Once Upon A Time ♦ Copper ♦ Banshee ♦ Royal Pains ♦ Damages
Born in Paris to an American father and Northern Irish mother, she was brought up in West London with her six older brothers and little black dog, Boris.
Having received a BA in Art History from The University of Bristol, Anastasia pursued her dream to work in theatre at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, where she graduated from the Two Year Post Graduate acting course in 2003.
Griffith’s on-screen acting debut was in a minor role in the 2004 made-for-television movie She’s Gone. Also in 2004, she appeared in more prominent roles in the television movie Dirty Filthy Love, the comedy film Alfie, the european independent picture, The Headsman and guest-starring on the British comedy The Worst Week of My Life in 2005.
Griffith won her role as Katie Connor on the 2007 television series Damages after taking a last-minute audition less than a month after she moved to New York City. The role saw her with an imitated American accent; she says the producers ” were a little concerned at first about a Brit playing an American, especially because they already had an Australian (Rose Byrne) playing an American,” and so she addressed them in an American accent from beginning to end of the audition. Griffith returned to the series as a main cast member for the second season, which aired in 2009.
Following her work in Damages, she guest-starred in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, the Fox television series New Amsterdam, The Cleaner on A&E Starring Benjamin Bratt and the CBS hit show ‘Medium’. She was later cast in the NBC medical drama Trauma, which began airing in September 2009. And 14 May 2010, after just 18 episodes, the show was officially cancelled by NBC. She returned on 17 June 2010, at the end of episode 3 season 2 of USA’s Royal Pains, as the emotionally reserved, Dr Emily Peck. She will appear this fall on ABC with the wonderful cast of ‘Once Upon a Time’, a fairytale meets real world drama, in which she plays a ‘regal’ and somewhat entitled princess named Abigail. Premieres October 23rd.
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