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Nia Vardalos

Biography

Screenwriter and celebrity, who is most widely known for composing and starring in her initial feature, the 2002 smash humor My Big Body fat Greek Wedding ceremony. She received an Academy Prize Nomination in 2003 for Greatest Primary Screenplay. Her hubby Ian Gomez changed into her Greek Orthodox religious beliefs ahead of their relationship. In 2012, she made an appearance as Mrs. Brooks within the film McKenna Shoots for the Superstars. She wedded Ian Gomex in Sept of 1993, as well as the few adopted a little girl in 2008. John Corbett performed her love curiosity about the sleeper strike, My Big Body fat Greek Wedding.

Quick Facts


Full Name Nia Vardalos
Date Of Birth September 24, 1962
Place Of Birth Winnipeg, Canada
Height 1.67 m
Weight 40 pounds
Profession Movie Actress
Education Ryerson University
Nationality Canadian, American, Greek
Spouse Ian Gomez
Children Ilaria Gomez
Parents Constantine Vardalos, Doreen Vardalos
Awards Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance, Canadian Comedy Award for Multimedia / Best Female Performance in a Feature
Nominations Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance - Female, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Screenplay, Satellite Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay, Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Breakout Star - Female, Satellite Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical, Canadian Comedy Award for Multimedia / Best Writing in a Feature
Movies My Big Fat Greek Wedding, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, My Life in Ruins, I Hate Valentine's Day, Connie and Carla, Larry Crowne, For a Good Time, Call . . ., Helicopter Mom, An American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars, Dealin' with Idiots, Meet Prince Charming, Greece: Secrets of the Past, Car Dogs, The Battle of Mewni, Men Seeking Women
TV Shows My Big Fat Greek Life, Team Knight Rider, Star vs. the Forces of Evil, The Great Holiday Baking Show
Star Sign Libra

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#Fact
1Her parents are both of Greek descent.
2Once worked the box office at Toronto's Second City.
3She was nominated for a 1994 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actress in a Revue for "Whitewater for Chocolate", at the Second City Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
4She and her husband Ian Gomez adopted a little girl named Illaria in 2008.
5Became a naturalized U.S. citizen on April 20, 1999.
6Is an alumna of The Second City.
7Was a vegetarian for eleven years before her family wore her down.
8Graduated From Ryerson University's School Of Acting
9Her one-woman play "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" was turned into a movie after Rita Wilson saw the play and recommended it to her husband Tom Hanks.
10Named after her grandmothers Eugenia and Antonia.
11Married NY-born TV actor Ian Gomez in Winnipeg's St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Charming2017completedNemeny Neverwish (voice)
33 Liberty LaneannouncedIsabella
Graves2016TV SeriesAnnie Spiro
Star vs. the Forces of Evil2015-2016TV SeriesMrs. Diaz / Mrs.Diaz / Additional Voices
The Catch2016TV SeriesLeah Wells
Car Dogs2016Sharon
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 22016Toula
Marry Me2015TV SeriesPam
Jane the Virgin2015TV SeriesBarbara
Helicopter Mom2014Maggie
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2013-2014TV SeriesMinonna Efron
Dealin' with Idiots2013Ava Morris
McKenna Shoots for the Stars2012Mrs. Brooks
For a Good Time, Call...2012Rachel Rodman
Grey's Anatomy2012TV SeriesKaren
Booking Agents2011ShortBooking Agent
Larry Crowne2011Map Genie (voice)
Cougar Town2011TV SeriesAngela Torres
The Good Guys2010TV SeriesEileen
Drop Dead Diva2009TV SeriesLisa Shane
My Life in Ruins2009Georgia
I Hate Valentine's Day2009Genevieve Gernier
My Boys2008TV SeriesJo
Connie and Carla2004Connie
My Big Fat Greek Life2003TV SeriesNia Portokalos
Meet Prince Charming2002Jennifer
My Big Fat Greek Wedding2002Toula Portokalos
Curb Your Enthusiasm2000TV SeriesLawyer
Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place1999TV SeriesEvelyn
It's Like, You Know...1999TV SeriesMindy
Boy Meets World1998-1999TV SeriesMrs. Gallagher / Waitress
Short Cinema1998Video
Team Knight Rider1997-1998TV SeriesDomino
The Drew Carey Show1997TV SeriesGrace Almada
Men Seeking Women1997Iris
No Experience Necessary1996ShortSheila
Common Law1996TV Series
High Incident1996TV Series
Missing Persons1994TV SeriesFemale Bartender

