Elizabeth Marvel

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Elizabeth Marvel
Marvel during SAG Awards Red Carpet in 2016
Born (1969-11-27) November 27, 1969 (age 48)
Orange County, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1992–present
Bill Camp (m. 2004)
Children 1
Awards Obie Awards in 1998, 2000 and 2005

Elizabeth Marvel (born November 27, 1969)[1] is an American actress.[2][3][4] Her most prominent roles include Det. Nancy Parras on The District and Solicitor General Heather Dunbar on House of Cards.

Life and career[edit]

Marvel was born in Orange County, California, and was raised in Mohnton, Pennsylvania. She attended Juilliard School and since the early 1990s has appeared in off-Broadway plays.[5]

Marvel appeared in many stage productions throughout her career. Her first professional role was as Isabella in Measure for Measure at Canada's Stratford Festival in 1992.[6] She has won Obie Awards for her work in Thérèse Raquin and Misalliance (1998),[7] A Streetcar Named Desire (2000)[8] and Hedda Gabler (2005).[9] She returned to the role she originated Off-Broadway of Brooke Wyeth in Other Desert Cities, which was played by Rachel Griffiths in its Broadway premiere. In 2009, for her performance in Fifty Words, she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play.[10]

Marvel first gained widespread attention on television, with her four seasons playing the regular role of Nancy Parras in the CBS series The District (2000–04). She played a variety of guest and recurring roles on Lights Out, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Nurse Jackie, Person of Interest, 30 Rock, The Good Wife, and The Newsroom.

In film, Marvel has appeared in Burn After Reading (2008), directed by the Coen brothers, and in True Grit (2010),[11] as the adult Mattie Ross. She appeared in The Bourne Legacy (2012), Lincoln (2012), and Hyde Park on Hudson (2012).

In 2013, she was cast as lead in the CW family drama pilot Blink, opposite John Benjamin Hickey.[12] She most recently was noted for portraying Heather Dunbar in Netflix's political drama House of Cards. In 2016, she was cast as President-elect Elizabeth Keane for the sixth and seventh seasons of Showtime drama series Homeland.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Marvel married actor Bill Camp on September 4, 2004. The couple has one child.[14]



Year Title Role Notes
2000 Ten Hundred Kings Caroline Shepard
2005 The Dying Gaul Kelli Cartonis
2008 The Guitar Ma Wilder
2008 Pretty Bird Tonya Honeycutt
2008 Synecdoche, New York Warehouse Realtor
2008 Burn After Reading Sandy Pfarrer
2009 A Dog Year Margo
2009 The Other Woman Pia
2010 Holy Rollers Elka Gold
2010 Goldstar, Ohio Edie Deyarmin Short film
2010 True Grit 40-year-old Mattie Ross Narrator
2011 Somewhere Tonight Martha
2012 The Bourne Legacy Dr. Connie Dowd
2012 Hyde Park on Hudson Missy
2012 Living in the Age of Surveillance Alicia Corwin
2012 Lincoln Mrs. Jolly
2014 A Most Violent Year Mrs. Rose
2015 Aloha Natalie
2015 Consumed Connie Conway
2015 Peacock Killer Sheriff Short film
2016 The Congressman Rae Blanchard
2016 The Phenom June Epland
2017 Gifted Gloria Davis
2017 The Meyerowitz Stories Jean
2018 The Land of Steady Habits Post-production
2019 Swallow Katherine Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Homicide: Life on the Street Amy Marshall Episode: "Abduction"
1998 A Will of Their Own Diana Episode: "#1.1"
1999 New York Undercover Eve Flemming Episode: "Catharsis"
2000–2004 The District Det. Nancy Parras 88 episodes
2001 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Sylvia Moon Episode: "Art"
2005 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Jenny Herne Episode: "Prisoner"
2007 Kidnapped Madeleine 2 episodes
2009 30 Rock Emily Episode: "Jackie Jormp-Jomp"
2008–2009 Law & Order Attorney Grubman 2 episodes
2009 The Good Wife Lauren Chatham Episode: "Home"
2009 American Masters Louisa May Alcott Episode: "The Woman Behind 'Little Women'"
2009–2010 Nurse Jackie Ginny Flynn 3 episodes
2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dr. Frantz Episode: "Savior"
2011 Lights Out Margaret Leary 9 episodes
2012 The Newsroom Sharon Episode: "We Just Decided To"
2012–2017 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Rita Calhoun 13 episodes
2012–2015 Person of Interest Alicia Corwin 6 episodes
2013 Betrayal Janet Episode: "...Nice Photos"
2013 Blink Helen Trask Unsold TV pilot
2013 White Collar Dr. Mara Summers Episode: "Controlling Interest"
2013 Elementary Cassandra Walker Episode: "Tremors"
2014–2016 House of Cards Heather Dunbar 23 episodes
2015 Fargo Constance Heck 5 episodes
2017–present Homeland President Elizabeth Keane 24 episodes


  1. ^ "Playbill bio". Playbill. Retrieved February 11, 2018. 
  2. ^ Healy, Patrick (March 14, 2010). "Plunging into Uncharted Depths of Character". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ Salisbury, Vanita (March 10, 2010). "20 Questions: Elizabeth Marvel Has Balls". New York magazine Daily Intelligencer. 
  4. ^ Del, John (February 26, 2010). "Elizabeth Marvel, Actor". Gothamist. Archived from the original on March 4, 2010. Retrieved March 18, 2013. 
  5. ^ Cote, David (September 24, 2008). "Elizabeth Marvel profile". Time Out New York. Retrieved September 9, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Elizabeth Marvel on Shakespeare, Picnic and the Fun of Playing 'Tenacious' Women". Broadway.com. Retrieved 2018-03-22. 
  7. ^ "Off-Broadway's Highest Honor: 1998 Award Winners". The Village Voice. Retrieved August 29, 2015. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Off-Broadway's Highest Honor: 2000 Award Winners". The Village Voice. Retrieved August 29, 2015. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Off-Broadway's Highest Honor: 2005 Award Winners". The Village Voice. Retrieved August 29, 2015. [dead link]
  10. ^ Cozby, Paul. "Billy Elliot nabs Drama Desk Best Musical". About.com theater. Retrieved June 2, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Elizabeth Marvel: True Grit Actress". Right Cinema. October 27, 2010. Archived from the original on April 8, 2011. 
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 18, 2013). "Elizabeth Marvel to star in CW's Blink". Retrieved March 26, 2013. 
  13. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "'Homeland': Elizabeth Marvel Cast As U.S. President-Elect In Season 6". Retrieved July 27, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Elizabeth Marvel, Bill Camp". The New York Times. 2004-09-05. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-03-22. 

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