Karolina I Wydra (born March 5, 1981) is a Polish actress and model. She is best known for playing Dominika Petrova in the Fox medical drama series House, and the vampire Violet Muzurski in HBO's dark fantasy series True Blood. On film, Wydra has starred in the fantasy thriller After (2012), and the science fiction tale Europa Report (2013). In 2015, she will portray Detective Dianne Gibbons in the first season of ABC's crime drama series Wicked City.

Personal life

Wydra was born in Opole, Poland on March 5, 1981. She has one older brother. In 1992, she and her family emigrated to Orange County, California, where her parents had set up a successful cleaning business. Her parents separated in 2012, and her mother subsequently moved back to Poland.

She has been in a relationship with Graham Hill, an environmental entrepreneur and the founder of TreeHugger, since 2013.


In October 1997, Wydra won the Elite Lee Jeans Model Look Contest, which was hosted by Roshumba Williams and Dorian Gregory. She has since appeared in advertisements for brands such as Armani Exchange, Levi's Red, Calvin Klein, Smashbox Cosmetics, Dooney & Bourke, and Kenneth Cole.

In 2006, Wydra appeared in a Nespresso commercial with George Clooney. In 2008, she co-starred in the comedy-drama film Be Kind Rewind, directed by Michel Gondry, and the sports drama film Sugar, directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. She then co-starred in the 2011 romantic comedy film Crazy, Stupid, Love as Jordyn. From 2011 to 2012, she appeared in the seventh and eighth seasons of the Fox medical drama series House, playing the role of Dominika Petrova, an immigrant who marries House in order to obtain a green card. Wydra then had a starring role in the 2012 fantasy thriller After, alongside Steven Strait. The following year, she had a lead role as Katya Petrovna in the science fiction film Europa Report. In March 2013, she was cast in the pilot of NBC's remake of the British drama series Bad Girls.

In 2013, Wydra joined the cast of HBO's fantasy drama series True Blood as Violet Mazurski, a vampire who becomes Jason Stackhouse's girlfriend. In the sixth season, Wydra was a recurring cast member, but was upgraded to the main cast for its seventh and final season. In 2014, Wydra recurred as the character Mara Paxton in the fifth season of FX's drama series Justified, and guest starred as Agent Simone Taylor in an episode of the CBS drama series Scorpion. In 2015, she was cast in the first season of ABC's crime drama anthology series Wicked City as Dianne Gibbons, a beautiful detective working undercover on the Sunset Strip. Wydra will also be seen alongside Aaron Eckhart in the upcoming Blumhouse Productions horror film Incarnate, directed by Brad Peyton.





External links

  • Karolina Wydra at Film Web (Polish)
  • Karolina Wydra at the Internet Movie Database

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