Mira Sorvino has won an Academy Award®, Golden Globe® Award, Critics' Choice Award, National Board of Review and New York Film Critics Circle citations, among other honors, for her performance in Woody Allen's "Mighty Aphrodite." She was nominated for a Golden Globe® Award for "Human Trafficking" as well as "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion" and she also earned an Emmy® and Golden Globe® nomination for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in the HBO film "Norma Jean and Marilyn.” The acclaimed actress continues to impress on screen with her eclectic film roles, as well as devote her time as a UN Goodwill Ambassador to combat human trafficking.
Sorvino starred in Nancy Savoca's "Union Square," opposite Tammy Blanchard, Michael Rispoli and Patti LuPone. Produced by Neda Armian and Richard Guay, the often hilarious and deeply moving independent film focuses on the highs and lows of life, love and family, with a unique, fresh perspective on the surprisingly deep bond between two sisters. The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival.
Sorvino recently wrapped production on Christopher Bessette's "Trade of Innocents," opposite Dermot Mulroney. The film is about a couple who, while grieving their daughter's death, set out to rescue girls sold into the sex slave trade in Cambodia. She also recently wrapped on Stan Brooks' "Perfect Sisters." The film follows two sisters (played by Abigail Breslin and Georgie Henley) at the mercy of their hopelessly alcoholic mother (Sorvino) and her abusive boyfriends as far back as they can remember. The duo decides to take matters into their own hands and plot to kill her. Fabrizio Filippo and Adam Till adapted Toronto Star reporter Bob Mitchell's 2008 book The Class Project: How To Kill a Mother: The True Story of Canada's Infamous Bathtub Girls.
Sorvino was also seen in Jon Gunn's drama, "Like Dandelion Dust," playing the role of Wendy Porter, the birth mother of an adopted child struggling to find her strength in an abusive marriage. Based on the best-selling novel by Karen Kingsbury, the film explores the different meanings of being a parent through the portrayal of the grittily realistic lives of a struggling blue-collar family (Sorvino and Barry Pepper) and a privileged one (Cole Hauser and Kate Levering). For her performance, Sorvino won the Best Actress Award at the 2009 New York Vision Fest, the San Diego Film Festival, the Sonoma Valley Film Festival, the 2010 San Francisco Film Festival and the 2010 California Independent Film Festival, among others.
Other films include Gaby Dellal's "Angels' Crest" opposite Jeremy Piven, Lynn Collins and Kate Walsh, "Multiple Sarcasms," opposite Timothy Hutton and Stockard Channing, Terry George's "Reservation Road," opposite Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Ruffalo and Jennifer Connelly, Robert Redford's "Quiz Show,” Spike Lee's "Summer of Sam,” Clare Peploe's "The Triumph of Love,” Whit Stillman's "Barcelona,” Antoine Fuqua’s “Replacement Killers,” Guillermo Del Toro’s “Mimic,” Gary Winick's "Sweet Nothing,” Irwin Winkler’s “At First Sight,” Ted Demme's "Beautiful Girls,” Tim Blake Nelson’s ” The Grey Zone,” Paul Auster's "Lulu on the Bridge" and Rob Weiss' "Amongst Friends," which she also associate-produced.
Additionally, she produced Griffin Dunne's acclaimed independent feature comedy "Lisa Picard is Famous," which was an official world premiere selection of the 2000 Cannes International Film Festival and associate-produced the documentary "Freedom to Hate,” on anti-Semitism in the former Soviet Union.
Sorvino's television credits include the NBC miniseries "The Last Templar" as well as a guest-starring role on FOX’s “House” and a memorable appearance on "Will and Grace."
Onstage, Sorvino has appeared in Joyce Carol Oates' Greensleeves, in Best of Schools, at UBU Rep, and off-Broadway in the Classic Stage Company's adaptation of Pirandello's Naked. Most recently she has appeared in Stella in the Bois De Boulogne, about legendary acting guru Stella Adler’s formative sessions with the great Konstantin Stanislavsky in Paris.
She was the official ambassador for the worldwide human rights organization Amnesty International's "Stop Violence Against Women" campaign from 2004 to 2008. Her work with Amnesty was recognized at the Artivist Film Festival, which acknowledges socially conscious filmmakers, activist celebrities and charitable organizations. In March of 2006, she was honored with Amnesty International's Artist of Conscience Award, which is given to those who have displayed strong philanthropic and humanist efforts. Through her work with Amnesty, she lobbied Capitol Hill on such topics as human trafficking and officially testified before Congress on the genocide in Darfur, Sudan.
Having supported the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)’s anti-trafficking initiatives since 2007, in 2009 Sorvino was appointed to her current position as UNODC Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime to combat human trafficking. In 2010, she was honored by Save the Children for her work against human trafficking and the United Nations presented her with the “Global Advocate of the Year” Award.
Born in Manhattan, Sorvino is the daughter of veteran actor Paul Sorvino and married to actor/writer Chris Backus and they have four children. She attended Harvard University, where she graduated magna cum laude in East Asian studies and received the Hoopes Prize for her summa thesis on racial conflict in China.