Roma Maffia (born May 31, 1958) is an American actress. She portrays Linda Tanner on Pretty Little Liars.

Life and career

Maffia was born in Manhattan, New York, of Spanish, German, and Afro-Caribbean descent; her Italian surname derives from her stepfather. Maffia began her acting career in Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway productions. In 1994 she made her film debut playing the minor role of Carmen in director Ron Howard's film The Paper. Soon after, she landed a role on the television series Chicago Hope. Maffia's television career continued as she played 'Grace Alvarez,' the forensic pathologist for the Violent Crimes Task Force for four seasons on NBC's Profiler. She has had guest-star and recurring roles on shows such as ER, The West Wing, Law & Order and The Sopranos. Her most widely seen performances may be playing Seattle attorney Catherine Alvarez in the film Disclosure (1994), also starring Michael Douglas and Demi Moore, and her role on the show Nip/Tuck. She followed this up with a series of performances as Vanessa Galiano in the TV series, Law & Order and as Judge Victoria Peyton on ABC's Boston Legal. Since 2003 Maffia has appeared as Liz Cruz on the FX Network series Nip/Tuck, the anesthesiologist colleague of two dysfunctional plastic surgeons. Coincidentally, Maffia and Julian McMahon also worked on the TV show Profiler together. Maffia is a 1973 graduate of St. Michael Academy (New York City). In April 2013, Entertainment Weekley announced that Maffia will join Pretty Little Liars in season four. Her character, Linda Tanner, is a state investigator and the co-worker of Gabriel Holbrook (Sean Faris).


Year Title Role Notes
1982 Smithereens Prostitute
1983 Stuck on You! Attila's Sister
1988 Married to the Mob Angie's First Customer
1991 American Blue Note Marie
1994 The Paper Carmen
Disclosure Catherine Alvarez
1995 Nick of Time Ms. Jones
1996 Eraser Claire Isaacs
1997 Kiss the Girls Dr. Ruocco
1999 Double Jeopardy Margaret
2000 Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her Debbie Segment: "Love Waits For Kathy"
2001 The New Women Virginia VanUpp
I Am Sam First Family Court Judge uncredited
2002 Treading Water The Agent
2003 Holes Atty. Carla Morengo
2006 Scarface: The World Is Yours Voice Video game
2007 Totally Baked: A Pot-U-Mentary Dr. Willa Peterson
Ghost ImageI Detective Amos
2008 Yonkers Joe Santini
The Blue Tooth Virgin Dr. Christopher
2009 Kingshighway Rosa awaiting release
2013 The Call Maddy
Year Title Role Notes
1985,1986 The Equalizer Sindee Episode: "Desperately"
Episode: "Dead Drop"
1988 Internal Affairs Diane TV film
1993 "The X-Files" Uncredited Episode: Born Again-Season 1, Episode 22
1993 The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles New York Cabbie Episode: "Young Indiana Jones and the Scandal of 1920"
1994, 1995 Chicago Hope Angela Giandamenicio Episodes: "Pilot"
"Over the Rainbow"
"Food Chains"
"With the Greatest of Ease"
"You Gotta Have Heart"
"Great White Hope"
1995 Her Deadly Rival Officer Caldwell TV film
The Heidi Chronicles TV film
Courthouse Ms. Marino Episodes: "Order on the Court"
"One Strike and You're Out"
"Injustice for All"
1996 Wings Claire Barnett Episode: "Porno for Pyros"
Her Costly Affair Sally Canter NBC TV film
Mistrial' Laurie Meisinger TV film
1996–2000 Profiler Grace Alvarez 82 episodes
1997 The Defenders: Payback Julie Bishop TV film
1998 The Daily Show Herself Episode dated 06-23-98
Welcome to Paradox Barbara Cloak Episode: "Research Alpha"
Route 9 Agent Ellen Marks TV film
2000 The David Cassidy Story Ruth Aarons TV film
2001 The West Wing Officer Rhonda Sachs Episode: "Somebody's Going to Emergency, Somebody's Going to Jail"
Gideon's Crossing Valerie Thomlinson Episode: "Freak Shows"
The Division Sandra Episode: "Intervention"
Ally McBeal Werner's Attorney Episode: "Fear of Flirting"
ER Ms. Prager Episodes: "Partly Cloudy, Chance of Rain"
"Quo Vadis?"
"I'll be Home for Christmas"
2002 Judging Amy Amanda York Episode: "Tidal Wave"
Taina Gladys Episode: "The Fear Factors"
For the People Sophia Episode: "Lonely Hearts"
Endgame: Ethics and Values in America Julia TV film
The Sopranos Professor Longo-Murphy Episode: "Christopher"
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Adelle Cross Episode: "Fight Night"
2003 Boomtown Sally Jacobson Episode: "Inadmissible"
2003, 2004, 2006 Law & Order Vanessa Galliano Episodes: "Ill-Conceived"
"The Dead Wives Club"
"Cost of Capital"
2003–2010 Nip/Tuck Liz Cruz Series Regular
2004 Century City Janice Cahn Episode: "To Know Her"
2005 Strong Medicine Rafael's mother Episode: "Dying Inside"
2006 Ghost Whisperer Dr. Hillary Sloan Episode: "The Ghost Within"
2007–2008 Boston Legal Judge Victoria Peyton 9 episodes
2009 Dexter Marriage Therapist 1 episode
Criminal Minds Det. Reese Evans Episode: "Conflicted"
Eastwick Mme. Aleksandra Episode: Madams and Madames
2010 Medium Victoria Gossett Episode: Dead Meat"
2011 Off the Map Matilda Episode: "Everything's as It Should Be"
2012 Grey's Anatomy Roberta Episode:
2013 Pretty Little Liars Linda Tanner Debuting in "Face Time" (Season 4 - Season 6)


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