Jordana Spiro

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Jordana Spiro
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Spiro in December 2016
Born (1977-04-12) April 12, 1977 (age 45)
Years active1995–present
SpouseMatthew Spitzer

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[edit]

Spiro was born and raised in New York City. She is Jewish.[1] Spiro has a brother and three sisters.[2] She studied at the Circle in the Square Theatre[3][4] school and briefly attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art[5][6] in London. In fall 2009, she began the MFA Program in Filmmaking at Columbia University.[7] She finished the degree in 2015.[8] Spiro currently splits her time between Los Angeles and New York.


Spiro's first film role was as Catherine Reece in the 1999 film, From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter, a direct-to-DVD prequel to the 1996 film From Dusk till Dawn.

Spiro starred in the TBS original comedy series My Boys.[9] 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.[10]

Additional credits include The Year of Getting to Know Us[11] which premiered at the 2008 Sundance film festival, IFC's Alone with Her,[12] as well as guest appearances on Cold Case,[13] Out of Practice,[14] and CSI: NY.[15]

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.[16] Spiro was also cast alongside Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman in the thriller, Trespass.[17] She was a guest star on the Showtime 2011 season of Dexter.[18] For the 2012–13 season, she had the lead role in the Fox-TV medical/crime drama The Mob Doctor.

Recently, Spiro starred as Rachel Garrison in the Netflix crime drama Ozark.[19][20]

Personal life[edit]

She is married to Matthew Spitzer[21] with whom she has a daughter.[22]


Year Title Role Notes
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
2005 Partner(s) Anne
2006 Kitchen Confidential Alison TV series, 1 episode: Praise Be Praise"
2006 Alone with Her Jen
2006 Argo Becca Short film
2006–2010 My Boys P.J. Franklin TV series, 4 seasons (49 episodes)
2007 Living & Dying Mary Jane
2007 Resigned Alison short film
2008 The Year of Getting to Know Us Kim Temple
2009 The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard Ivy Selleck
2011 Trespass Petal
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)[23][24]
2017–2018, 2022 Ozark Rachel Garrison TV series[19]
2019 To the Stars Francie Deerborne
2021 Fear Street Part One: 1994 Mrs. Lane
2021 Fear Street Part Two: 1978 Nurse Mary Lane
2021 Fear Street Part Three: 1666 The Widow/Mrs. Lane
2021 Small Engine Repair Karen Delgado
2022 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Delia Hackman


  1. ^ " – She's all that – Jul 3, 2007". CNN. July 3, 2007.
  2. ^ Jordana Spiro Interview Archived 2009-06-19 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "TV Guide: Jordana Spiro Biography"
  4. ^ "Circle in the Square Theatre School - Acting and Musical Theatre Workshops in NYC".
  5. ^ "Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: Alumni Overview" Archived 2009-04-21 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Jordana Spiro is up to bat for Season 2 with 'My Boys' -".
  7. ^ Kung, Michelle (23 July 2010). "'My Boys' Star Jordana Spiro on Balancing Work and Film School" (Digital). Wall Street Journal. New York: Almar Latour. Archived from the original on 14 September 2020. Retrieved 14 September 2020. 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.
  8. ^ "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.
  9. ^ "My Boys on TBS" Archived 2010-02-05 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "The Goods: Official Website" Archived 2009-06-08 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ linkmagnum (24 January 2008). "The Year of Getting to Know Us (2008)". IMDb.
  12. ^ Justin Stokes (4 July 2008). "Alone with Her (2006)". IMDb.
  13. ^ "CBS: Cold Case"
  14. ^ "CBS: Out of Practice"
  15. ^ "CBS: CSI: NY"
  16. ^ "Exclusive: Jordana Spiro exits 'Love Bites'". Ausiello Files. June 24, 2010. Archived from the original on June 27, 2010. Retrieved July 5, 2010.
  17. ^ Jordana Spiro joins 'Trespass' cast Archived 2010-09-04 at the Wayback Machine Hollywood Reporter. July 29, 2010
  18. ^ Dexter Exclusive: Jordana Spiro to Rendezvous With (Spoiler)! TVLine. August 29, 2011
  19. ^ a b Drysdale, Jennifer (August 31, 2018). "Jordana Spiro Talks Pressure-Filled 'Ozark' Season 2 and Directorial Debut (Exclusive)". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  20. ^ Hunt, Rachel (March 29, 2022). "'Ozark' Season 4 Part 2 Trailer Major Spoiler Explained and Finally the Return of Rachel". CheatSheet. Retrieved April 25, 2022.
  21. ^ "Jordana Spiro Is Pregnant, Mob Doctor Star Expecting First Child". Us Weekly. May 31, 2014.
  22. ^ Triballeau, Charlie (September 4, 2018). "US actress Jordana Spiro poses with her daughter and her husband Matthew Spitzer". Seattle, WA: Getty Images.
  23. ^ "Jordana Spiro on Twitter". Twitter.
  24. ^ "'Blindspot': Weller Thinks He Knows Who Jane Is". The Hollywood Reporter.

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