Deborah Ann Woll

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Deborah Ann Woll
Deborah Ann Woll by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Woll in July 2017
Born (1985-02-07) February 7, 1985 (age 36)
  • Actress
  • model
Years active2007–present
E. J. Scott
(m. 2018)

Deborah Ann Woll (born February 7, 1985) is an American actress and model. Woll played Jessica Hamby in the HBO drama series True Blood (2008–2014), which earned her a nomination for a Screen Actors Guild Award. She subsequently starred in several installments of Marvel's Netflix television franchise (2015–2019) as Karen Page. Her film roles include Mother's Day (2010), Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You (2011), Catch .44 (2011), Ruby Sparks (2012), Meet Me in Montenegro (2014), The Automatic Hate (2015), and the commercially-successful Escape Room film series (2019–2021).

Early life[edit]

Deborah Ann Woll was born in Brooklyn, New York City, on February 7, 1985. Her father is an architect and her mother, Cathy Woll, is a teacher at the Berkeley Carroll School.[1][2] She is of Irish and German descent.[3] She attended the Packer Collegiate Institute,[4] and received a BFA from USC School of Dramatic Arts at the University of Southern California.[5] She also trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) in London.[6]


Woll began her career with guest starring roles in several television series, including Life (2007), ER (2008), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2008), My Name Is Earl (2008), and The Mentalist (2008), and had a supporting role in the action-adventure television film Aces 'N' Eights (2008).

Woll at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2010, where she and her True Blood co-stars were nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

In 2008, Woll landed her breakout role as Bill Compton's vampire progeny, Jessica Hamby, in the HBO fantasy drama series True Blood. She originally joined as a recurring character in the first season, but was promoted to a regular cast member for the second season onwards.[7] In 2009, she and her True Blood co-stars won the Satellite Award for Best Cast – Television Series at the 14th annual ceremony. At the 16th Screen Actors Guild Awards which took place the year following, she and her co-stars were nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. Woll maintained the role of Jessica until the series' ending in 2014.[8]

In 2009, she made a guest appearance in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, portraying a young woman who is found alive after being reported missing by her boyfriend.[9] In 2010, Woll made her feature film debut in the psychological horror Mother's Day.[10] In 2011, she starred in the supernatural thriller Little Murder,[11][12] the sports drama Seven Days in Utopia,[13] the action film Catch .44,[14] and the comedy-drama Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You.[15]

In 2012, Woll co-starred in the romantic comedy-drama film Ruby Sparks. The year following, she performed at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in the play Parfumerie.[16][17] That same year, she joined the cast of the drama film The Automatic Hate.[18] In 2015, she starred in the independent romantic drama film Forever.[19] She has portrayed Karen Page in the Marvel series for Netflix,[20][21] specifically as the female lead in Daredevil, and as a recurring actor in The Punisher and The Defenders.[22][23] Daredevil earned her a nomination for a Saturn Award. In 2018, Woll starred in the comedy film Silver Lake.[24] She also appeared in the action thriller film Escape Room in 2019, a role she reprised in its sequel Escape Room: Tournament of Champions (2021).[25] The former was a major commercial success,[26] surpassing initial expectations and debuting with $18.2 million,[27] and finishing with $155.7 million.[28]

Woll starred in the second season of Force Grey: Lost City of Omu (2017), a Dungeons & Dragons web series which focused on the Tomb of Annihilation storyline,[29][30][31] and appeared as a guest player in the 45th episode of Critical Role's second campaign.[32][33] In 2019, she was the Dungeon Master of the Geek & Sundry show Relics and Rarities, which used a modified version of Dungeons & Dragons.[34][35][36] In May 2019, Woll stated that Relics and Rarities had not yet been picked up for a second season and said, "I can say I have written a second season, or at least I’ve outlined it. It’s ready to be fleshed out. Whether or not we get picked up, [...][the cast] will be coming over to my house and playing it, cameras or not".[36]

Since 2019, she has been a regular guest in seasons 7 through 9 of the web show GameNight! by BoardGameGeek.[37][38]

Personal life[edit]

Woll began dating E. J. Scott in December 2007. They married in December 2018.[39] Scott has choroideremia, a condition that ultimately results in blindness, and Woll uses her platform to help raise awareness of the disease.[40] She has said that Scott's bravery in fighting his disability has inspired courage in her own battle with celiac disease.[41][42] She is an enthusiastic Dungeons & Dragons player and has been interviewed by D&D Beyond and Dragon Talk.[32][43] She has appeared in several Dungeons & Dragons charity specials, as both a player and a Dungeon Master, produced by Lost Odyssey Events.[44][45][46][47]



