Sydney Bristow - Female double agent featured on
the espionage drama ALIAS/ABC/2001-2006.
Sydney is brunette, 5'8", 125 pound,
brunette, has reversed jointed shoulders (Her
left shoulder has a bullet wound).
Born April 17, 1975, Sydney A. Bristow
(ID-CLASS: USS-CI-2300844) was recruited as a
Freshman in college to work for
Credit Dauphine, a corporate bank in LA (and
front organization for SD-6),
supposed division of the CIA.
Sydney graduated with a Masters on Literature in
February of 2003.
Her language skills included English (various
dialects), French, Taiwanese, Mandarin, Hebrew,
Arabic, Japanese, Italian, Russian, Hungarian,
Uzbek, Urdu, and German.
On assignment, Sydney used the alias of
Julia Thorne. Her call signs were: Freelancer, Mountaineer and Phoenix (when she worked for APO,
another black ops CIA unit).
Sydney Bristow in her many disguises
Sydney later discovered
that SD-6 was actually part of a rouge
intelligence agency (a sub organization of The
Alliance) who were actually the enemy of the
When Arvin Sloane (Ron Rifkin), one of SD-6
executives killed Sydney's fiancé Danny Hecht in
2001 for revealing her occupation, Sydney
reached out to the real CIA and began working as
a double agent.
While working for SD-6, she discovered her
father, Jack Bristow (Victor Garber) was also an
deep cover agent for the CIA. Together with his
help and Agent Marcus Dixon (Carl Lumbly)
- who also had been fooled by SD-6 - Sydney
plotted to destroy SD-6 and its Alliance
Sydney later learned her father had enrolled her
in a black ops program called Project Christmas
that trained children as sleeper agents to be
future American spies.
During a regression session, Sydney remembered
solving "The indicator", a block puzzle used to
identify a child's skills with numbers, three
dimensional thinking, creative problem solving
and soon realized her father had conditioned her
to be a spy since childhood.
Sydney's other family members included:
Laura Bristow (Lena Olin), her mother
(actually a KGB agent named Irina Derevko, who
married Jack in hopes of stealing information
related to the Project Christmas)
Nadja Santos (Mia Maestro), Sydneys'
half-sister and daughter of Irina Derevko and
Arvin Sloane. Sydney found Nadia in a
Chechnyan prison and shared an apartment with
her, for a time. She was later killed by her
father (who smothered then resurrected her
with a Rimbaldi formula) and later
accidentally killed her with a shard of glass
Katya Derevko (Isabella Rossellini) and
Elena Derevko, Sydney's two ants.
Sydney's other friends included Francie Calfo (Merrin
Dungey), now deceased, and Will Tippin (Bradey
Cooper), placed under Witness Protection
Sydney and her
Sydney assignments took her all over the globe.
Her most mysterious assignment involved
investigation and retrieval of artifacts that
related to a Di Vinci like inventor called
Milo Rambaldi (a prophet, mathematician,
chief architect for Pope Alexander VI) whom had crafted a device that imbued
immortality. Arvin Sloane became obsessed with
finding the secret of eternal life. After
becoming immortal, Jack Bristow sacrificed his
life by causing a cave in which entombed the now
immortal Sloan for eternity.
At one time, Sydney was believed dead after a
fight with Allison,
a spy (from a terrorist organization called The
Covenant) who had
the guise of Sydney's close friend, Francie
Abducted by the Covenant, Sydney was tortured
but luckily, she managed to escape and return to the CIA.
She had her memory erased to eliminate
information about Rambaldi's DNA.
When she returned Sydney discovered that agent Michael Vaughn
(Michael Vartan) had married
fellow agent, Lauren Reed. After the Covenant
was brought down, Sydney Bristow was
recruited by APO,
a CIA black ops unit based
in a subway station near the civic center in Los
In the year
2014, Sydney was living with her husband, Michael and
two children: Isabella (who found the "indicator
puzzle" in a box one day and instinctively solved
it) and baby Jack, the second child named for
Both Michael and Sydney still entertained
(though reluctantly) assignments brought to them
by their friend, Marcus Dixon.
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