had a fondness for equestrian pursuits. She attended a public high school in the Gold Coast’s Benowa suburb. Pursuing higher education, she joined the Australian National Institute of Dramatic Art in 1996, where she honed her ability to empathize and connect with diverse individuals.


From a tender age, Anna Torv demonstrated a passion for acting, frequently taking part in school plays and drama. Her post-university years saw her portraying Ophelia in John Bell’s “Hamlet” and Anya in a Sydney theater production of “The Cherry Orchard.”

Anna’s cinematic journey began in 2002 with a small part in “White Collar Blue.” She subsequently appeared in several acclaimed Australian TV series, such as “McLeod’s Daughters,” working with Aaron Jeffery and Rachael Carpani. In 2006, she relocated to London and, despite initial challenges, gradually started receiving intriguing acting proposals.

2008 was a pivotal year for Anna, featuring her in “Mistresses” with Alyssa Milano and Brett Tucker and marking the debut of “Fringe.” In this sci-fi hit, she joined forces with Joshua Jackson, Brad Dourif, Sebastian Roche, and John Noble. Her portrayal of FBI Special Agent Olivia Dunham not only earned her multiple Saturn Awards but also catapulted her to international fame. “Fringe” ran successfully until 2013.

Post-“Fringe,” Anna returned to her Australian roots. Her career momentarily slowed, marked by sporadic appearances in projects like “The Pacific,” “CollegeHumor Originals,” “Deadline Gallipoli,” and “The Daughter,” and the horror film “Stephanie” alongside Shree Crooks and Jonah Beres.

In the summer of 2016, Anna starred in “Secret City,” playing the tenacious journalist Harriet Dunkley. Around this time, she joined the cast of “Mindhunter” on Netflix, embodying Wendy Carr, an FBI consultant and psychology professor, alongside Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany.


Anna Torv in Fringe

Anna Torv Movies and TV Shows

  • 2023–...

    The Last of Us

    Teresa “Tess” Servopoulos

  • 2017–...


    Wendy Carr

  • 2017



  • 2016–2019

    Secret City

    Harriet Dunkley

  • 2015

    The Daughter


  • 2010

    The Pacific

    Virginia Grey

  • 2008–2013


    Olivia Dunham

  • 2008



  • 2006

    The Book of Revelation


  • 2004

    McLeod’s Daughters

    Jasmine McLeod


Anna Torv in Mindhunter

Anna Torv’s personal life and family

In 2008, Anna married actor Mark Valley; however, their union was short-lived, lasting only a year. Since then, Anna has maintained privacy regarding her personal life. Known for her love of dance and singing, she cherishes her travel experiences, often sharing unique moments from her journeys and work on social media.


Anna Torv in The Last of Us

Talk Shows

  • 2017

    Ok! TV

    Role: Guest

  • 2012


    Role: Guest

  • 2011

    Live with Kelly and Mark

    Role: Guest

  • 2010

    The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

    Role: Guest

  • 2010

    The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

    Role: Guest

  • 2010

    Rachael Ray

    Role: Guest

  • 2009

    Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

    Role: Guest

  • 2009

    Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show

    Role: Guest

  • 2008

    Jimmy Kimmel Live!

    Role: Guest

  • 2008

    Entertainment Tonight

    Role: Guest

Anna Torv now

Anna Torv has recently made a comeback in the entertainment industry. In 2023, she was featured in a guest role in the post-apocalyptic series “The Last of Us,” adapted from the namesake video game, starring Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey. She is also slated to appear in the upcoming series “So Long, Marianne,” with filming expected to commence shortly.

Published: November 22, 2023
Updated: July 22, 2024