Marina Squerciati is an American actress probably known best for playing Officer Kim Burgess in the NBC TV series “Chicago P.D.,” which is a spin-off from the show “Chicago Fire.”
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Age, Early Life, and Education Background
Marina Teresa Squerciati was born in New York City, USA, under the Taurus zodiac sign on 30 April 1984, which makes her 38 years old as of 2022. She’s the only child to the fashion critique and beautician Paula Squerciati, and her husband Rodger Squerciati who worked as a judge and law lecturer at the prestigious University of Los Angeles. Squerciati spent part of her childhood with her grandparents in Mississippi, and became very close to them – her grandfather, whom she considers her childhood hero, often encouraged her to pursue dancing. She returned to live with her parents in Los Angeles when she turned six.
Marina was encouraged by her drama teacher to start acting at the age of eight, when she was in elementary school. She later attended the all-girls school, Flintridge Sacred Hearts Academy in Los Angeles, and was also actively involved in acting there, as a member of the school’s drama club, and was also in the dancing club. She later matriculated to Northwestern University, and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater and Drama. She also learned dancing at the School of America Ballet.
Marina is physically active, and is keen on several extreme sports such as skydiving and rock climbing; she’s also very fond of skiing and snowboarding. In addition, she practices yoga regularly, and now aspires to be a certified yoga instructor.
She prefers spending her free time outdoors, visiting national parks, and posing for pictures.
The “Chicago P.D.” star is fascinated by several entertainers, such as Tom Cruise, Anne Hathaway and Harrison Ford. She’s also a big fan of movies and TV series – her favorites are “Pulp Fiction,” “Breaking Bad,” and “The Shawshank Redemption.”
She is fond of traveling – her best-loved holiday destination is Myanmar.
Career Beginnings and Theatrical Works
Before she began her acting career officially, Squerciati appeared in the play “Just in Time: The Judy Holiday Story” in 2005, and she won an Agnes Moorehead Award for her praised performance. In 2006, she was cast in the Broadway play “To Be or Not to Be” by Casey Nicholaw, and later in the plays “Beauty of the Father” and “Manipulation.” In the same year, she joined The Essentials Canadian a cappella group, and was cast in the play “Perfect Harmony. “
Film and TV Appearances
Squerciati actually made her film debut as a child actress, portraying The Mouse and Polichinelle in 1993’s “The Nut Cracker.” She was selected to appear in the film “Hold” in 2006, and then in 2009 played Melanie in the movie “It’s Complicated,” which starred Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin and Meryl Streep.
She subsequently made her TV debut in an episode of the series “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and later appeared in single episodes of the TV shows “Damages” and “The Good Wife.” In 2011, she landed lead roles in the series “Blue Bloods” and “Model Behavior.”
2011 then saw Squerciati rising to prominence for her role of Alessandra Steele in the romantic TV show “Gossip Girl,” which stars Leighton Meester and Blake Lively. Merina was then cast to appear in several films, such as 2012’s “Alter Egos”, and “Sparks” in the year that followed. Her next big role came in 2014 when she was selected to appear in “Chicago Fire” and later “Chicago P.D.” She also appeared in other spin-offs from the “Chicago” franchise, such as “Chicago Justice” and “Chicago Med.”
In 2017, Squerciati was cast in the horror movie “Central Park”, before she landed a support role in the film “Marshall.” Most recently, in 2019, she was cast in the film “Super Ruler.”
Marina uses her social media accounts to update her fans about her career endeavors, and also to share personal details with her fans – she announced her pregnancy on Twitter in 2014. She has over 476,000 followers on Instagram, on which she shared photos from the set of the series “Chicago PD.” In addition, she has over 123,000 followers on Twitter and about 120,000 fans on Facebook.
In 2016, Marina married her college sweetheart, the American attorney, Eli Kay-Oliphant, whom she met at Northwestern University. Eli was a Political Science student and he later joined Emory University’s School of Law, and graduated with a law degree. He was an employee of the Massey & Gail LLP law firm, located in Chicago. She announced that they were expecting their first child on Twitter on 15 February 2017, but hasn’t revealed the name of their daughter.
Squerciati was previously dating the accomplished American-born actor Patrick J. Flueger, but their relationship was apparently short-lived.
Height, Weight, and Physical Appearance
Squerciati is of white ethnicity; she has long light brown hair and a pair of green eyes. She is slim-built, weighs approximately 128lbs (58kgs), and is 5ft 6ins (1.67m) tall, with vital statistics of 36-26-36. She wears dress size 6(US).
Marina has appeared in many hit films, such as “It’s Complicated,” which was produced on a budget of $85 million and grossed over $219 million at the box office. She’s accumulated a decent income from her career, and is authoritatively worth around $500,000 as of 2022.
Who is Marina Squerciati’s Husband, Eli Kay-Oliphant?
Eli has not shared his birth date or the names of his parents. He began his career in 2004 when he was taken on by O’Melveny & Myers LLP, to work as a summer associate. He later began working as Honorable W. Eugene’s clerk at the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in 2007. In 2008, he was hired by Latham & Watkins to work as an attorney, and he held the position until 2013. He has worked for several other law firms, including Kobre & Kim LLP in 2013, Massey & Gail LLP in 2014, and recently in Sparacino PLLC in 2020.
Eli is in his early 40s, and has brown eyes and brown hair. He’s 5ft 10ins (1.78m) tall and weighs approximately 152lbs (69kgs). His reputed net worth is approximately $1 million as of 2022.