Clea DuVall

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Clea DuVall
Born Clea Helen D'Etienne DuVall
(1977-09-25) September 25, 1977 (age 36)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other names Clea Duvall
Occupation Actress
Years active 1996–present

Clea Helen D'Etienne DuVall (born September 25, 1977) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Sofie on the television series Carnivàle as well as for films such as The Faculty (1998), Girl, Interrupted (1999), The Grudge (2004), and Heroes (season 1, 2006). She is also known for her roles as Cora Lijek in the Oscar-winning film Argo and Wendy Peyser in American Horror Story: Asylum.

Early life[edit]

DuVall was born in Los Angeles, California, the only child of Rosemary (née Hatch) and Stephen DuVall. Her father is also an actor, mostly remembered as Connor from the Steven Seagal film The Keeper.[citation needed] She is not related to actors Robert Duvall or Shelley Duvall.[1]


Prior to making her debut in Little Witches, she worked in a coffee shop. She appeared in various films and episodes of TV shows such as ER and Buffy the Vampire Slayer before her breakthrough role as a goth student in Robert Rodriguez's The Faculty. She then portrayed an institutionalized pathological liar in the acclaimed Girl, Interrupted, as well as a lesbian enrolled in 'therapy camp' in the indie hit But I'm a Cheerleader. Major roles in The Astronaut's Wife, Ghosts of Mars and Thirteen Conversations About One Thing followed.

After appearing in The Laramie Project, Identity and 21 Grams, DuVall starred in HBO's Emmy Award-winning Carnivàle, which ran from 2003–2005. During that time, she also starred in Helter Skelter (which earned her a Satellite Award nomination) and The Grudge.

Other projects include Itty Bitty Titty Committee, David Fincher's Zodiac and a recurring role on NBC's hit series Heroes. In 2008 she starred with Anne Hathaway in Passengers.

More recent projects include roles in the 2012 Ben Affleck film Argo, in which she portrayed Cora Lijek, a Japanese-American and one of six American diplomats rescued from Iran in 1980, for which she, along with the cast, received the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. She also appeared in the second season of the TV series American Horror Story.

DuVall has directed a short film called It's Not Easy Being Green, starring Leisha Hailey, Carnivàle co-star Carla Gallo and herself.[2] She also took promotional pictures for Uh Huh Her.[3]



Year Title Role Notes
1996 Little Witches Kelsey
1997 On the Edge of Innocence Ann
1997 Alarmist, TheThe Alarmist Suzy
1997 Niagara, Niagara Convenience Store Clerk
1998 How to Make the Cruelest Month Bell Bryant
1998 Girl Gillian
1998 Can't Hardly Wait Jana
1998 Faculty, TheThe Faculty Stokely "Stokes" Mitchell
1999 Slipping-Down Life, AA Slipping-Down Life Nurse
1999 She's All That Misty
1999 Wildflowers Cally
1999 Sleeping Beauties Clea
1999 Astronaut's Wife, TheThe Astronaut's Wife Nan
1999 But I'm a Cheerleader Graham Eaton
1999 Girl, Interrupted Georgina Tuskin
2000 Committed Mimi
2000 Bear to the Right Waitress
2001 See Jane Run Jane Whittaker
2001 Ghosts of Mars Bashira Kincaid
2001 Thirteen Conversations About One Thing Beatrice "Bea"
2001 How to Make a Monster Laura
2002 Laramie Project, TheThe Laramie Project Amanda Gronich
2002 Slaughter Rule, TheThe Slaughter Rule Skyla
2003 Identity Ginny
2003 21 Grams Claudia
2004 Helter Skelter Linda Kasabian TV Film
2004 Grudge, TheThe Grudge Jennifer Williams
2005 Two Weeks Katrina
2005 Fathers and Sons Laura Uncredited role
2006 Champions Billy
2007 Zodiac Linda del Buono
2007 Ten Inch Hero Jen
2007 Itty Bitty Titty Committee Singer
2007 Anamorph Sandy
2008 Passengers Shannon
2008 Watch, TheThe Watch Cassie
2009 Killing Room, TheThe Killing Room Kerry Isalano
2010 Conviction Brenda
2011 And Baby Will Fall Melinda White Lifetime TV Movie
2012 Argo Cora Lijek
2013 In Security Lena
2015 Your Right Mind post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Dangerous Minds Nina 1 episode
1997 ER Katie Reed 2 episodes
1997 Crisis Center Teen 1 episode
1997 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Marcie Ross Episode: "Out of Mind...Out of Sight"
1997 Defenders: Payback, TheThe Defenders: Payback Jessica Lane
2000 Popular Wanda Rickets 2 episodes
2001 Fugitive, TheThe Fugitive Lynette Hennessy 2 episodes
2003-05 Carnivàle Sofie Agnesh Bojakshiya 24 episodes
2005 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Abigail Spencer Episode: "Shooting Stars"
2006–07 Heroes Agent Audrey Hanson 7 episodes
2008 Watch, TheThe Watch Cassie Television film on LMN
2008 Grey's Anatomy Jennifer Episodes: "Piece of My Heart" and "Where the Wild Things Are"
2008 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mia Latimer Episode: "Persona"
2009 Virtuality Sue Parsons
2009 Saving Grace Maura Episode: "Looks Like a Lesbian Attack to Me"
2009 Lie to Me Michelle Russell Episode: "Blinded"
2010 Private Practice Natasha Episode: "Fear of Flying"
2010 Bones McKenna Grant Episode: "The Bones on the Blue Line"
2010 Numb3rs Melanie Bailey Episode: "Devil Girl"
2010 Law & Order Amanda Green Episode: "The Taxman Cometh"
2010–11 The Event Maya 3 episodes
2011 CSI: Miami Lyla Moore Episode: "About Face"
2011 And Baby Will Fall Melinda White Television film on Lifetime
2012-13 American Horror Story: Asylum Wendy Peyser 5 episodes
2014 Lizzie Borden Took an Ax Emma Borden Television film on Lifetime

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2005 Satellite Awards Best Actress - Miniseries or Television Film Helter Skelter Nominated
2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Argo Won


  1. ^ McDonagh, Maitland (14 February 2002). "Ask Chick Flick". TV Guide. Retrieved 2007-05-19. [dead link]
  2. ^ Lo, Malinda (2007-07-08). "Leisha and Clea Reveal an Inconvenient Truth". Retrieved 2008-08-11. 
  3. ^ Swartz, Shauna (2007-06-23). "Introducing Uh Huh Her". Retrieved 2008-08-11. 

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