Fast Facts

  • The daughter of popular Brazilian actor Vera Setta, Baccarin was born in her mother's home country, but raised in New York's Greenwich Village.
  • While attending Juilliard, served as Natalie Portman's understudy in a New York Shakespeare Festival production of The Seagull.
  • First feature-film role came in 2001 with the indie drama Perfume.
  • Made her TV debut as Inara Serra on Joss Whedon's cult sci-fi series Firefly (2002-03); reprised her role in the franchise's 2005 big-screen outing, Serenity.
  • Was cast as a transsexual in the unaired pilot of the television series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia in 2005.
  • Returned to series-regular work in 2007 with the role of Nurse Jessica Kivala on TNT medical drama Heartland.


  • 2012, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee


  • Julius — Son
  • Ben McKenzie — Significant Other
  • Frances Laiz Setta Schenkkan — Daughter
  • Vera Setta — Mother
  • Fernando Baccarin — Father
  • Austin Chick — Husband (separated)


  • Attended The Juilliard School, New York, New York, United States

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  • Birth Place: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Birthday: January 2, 1979, Capricorn
  • Profession: Actor

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