• Morena Baccarin is a Brazilian actress most known for her roles in the “Firefly” TV series, and the “Serenity” TV movie.
• She gained recognition for her role of Anna in the “V” series, and later won a nomination for an outstanding supporting actress in a drama series.
• She is part of the International Rescue Committee and is dedicated to helping refugees in the US.
• She has won the Best Actress Award at the Wine Country Film Festival in 200•
• She is active on social media, with over 410,000 followers on Twitter and 2.2 million followers on Instagram.

Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$4 million
Date Of BirthJune 2, 1979
SpouseAustin Chick
FactSpeaks Brazilian Portuguese.

Morena Baccarin Wiki Biography

Morena Silva de Vaz Setta Baccarin was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 2 June 1979, so under the zodiac sign of Gemini and holding Brazilian nationality – she is popular for her career of an actress, especially for her roles in the “Firefly” TV series, and the “Serenity” TV movie.

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Early life and education

Morena spent part of her childhood in Rio de Janeiro alongside her parents Vera Setta, a popular actress, and Fernando Baccarin who works as a journalist – the family moved to Greenwich Village in New York when Morena was seven, as her father found a new job there. After finishing Public School 41, she enrolled at the New York City Lab School for Collaborative Studies, and after matriculation decided to continue her education, and went on to graduate from the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts.

After she decided that she’d had enough of studying, Morena followed her mother’s footsteps, and completely focused on her career of an actress.

Career of an actress

Morena’s career began with a role in the “Perfume” romantic comedy shot in 2001. Her first appearance in a TV series was when she played Inara Serra in “Firefly” in 2002, which made Morena somewhat popular, and opened the doors to numerous other movies and TV series.

She began doing voice-over roles, lending her voice to Black Canary in the “Justice League Unlimited” animated TV series 2004-2006. She went on to appear in “The O.C.” TV series in 2006, and “Stargate SG-1” in 2007.

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In the summer of 2009, Morena started appearing in off-Broadway shows such as the “Our House” TV satire. Her role of Anna in the “V” series saw her recognized in the film industry, and she was part of the cast from 2009 to the end of 2011 – after she was done with the show, she won a role in the “Homeland” TV drama, which gained her numerous positive critiques, and won her a nomination for an outstanding supporting actress in a drama series.

One of Morena’s latest roles was in the popular “Deadpool” movie in which she acted alongside Ryan Reynolds – she also appeared in the movie’s sequel “Deadpool 2”.

Personal life and husband

Morena is somewhat secretive when it comes to her love life, as she hasn’t shared many details regarding her ex-husband and their life together, but as she is a popular actress, some things are still known.

Morena met her now former husband Austin Chick in 2010, when her career of an actress was still steadily progressing. Austin is an American director and a film producer, and helped Morena with her career – after dating for nearly two years, they exchanged their wedding vows in November 2011. Morena gave birth to their son Julius on 22 October 2013, however, things were not looking great for them, as Austin filed for divorce in the summer of 2015 with the main reason being irreparable differences – their divorce was made official on 18 March 2016.

While she was still working on her divorce, Morena announced that she was going to marry Ben McKenzie as soon as she is free, and that she was carrying his child. She gave birth to their daughter in March 2016, their engagement was made official in November 2016, and they exchanged their wedding vows on 2 June 2017. There are no controversies surrounding their marriage, and they seem to be living a happy life together.

Hobbies and interests

Morena is not only focused on her acting career, but is involved in numerous other activities.

Morena is part of the International Rescue Committee, and is dedicated to helping the refuges in her state as well as those all around the US – she has shared her opinion on refugee issues in an article published by “Newsweek” magazine. She has also had an opportunity to interview refugees who were moving from Venezuela to Colombia.

Morena is very sporting, and has participated in numerous sports throughout the years, while she is currently mostly focused on playing tennis with her friends. She enjoys being in nature, and spends most of her free time travelling around the country with her friends – she sees travelling as her main hobby, and a great passion.

