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Margarita Levieva (born 9 February 1980) is a Russian-born American actress. Born in the Soviet Unionmarker, she was a professional gymnast before going on to star in the films The Invisible and Adventureland.

Life and career

Levieva, a Russian Jew, was born in Leningradmarker, Russian SFSR, Soviet Unionmarker (now Saint Petersburgmarker, Russian Federationmarker). At the age of three, she began the rigorous training program of a competitive gymnast. As a member of the Russian rhythmic gymnastics Olympic team, Levieva continued to train for the next 13 years, winning competitions in Russia and eventually going on to compete in the United States.

When she was 11, Levieva's mother moved her and her twin brother to Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn in New York Citymarker. She attended high school in Secaucus, New Jerseymarker. Levieva majored in economics at NYUmarker and worked as a fashion buyer. Her continuing interest in acting led her to be accepted into the Meisner Training Program at the William Esper Studio.

Levieva made a guest appearance on Law & Order: Trial by Jury in 2005. That year, New York Magazine featured her as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in New York. 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.


Year Film/Series Role
2004 Billy's Choice Julie Romano
2005 N.Y.-70 Cindy
Law & Order: Trial by Jury Stephanie Davis
2006 The Prince Isabelle
Vanished Marcy Collins
2007 David's Apartment DeeDee
The Invisible Annie Newton
Noise Ekaterina Filippovna
2009 Spread Heather
Kings Claudia
Adventureland Lisa P.


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