Fast Facts

  • Was a box-office worker for Toronto's Second City comedy troupe. When a performer didn't show up, she filled in at the last minute, and earned herself a spot in the troupe.
  • Originally wrote My Big Fat Greek Wedding as one-woman play. Actress Rita Wilson, a fellow Greek, saw the play and recommended it to husband Tom Hanks, who helped turn it into a film.
  • Wrote first draft of the screenplay for My Big Fat Greek Wedding in just two weeks.
  • With husband Ian Gomez, adopted a daughter in 2008.


  • 2003, Writers Guild Awards — Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2002, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Nominee
  • 2003, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Debut Performance: Winner
  • 2002, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2003, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Nominee
  • 2003, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 2003, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Writer: Nominee


  • Marianne — Sister
  • Ian Gómez — Husband
  • Doreen Vardalos — Mother
  • Nancy Vardalos Ginakes — Sister
  • Constantine Vardalos — Father


  • Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (BFA in Theatre)


  • Birth Name: Antonia Eugenia Vardalos
  • Birth Place: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • Profession: Actor, Screenwriter, Producer

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