Awards and nominations

While Morena has been nominated for numerous awards during her career, she has only managed to win one – the Best Actress award at the Wine Country Film Festival in 2001.

Appearance and net worth

Morena has short black hair and brown eyes, is 5ft 7ins (1.7m) tall, and weighs around 132lbs (60kgs).

According to authoritative sources, her current net worth is estimated to be more than $1 million, as of mid-2024, and is steadily rising thanks to her career of an actress.

Social media presence

Morena is quite active on several popular social media networks, as it is very important for her acting career to maintain a good image on the internet.

She launched her Twitter account in January 2011, but is a lot more popular on her Instagram account. Morena is running a Facebook page as well, which currently counts almost 75,000 fans.

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General Info

Full NameMorena Baccarin
Net Worth$4 million
Date Of BirthJune 2, 1979
Height1.71 m
EducationJuilliard School, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, New York City Lab School for Collaborative Studies


SpouseAustin Chick
ChildrenFrances Laiz Setta Schenkkan, Julius Chick
ParentsVera Setta, Fernando Baccarin
PartnerBen McKenzie


NominationsMTV Movie Award for Best Kiss, MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress: Action/Adventure, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
MoviesDeadpool, Serenity, Death in Love, Stargate: The Ark of Truth, Spy, Back in the Day, Sands of Oblivion, Roger Dodger, Son of Batman, Batman: Bad Blood, Stolen, Perfume, Malevolent, The Red Tent, Way Off Broadway
TV ShowsFirefly, Justice League, The O.C., Stargate SG-1, Heartland, V, Homeland, Gotham, Still Life

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1[on Homeland (2011)] I was shocked and a little appalled because I realized Obama has seen my boobs.
2I can't complain. I'm making a living out of what I do, which is really rare for a lot of actors. The hard part is staying confident and staying with it.
3I love it when you have a lull in the day and you turn on the TV and a random movie is on that you either have never seen or haven't seen in years. Like Coming to America (1988) or Misery (1990) or Moonstruck (1987).
4I'm not always up to date on everything that's going on, but I am somewhat informed. I listen to NPR. And I actually watch Fox News, because I believe, if you just listen to the things that agree with you, you're not really seeing anything else.
5I've love to do more movies. Just because I'm interested in the medium very much. I've done a lot of theatre at this point, and I've done a lot of TV. I've done a few independent films, but a lot of them have not seen the light of day. It'd be really nice to be in a film that gets out there.
6My mom is an actress, but she never really pushed me into it, and it was never something I thought I would be doing. She was very happy I decided to, but she certainly doesn't offer me criticism because she knows I'd tell her to shut up! Nobody wants to hear that from their mum!
7My whole family is very artistic - my uncles are all actors and theatre directors.
8The sky above us is something we have very little control of, and the space beyond is something we don't completely understand.
9There are many people who live with terrorism every day.
10Women work as much as men now, if not more. There's a resurgence of dads in the home and moms working.
11Brazil has a lot of issues that are similar to a lot of countries in Latin America, but the dominant issue Brazil is dealing with is poverty and political corruption.
12I get nervous for any competition. I also get really competitive.
13I love Modern Family (2009); I don't exactly watch it when it's on, but I try to catch up on it when I can; it's one of my favorite shows.
14I'm an avid cook. Brazilian, some Italian, a little French. And I often throw dinner parties.
15If you watch the news, you see politicians use human vulnerabilities to get in and earn people's trust.
16My mom was incredibly supportive when she found out that I wanted to be an actress, and that certainly made things easier and more fun.
17My mother put me on birth control as soon as I told her I wanted to go on it. I was 16. I was very young.
18When I'm not working, I'm definitely a no-makeup girl. The most I ever do is a little tinted moisturizer and a little mascara and blush.
19Humans have a sense of spontaneity and emotion. We have a dichotomy between grief and happiness.
20We're all interested in life outside of Earth. We all have a fascination with what's out there because we don't really know.
21I feel that I have grown so much, as an actor, by being on Homeland (2011).
22I've had long hair, I've had short hair, and I've had in between hair... and its all good.
23They have a joy for life in Brazil unlike any country I've ever seen.
24I do think it is possible to be in love with two people at the same time.
25I love a good road trip. And I have been known to sing cheesy '80s songs at the top of my lungs on a windy road when no one can hear.
26I would love to be a Bond girl. That is on my bucket list, definitely.


