Award Winning actress Victoria Gates hails from "Wild & Wonderful" Charleston, West Virginia. She left home at the age of 17 to attend the renowned Central Pennsylvania Youth ballet to pursue her dream to be a professional ballerina. After graduating High School she danced professionally with the North Carolina Dance Theatre and then with one of the most prestigious ballet companies in the United States, the Pennsylvania Ballet.
Acting found her in 2010 and she was instantly hooked and by 2011 was already making a name for herself. Her natural talent in combination with her fierce work ethic has caused her to be one of the most sought after actresses in the Philadelphia and surrounding areas.
Victoria is often referred to as "a blonde bombshell throwback" to classic Hollywood and has received praise for her exceptional acting range of Horror to Sketch Comedy. She has accumulated over 40 Lead and Principal Roles in Hollywood and Independent Films and more than a dozen Stage appearances.
She can be seen in two episodic Television Shows "Deadly Affairs" and "Evil Twins" airing on the Investigation Discovery Channel.
Recent Film credits include: A principal role in Shemie Reut's (Dir) and Gus Van Sant's (Exec Prod) Sci-Fi blockbuster "City of Gold" a trophy wife assassin in the Horror/Thriller Film Noir "Arrangement" which will broadcast on the BBC in England, Spain and Brazil; a brutal serial killer in the upcoming feature Film "Jane" a mentally and verbally abusive doctor in "Lost in the Shadows" (Best Actress Award); a femme fatale in "Loyal Betrayal " (Best Actress Nominee); a mother dying from cancer in "Sea of Tranquility" (opposite Mark Borkowski of HBO's Boardwalk Empire); a flirty, sexy and funny diner waitress in "Hobo Heseus" and in "Off-Time" (opposite Adam LaVorgna of 7th Heaven); and as a heroin addicted prostitute in "Comfort" (Nominated for Best Film at the Diamond Screen Festival).
She is also featured in 4 Hollywood blockbusters; a ballerina in "Our Idiot Brother" opposite Paul Rudd, "Sex and the City 2", "Limitless" and "The Adjustment Bureau".
Technically her very first acting role on stage was back home in Charleston, West Virginia as Anita in a small scene from "101 Dalmatians" at a summer arts camp at the age of 12. All campers were required to audition for the big Show they have at the end of the season. Loving the Film she knew the part of Anita was the one she wanted and by golly she got it.
Her first performance on stage as a professional was in the summer of 2011 in a production of two One Act Plays staged at the Walking Fish Theatre in Philadelphia. She was the only actor cast in the leading role in both Plays. Victoria portrayed a suicidal waiting to jump in front of a New York City subway in "Within the Skins of Saints" and then as Veronica in "Neighbors" an alcoholic newlywed and mother who almost kills her newborn baby.
She's gone on to perform in several other roles including John Graves "Psychosis 224" as Mya Daye, a patient suffering from the mental illness (Intermittent Explosive Disorder) and recently with the Sketch Comedy company Made 2 Laff Live as Lindsay Lohan in "Celebrity Sitdown" and the scandalous Ruth Ann in "Housewives of Utah".
Holding her standards high, when not booked, Victoria continues to study, refining her skills with master teacher Kenneth McGregor at the Affordable Acting Class in Philadelphia. She plans to attend the famous Upright Citizens Brigade in the near future.
Name: Victoria Gates
Lives in: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
BEST ACTRESS, Brightside Tavern Film Festival
BEST ACTRESS, Hang On To Your Shorts Film Festival
BEST BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS, Northeast Film Festival
BEST ACTRESS, Philadelphia Film and Animation Festival