Life and career
Bako was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada to Jewish parents. Her mother is a Holocaust survivor. She trained with the Les Grands Ballets Canadiens and acted with the Canadian National Shakespeare Company.
She has starred in Hollywood productions, numerous Canadian-made movies, and films made in Canada by American producers. Bako's first major break was in Martin Scorsese’s New York Stories. She co-starred with David Duchovny and Billy Wirth in Red Shoe Diaries; Benjamin Bratt and Michael Keaton in One Good Cop; and Ralph Fiennes in Strange Days.