1Has starred in several productions involving "Batman". Has a recurring role on the TV series, Gotham (2014). Also did voice work for the animated TV series, Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2008), and several direct-to-DVD Batman animated films. Coincidentally, she also plays the voice of the computer "Gideon" in the TV series, The Flash (2014), another DC comic book character.
2Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 36, a daughter named Frances Laiz Setta Schenkkan on March 2, 2016. Child's father is her boyfriend (now fiance), Ben McKenzie. "Setta" and "Schenkkan" come from Baccarin and McKenzie's original surnames, respectively.
3Is in a relationship with Ben McKenzie since March 2015. They have a daughter together.
4Her husband of 3 years Austin Chick filed for divorce from her. [June 2015]
5Ranked #57 on Maxim's "Hot 100" of 2014 list.
6Gave birth to her 1st child at age 34, a son named Julius Chick on October 22, 2013. Child's father is her first husband, Austin Chick.
7She appeared in a pilot video for the show that became It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005) with the 3 show-runners and leading cast members when they were all young, struggling actors in Los Angeles. Her scene consisted of her playing a very attractive, pre-operation transsexual who is propositioned by Rob McElhenney's character. That plot and character, as played by Brittany Daniel, was later re-used in the FX series.
8Her first name - Morena - means "brunette" in her native Portuguese.
9Her actress mother was first to introduce the theatrical show "Os Monólogos da Vagina" (The Vagina Monologues) to Brazil.
10Speaks Brazilian Portuguese.
11Niece of Ivan Setta.
12Her mother, Vera Setta, played a character named "Morena" in the movie O Vampiro de Copacabana (1976) in 1976, three years before her daughter "Morena" was born.
13Was Maid of Honor at her Firefly/Serenity co-star Jewel Staite's wedding in Maui in 2003.
14One of four actors from Firefly (2002) who voiced superheroes on Justice League (2001). She voiced "Black Canary" while Adam Baldwin voiced "Hal Jordan, the Silver Age Green Lantern", Nathan Fillion voiced "The Vigilante" and Gina Torres voiced "Vixen".
15Raised in New York City
16She attended PS 41 and the New York City Lab School for Collaborative Studies, where she and Claire Danes were classmates. She later attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts where after graduating, she entered the theater program at the Julliard School for the Performing Arts. While at Julliard, she was one of the subjects of the PBS series American Masters which focused on the school and the students.
17Daughter of Vera Setta and journalist Fernando Baccarin.




Malevolent2017post-productionGamemaster (voice)
Gotham2015-2017TV SeriesLeslie Thompkins
The Flash2014-2016TV SeriesGideon
Batman: Bad Blood2016VideoTalia al Ghul (voice)
Spy2015Karen Walker
The Mentalist2011-2014TV SeriesErica Flynn
The Red Tent2014TV Mini-SeriesRachel
Son of Batman2014VideoTalia al Ghul (voice)
Back in the Day2014Laurie Miller
Warriors2014TV MovieTory
Homeland2011-2013TV SeriesJessica Brody
The Good Wife2012-2013TV SeriesIsobel Swift
Look Again2011TV MovieAllison
Batman: The Brave and the Bold2011TV SeriesCheetah
V2009-2011TV SeriesAnna
The Deep End2010TV SeriesBeth Bancroft
Stolen2009Rose Montgomery
Medium2009TV SeriesBrooke Hoyt
Numb3rs2008TV SeriesLynn Potter
Dirt2008TV SeriesClaire Leland
T Takes: Morena Baccarin2008Video shortThe Guest in Room 111
T Takes: Room 1112008Video shortThe Guest in Room 111
Stargate: The Ark of Truth2008VideoAdria
Death in Love2008Beautiful Woman
Heartland2007TV SeriesNurse Jessica Kivala
Sands of Oblivion2007TV MovieAlice Carter
Stargate SG-12006-2007TV SeriesAdria
Las Vegas2007TV SeriesSara Samari
Justice2006TV SeriesLisa Cruz
How I Met Your Mother2006TV SeriesChloe
Kitchen Confidential2006TV SeriesGia
The O.C.2006TV SeriesMaya Griffin
Justice League Unlimited2005-2006TV SeriesBlack Canary Dinah Lance Edgar Mandragora
It's Always Sunny on TV2004TV MovieCarmen
Still Life2003-2004TV SeriesMaggie Jones
Firefly2002-2003TV SeriesInara Serra
Roger Dodger2002Girl in Bar
Way Off Broadway2001Rebecca


