Carrie Coon

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Carrie Coon
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Born
Carrie Alexandra Coon

(1981-01-24) January 24, 1981 (age 42)
EducationUniversity of Mount Union (BA)
University of Wisconsin–Madison (MFA)
OccupationActress
Years active2006–present
Known forThe Leftovers
Fargo
The Gilded Age
Spouse
(m. 2013)
Children2

Carrie Alexandra Coon (born January 24, 1981) is an American actress. In television, she is known for her starring roles as grieving mother Nora Durst in the HBO drama series The Leftovers (2014–2017) and as Gloria Burgle in the third season of the FX anthology series Fargo (2017). She won the TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama for both performances, won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for The Leftovers and was nominated for the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for Fargo. She also had a leading role in the second season of the anthology drama series The Sinner (2018), and is known for playing Bertha Russell in the HBO series The Gilded Age.

On stage, Coon was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in the 2012 revival of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? She has also appeared in numerous films, including the psychological thriller Gone Girl (2014), the political drama The Post (2017), the heist thriller Widows (2018), the superhero film Avengers: Infinity War (2018), the period drama The Nest (2020), and the supernatural comedy Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021).

Early life[edit]

Coon was born in Copley, Ohio[1] on January 24, 1981,[2] to Paula (née Ploenes) and John Coon.[3] She has an older sister, an older brother, and two younger brothers.[1] She graduated from Copley High School in 1999, next attending the University of Mount Union, graduating in 2003 with a BA in English and Spanish. In 2006, she earned her M.F.A. in acting from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.[4][5]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Coon began her career in regional theater. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Coon was immediately recruited by the Madison Repertory Theatre and made her professional stage debut in a production of Our Town. After her debut with the Madison Repertory Theatre, Coon joined the American Players Theatre and stayed with them for four seasons. Coon moved to Chicago in 2008 and made her Chicago debut with a production of Brontë at Remy Bumppo Theatre Company. Coon commuted between Chicago and Wisconsin for several years, alternating between Chicago productions, productions in Milwaukee, and seasons with the American Players Theatre. During these years, Coon provided for herself by performing motion capture work for a video game company based in Wisconsin.[6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13]

Coon's breakthrough came in 2010 when she was cast as Honey in the Steppenwolf Theatre Company production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The role immediately resulted in further parts in Chicago productions, and she followed the production to performances in Washington, D.C. and New York City, making her Broadway debut. For her performance, she won a Theatre World Award and received a Tony Award nomination.[14][15][16]

Coon made her screen debut in an episode of the short-lived NBC series The Playboy Club in 2011. She later guest-starred on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Ironside, and Intelligence.

Breakthrough with Gone Girl and The Leftovers[edit]

Following her Tony Award nomination, in 2014 Coon was cast as one of the main characters in the HBO drama series The Leftovers, alongside Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, and Ann Dowd.[17] That same year, she made her film debut in Gone Girl, based on the 2012 novel of same name and directed by David Fincher.[18][19]

In early 2015, Coon starred in the lead role of the Off-Broadway production of Placebo at Playwrights Horizons.[20] She also participated in readings for her husband Tracy Letts' 2015–2016 season play Mary Page Marlowe and was in talks to perform in the production in Chicago if her filming schedule with The Leftovers permits;[21] in December 2015, it was announced that Coon would be one of six actresses portraying the title character in Mary Page Marlowe for the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago from March to May 2016.[22] In April 2015, Coon left The Gersh Agency for United Talent Agency.[23] In October and November 2015, Coon filmed the movie Strange Weather alongside actress Holly Hunter for director Katherine Dieckmann in Mississippi.[24] In December 2015, she filmed the horror romance The Keeping Hours for director Karen Moncrieff and Blumhouse Productions.[25]

Coon starred in the lead role of Gloria Burgle in the third season of the FX anthology series Fargo.[26] She received a nomination for the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her role and won the TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama for both Fargo and The Leftovers. In 2017, she played real life journalist Meg Greenfield in the Steven Spielberg-directed historical drama film The Post.[27] In 2018, Coon co-starred in the Steve McQueen heist thriller film Widows.[28]

Coon provided the voice and motion capture for Proxima Midnight, a member of the Black Order and a child of Thanos, in the Russo brothers-directed superhero film Avengers: Infinity War (2018).[29]

On April 30, 2020, Coon joined the cast of the HBO drama series The Gilded Age as Bertha Russell, replacing Amanda Peet.[30]

She received a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Actress at the 9th Canadian Screen Awards in 2021, for her work in the film The Nest.[31]

Personal life[edit]

Coon married actor and playwright Tracy Letts in 2013.[32] They have a son who was born in 2018[33] and a daughter born in 2021.[34]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2012 One in a Million Bix Short film
2014 Gone Girl Margo "Go" Dunne
2016 Strange Weather Byrd
2017 Great Choice Jen Short film
The Keeping Hours Elizabeth
Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town Virginia
The Post Meg Greenfield
2018 The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter Linda Ferguson
Avengers: Infinity War Proxima Midnight
Kin Morgan Hunter
Widows Amanda Nunn
2020 The Nest Allison O'Hara
2021 Ghostbusters: Afterlife Callie Spengler
2023 Boston Strangler Jean Cole Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 The Playboy Club Doris Hall Episode: "An Act of Simple Duplicity"
2013 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Talia Blaine Episode: "Girl Dishonored"
2013 Ironside Rachel Ryan Episode: "Pilot"
2014 Intelligence Luanne Vick Episode: "Patient Zero"
2014–2017 The Leftovers Nora Durst Main role
2017 Fargo Gloria Burgle Main role (season 3)
2018 The Sinner Vera Walker Main role (season 2)
2021 What If...? Proxima Midnight (voice) Episode: "What If... T'Challa Became a Star-Lord?"
2022–present The Gilded Age Bertha Russell Main role

