Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Gia Carides (born 7 June 1964) is an Australian actress. She is best known for her portrayals of Liz Holt in Strictly Ballroom, Susy Connor in Brilliant Lies, and Cousin Nikki in My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
Carides was born in Sydney, Australia, to a Greek father and an English mother. She began acting at the age of 12. Her first film was the drama The Love Letters from Teralba Road starring Bryan Brown and Kris Macquade.
Early in her career, Carides starred as Helena Angelopolous on the Australian television series Police Rescue, also receiving acclaim for her films Strictly Ballroom and Brilliant Lies, with AFI Award nominations for each.
She is best known for her roles as Robin Spitz/Swallows in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and as Cousin Nikki in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, the sequel television show My Big Fat Greek Life, and the sequel film My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.
Carides works in both America and Australia, credited with a host of film and television credits including Primary Colors, Year One and East of Everything. She also appeared in a guest spot on husband Anthony LaPaglia's television series Without A Trace.
She has volunteered as an actress with the Young Storytellers Program.
Carides was married to actor Anthony LaPaglia, whom she met in Sydney in 1992. A year later they starred in the film Paperback Romance (a.k.a. Lucky Break). She and LaPaglia are the parents of daughter Bridget (born in January 2003). Gia Carides is sister to Zoe Carides, also an actress, and Danielle Carides, singer songwriter. Her former brother in-law is doctor-turned-actor Jonathan LaPaglia.
|1977||Love Letters from Teralba Road, TheThe Love Letters from Teralba Road||Maureen|
|1983||Midnite Spares||Ruth Mintos|
|1983||Phar Lap||Emma Woodcock||Credited as Georgia Carr|
|1984||Annie's Coming Out||Narrator|
|1985||Coca-Cola Kid, TheThe Coca-Cola Kid||Chambermaid|
|1992||Strictly Ballroom||Liz Holt|
|1992||Girl Who Came Late, TheThe Girl Who Came Late||Wendy|
|1995||Bad Company||Julie Ames|
|1996||Cottonwood, TheThe Cottonwood||Kathy|
|1996||Two If by Sea||Joan Rappaport (uncredited)|
|1996||Brilliant Lies||Susy Connor|
|1998||Primary Colors||Cashmere McLeod|
|1998||Letters from a Killer||Lita|
|1999||Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me||Robin Swallows|
|2000||Extreme Adventures of Super Dave, TheThe Extreme Adventures of Super Dave||Sandy||Video|
|2001||Jack the Dog||Georgia|
|2002||My Big Fat Greek Wedding||Cousin Nikki|
|2005||One Last Thing...||Madelene|
|2006||Stick It||Alice Graham|
|2007||Trap, TheThe Trap||Clara||Short film|
|2011||In Loco Parentis||Mum||Short film|
|2015||This Isn't Funny||Gillian Jones|
|2016||My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2||Cousin Nikki|
|2016||Joe Cinque's Consolation||Maria Cinque|
|1983||Country Practice, AA Country Practice||Tracy Power||Episode: "Hair of the Dog: Part 1"
Episode: "Hair of the Dog: Part 2"
|1984||Five Mile Creek||Beth||Episode: "Maggie"|
|1986||Studio 86||Episode: "Strawberry Girl"
Episode: "Sisters in the Bathroom"
|1989||Inside Running||TV series|
|1991||Boys from the Bush||Episode: "The Stuffed Platypus"
Episode: "Poetic Galah"
|1991||Acropolis Now||Haroula||Episode: "The Goddess"|
|1992||Resting Place, TheThe Resting Place||Sally||TV short|
|1992||Ultraman: Towards the Future||Jean Echo||13 episodes|
|1992-1993||Police Rescue||Helena Angelopoulos||7 episodes|
|1993||Seven Deadly Sins||Gluttony||TV miniseries|
|1995||Adventures of Captain Zoom in Outer Space, TheThe Adventures of Captain Zoom in Outer Space||Vesper, Vox's High Priestess||TV movie|
|1997||ER||Suzanne Alner||Episode: "You Bet Your Life"|
|1997||Firehouse||Charlotte Brooks||TV movie|
|1997||Devil's Child, TheThe Devil's Child||Eva||TV movie|
|1999||Secret Affair, AA Secret Affair||Mimi||TV movie|
|2003||My Big Fat Greek Life||Nikki||7 episodes|
|2003||Gladius||Additional Voices||Video game|
|2005||Without a Trace||Stephanie Patterson||Episode: "4.0"|
|2008-2009||East of Everything||Melanie Freedman||10 episodes|
|2011||Small Time Gangster||Darlene||8 episodes|
|- |2017 |"Big Little Lies" |Unamed Witness |7 episodes |}