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Kaitlyn Dever

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Kaitlyn Dever
Dever in 2020
Born (1996-12-21) December 21, 1996 (age 27)
OccupationActress
Years active2009–present

Kaitlyn Rochelle Dever (/ˈdvər/;[1] born December 21, 1996) is an American actress. She became known for her roles in series such as Justified (2011–2015), Last Man Standing (2011–2021), Unbelievable (2019), and Dopesick (2021). She earned Golden Globe Award nominations for Unbelievable and Dopesick, in addition to a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Dopesick.

Dever has had supporting roles in the films Short Term 12 (2013), Detroit (2017), Beautiful Boy (2018), Dear Evan Hansen (2021), and Ticket to Paradise (2022). Her leading film roles were in Booksmart (2019), Rosaline (2022), and No One Will Save You (2023).

Early life[edit]

Kaitlyn Rochelle Dever was born in Phoenix, Arizona, on December 21, 1996, the daughter of ice skating coaches Kathy (1971–2024) and Tim Dever.[2] She has two younger sisters named Mady and Jane.[2][3] At the age of five, her parents put her in an acting school after she developed an interest in the performing arts. She also participated in ballet, gymnastics, and ice skating, but decided to focus on acting after seeing Toni Collette's performance in The Sixth Sense (1999).[1] Her family moved to Dallas, where she filmed a number of commercials, then settled in Los Angeles.[2]

Career[edit]

Dever in March 2012

Dever's first notable acting role was as Gwen Thompson in the 2009 film An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong. In 2011, she garnered an early breakout role[4] as Loretta McCready in the FX series Justified. In the same year, she was cast as a series regular in the ABC (and later Fox) sitcom Last Man Standing, starring with Tim Allen as her father.[5] Starting with the seventh season of the series, Dever transitioned to a recurring role, allowing her to focus on other film and television projects.[6]

Dever's other television credits include Make It or Break It, Modern Family, Private Practice, Party Down, The Mentalist, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Her 2011 film credits include Cinema Verite, Bad Teacher, and the Clint Eastwood–directed film J. Edgar. In 2012, Dever was nominated three times at the 33rd Young Artist Awards: for her supporting roles in Bad Teacher and Last Man Standing, and for her recurring role in Justified.[7]

In 2013, Dever appeared in supporting roles in the films The Spectacular Now and Short Term 12.

Dever appeared in the 2014 dark comedy film Laggies, directed by Lynn Shelton, alongside Chloë Grace Moretz and Keira Knightley.[8] In the same year, she co-starred in the film Men, Women & Children, directed by Jason Reitman.[9] In 2017, she reunited with Shelton for her drama film Outside In, as a supporting cast member. That same year, she had supporting roles in the films We Don't Belong Here, All Summers End and Detroit.

Dever in March 2019

In 2018, she performed in minor roles for the political drama The Front Runner and the biographical drama Beautiful Boy, the latter alongside Timothée Chalamet.[10] Beulahbelle, a musical duo consisting of Dever and her younger sister Mady, contributed in the 2018 film Tully.[11] The duo later released their debut single "Raleigh" in February 2020.[12]

In early 2019, Dever appeared in the drama-thriller film Them That Follow directed by Britt Poulton and Dan Madison Savage.[13] The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 27, 2019, and was released on August 2, 2019, by 1091 Media.[14][15] In mid 2019, Dever starred in the critically acclaimed teen comedy Booksmart directed by Olivia Wilde, opposite Beanie Feldstein.[16] The film had its world premiere at South by Southwest on March 11, 2019, and was released on May 24, 2019, by Annapurna Pictures.[17][18] She also starred in Unbelievable, a Netflix miniseries which premiered in September 2019.[19] Dever's performance was praised by critics, receiving a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film.[20] She also received nominations for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Movie/Miniseries,[21] the BAFTA Rising Star Award,[22] and the TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama.[23]

In 2020, Dever appeared in the Quibi comedy series Home Movie: The Princess Bride, directed by Jason Reitman, to raise money for World Central Kitchen.[24] Later that year, she co-starred in the Audible audio drama When You Finish Saving the World, written and directed by Jesse Eisenberg. The story is told from the perspective of three family members, at different stages of their lives. Dever voices Rachel, an 18 year old woman recording tapes for her boyfriend stationed in Afghanistan.[25]

In 2020, she starred in the television special Coastal Elites, directed by Jay Roach for HBO.[26] On August 17, 2020, she was cast as Zoe Murphy in Stephen Chbosky's film adaptation of Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen.[27][28]

Dever appeared in an episode of the anthology series Monsterland for Hulu.[29] In 2021, she starred as Abbi Miller in episode 3 of B.J. Novak's FX anthology series The Premise.[30] Dever also starred in the title role of the film Rosaline.[31] She played Betsy Mallum in the 2021 Hulu miniseries Dopesick, for which she received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination.

