|Born||April 12, 1977|
New York City, New York, U.S.
Jordana Spiro (born April 12, 1977) is an American actress, director, and writer. As an actress, she has starred in numerous films and television series including Netflix's Ozark and TBS comedy television program My Boys.
Her debut feature Night Comes On, which she directed and co-wrote (with Angelica Nwandu) premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2018. She developed the film at the Sundance Institute’s Directors, Screenwriters, and Composers Labs, and through a Cinereach development grant. Her short Skin premiered at Sundance and won the Women In Film Productions award. Skin also won the Honorable Mention Award at SXSW, showed at Telluride, Palm Springs, and AFI among others. Spiro earned her MFA in Film from Columbia University (2015) and received the Adrienne Shelly Foundation Fellowship. She studied drama at the Circle in the Square Theatre School in New York and was selected to join the Berlinale Talent Campus in Berlin.
Early life and education
Spiro was born and raised in New York City. She was raised Jewish. Spiro has a brother and three sisters. Spiro studied at the Circle in the Square Theatre school and briefly attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. In fall 2009, she began the MFA Program in Filmmaking at Columbia University. She finished the degree in 2015. Spiro currently splits her time between Los Angeles and New York.
Spiro starred in the TBS original comedy series My Boys. She played the role of P.J., a twenty-something “guy's girl”, and sports reporter who tries to find romance within her world that is dominated by male friends. The series wrapped its fourth and final season on TBS in 2010.
Spiro also appeared in the 2009 comedy The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard alongside Jeremy Piven, Ed Helms and Rob Riggle, and produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. The Goods was directed by Neal Brennan.
Additional credits include The Year of Getting to Know Us which premiered at the 2008 Sundance film festival, IFC's Alone with Her, as well as guest appearances on Cold Case, Out of Practice, and CSI: NY.
Spiro was scheduled to star in the planned 2010–11 television series Love Bites, but fell out of the role in June 2010 due to other contractual obligations. Spiro was also cast alongside Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman in the thriller, Trespass. She was a guest star on the Showtime 2011 season of Dexter. For the 2012–13 season, she had the lead role in the Fox-TV medical/crime drama The Mob Doctor.
|1995||Maybe This Time||Chase||TV series, 1 episode: "The Other Mother"|
|1996||Her Last Chance||Waitress||TV movie|
|1996||If These Walls Could Talk||Alison (segment "1974")||TV movie|
|1997||Buffy the Vampire Slayer||Callie Anderson||TV series, 1 episode: "Reptile Boy"|
|1998||Beverly Hills, 90210||Carrie Knox||TV series, 1 episode: "Dealer's Choice"|
|1998||City Guys||Zoey||TV series, 1 episode: "A Guy and a Goth"|
|1998||One World||Alex||TV series, 3 episodes|
|1999||From Dusk till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter||Catherine Reece|
|1999||Undressed||Merrith||TV series, season 2|
|2000–2001||The Huntress||Brandi Thorson||TV series, 28 episodes|
|2003||Playas Ball||Tonya Jenkins|
|2004||Beck and Call||Jemma||TV movie|
|2004||The Greener Grass||Heather|
|2005||CSI: NY||Tavia Greenburg||TV series, 1 episode: "Tanglewood"|
|2005||Cold Case||Suzanne||TV series, 1 episode: "Revolution"|
|2005||JAG||Navy Lt. Catherine Graves||TV series, 3 episodes|
|2005||Must Love Dogs||Sherry|
|2005||Out of Practice||Bianca/Roberta||TV series, 2 episodes|
|2006||Kitchen Confidential||Alison||TV series, 1 episode: Praise Be Praise"|
|2006||Alone with Her||Jen|
|2006–2010||My Boys||P.J. Franklin||TV series, 4 seasons (49 episodes)|
|2007||Living & Dying||Mary Jane|
|2008||The Year of Getting to Know Us||Kim Temple|
|2009||The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard||Ivy Selleck|
|2011||Harry's Law||Rachael Miller||TV series, 7 episodes|
|2011||Dexter||Beth Dorsey||TV series|
|2012–2013||The Mob Doctor||Dr. Grace Devlin||TV series|
|2013–2014||The Good Wife||Detective Jenna Villette||TV series, 4 episodes, recurring|
|2015–2016, 2020||Blindspot||Sarah Weller||TV series; Recurring (season 1), guest (season 5)|
|2017–2018||Ozark||Rachel Garrison||TV series|
|2019||To the Stars||Francie Deerborne|
|2021||Fear Street 2|
|2021||Fear Street 3|
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- Jordana Spiro Interview Archived 2009-06-19 at the Wayback Machine
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- "Circle in the Square Theatre School - Acting and Musical Theatre Workshops in NYC". circlesquare.org.
- "Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: Alumni Overview" Archived 2009-04-21 at the Wayback Machine
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I started going to grad school at Columbia University to get my MFA in directing and I spent a lot of time shadowing ['My Boys' showrunner] Betsy Thomas in pre-production and then the editing room.
- "Film Alums & Current Student Chosen for Prestigious Artist Academy at Lincoln Center". New York: Columbia University. 26 September 2018. Archived from the original (Digital) on 13 September 2020. Retrieved 14 September 2020.
Alumni Barbara Cigarroa '18, Ellie Foumbi '17, Jordana Spiro '15, and current student Johnson Cheng were selected as participants for The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Artist Academy, an immersive four-day program that nurtures up-and-coming filmmakers by providing workshops, talks, screenings, and mentorship with industry professionals.
- "My Boys on TBS" Archived 2010-02-05 at the Wayback Machine
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- linkmagnum (24 January 2008). "The Year of Getting to Know Us (2008)". IMDb.
- Justin Stokes (4 July 2008). "Alone with Her (2006)". IMDb.
- "CBS: Cold Case"
- "CBS: Out of Practice"
- "CBS: CSI: NY"
- "Exclusive: Jordana Spiro exits 'Love Bites'". Ausiello Files. June 24, 2010. Archived from the original on June 27, 2010. Retrieved July 5, 2010.
- Jordana Spiro joins 'Trespass' cast Hollywood Reporter. July 29, 2010
- Dexter Exclusive: Jordana Spiro to Rendezvous With (Spoiler)! TVLine. August 29, 2011
- Drysdale, Jennifer (August 31, 2018). "Jordana Spiro Talks Pressure-Filled 'Ozark' Season 2 and Directorial Debut (Exclusive)". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved January 9, 2020.
- "Jordana Spiro Is Pregnant, Mob Doctor Star Expecting First Child". Us Weekly. May 31, 2014.
- Triballeau, Charlie (September 4, 2018). "US actress Jordana Spiro poses with her daughter and her husband Matthew Spitzer". Gettyimages.ca. Seattle, WA: Getty Images.
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- "'Blindspot': Weller Thinks He Knows Who Jane Is". The Hollywood Reporter.