From a hit television drama to a medley of feature films, Roma Maffia graces the entertainment mediums with her trademark sophistication and charismatic appeal.
Roma portrays the smart, no-nonsense anesthesiologist, ‘Dr. Liz Cruz,’ on the hit FX drama, “Nip/Tuck.” ‘Liz’ has earned the respect of her physician colleagues, plastic surgeons Dr. Sean McNamara (Dylan Walsh) and Dr. Christian Troy (Julian McMahon). Often the voice of reason in an otherwise unpredictable environment, ‘Liz’ is tough on the surface yet shows warmth and concern for her patients as well as for ‘Sean’ and ‘Christian.’ An out-and-proud lesbian, ‘Liz’ is the only female seen as a true equal in the life of ‘Dr. Troy.’
The Warner Bros. Television-produced “Nip/Tuck” won the 2005 Golden Globe for Outstanding Drama series and received an American Film Institute Award. The show is now in its fifth season and has relocated its setting from Miami to Los Angeles.
Most recently, Roma wrapped production on writer/director Robert Celestino’s feature film “Yonkers Joe,” with Chazz Palminteri. She has also completed production on the crime story “Kingshighway,” due out in 2008. Also in the can is the psychological thriller, “Ghost Image” for writer/director Jack Edward Snyder. In the later film, Roma plays the lead investigator who probes the mysterious occurrences involving a woman who begins to receive video messages from her deceased boyfriend.
Roma started her acting career performing off-Broadway, off-off Broadway and in regional productions ranging from Shakespeare to Sam Shephard. At a benefit reading for the New Group in New York, she was asked by casting director Jane Jenkins to audition for a role in director Ron Howard’s feature film “The Paper,” and found a career mentor: “Ron tells people he discovered me, which is absolutely true.”
When “The Paper” opened in Los Angeles, Roma took her first trip to Hollywood and her career quickly flourished. She soon met television producer David E. Kelley, who cast her as Adam Arkin’s secretary, ‘Angela’ in his new series, “Chicago Hope.”
During her one season on “Chicago Hope,” Roma landed a plum role in the Barry Levinson film, “Disclosure,” in which she played Michael Douglas’ tough sexual harassment lawyer, ‘Katherine Alvarez.’ Garnering rave reviews for her performance, Roma quickly landed feature film roles in director John Badham’s “Nick of Time,” playing a kidnapper opposite Christopher Walken and Johnny Depp; “Eraser” with Arnold Schwarzenegger, and “Double Jeopardy” opposite Ashley Judd.
Additional feature credits include “I Am Sam” with Sean Penn and Michelle Pfeiffer; “Kiss The Girls” with Morgan Freeman; “Holes,” “Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her” with Glenn Close and Holly Hunter.
For television, Roma played the dedicated and intelligent ‘Grace Alvarez,’ forensic pathologist for the Violent Crimes Task Force, for four seasons on NBC’s primetime series “Profiler.” Her telefilm credits include “Consensual Relations” for NBC; HBO’s “Mistrial” with Bill Pullman; and Showtime’s “The Defenders.” She had recurring roles on NBC’s “Law & Order” and “ER,” and she has guest-starred on numerous television shows, including CBS’s “Ghost Whisperer,” Lifetime’s “Strong Medicine,” NBC’s “The West Wing” and HBO’s “The Sopranos.”
In her free time, Roma is actively involved with the non-profit organization, Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA) which dedicates itself to advancing democracy and equality in South Africa. Although she is happiest when acting, Roma also finds time to run on her treadmill, write, play ping-pong and hang out with her two dogs, Lou Lu and Lucky.
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