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Booking Agents2011Short
Larry Crowne2011written by
I Hate Valentine's Day2009screenplay / story
Connie and Carla2004written by
My Big Fat Greek LifeTV Series created by - 7 episodes, 2003 developed by - 7 episodes, 2003 written by - 1 episode, 2003
My Big Fat Greek Wedding2002written by
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 22016written by

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 22016executive producer
Connie and Carla2004executive producer
My Big Fat Greek Life2003TV Series co-executive producer - 1 episode

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
My Big Fat Greek Life2003TV Series developed for television by - 1 episode
Porno Outtakes2001Video short caterer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
I Hate Valentine's Day2009

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Connie and Carla2004performer: "Oklahoma", "Superstar", "Papa, Can You Hear Me?", "Memory", "Maybe This Time", "I Can't Say No", "Don't Cry for Me Argentina", "Mame", "Everything's Alright", "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right outa My Hair", "Don't Rain on My Parade", "Cabaret", "Let Me Entertain You", "Give a Little Extra", "There are Worse Things I Could Do"

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Great Holiday Baking Show2015-2017TV SeriesHerself - Host
Today2004-2016TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest / Herself - Guest 3rd Hour Co-Anchor / ...
Making the Greekquel2016Video documentary shortHerself
My Big Fat Greek Dinner2016Video documentary shortHerself
Celebrity Name Game2014-2016TV SeriesHerself - Celebrity Player
The Talk2016TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Weekend Today2016TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Extra2016TV SeriesHerself
Entertainment Tonight2008-2016TV SeriesHerself
Late Night with Seth Meyers2016TV SeriesHerself
The Chew2016TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Live with Kelly and Michael2016TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2016TV SeriesHerself
WGN Morning News2016TV SeriesHerself
The Hour2013TV SeriesHerself
Marie2013TV Series documentary
The Jeff Probst Show2013TV SeriesHerself
Good Day L.A.2013TV SeriesHerself
The Morning Show2013TV SeriesHerself
Big Morning Buzz Live2013TV SeriesHerself
Katie2013TV SeriesHerself
Watch What Happens: Live2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Larry King Now2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Late Show with David Letterman2002-2011TV SeriesHerself - On the 'Larry Crowne' Set / Herself
The Soup2011TV SeriesHerself
The 3 Minute Talk Show2011TV SeriesHerself
The 2011 Independent Spirit Awards2011TV SpecialHerself
Chit Chat2010TV MovieHerself
Sidewalks Entertainment2010TV SeriesHerself
A Night of 140 Tweets: A Celebrity Tweet-A-Thon for Haiti2010VideoHerself
The Bonnie Hunt Show2009TV SeriesHerself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2009TV SeriesHerself
Tavis Smiley2009TV SeriesHerself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2004-2009TV SeriesHerself
Kevin Pollak's Chat Show2009TV SeriesHerself
Whatever Happened To?2009TV SeriesHerself
The Dialogue: An Interview with Screenwriter Nia Vardalos2007VideoHerself
Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters2006DocumentaryHerself
Greece: Secrets of the Past2006Documentary shortNarrator (voice)
Backstage with Connie and Carla2004Video documentary shortConnie
Debbie Reynolds: 'Connie and Carla'2004Video documentary shortHerself
Dressing in Drag: 'Connie and Carla'2004Video documentary shortHerself
Cooking's a Drag2004TV SeriesHerself
The Oprah Winfrey Show2004TV SeriesHerself
On-Air with Ryan Seacrest2004TV SeriesHerself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2004TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2002-2004TV SeriesHerself
The 2004 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards2004TV Movie documentaryHerself - Performer (segment "Shattered Glass")
The 29th Annual People's Choice Awards2003TV SpecialHerself
The 75th Annual Academy Awards2003TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Original Screenplay & Presenter: Best Makeup
9th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2003TV SpecialHerself
Hollywood Celebrates Denzel Washington: An American Cinematheque Tribute2003TV Special documentaryHerself
The 14th Annual Producers Guild of America Awards2003TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards2003TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Charlie Rose2002TV SeriesHerself - Guest
VH1 Big in 2002 Awards2002TV SpecialHerself
V Graham Norton2002TV SeriesHerself
Saturday Night Live2002TV SeriesHimself - Host

