Margarita Vladimirovna Levieva (Russian: Маргари́та Влади́мировна Леви́ева; born February 9, 1980) is a Russian-American actress. Born in the Soviet Union, she was a competitive gymnast before going on to star in the films The Invisible, Adventureland, and Spread. On television, she is known for her role as the faux Amanda Clarke/real Emily Thorne on Revenge and as Gina Zanetakos on The Blacklist.

Personal life

Levieva was born in Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union (now Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation). She is from a Russian Jewish family.[1][2] At the age of three, she began training in rhythmic gymnastics.[1] When she was 11, Levieva's mother moved her and her twin brother to Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn in New York City.[1]

She continued to train in rhythmic gymnastics for a few more years after immigrating to the United States and achieved success regionally but did not compete at the U.S. Championships; she did not then hold U.S. citizenship and her family were undocumented immigrants at the time.[3][4] She attended high school in Secaucus, New Jersey. Levieva received her bachelor's degree in economics at NYU 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.

She started dating her Spread co-star Sebastian Stan in 2014.[5]


Levieva made a guest appearance on Law & Order: Trial by Jury in 2005. In 2005, New York Magazine featured her as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in New York.[6] 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 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 starred in the HBO comedy-drama series How to Make it in America. In 2011, she appeared in the thriller film The Lincoln Lawyer, with Matthew McConaughey. Her other film credits include The Stand Up, Knights of Badassdom, For Ellen, and Loft.

From 2011 to 2013, Levieva appeared on the ABC drama series Revenge in the recurring role of the original Emily Thorne, who agreed to switch identities with Amanda Clarke (Emily VanCamp).[7] 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.[8]



Year Title Role Notes
2004 Billy's Choice Julie Romano Short film
2005 English Video
2007 David's Apartment Deedee
2007 Invisible, TheThe Invisible Annie Newton
2007 Salted Nuts Alyssa
2007 Noise Ekaterina Filippovna
2009 Spread Heather
2009 Adventureland Lisa P. Filmed in 2007
2011 Lincoln Lawyer, TheThe Lincoln Lawyer Regina 'Reggie' Campo
2011 Stand Up, TheThe Stand Up Veronica
2012 For Ellen Claire Taylor
2013 Knights of Badassdom Beth Filmed in 2010
2013 Sweating in the Night Diane Short film
2014 Skoryy Moskva-Rossiya Mila
2014 Loft, TheThe Loft Vicky Fry Filmed in 2011
2015 Diary of a Teenage Girl, TheThe Diary of a Teenage Girl Tabatha
2015 Sleeping with Other People Hannah
2015 Boys I Used to Babysit Alice Short film, post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2005 N.Y.-70 Cindy Unsold TV pilot
2005 Law & Order: Trial by Jury Stephanie Davis Episode: "Skeleton"
2006 Prince, TheThe Prince Isabelle Unsold TV pilot
2006 What's Not to Love? Blake Unsold TV pilot
2006 Vanished Marcy Collins Main role
2009 Kings Claudia Episode: "First Night"
2010–11 How to Make It in America Julie Recurring role
2011–13 Revenge Amanda Clarke (Emily Thorne) Recurring role
2013–present Blacklist, TheThe Blacklist Gina Zanetakos Recurring role
2015 Allegiance Natalie O'Connor Main role
2016 We Bare Bears Yana Episode: "Icy Nights"


  1. ^ a b c d Axelrod, Nick (April 2, 2009). "Tilt-A-Whirl Girl: Margarita Levieva in 'Adventureland'". WWD Lifestyle. Archived from the original on February 17, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Fradkin, Lori (September 14, 2009). "The Retributionists' Margarita Levieva on Jewish Revenge and Being Lisa P.". New York Magazine. Retrieved September 15, 2009. 
  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. 
  4. ^ Radish, Christina (April 26, 2007). "Margarita Levieva May Hold The Key In "The Invisible"". MediaBlvd Magazine. Retrieved March 13, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Sebastian Stan and Margarita Levieva Are Dating!". Us Weekly. Retrieved May 15, 2016. 
  6. ^ "The Most Beautiful New Yorkers". Archived from the original on February 14, 2009. 
  7. ^ Masters, Megan (November 16, 2011). "Revenge Preview: The Real Emily Thorne Reveals Her Agenda! (Hint: It Involves 'Sharing')". TVLine. Retrieved November 17, 2011. 
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 5, 2012). "Michael Gambon Upped To Regular On 'Luck', Margarita Levieva Joins As Recurring".