Mardi Gras: Spring Break2016Short special thanks
Walking After You2016Short special thanks
Terri2011the filmmakers wish to thank
Flores De Asfalto2008special thanks


Deadpool: From Comics to Screen... to Screen2016Video documentaryHerself
2016 MTV Movie Awards2016TV SpecialHerself - Nominee
Access Hollywood Live2016TV SeriesHerself
Today2016TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2016TV SeriesHerself
Live with Kelly and Michael2016TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Heads Up: The Disappearing Art of Vaginal Breech Delivery2015Documentary shortHerself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2011-2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Só Visto!2014TV SeriesHerself
E! Live from the Red Carpet2014TV SeriesHerself
Reel Junkie2014TV SeriesHerself
The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards2013TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2010-2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Nerdist2013TV SeriesHerself
The O'Reilly Factor2013TV SeriesHerself (segment "Watters' World")
The 39th Annual People's Choice Awards2013TV SpecialHerself
Firefly 10th Anniversary: Browncoats Unite2012TV MovieHerself
2012 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys2012TV MovieHerself - Presenter
Conan2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Attack of the Show!2011TV SeriesHerself
Project: Comic-Con2010TV SeriesHerself - Interviewee
Programa do Jô2010TV SeriesHerself
Entertainment Tonight2010TV SeriesHerself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2010TV SeriesHerself - Guest
2009 American Music Awards2009TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Last Call with Carson Daly2009TV SeriesHerself
The View2009TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Bonnie Hunt Show2009TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Done the Impossible: The Fans' Tale of 'Firefly' and 'Serenity'2006Video documentaryHerself
A Filmmaker's Journey2006Video documentary shortHerself
Re-Lighting the Firefly2005Video documentary shortHerself
Film '722005TV SeriesHerself
Sci Fi Inside: 'Serenity'2005TV MovieHerself
Here's How It Was: The Making of 'Firefly'2003Video short documentaryHerself
Serenity: The 10th Character2003Video documentary shortHerself

Archive Footage

Entertainment Tonight2015-2016TV SeriesHerself
Extra2015-2016TV SeriesHerself
The O'Reilly Factor2013TV SeriesHerself (segment "Watters' World")
V2010TV SeriesAnna


Won Awards

2015BTVA People's Choice Voice Acting AwardBehind the Voice Actors AwardsBest Female Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Guest Role - Action/DramaThe Flash (2014)
2001Best ActressWine Country Film FestivalWay Off Broadway (2001)

Nominated Awards

2016Imagen AwardImagen Foundation AwardsBest Actress - Feature FilmDeadpool (2016)
2016MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest Female PerformanceDeadpool (2016)
2016MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest KissDeadpool (2016)
2016Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Actress: ActionDeadpool (2016)
2015BTVA Television Voice Acting AwardBehind the Voice Actors AwardsBest Female Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Guest Role - Action/DramaThe Flash (2014)
2013Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesHomeland (2011)
2013OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesHomeland (2011)
2013ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesHomeland (2011)
2011Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting Actress on TelevisionV (2009)
2010Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting Actress on TelevisionV (2009)
2010NextyNewNowNext AwardsBrink of Fame: ActorV (2009)
2010Scream AwardScream AwardsBreakout Performance - FemaleV (2009)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected].

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