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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
1 Her parents are both of Greek descent.
2 Once worked the box office at Toronto's Second City.
3 She 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.
4 She and her husband Ian Gomez adopted a little girl named Illaria in 2008.
5 Became a naturalized U.S. citizen on April 20, 1999.
6 Is an alumna of The Second City.
7 Was a vegetarian for eleven years before her family wore her down.
8 Graduated From Ryerson University's School Of Acting
9 Her 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.
10 Named after her grandmothers Eugenia and Antonia.
11 Married NY-born TV actor Ian Gomez in Winnipeg's St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Charming 2017 completed Nemeny Neverwish (voice)
33 Liberty Lane announced Isabella
Graves 2016 TV Series Annie Spiro
Star vs. the Forces of Evil 2015-2016 TV Series Mrs. Diaz / Mrs.Diaz / Additional Voices
The Catch 2016 TV Series Leah Wells
Car Dogs 2016 Sharon
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 2016 Toula
Marry Me 2015 TV Series Pam
Jane the Virgin 2015 TV Series Barbara
Helicopter Mom 2014 Maggie
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2013-2014 TV Series Minonna Efron
Dealin' with Idiots 2013 Ava Morris
McKenna Shoots for the Stars 2012 Mrs. Brooks
For a Good Time, Call... 2012 Rachel Rodman
Grey's Anatomy 2012 TV Series Karen
Booking Agents 2011 Short Booking Agent
Larry Crowne 2011 Map Genie (voice)
Cougar Town 2011 TV Series Angela Torres
The Good Guys 2010 TV Series Eileen
Drop Dead Diva 2009 TV Series Lisa Shane
My Life in Ruins 2009 Georgia
I Hate Valentine's Day 2009 Genevieve Gernier
My Boys 2008 TV Series Jo
Connie and Carla 2004 Connie
My Big Fat Greek Life 2003 TV Series Nia Portokalos
Meet Prince Charming 2002 Jennifer
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2002 Toula Portokalos
Curb Your Enthusiasm 2000 TV Series Lawyer
Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place 1999 TV Series Evelyn
It's Like, You Know... 1999 TV Series Mindy
Boy Meets World 1998-1999 TV Series Mrs. Gallagher / Waitress
Short Cinema 1998 Video
Team Knight Rider 1997-1998 TV Series Domino
The Drew Carey Show 1997 TV Series Grace Almada
Men Seeking Women 1997 Iris
No Experience Necessary 1996 Short Sheila
Common Law 1996 TV Series
High Incident 1996 TV Series
Missing Persons 1994 TV Series Female Bartender

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Booking Agents 2011 Short
Larry Crowne 2011 written by
I Hate Valentine's Day 2009 screenplay / story
Connie and Carla 2004 written by
My Big Fat Greek Life TV Series created by - 7 episodes, 2003 developed by - 7 episodes, 2003 written by - 1 episode, 2003
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2002 written by
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 2016 written by

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 2016 executive producer
Connie and Carla 2004 executive producer
My Big Fat Greek Life 2003 TV Series co-executive producer - 1 episode

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
My Big Fat Greek Life 2003 TV Series developed for television by - 1 episode
Porno Outtakes 2001 Video short caterer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
I Hate Valentine's Day 2009

