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Sofia Vassilieva

Vassilieva in June 2009
Born Sofia Vladimirovna Vassilieva
October 22, 1992 (1992-10-22) (age 17)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Other name(s) Sonya, Sonechka
Occupation Actress/Model
Years active 2000–present
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Sofia Vladimirovna Vassilieva (Russian: Софья Владимировна Васильева; Sofiya Vladimirovna Vasilyeva born October 22, 1992) is an American actress of Russian descent. She is best known for playing Ariel Dubois in the Emmy-winning TV series Medium, as well as the cancer patient Katherine "Kate" Fitzgerald in the 2009 film adaption of My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult.


Life and career

Vassilieva was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the daughter of Russian immigrant parents Larissa, a biologist, and Vladimir Vassiliev, a physicist.[1][2][3] At the age of seven, she was discovered at the International Modeling and Talent Association (IMTA) in New York where she won the title of Child Actress and first runner-up Child Model Of The Year 2000.[4]

In less than one year she had the part of Elena—the granddaughter of a retired Russian General—in the episode "Deadline" of the CBS television series The Agency (2001-2003).

In 2002, she played Cindy Brady in The Brady Bunch in the White House (2002) opposite Shelley Long and Gary Cole; a little girl named Gina in Inhabited (2003) opposite Malcolm McDowell; and The Bad Seed's former child actress Patty McCormack.

In 2003, she played the children's book heroine Eloise, in two made-for-television movies Eloise at the Plaza and Eloise at Christmastime directed by Kevin Lima, with Julie Andrews as Nanny.[5][6]

At age 11, in May 2005, Sofia began playing the role of Ariel DuBois in Medium.[4][7]

She was a presenter of Family Feature Film on the Humane Society's 19th Genesis Awards in 2005. She won a Young Artist Award in 2006 for best supporting actress in a TV Drama for her role in Medium.

Sofia had a leading role in the 2009 screen adaption of the novel My Sister's Keeper, written by Jodi Picoult, alongside Cameron Diaz, Jason Patric and Abigail Breslin. The film was directed by Nick Cassavetes. Sofia shaved her head and eyebrows for her role as Kate.

She speaks russian and french fluently.


Year Film/Show Role Notes
2001 The Agency Elena
The Brady Bunch in the White House Cindy Brady TV movie
2003 Eloise at the Plaza Eloise TV movie
Inhabited Gina Russell Direct to video
Eloise at Christmastime Eloise TV movie
Medium Ariel Dubois
2007 Day Zero Mara Limited release
2008 Hurt Sarah Parsons[8]
2009 My Sister's Keeper[9] Katherine "Kate" Fitzgerald


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