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entertainment Tonight2016TV SeriesHerself
101 Biggest Celebrity Oops2004TV Special documentaryHerself - #75: My Big Fat Greek Oops

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2003Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Debut PerformanceMy Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
2003OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Breakthrough Performance - FemaleMy Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
2003OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest First ScreenplayMy Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
2003PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest NewcomerMy Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
2003Discover Screenwriting AwardAmerican Screenwriters Association, USAMy Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
2003Canadian Comedy AwardCanadian Comedy AwardsFilm - Pretty Funny Female PerformanceMy Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
2002WAFCA AwardWashington DC Area Film Critics Association AwardsBest Original ScreenplayMy Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2003ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsScreenwriter of the YearMy Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
2003MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBreakthrough Female PerformanceMy Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
2003OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the ScreenMy Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
2003OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest Breakthrough PerformanceMy Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
2003PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Screenplay - OriginalMy Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
2003Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or MusicalMy Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
2003Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Screenplay, AdaptedMy Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
2003ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion PictureMy Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)· Gia Carides
· Michael Constantine
· John Corbett
· Joey Fatone
· Lainie Kazan
· Andrea Martin
2003Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Breakout Star - FemaleMy Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
2003WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Original ScreenplayMy Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
2003OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Writing, Original ScreenplayMy Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
2003Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or MusicalMy Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
2003Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest WriterMy Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
2003Canadian Comedy AwardCanadian Comedy AwardsFilm - Pretty Funny WritingMy Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
2003Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsOriginal ScreenplayMy Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
2003Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsBreakthrough PerformanceMy Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)

TitleSalary
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)$61,000 (writing)
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)$10,000,000 (profit participation)
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)$150,000 (acting)

#Quote
1[on her stint as a "caterer" for a student porn film spoof] My friend asked me if I wanted to be in the film, and I said, 'No, but I'll come and make food for everybody - because I'm so very Greek.' So I came and, as a joke, she gave me the credit of 'caterer' and now it's on my credits forever. People think it was a real porn flick, and I really was a caterer.
2When I worked at 'Second City' in Canada, they brought me down to Chicago on a work permit. I was thrilled to be in Chicago. What I didn't know is that you only make $65 a show. I was a child of immigrants, so everyone worked. I had a job at 16. And although I didn't like that I'm very, very grateful for that now because it taught me to be self-supporting. It's not like suddenly, when you become a working actor all your friends are in the same situation. I have friends who are still handing out flyers for their one-woman show and trying to make ends meet.
3I'd been raised by my parents who taught me not to think you're better than you are. And that I think is what Larry Crowne is going through. [He] will do anything to make a living, and that is indicative I think globally, and much more so in this country. People are just trying to get by. There's a relevance to 'Larry Crowne' that's fortunate and unfortunate. This is not a downer movie, this is an uplifting movie and yet it is not out of the realm of ordinary. It's what can happen if you keep your heart open.
4You're never too fat for a new purse.


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