Molly Parker

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Molly Parker
Molly Parker @ Toronto International Film Festival 2010.jpg
Parker at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival
Born (1972-06-30) 30 June 1972 (age 42)
Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada
Occupation Actress
Years active 1991–present
Children 1

Molly Parker (born 30 June 1972)[1] is a Canadian actress. She is best known for her roles in independent films, her role as House Majority Whip Jacqueline Sharp on House of Cards, and as Alma Garret on the HBO series Deadwood. She won a Genie Award in 1997 as Best Actress in a Leading Role for Kissed, was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award as best female lead in 2001 for her role in The Center of the World, and has twice been nominated for a Genie Award as best supporting actress (winning in 2002 for Last Wedding).

Early life[edit]

Parker was born in Maple Ridge, British Columbia and spent her childhood on a farm.[2][3] She attended ballet classes from age 3 to 17 but began acting in local productions since age 14. Her uncle's agent took her on and she had parts in various Canadian television roles before studying with Vancouver's Gastown Actors' Studio.[4]


Parker's breakthrough role was as the daughter of a lesbian military officer in the TV movie Serving in Silence. She then won a Gemini nomination for her performance in the TV movie Paris or Somewhere. She later won the Genie Award for best actress for playing a necrophiliac in Lynne Stopkewich's 1996 film Kissed. The controversial film served as her breakthrough to more mainstream films.

Parker is known for taking on controversial roles, such as her aforementioned performance in Kissed, as a sympathetic lap dancer and paid escort in The Center of the World, and a female rabbi in Six Feet Under. In 2008, she starred in the CBS show Swingtown. She filmed a pilot for a series called The Wonderful Maladys, but the series was not picked up. In 2010, she starred in the video for "Cold Love" by Tim Kasher.

In 2012 Parker joined the cast of the NBC mid-season show, The Firm, based on the 1991 novel and the 1993 film. She portrayed Abby McDeere, wife of Mitch McDeere.[5] She also made several appearances on the sixth season of the Showtime series Dexter. She portrayed Alice Ramsey in "The Wrath of Kali", a fourth season episode of Highlander: The Series.

In 2014, she appeared as Congresswoman Jacqueline Sharp in the second season of the Netflix series House of Cards. Parker continued in the role in the third season of the show, released on Netflix in 2015.

Her most recent project contains a role alongside Jamie Dornan, Sarah Gadon and Aaron Paul in Miramax's upcoming supernatural thriller The 9th Life of Louis Drax, which started shooting principal photography on Monday, 27 October 2014.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Parker is divorced from director, writer, and producer Matt Bissonnette.[7] The marriage produced one child, a son named William Strummer Bissonnette born on 13 October 2006.[8]



Year Title Role Notes
1991 Silent Motive Second Female Questioner Television film
1991 My Son Johnny Lori Spoda Television film
1992 Hate Mail Maggie
1993 The Substitute Courtney Television film
1994 One More Mountain Eliza Williams Television film
1994 Paris or Somewhere Peg Kennedy Television film
1995 Little Criminals Social Worker Television film
1995 Last of the Dogmen Nurse
1995 Ebbie Francine "Frannie" Television film
1995 Deceived by Trust: A Moment of Truth Movie Rachel Morton Television film
1995 Wings of Courage Actress
1995 The Ranger, the Cook and a Hole in the Sky Sue Television film
1995 Falling from the Sky: Flight 174 Norma Sax Television film
1995 Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story Lynette Television film
1996 Kissed Sandra Larson
1996 Hard Core Logo Jenifur Uncredited
1996 Good Things Too Actress
1996 The Chain Mathilde Associate producer
1997 Bliss Connie
1997 Intensity Chyna Shepherd Television film
1997 Contagious Flt. Att. Stephanie Television film
1998 From Morning on I Waited Yesterday Lina
1998 Under Heaven Cynthia
1999 The Intruder Daisy
1999 Sunshine Hannah Wippler
1999 The Five Senses Anna Miller
1999 Wonderland Molly
2000 Suspicious River Leila Murray
2000 Ladies Room Julia
2000 Waking the Dead Juliet Beck
2001 Rare Birds Alice
2001 Last Wedding Sarah
2001 The Center of the World Florence
2001 The War Bride Sylvia
2002 Undying Love Narrator
2002 Pure Mel
2002 Max Nina Rothman
2002 Marion Bridge Agnes
2002 Looking for Leonard Monica Executive producer
2002 Men with Brooms Amy Foley
2004 The Good Shepherd Madeline Finney
2004 Iron Jawed Angels Emily Leighton Television film
2005 Break a Leg Kate
2005 Nine Lives Lisa
2006 Who Loves the Sun Maggie Claire
2006 Hollywoodland Laurie Simo
2006 The Wicker Man Sister Rose / Sister Thorn
2009 The Road Motherly Woman
2010 Oliver Sherman Irene Page
2010 Trigger Kat
2010 The Quinn-tuplets Rebecca Quinn-Adatto Television film
2010 The Wonderful Maladys Mary Malady Television film
2011 That's What I Am Sherri Nichol
2011 Gone Amy Kettering Television film
2011 Meet Jane Jane Bilinski Television film
2012 The Playroom Donna Cantwell
2012 Hemingway & Gellhorn Pauline Hemingway Television film
2013 Hold Fast Aunt Ellen
2013 Pete's Christmas Pamela Television film
2015 Darwin
2015 The 9th Life of Louis Drax Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1991–1994 Neon Rider Dora "Susie" Brody
Gloria Miller
3 episodes
1992 Nightmare Cafe Ivy Episode: "Fay & Ivy"
1993 Madison Karen Episode: "Tough Cries"
1995 Highlander Alice Ramsey Episode: "The Wrath of Kali"
1995 The Outer Limits Jennifer Episode: "If These Walls Could Talk"
1995 The Marshal Teri Sinclair Episode: "Pilot"
1996 Titanic Lulu Foley Miniseries
1996 Poltergeist: The Legacy Liz Barrow Episode: "Do Not Go Gently"
1996 The Sentinel The Switchman Episode: "The Switchman"
1996 Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years Frances Phillips Miniseries
1998–2000 Twitch City Hope 13 episodes
2002 Six Feet Under Rabbi Ari 2 episodes
2004–2006 Deadwood Alma Garret 36 episodes
2006 Odd Job Jack Alberta Malone Voice
Episode: "Jack Ryder and the Fountain of Life"
2008 Swingtown Susan Miller 14 episodes
2009 Party Down Melinda Weintraub Episode: "James Rolf High School Twentieth Reunion"
2010 Human Target Rebecca Brooks Episode: "The Wife's Tale"
2010 Boardwalk Empire Nucky's Wife in Photo Episode: "Boardwalk Empire"
2010 Shattered Ella Sullivan 6 episodes
2011 Dexter Lisa Marshall 4 episodes
2012 The Firm Abby McDeere 22 episodes
2013 Motive Chloe Myton Episode: "Public Enemy"
2014–present House of Cards Jacqueline Sharp 20 episodes


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