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Connie and Carla 2004 performer: "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 Show 2015-2017 TV Series Herself - Host
Today 2004-2016 TV Series Herself / Herself - Guest / Herself - Guest 3rd Hour Co-Anchor / ...
Making the Greekquel 2016 Video documentary short Herself
My Big Fat Greek Dinner 2016 Video documentary short Herself
Celebrity Name Game 2014-2016 TV Series Herself - Celebrity Player
The Talk 2016 TV Series Herself - Guest
Weekend Today 2016 TV Series Herself - Guest
Extra 2016 TV Series Herself
Entertainment Tonight 2008-2016 TV Series Herself
Late Night with Seth Meyers 2016 TV Series Herself
The Chew 2016 TV Series Herself - Guest
Live with Kelly and Michael 2016 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2016 TV Series Herself
WGN Morning News 2016 TV Series Herself
The Hour 2013 TV Series Herself
Marie 2013 TV Series documentary
The Jeff Probst Show 2013 TV Series Herself
Good Day L.A. 2013 TV Series Herself
The Morning Show 2013 TV Series Herself
Big Morning Buzz Live 2013 TV Series Herself
Katie 2013 TV Series Herself
Watch What Happens: Live 2013 TV Series Herself - Guest
Larry King Now 2012 TV Series Herself - Guest
Late Show with David Letterman 2002-2011 TV Series Herself - On the 'Larry Crowne' Set / Herself
The Soup 2011 TV Series Herself
The 3 Minute Talk Show 2011 TV Series Herself
The 2011 Independent Spirit Awards 2011 TV Special Herself
Chit Chat 2010 TV Movie Herself
Sidewalks Entertainment 2010 TV Series Herself
A Night of 140 Tweets: A Celebrity Tweet-A-Thon for Haiti 2010 Video Herself
The Bonnie Hunt Show 2009 TV Series Herself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2009 TV Series Herself
Tavis Smiley 2009 TV Series Herself
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2004-2009 TV Series Herself
Kevin Pollak's Chat Show 2009 TV Series Herself
Whatever Happened To? 2009 TV Series Herself
The Dialogue: An Interview with Screenwriter Nia Vardalos 2007 Video Herself
Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters 2006 Documentary Herself
Greece: Secrets of the Past 2006 Documentary short Narrator (voice)
Backstage with Connie and Carla 2004 Video documentary short Connie
Debbie Reynolds: 'Connie and Carla' 2004 Video documentary short Herself
Dressing in Drag: 'Connie and Carla' 2004 Video documentary short Herself
Cooking's a Drag 2004 TV Series Herself
The Oprah Winfrey Show 2004 TV Series Herself
On-Air with Ryan Seacrest 2004 TV Series Herself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2004 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2002-2004 TV Series Herself
The 2004 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards 2004 TV Movie documentary Herself - Performer (segment "Shattered Glass")
The 29th Annual People's Choice Awards 2003 TV Special Herself
The 75th Annual Academy Awards 2003 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Best Original Screenplay & Presenter: Best Makeup
9th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2003 TV Special Herself
Hollywood Celebrates Denzel Washington: An American Cinematheque Tribute 2003 TV Special documentary Herself
The 14th Annual Producers Guild of America Awards 2003 TV Special Herself - Presenter
The 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2003 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Charlie Rose 2002 TV Series Herself - Guest
VH1 Big in 2002 Awards 2002 TV Special Herself
V Graham Norton 2002 TV Series Herself
Saturday Night Live 2002 TV Series Himself - Host

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entertainment Tonight 2016 TV Series Herself
101 Biggest Celebrity Oops 2004 TV Special documentary Herself - #75: My Big Fat Greek Oops

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2003 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Debut Performance My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
2003 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Breakthrough Performance - Female My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
2003 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best First Screenplay My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
2003 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Newcomer My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
2003 Discover Screenwriting Award American Screenwriters Association, USA My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
2003 Canadian Comedy Award Canadian Comedy Awards Film - Pretty Funny Female Performance My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
2002 WAFCA Award Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Original Screenplay My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2003 ALFS Award London Critics Circle Film Awards Screenwriter of the Year My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
2003 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Breakthrough Female Performance My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
2003 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
2003 OFCS Award Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Breakthrough Performance My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
2003 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Screenplay - Original My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
2003 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
2003 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Screenplay, Adapted My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
2003 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) · Gia Carides
· Michael Constantine
· John Corbett
· Joey Fatone
· Lainie Kazan
· Andrea Martin
2003 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Breakout Star - Female My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
2003 WGA Award (Screen) Writers Guild of America, USA Best Original Screenplay My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
2003 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Writing, Original Screenplay My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
2003 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
2003 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Writer My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
2003 Canadian Comedy Award Canadian Comedy Awards Film - Pretty Funny Writing My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
2003 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Original Screenplay My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
2003 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Breakthrough Performance My 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.
2 When 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.
3 I'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.
4 You're never too fat for a new purse.


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