Annika Marks was born in Sweden and has traveled the gypsy lifestyle finding residence in Washington, New York, and California where she now lives.
A born artist putting on family performances as a little girl, Annika began her acting career in 2001 and it boomed with her role as Amanda in the movie, Sessions (2012); winning her the Special Jury Award. It was a blessing and a sign, as prior to that incredible acting performance, she thought the stage was a better fit for her. The roles in Grace and Anguish helped propel her career in movies until she was offered a short-term role on the television show, The Fosters.
Annika was not only surprised that she would continue her character as Monte Porter, but felt very grateful. She talks about feeling as though she became a member of the family as the seasons continued and she “could not be more proud to be part of something with these messages (LGBTQ).”
She also has been more than happy to be part of the new show, The Last Tycoon, with Kelsey Grammer. She plays Bernadette Davis who is Monroe Stahr’s sister-in-law by marriage. Another character that Annika was able to parlay into a continuing role as she was only initially contracted for the pilot.
Outside of her remarkable acting abilities, she does a lot for kids who age out of foster care and are now on their own with no help from family members. She is also very active in the organization called HAMOMI. They do a lot of work that improves the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children in Nairobi, Kenya.
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As previously posted, Annika volunteered with A Sense of Home today and helped move former foster youth into their new homes. The organization created a total of 10 homes in 2 days. Below are some photos from today’s move in. For more information about A Sense of Home, please visit www.asenseofhome.org.
Annika will be volunteering with A Sense of Home tomorrow, April 19th, in Los Angeles where she will help move in foster youth who have aged out of the system into their new homes. Below are some photos from the last time she volunteered with them on March 29th. For more information about the organization and how you can help, please visit www.asenseofhome.org. Follow them on Instagram at @a_senseofhome to see more of their incredible work.
Annika is an active volunteer and supporter of two great organizations, Hamomi Children’s Centre (which her sister, Susie Marks, is the executive director of) and A Sense of Home. I’ve put together a Charities page with information and ways to help these causes, as well as links to their sites. Please check them out and help in any way you can, whether it’s by volunteering, making a donation, or simply by liking/following them on social media and spreading awareness. Every bit helps!
Annika will be volunteering with A Sense of Home on April 19th to help move foster youth into their new homes. The organization will be creating 10 homes in Los Angeles over the span of the weekend!
Today, Annika volunteered alongside Daffany Clark and Cherinda Kincherlow from “The Fosters” to help create homes for foster youth with the organization, A Sense of Home. Below are some photos from their day.