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2008 La Cachette Sarah Short film
2010 Mother's Day Lydia Koffin [10]
2011 Little Murder Molly [11]
Seven Days in Utopia Sarah [13]
Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You Gillian Sveck [15][48]
Catch .44 Dawn [14]
2012 Ruby Sparks Lila [48]
2013 Highland Park Lilly [49]
2014 Meet Me in Montenegro Wendy [49]
2015 The Automatic Hate Cassie [18]
Forever Alice [50]
2018 Silver Lake Mary [24]
2019 Escape Room Amanda Harper [48]
2021 Escape Room: Tournament of Champions Theatrical cut [51][52]
Ida Red Jeanie Walker [53]


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2007 Life Nancy Wiscinski Episode: "Powerless"
2008 Aces 'N' Eights Terrified Woman Television film
ER Aurora Quill Episode: "Owner of a Broken Heart" [54]
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Waitress Stephane Episode: "For Gedda" [54][55]
My Name Is Earl Greta 2 episodes [54][55]
The Mentalist Kerry Sheehan Episode: "Red Brick and Ivy" [54][55]
2008–2014 True Blood Jessica Hamby Main role; 70 episodes [7][8]
2009 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Lily Milton Episode: "Solitary" [9]
2013 Hell's Kitchen Herself Episode: "Twenty Chefs Compete"
Axe Cop Best Fairy Ever Episode: "The Dumb List" [56]
2015–2018 Daredevil Karen Page Main role; 39 episodes [20][21]
2017 The Defenders 4 episodes [23][57]
2017–2019 The Punisher 5 episodes [57]

Web series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2017 Force Grey: Lost City of Omu Jamilah, human barbarian Main role; 17 episodes. Dungeons & Dragons show presented by Geek & Sundry, Nerdist and Wizards of the Coast. [29][30][31]
2018 The Witch of Briarcleft Dungeon Master Main role; 1 episode. Presented by Wizards of the Coast at the Stream of Many Eyes event. [58][59]
Critical Role Twiggy, gnome rogue (Arcane Trickster) Campaign two, episode: "The Stowaway" [32][33]
2019 Relics and Rarities Dungeon Master Creator & main role; 6 episodes & 1 special (D&D Live 2019: The Descent). Presented by Geek & Sundry. [60][61][62]
Lost Odyssey: The Book of Knowledge Dungeon Master Main role; 1 episode. Presented by Geek & Sundry, Roll20, and Lost Odyssey Events; charity special to support the Autism Society of America. [63][44][45]
2019–2021 GameNight! Herself Guest role; 33 episodes. Presented by BoardGameGeek. [38]
2020 Celebrity RPG: Wasteland 3 Edition Mickey Main role; 1 episode. Presented by Geek & Sundry and Nerdist; sponsored by Xbox Game Pass. [64]
Lost Odyssey: Champions Herself Main role; 1 episode. Presented by GameStop and Lost Odyssey Events; charity special to support Treehouse. [65][66][67]
Deborah’s Game Dungeon Master Main role; 1 episode. Presented by Wizards of the Coast at the D&D Live 2020: Roll w/ Advantage event. [68][69]
Lost Odyssey: Night of Dread Herself Main role; 1 episode. Presented by Dungeons & Dragons and Lost Odyssey Events; charity special to support Extra Life. [70][46]
2021 SURVIVORS: Custom RPG One-shot Dungeon Master Main role; 1 episode. Presented by Skybound Entertainment; set in the universe of The Walking Dead: Survivors. [71][72]
Faster, Purple Worm! Kill! Kill! Herself Main role; 1 episode. Presented by Wizards of the Coast and G4 at the D&D Live 2021 event. [73][74]
The Dungeon & The Dragon Mechabus Main role; 1 episode. Presented by Wizards of the Coast at the D&D Celebration 2021 event. [75][76]
Lost Odyssey: Promised Gold Dungeon Master Main role; 1 episode. Presented by Dungeons & Dragons, IGN, and Lost Odyssey Events; charity special to support Extra Life. [47][77]
2022 Champions Of The Realm Jamilah Main role; 7 episodes. Upcoming limited series presented by Dungeons & Dragons, RealmSmith, and Lost Odyssey Events. [78][79]


Year Title Role Venue Ref.
2013 Parfumerie Amalia Balash Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts [16]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2009 Satellite Awards Best Cast in a Television Series True Blood Won
2010 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
Scream Awards Breakout Performance - Female Nominated
2015 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Supporting Actress on Television Nominated
2019 Saturn Awards Best Actress in Streaming Presentation Daredevil Nominated

See also[edit]


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