Margarita Levieva is a Russian actress and former gymnast. She is known for her roles in films such as "The Invisible," "Adventureland," and "The Lincoln Lawyer," as well as playing Amanda Clarke on "Revenge."
Margarita Vladimirovna Levieva was born in Leningrad, Russian SFSR, USSR (currently St. Petersburg) on February 9, 1980 and grew up in a Russian Jewish household. Like most who take up the task, she began training as a rhythmic gymnast at a very young age. Three years old, to be exact. All of her training from there would wind up being in vain, however, due to her mother moving her and her twin brother to Brooklyn, New York when they were 11. Although she continued her training in the United States, her dream of eventually competing in the Olympics was shattered when she was denied a spot in the U.S. Championships because her family weren't legal citizens at the time.
Despite falling short of the Olympic games, Margarita soldiered on, attending high school in Secaucus, New Jersey before moving on to New York University, where she attained a bachelors in economics. After this, she decided to try her hand at something completely different than competitive sports and opted for acting. She studied in the Meisner Training Program at the William Esper Studio in New York as a means to that end.
Starting out small in minor roles on television series and TV movies, Margarita got her first big break when she was cast as Marcy Collins on the series "Vanished" in 2006. The following year, her career began to blow up, appearing in four films: "David's Apartment," "The Invisible," "Salted Nuts," and "Noise." Since then, she has starred in a several more popular films including "Spread," "Adventureland," and "The Lincoln Lawyer," as well as played lead roles on series like "How to Make It in America," "Revenge," and "Allegiance."