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Parker at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival
30 June 1972 |
Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada
Molly Parker (born 30 June 1972) 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).
Parker was born in Maple Ridge, British Columbia and spent her childhood on a farm. 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.
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. 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.
|1991||Silent Motive||Second Female Questioner||Television film|
|1991||My Son Johnny||Lori Spoda||Television film|
|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||Hard Core Logo||Jenifur||Uncredited|
|1996||Good Things Too||Actress|
|1996||The Chain||Mathilde||Associate producer|
|1997||Intensity||Chyna Shepherd||Television film|
|1997||Contagious||Flt. Att. Stephanie||Television film|
|1998||From Morning on I Waited Yesterday||Lina|
|1999||The Five Senses||Anna Miller|
|2000||Suspicious River||Leila Murray|
|2000||Waking the Dead||Juliet Beck|
|2001||The Center of the World||Florence|
|2001||The War Bride||Sylvia|
|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|
|2006||Who Loves the Sun||Maggie Claire|
|2006||The Wicker Man||Sister Rose / Sister Thorn|
|2009||The Road||Motherly Woman|
|2010||Oliver Sherman||Irene Page|
|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||The 9th Life of Louis Drax||Filming|
|1991–1994||Neon Rider||Dora "Susie" Brody
|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||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||House of Cards||Jacqueline Sharp||13 episodes|
- The Canadian Press (2 May 2014). "Maple Ridge-born actress Molly Parker says she relished the chance to dive into the dark intrigue of House of Cards, noting the new character she plays on the acclaimed Netflix drama offers a worthy match to the power-hungry Francis Underwood". Retrieved 29 October 2014.
- Schneller, Johanna (14 February 2014). "Hillary Clinton + Lady Macbeth = Molly Parker on House of Cards". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
- "Molly Parker Bio". Tribute. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
- Seidman, Robert. "Molly Parker ('Deadwood,' 'Swingtown') Joins Cast of NBC's New Legal Drama 'The Firm'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved 29 July 2011.
- "Oliver Platt, Molly Parker, Barbara Hershey & Aiden Longworth Round Out ‘The 9th Life Of Louis Drax’", Deadline.com.
- "Deadwood's Molly Parker Has a Boy". People. 20 October 2006. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
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