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Margarita Levieva

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Margarita Levieva
Born (1980-02-09) February 9, 1980 (age 36)
Leningrad, Russian SFSR,
Soviet Union
Occupation Actress
Years active 2004–present
Known for Beth / The Succubus in
Knights of Badassdom
Awards See Below

Margarita Levieva (born February 9, 1980) is an American actress. Born in the Soviet Union, she was a professional gymnast before going on to star in the films The Invisible, Adventureland and Spread. She also stars in television series Revenge. She has played the role of a Succubus character in one film, that being Knights of Badassdom.

Personal life

Levieva, a Russian Jew,[1][2] was born in Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union (now Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation). At the age of three, she began the rigorous training program of a competitive rhythmic gymnast.[1] When she was 11, Levieva's mother moved her and her twin brother to Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn in New York City.[1] Levieva continued to train for a few more years after emigrating to the United States and achieved success regionally but did not compete at the U.S. Championships – she did not have U.S. citizenship at the time because the family had arrived illegally.[3][4] She attended high school in Secaucus, New Jersey. Levieva majored in economics at New York University and worked as a fashion buyer.[1] Her continuing interest in acting led her to be accepted into the Meisner Training Program at the William Esper Studio.


Career

Levieva made a guest appearance on Law & Order: Trial by Jury in 2005. In 2006, she starred in the Fox series, Vanished. Her feature film credits include The Invisible, the independent film Billy's Choice, and Noise starring Tim Robbins, Bridget Moynahan and William Hurt.

In 2005, New York Magazine featured her as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in New York.[5]

In 2009, Levieva played Lisa P. in the comedy Adventureland. The same year, she made an appearance in the NBC drama Kings (in the episode "First Night") and starred in the play The Retributionists.[2] She also stars in HBO's comedy-drama series How to Make it in America. In 2011 she appears on the thriller film The Lincoln Lawyer, with Matthew McConaughey. Her other film credits include The Stand Up, The Knights of Badassdom, For Ellen and Loft.

In 2011, Levieva joined the ABC drama series Revenge in the recurring role of the original Emily Thorne, who agreed to switch identities with Amanda Clarke (Emily VanCamp).[6] In 2012, it was announced she would join the second season of HBO's Luck in the recurring role of Sarah Israel. However, the series was canceled after its first season.[7]


Succubus Character

She played the dual roles of Beth and also a Succubus in the 2011 independent American film Knights of Badassdom.

Filmography

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2013 The Loft Vicky Fry
2012 Knights of Badassdom Beth (The Succubus)
2012 For Ellen Claire Taylor
2011 The Stand Up Veronica
2011 The Lincoln Lawyer Reggie Campo
2009 Adventureland Lisa P.
2009 Spread Heather
2007 Noise Ekaterina Filippovna
2007 Salted Nuts Alyssa
2007 The Invisible Annie Newton
2007 David's Apartment Sorority Girl Deedee
2006 What's Not to Love? Blake TV Movie
2006 The Prince Isabelle TV Movie
2005 English
2005 N.Y.-70 Cindy TV Movie
2004 Billy's Choice Julie Romano Film Short
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2011-2012 Revenge (TV series) Amanda Clarke /
Emily Thorne
17 Episodes
2010-2011 How to Make It in America (TV series) Julie 6 Episodes
2009 Kings (TV series) Claudia 1 Episode
2006 Vanished (TV series) Marcy Collins 13 Episodes
2005 Law & Order: Trial by Jury (TV series) Stephanie Davis 1 Episode

Awards

Year Nominated work Award Result
2009 Adventureland Gotham Awards
Best Ensemble Cast
With: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Martin Starr,
Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader and Ryan Reynolds
Nominated

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Axelrod, Nick (April 2, 2009). "Tilt-A-Whirl Girl: Margarita Levieva in 'Adventureland'". WWD Lifestyle. Archived from the original on February 17, 2012. http://www.wwd.com/lifestyle-news/eye/tilt-a-whirl-girl-margarita-levieva-in-adventureland-2089463?justin=2089463. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Fradkin, Lori (2009-09-14). "The Retributionists’ Margarita Levieva on Jewish Revenge and Being Lisa P.". New York Magazine. http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2009/09/margarita_levieva.html. Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
  3. Tinkham, Chris (April 8, 2009). "Margarita Levieva - An interview with Adventureland's Lisa P.". Under The Radar Mag. Archived from the original on August 18, 2010. http://www.undertheradarmag.com/interviews/margarita_levieva. 
  4. Radish, Christina (April 26, 2007). "Margarita Levieva May Hold The Key In "The Invisible"". MediaBlvd Magazine. http://www.mediablvd.com/magazine/margarita-levieva-may-hold-the-key-in-qthe-invisibleq_200704263577.html. Retrieved March 13, 2012. 
  5. "The Most Beautiful New Yorkers". Archived from the original on February 14, 2009. http://nymag.com/news/beautiful/. 
  6. Masters, Megan (November 16, 2011). "Revenge Preview: The Real Emily Thorne Reveals Her Agenda! (Hint: It Involves 'Sharing')". TVLine. http://www.tvline.com/2011/11/revenge-season-1-margarita-levieva/. Retrieved November 17, 2011. 
  7. Andreeva, Nellie (March 5, 2012). "Michael Gambon Upped To Regular On ‘Luck’, Margarita Levieva Joins As Recurring". Deadline.com. http://www.deadline.com/2012/03/michael-gambon-upped-to-regular-on-luck-margarita-levieva-joins-as-recurring/. 


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