Elizabeth Marvel

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Elizabeth Marvel
Born (1969-11-27) November 27, 1969 (age 45)
Orange County, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1992–present

Elizabeth Marvel (born November 27, 1969)[1] is an American actress.[2][3][4]


Marvel was born in Orange County, California, but raised in Mohnton, Pennsylvania.[5] She attended Juilliard School and since the early 1990s appeared in off-Broadway plays.[6]

Marvel appeared in many stage productions throughout her career. She has won Obie Awards for her work in Thérèse Raquin, Hedda Gabler, A Streetcar Named Desire and Misalliance[7] She returned to the role she originated Off-Broadway of Brooke Wyeth in Other Desert Cities, which was played by Rachel Griffiths in its Broadway premiere. In 2009, for her performance in Fifty Words, she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play.[8]

In film, Marvel has appeared in True Grit[9] as the adult Mattie Ross, and in Burn After Reading, directed by the Coen brothers. She also appears in the The Bourne Legacy, Lincoln and Hyde Park on Hudson.

On television Marvel is best known for her regular role as Nancy Parras in CBS series The District (2000–04). She played recurring roles in Lights Out, Law & Order, Nurse Jackie and Person of Interest, and guest-starred on 30 Rock, The Good Wife and The Newsroom. In 2013 she was cast as lead role of CW's family drama pilot Blink opposite John Benjamin Hickey.[10] Marvel has been most recently noted for portraying Heather Dunbar in Netflix's political drama House of Cards.

Personal life[edit]

She married Bill Camp on September 4, 2004; the couple has one child.



Year Title Role Notes
2000 Ten Hundred Kings Caroline Shepard
2005 The Dying Gaul Kelli Cartonis
2008 The Guitar Ma Wilder
2008 Pretty Bird Tonya Honeycutt
2008 Synecdoche, New York Warehouse Realtor
2008 Burn After Reading Sandy Pfarrer
2009 A Dog Year Margo
2009 Love and Other Impossible Pursuits Pia
2010 Holy Rollers Elka Gold
2010 Goldstar, Ohio Edie Deyarmin Short film
2010 True Grit 40-Year-Old Mattie Ross Narrator
2011 Somewhere Tonight Martha
2012 The Bourne Legacy Dr. Connie Dowd
2012 Hyde Park on Hudson Missy
2012 Living in the Age of Surveillance Alicia Corwin
2012 Lincoln Mrs. Jolly
2014 A Most Violent Year Mrs. Rose


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Homicide: Life on the Street Amy Marshall 1 episode
1998 A Will of Their Own Diana TV mini-series
1999 New York Undercover Eve Flemming 1 episode
2000–2004 The District Det. Nancy Parras 88 episodes
2001, 2005 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Jenny Hendry / Sylvia Moon 2 episodes
2007 Kidnapped Madeleine 2 episodes
2009 30 Rock Emily 1 episode
2008–2009 Law & Order Attorney Grubman 2 episodes
2009 The Good Wife Lauren Chatham 1 episode
2009 American Masters: The Woman Behind "Little Women" Louisa May Alcott - adult 1 episode
2009–2010 Nurse Jackie Ginny Flynn 3 episodes
2011 Lights Out Margaret Leary 9 episodes
2012 Person of Interest Alicia Corwin 5 episodes
2012 The Newsroom Sharon 1 episode
2010–2012, 2014 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Rita Calhoun 4 episodes
2013 Blink Helen Trask
2013 White Collar Dr. Mara Summers 1 episode
2014- present House of Cards Heather Dunbar 13 episodes
2014 Elementary Cassandra Walker 1 episode


  1. ^ Elizabeth Marvel profile at IMDb
  2. ^ Healy, Patrick (March 14, 2010). "Plunging Into Uncharted Depths of Character". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ Elizabeth Marvel Has Balls, Daily Intel
  4. ^ Del, John (2010-02-26). "Elizabeth Marvel, Actor". Gothamist. Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  5. ^ "Place of birth per www.familytreelegends.com". Familytreelegends.com. 1969-11-27. Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  6. ^ Cote, David (2008-09-24). "Elizabeth Marvel | Things to Do | reviews, guides, things to do, film - Time Out New York". Newyork.timeout.com. Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  7. ^ "Profile at". Americantheatrewing.org. Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  8. ^ Cozby, Paul. "'Billy Elliot' Nabs Drama Desk Best Musical". About.com theater. Retrieved June 2, 2011. 
  9. ^ Elizabeth Marvel: True Grit Actress, Right Cinema
  10. ^ Nellie Andreeva (March 18, 2013). "Elizabeth Marvel To Star In CW’s ‘Blink’, Brooklyn Sudano Cast In ABC's ‘Venice’". Retrieved March 26, 2013. 

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