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Also Known As: Died:
Born: August 21, 1967 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Burnaby, British Columbia, CA Profession: Actor, Waitress

Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

Canadian import Carrie-Anne Moss began her career as a well-known name in fashion modeling, but eventually landed on American television and fulfilled her lifelong goal of being a professional actress. However, nothing prepared Moss for becoming an overnight cultural icon when she landed the career-defining role of Trinity, the cool, leather-clad, sunglasses-sporting heroine of the futuristic sci-fi phenomenon, "The Matrix" (1999) and its two sequels. So great was the film's impact on the cultural zeitgeist that Moss become more unrecognizable without sunglasses than with. Labeled by media and geek fandom as an action chick - a term she wholeheartedly embraced - Moss was wise in not letting the role define her career, and went on to balance her résumé with more down-to-earth roles in films like the critical hits "Memento" (2001) and "The Chumscrubber" (2005), as well as in a series of especially dark family dramas in which the uniquely intense actress particularly excelled.

Canadian import Carrie-Anne Moss began her career as a well-known name in fashion modeling, but eventually landed on American television and fulfilled her lifelong goal of being a professional actress. However, nothing prepared Moss for becoming an overnight cultural icon when she landed the career-defining role of Trinity, the cool, leather-clad, sunglasses-sporting heroine of the futuristic sci-fi phenomenon, "The Matrix" (1999) and its two sequels. So great was the film's impact on the cultural zeitgeist that Moss become more unrecognizable without sunglasses than with. Labeled by media and geek fandom as an action chick - a term she wholeheartedly embraced - Moss was wise in not letting the role define her career, and went on to balance her résumé with more down-to-earth roles in films like the critical hits "Memento" (2001) and "The Chumscrubber" (2005), as well as in a series of especially dark family dramas in which the uniquely intense actress particularly excelled.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Pompeii (2014)
2.
 Knife Fight (2013)
3.
 Compulsion (2013)
6.
7.
 Unthinkable (2010)
8.
 Love Hurts (2009)
9.
 Normal (2007)
10.
 Disturbia (2007)
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Milestones close milestones

1981:
Starred acting in children's musical theatre in her native Vancouver
1990:
Moved to Europe at age 20 to pursue a modeling career
1991:
Made her TV debut as a series regular in CBS' "Dark Justice"
1993:
Featured in the USA Network series, "Matrix"
1994:
Played aging model Carrie Spencer on the Aaron Spelling drama, "Models Inc." (Fox)
1996:
Cast as spunky Lucinda Scott in the syndicated adventure series, "F/X: The Series"
1997:
Featured in the Canadian feature, "The Secret Life of Algernon"
1999:
Had breakthrough role playing Trinity in the Sci-Fi film, "Matrix"
2000:
First leading role in a feature, "Red Planet"
2000:
Portrayed Judi Dench's disapproving daughter in Lasse Hallström's "Chocolat"
2001:
Co-starred with Guy Pearce in Christopher Nolan's "Memento"
2003:
Reprised role of Trinity in the sequel, "The Matrix Reloaded"
2003:
Once again reprised role of Trinity for "The Matrix: Revelations"
2004:
Starred opposite Aaron Eckhart and Ben Kingsley in "Suspect Zero"
2005:
Co-starred in Arie Posin's ensemble film, "The Chumscrubber"
2006:
Played Alan Rickman's love interest in the drama, "Snow Cake"
2007:
Cast in the high-tech teen update of "Rear Window" entitled, "Disturbia"
2007:
Played the typically doting '50s housewife in the Canadian zombie film, "Fido"
2010:
Co-starred in the suspense thriller, "Unthinkable"; released direct-to-video
2011:
Cast in the final season of NBC's "Chuck" as Gertrude Verbanski, a former spy who now runs Verbanski Corp.
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Education

Magee Secondary School: Vancouver , British Columbia - 1985
American Academy of Dramatic Arts: Pasadena , California -

Notes

Moss was named after the 1960s hit song "Carrie Anne" by The Hollies

"I worked in every restaurant in Vancouver. When I was 19, I had given up my dream of acting because I didn't know how to go about it. Gil Bellows, the actor from 'Ally McBeal'-we hung out together in high school- came into my restaturant one day and said 'I thought you wanted to be an actor. You had so much passion for acting. What are you doing?' I quit the next day." --quoted in Movieline, February 1999.

"I had a wonderful time but the work itself wasn't that fulfilling. I learned a lot--I learned what not to do." --Moss on working on Aaron Spelling's less-than-successful confection "Models Inc.". quoted in Calgary Sun, September 21, 1996.

On her supportive friendship with fellow actress Maria Bello: "I had done a lot of nonrespectful television, things that people don't think are any good. And I didn't have a lot of confidence as an actor, in terms of being an artist. My career transformed when I met her--she inspired me to believe that I had that in me." --From Time Out New York, February 4-11, 1999.

Companions close complete companion listing

husband:
Steve Roy. Actor. Met in acting class in May 1999; married in November 1999.

Family close complete family listing

mother:
Barbara Moss. Divorced from Moss' father; raised Moss and her brother as a single parent.
brother:
Brooke Moss. Pizza store owner. Older.

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