Stage[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Our Town[35] Emily Overture Center for the Arts (Madison Repertory Theatre)
February 17 – March 12, 2006
Romeo and Juliet[36] Ensemble American Players Theatre (Spring Green, Wisconsin)
July 2 – October 7, 2006
July 4 – October 8, 2006
July 5 – September 23, 2006
The Matchmaker[37] Ermengarde
Measure for Measure[38] Juliet
2007 Anna Christie[39] Anna Overture Center for the Arts
February 2–25, 2007
Misalliance[39] Hypatia American Players Theatre
June 15 – October 6, 2007
June 22 – October 5, 2007
August 3 – October 6, 2007
The Merchant of Venice[40] Ensemble
The Night of the Iguana[41] Charlotte
2008 The Diary of Anne Frank[42] Miep Gies Overture Center for the Arts
January 11 – February 3, 2008
Brontë[43] Emily Remy Bumppo Theatre Company (Chicago debut)
March 20 – May 4, 2008
A Midsummer Night's Dream[44] Helena American Players Theatre
June 7 – October 5, 2008
June 20 – September 20, 2008
August 1 – October 4, 2008
Henry IV[45] Lady Percy
The Belle's Stratagem[46] Miss Ogle
2009 Magnolia[47] Ariel Goodman Theatre (Chicago)
March 14 – April 19, 2009
Henry V[35] Kate American Players Theatre
August 7 – October 2, 2009
2010 Blackbird[48] Una Renaissance Theatreworks (Milwaukee)
January 15 – February 7, 2010
October 1–24, 2010
Reasons to Be Pretty[49] Stephanie
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?[50] Honey Steppenwolf Theatre Company (Chicago)
December 2, 2010 – February 13, 2011
2011 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?[50] Honey Arena Stage (Washington, D.C.)
February 25 – April 10, 2011
The Real Thing[51] Annie Writers Theatre (Glencoe)
September 13 – December 4, 2011
2012 The Girl in the Yellow Dress[52] Celia Next Theatre (Evanston)
January 19 – February 26, 2012
Pretty Penny[53] Crystal Writers Theatre
March 12, 2012
The March[54] Emily Thompson Steppenwolf Theatre Company
April 5 – June 10, 2012
June 28 – August 26, 2012
Three Sisters[55] Masha
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Honey Booth Theatre (Broadway debut)
September 27, 2012 – March 3, 2013
2015 Placebo[56] Louise Playwrights Horizons (Off-Broadway)
February 20 – April 6, 2015
2016 Mary Page Marlowe[22] Mary Page Marlowe (ages 27–36) Steppenwolf Theatre Company (Chicago)
March 31 – June 5, 2016
2017 Mary Jane[57] Mary Jane New York Theatre Workshop (Off-Broadway)
September 6 – October 15, 2017
2020 Bug[58] Agnes White Steppenwolf Theatre Company (Chicago)
January 23 – March 8, 2020
November 11 – December 12, 2021

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2013 Theatre World Award N/A Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Won
Tony Award Best Featured Actress in a Play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Nominated
2014 St. Louis Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Gone Girl Nominated
San Diego Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actress Gone Girl Nominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role Gone Girl Nominated
Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role Gone Girl Nominated
Golden Schmoes Awards Best Supporting Actress of the Year Gone Girl Nominated
IGN Summer Movie Awards Best Movie Supporting Actress Gone Girl Nominated
IndieWire Critics Poll Best Supporting Actress Gone Girl 6th place
Village Voice Film Poll Best Supporting Actress Gone Girl 6th place
2015 Empire Awards Best Female Newcomer Gone Girl Nominated
Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Ensemble (shared with cast) Gone Girl Nominated
Georgia Film Critics Association Best Ensemble (shared with cast) Gone Girl Nominated
Gold Derby Awards Ensemble Cast (shared with cast) Gone Girl Nominated
Breakthrough Performer Nominated
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series The Leftovers Nominated
2016 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Actress in a Drama Series The Leftovers Won[59]
2017 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Fargo Nominated[60]
TCA Awards Individual Achievement in Drama The Leftovers and Fargo Won[61]
2018 Chlotrudis Awards Best Supporting Actress Strange Weather Nominated[62]
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Actress in a Movie/Miniseries Fargo Nominated
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Play Mary Jane Nominated
Lucille Lortel Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play Mary Jane Won[63]
MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Fight (shared with Scarlett Johansson, Danai Gurira, and Elizabeth Olsen) Avengers: Infinity War Nominated[64]
Obie Award Distinguished Performance by an Actress Mary Jane Won[65]
Satellite Awards Best Actress in a Drama / Genre Series The Leftovers Nominated
2019 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Actress in a Movie/Miniseries The Sinner Nominated
2020 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Actress The Nest Nominated
Florida Film Critics Circle Best Actress The Nest Nominated
Gotham Awards Best Actress The Nest Nominated
Indiana Film Journalists Association Best Actress The Nest Nominated
Jeff Award Performer in a Principal Role – Play Bug Won[66]
2021 Canadian Screen Awards Best Actress The Nest Nominated
2022 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actress Ghostbusters: Afterlife Nominated

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