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Antonia Eugenia Vardalos, better known by her stage name Nia Vardalos, is a Canadian-American actress who rose to prominence after starring in the Oscar-nominated film ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding.’ She also works as a screenwriter, director, and producer. Nia Vardalos was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and began her career as a television actress in the 1990s. She started out in minor roles on sitcoms like ‘Boy Meets World’ and ‘Two Guys and a Girl.’ After starring in the popular film ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding,’ she rose to prominence. The picture was not only a commercial triumph, but it was also nominated for an Academy Award. Nia’s performance was also recognized with numerous prizes. The film has the potential to be her most important work to date. ‘I Hate Valentine’s Day,’ which she wrote, directed, and performed in, is another notable film she has worked on. She starred in the sequel of her first major picture, ‘My Big Fat Wedding,’ in which she played the lead role. The picture was a commercial success, however it wasn’t as successful as the predecessor.

Childhood and Adolescence

Antonia Eugenia Vardalos was born in Winnipeg, Canada, on September 24, 1962. Her father was a land developer named Constantine Vardalos, and her mother was a bookkeeper named Doreen Christakis. Her parents were both of Greek ancestry.

She went to St. George School before moving on to Shaftesbury High School. At a young age, she acquired an interest in acting. She began her acting career at Rainbow Stage, a small theater company. She was soon awarded a scholarship to Ryerson University in Toronto. Nia joined Toronto’s Second City theatre troupe after two years, then relocated to Chicago’s Second City stage shortly after.

Career of Nia

Nia Vardalos began her acting career in modest appearances on television shows such as “The Drew Carey Show” (1997), “Boy Meets World” (1998-99), “Two Guys and a Girl” (1999), and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (2000).
In the mid-1990s, she made her film debut in the film ‘No Experience Necessary.’ She became well-known after starring in the smash film ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ in 2002. The film, directed by Joel Zwick and written by Vardalos, was a big hit, generating more than $368 million on a just $5 million budget. In addition, the film was nominated for an Academy Award for ‘Best Original Screenplay.’

The film’s success spawned the TV series ‘My Big Fat Greek Life,’ which premiered in 2003. Nia had the major part in the series and also acted as the director and executive producer. She appeared in the films ‘Connie and Carla’ (2004), ‘My Life in Ruins’ (2009), ‘I Hate Valentine’s Day’ (2009), and ‘For a Good Time, Call…’ throughout the next several years (2012).

‘My Boys’ (2008), ‘Drop Dead Diva’ (2009), ‘Cougar Town’ (2009), ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ (2012), ‘Star vs. The Forces of Evil’ (2015), and ‘The Catch’ (2016) are some of the TV shows she has been in over the years (2016). ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2’, the sequel to her first significant effort, ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding,’ was released in 2016, and she worked as both a writer and a starring actress. Kirk Jones helmed the film’s direction. It was a commercial success, though not as successful as its predecessor.

Major Projects of Nia

‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding,’ directed by Joel Zwick and written by Nia Vardalos, is a 2002 Canadian-American film. Vardalos, together with John Corbett, Lanie Kazan, Michel Constantine, and Andrea Martin, played the lead roles in the film. The plot revolved around a Greek woman who encounters difficulties with her family after falling in love with a non-Greek man. The picture became not only a major box office hit, but also the highest-grossing romantic comedy of all time. The film was also nominated for an Academy Award.

Vardalos plays the lead part in the 2004 American comedy film ‘Connie and Carla.’ Michael Lembeck directed the film, which was scripted by Nia Vardalos and focused around the exploits of two performers named Connie and Carla. Toni Collete, David Duchovny, and Stephen Spinella co-starred alongside Vardalos in the film. Vardalos appeared in the 2012 comedy film ‘For a Good Time, Call…’ as a supporting character. Jamie Travis was in charge of the film’s direction. Ari Graynor, Lauren Miller, Justin Long, Sugar Lyn Beard, and Mimi Rogers also appeared in the film. The picture was a box office flop. Critics, on the other hand, gave it high marks.

Achievements & Awards

In 2003, Nia Vardalos was nominated for an Academy Award for ‘Best Original Screenplay’ for her work on ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding.’ Her performance in the film garnered her a Golden Globe nomination for ‘Best Performance by an Actress.’ Other awards won by Vardalos include the ‘American Screenwriting Association Award’, ‘Canadian Comedy Award’, and the ‘Phoenix Film Critics Society Award’ which she won for her work in the film ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding.’

Estimated Net Worth

Nia Vardalos has a net worth of $10 million. Nia Vardalos is a Greek Canadian actor, screenwriter, director, singer, and producer. Antonia Eugenia “Nia” Vardalos was born on September 24, 1962, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Her breakthrough came with the release of her feature film My Big Fat Greek Wedding in 2002. Nia Vardalos rose to prominence overnight as the creator and star of the low-budget, independently made film.