In 2023, Dever starred in the sci-fi thriller film No One Will Save You, which premiered on Hulu. She was particularly praised for her ability to tell the story almost entirely through facial expressions, as there is virtually no dialogue in the entire film.

In January 2024, it was announced that Dever would join the cast of the second season of The Last of Us as Abby.[32]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Kaitlyn Dever at Men, Women & Children premiere in 2014
Year Title Role Notes
2011 Bad Teacher Sasha Abernathy
J. Edgar Palmer's Daughter
2013 The Spectacular Now Krystal
Short Term 12 Jayden Cole
2014 Laggies Misty
Men, Women & Children Brandy Beltmeyer
2017 All Summers End Grace Turner
We Don't Belong Here Lily Green
Detroit Karen Malloy
Outside In Hildy Beasley
2018 The Front Runner Andrea Hart
Beautiful Boy Lauren
2019 Them That Follow Dilly Picket
Booksmart Amy Antsler
2021 Dear Evan Hansen Zoe Murphy
2022 Ticket to Paradise Lily Cotton
Rosaline Rosaline Also executive producer
2023 Next Goal Wins Nicole Megaloudis Cameo
No One Will Save You Brynn Adams Also executive producer
Good Grief Lily Kayne Cameo

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong Gwen Thompson Television film
Make It or Break It Adorable Girl Episode: "Pilot"
Modern Family Bianca Douglas Episode: "Fizbo"
2010 Private Practice Paige Episode: "Love Bites"
Party Down Escapade Dunfree Episode: "Party Down Company Picnic"
2011 Cinema Verite Michelle Loud Television film
The Mentalist Trina Episode: "Blood for Blood"
2011–15 Justified Loretta McCready 17 episodes
2011 Curb Your Enthusiasm Kyra O'Donnell Episode: "The Divorce"
2011–21 Last Man Standing Eve Baxter Main role (seasons 1–6); Recurring role (seasons 7–9)
2019 Unbelievable Marie Adler Miniseries
2020 Home Movie: The Princess Bride Westley Episode: "Chapter Four: Battle of the Wits"
Coastal Elites Sharynn Tarrows Television film
Monsterland Toni / Jennifer 3 episodes
2021 The Premise Abbi Miller Episode: "The Ballad of Jesse Wheeler"
Dopesick Betsy Mallum Miniseries
2024 Apple Cider Vinegar In production[33]
2025 The Last of Us Abby Season 2

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice role Notes
2016 Uncharted 4: A Thief's End Cassie Drake Also motion capture
2024 Open Roads Tess Devine

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist Role Notes
2019 "Graduation" Benny Blanco & Juice Wrld Decker
2020 "Raleigh" Beulahbelle Herself Also director and one of the producers

Audiobooks[edit]

Year Title Role Author Notes Refs
2020 When You Finish Saving the World Rachel Katz Jesse Eisenberg An Audible Original [34]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Major Associations
Year Award Category Work Result Ref
2020
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television Unbelievable Nominated [21]
Golden Globe Awards Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film Nominated [20]
2022
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television Dopesick Nominated [35]
Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated [36]
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie Nominated [37]
2024
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television No One Will Save You Nominated [38]
Miscellaneous Awards
Year Award Category Work Result Ref
2011
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Television Series – Guest Starring Young Actress Private Practice Nominated [39]
2012
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actress Bad Teacher Nominated [7]
Best Performance in a Television Series – Supporting Young Actress Last Man Standing Nominated
Best Performance in a Television Series – Recurring Young Actress Justified Nominated
2013
Phoenix Film Critics Society Best Youth Performance in a Leading or Supporting Role – Female Short Term 12 Nominated [40]
2017
Behind the Voice Actors Best Vocal Ensemble in a Video Game Uncharted 4: A Thief's End Nominated [41]
2019
Newport Beach Film Festival Ensemble Cast Them That Follow Won [42]
Detroit Film Critics Society Best Breakthrough Performance Booksmart & Them That Follow Nominated [43]
CinemaCon Female Stars of Tomorrow (shared with Beanie Feldstein) Booksmart Won [44]
Indiana Film Journalists Association Best Actress Nominated [45]
2020
Hollywood Film Critics Association Best Performance by an Actress 23 and Under Won [46]
Next Generation of Hollywood Herself Won
British Academy Film Awards Rising Star Award Nominated [22]
Dorian Awards Rising Star of the Year Award Nominated [47]
Online Film & Television Association Best Actress in a Motion Picture or Limited Series Unbelievable| style="background: #FFE3E3; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="no table-no2 notheme"|Nominated [48]
TCA Awards Individual Achievement in Drama Nominated [23]
2022
Hollywood TV Critics Association Best Supporting Actress in a Streaming Limited or Anthology Series and or Movie Dopesick Won [49]

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