Annika Marks loves a challenge.
Whether it’s urging Californians to care about the drought, lobbying for empowering roles for women on stage and screen, humanizing controversial characters, or creating safe homes for children in her hometown of Los Angeles and as far away as Nairobi, Marks tackles each mission with passion and purpose.
Born in Sweden, but raised mainly in Bellvue, Washington, Marks moved to New York to attend the Circle in the Square Theater School. She hoped to make a living in theater, “which is sort of funny and sweet, looking back on it. But that’s what I really wanted… and [theater is] always going to have my heart. It was sort of the nucleus for me.”
Marks expanded her repertoire to include film and television, landing small roles in Columbia’s Mona Lisa Smile, NBC’s Law and Order: Criminal Intent and Southland, CBS’s NCIS: New Orleans and Battle Creek.
More doors opened when she starred in Fox Searchlight’s highly acclaimed film The Sessions, for which she won the Special Jury Award for Ensemble Acting along with her co-stars John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy and Moon Bloodgood.
Now residing in Los Angeles, Marks currently stars as Principal Monte Porter on ABC Family’s The Fosters. Season two of the show left viewers aghast as Marks’s Monte shared a secret kiss with the married Assistant Principal Lena Foster (played by Sherri Saum).