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Gia Carides

Audiences around the world first came to know actress Gia Carides as the feisty Australian ballroom dancer, Liz, in Baz Luhrman's critically acclaimed Strictly Ballroom opposite Paul Mercurio. She most recently completed production on Letters From a Killer, in which she co-stars with Patrick Swayze, and had a pivotal role in Primary Colors starring John Travolta and directed by Mike Nichols.

Carides was recently seen in the independent film Brilliant Lies, which was based on the play by internationally renowned playwright David Williamson and directed by Richard Franklin. She starred opposite Anthony LaPaglia in the romantic comedy Paperback Romance; was seen with Luke Perry in Life's Breath which was featured at the Seattle Film Festival, and had a role in Bad Company with Lawrence Fishburne and Ellen Barkin.

Gia got her start in acting at the age of 12 when she was singled out by a director at an acting workshop. As a result, she was cast in the Australian film, Love Letters from Teralba Road, opposite Bryan Brown. Her other Australian film credits include the critically acclaimed Phar Lap, Bliss, Backlash and Daydream Believer. She has done extensive work in Australian theatre and has worked off-Broadway in New York.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Gia Carides Facts

BirthdayJune 7, 1964 (59)
BirthplaceSydney, Australia

Selected Filmography

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
Stick It
Big Little Lies: On Set
Strictly Ballroom
Primary Colors
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