Wever at Gotham Hall, New York City, March 18, 2010
|Born||January 7, 1980 (age 34)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Wever was conceived via a sperm donor and raised by her mother, Georgia. She graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School and Sarah Lawrence College, and she trained in acting in New York. Wever has appeared in Brooke Berman's play, Smashing and in Cavedweller with Deidre O'Connell, both Off-Broadway.
Wever has appeared in the feature films Into the Wild, Neal Cassady, Michael Clayton, Series 7: The Contenders, Signs, The Adventures of Sebastian Cole, Bringing Rain, and All I Wanna Do, among others. She has guest starred on the TV shows Conviction, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and The Wire, among others. She also starred in Ed Zwick's ill-fated ABC pilot, Quarterlife, with Rachel Blanchard, Austin Nichols, and Shiri Appleby. She had a recurring role on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip as Suzanne.
Wever is arguably best known for her ongoing role as Zoey Barkow in the dark comedy series Nurse Jackie, which premiered on Showtime in June 2009. Zoey—an irrepressibly bubbly trauma nurse—serves as a comic foil to Edie Falco's hard-bitten (and prescription drug-addicted) titular character. Wever was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in Nurse Jackie in 2012 and 2013, winning the award in 2013 and delivering a memorable speech that consisted only of her stunned reaction: "Thanks so much. Thank you so much. I gotta go. Bye."
|1995||Blue River||Lottie||Television movie|
|1998||Hairy Bird, TheThe Hairy Bird||Maureen 'Momo' Haines||AKA, The Hairy Bird|
|1998||Adventures of Sebastian Cole, TheThe Adventures of Sebastian Cole||Susan|
|2001||Series 7: The Contenders||Lindsay|
|2003||Season of Youth|
|2003||Bringing Rain||Monica Greenfield|
|2004||Hole in One, AA Hole in One||Betty|
|2004||Something the Lord Made||Mrs. Saxon||Television movie|
|2005||12 and Holding||Debbie Poole|
|2007||Into the Wild||Lori|
|2007||Neal Cassady||Mountain Girl|
|2008||Righteous Kill||Rape Victim|
|2009||Missing Person, TheThe Missing Person||Mabel Page|
|2009||Messenger, TheThe Messenger||Lara|
|2010||Tiny Furniture||Frankie||Nominated—Gotham Award for Best Cast|
|2011||Strange Ones, TheThe Strange Ones||Girl||Short film|
|2013||Remember Sunday||Lucy||Television movie|
|1997||Law & Order||Myra||Episode: "Mad Dog"|
|2002||Law & Order||Jennifer Taylor||Episode: "American Jihad"|
|2002||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Hannah Price||Episode: "Tomorrow"|
|2003||Wire, TheThe Wire||Prissy||2 episodes|
|2005||Law & Order||Sunshine Porter||Episode: "Sects"|
|2005||NCIS||Wendy Smith||Episode: "Switch"|
|2006||Conviction||Bridget Kellner||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2006–2007||Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip||Suzanne||12 episodes|
|2009–present||Nurse Jackie||Zoey Barkow||56 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Pending—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
|2012||Good Wife, TheThe Good Wife||Aubrey Gardner||Episode: "After the Fall"|
|2013||New Girl||Elizabeth||7 episodes|
- Maerz, Melissa (March 29, 2011). "Merritt Wever brings undoctored flair to 'Nurse Jackie'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 24 February 2014.
- "Merritt Wever: Biography". TV Guide. CBS Interactive Inc. Retrieved 24 February 2014.
- "Merritt Wever". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 24 February 2014.
- "Nurse Jackie: Official Site". Sho.com. Retrieved March 3, 2009.
- Maerz, Melissa (29 March 2011). "Merritt Wever brings undoctored flair to 'Nurse Jackie'". Los Angeles Times.
- Chan, Robert (22 September 2013). "Best. Emmys. Speech. EVER: An Underdog Takes Home an Emmy". Yahoo!.
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