Kaitlyn Rochelle Dever
December 21, 1996
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
|Known for||Last Man Standing|
Kaitlyn Rochelle Dever (//; born December 21, 1996) is an American actress. She gained recognition for her roles in the FX crime drama series Justified (2011–2015), the ABC/Fox sitcom Last Man Standing (2011–present), and the Netflix drama miniseries Unbelievable (2019), the last of which earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress – Miniseries.
Dever took on supporting parts in various films, such as Bad Teacher (2011), The Spectacular Now (2013), Short Term 12 (2013), Detroit (2017), and Beautiful Boy (2018). She also had leading roles in the 2019 films Them That Follow and Booksmart.
Dever was born in Phoenix, Arizona, to Tim and Kathy Dever. She has two younger sisters, Mady and Jane Dever. At the age of five, she developed an interest in the performing arts with her parents sending her to an acting school. She also participated in gymnastics, ballet and skating, until she focused on acting. Her family then moved to Dallas when her father was given the role of the voice of Barney the Purple Dinosaur, and where she enrolled at the Dallas Young Actors Studio in a month-long acting program. Honing her acting skills at the studio, she booked a number of commercials, before moving to Los Angeles.
2009–2012: Career beginnings and work on TV
Dever's first notable acting role was as Gwen Thompson in the 2009 American Girl film, An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong. In 2011, she garnered an early breakout role 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. Starting with the seventh season of the series, Dever began appearing in a recurring role to focus on other film and television projects.
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.
2013–2018: Independent film
Dever appeared in the 2014 dark comedy film Laggies, directed by Lynn Shelton, alongside Chloë Grace Moretz and Keira Knightley. In the same year, she co-starred in the film Men, Women & Children, directed by Jason Reitman. In 2017 she reunited with Shelton for her drama film Outside In, as supporting cast. 2017 also saw the release of the films We Don't Belong Here, All Summers End and Detroit, where Dever appeared in supporting roles as well.
2019–present: Leading roles and breakthrough
In 2019, Dever starred in the drama-thriller film Them That Follow directed by Britt Poulton and Dan Madison Savage. 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. That same year, Dever starred in the critically acclaimed teen comedy Booksmart directed by Olivia Wilde, opposite Beanie Feldstein. The film had its world premiere at South by Southwest on March 11, 2019, and was released on May 24, 2019, by Annapurna Pictures. She also starred in Unbelievable a Netflix miniseries which premiered in September 2019. Dever's performance was praised by critics, receiving a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film. She also received nominations for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Movie/Miniseries, the BAFTA Rising Star Award, and the TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama.
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. 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 girl recording tapes for her boyfriend stationed in Afghanistan.
In 2020, she will also star in the television special Coastal Elites, directed by Jay Roach for HBO. Dever will appear in episodes of two anthology series: Platform for FX and Monsterland for Hulu.
Dever and her sister Mady make up the musical duo group Beulahbelle. In February 2020, they released their first single, "Raleigh".
|2009||An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong||Gwen Thompson|
|2011||Bad Teacher||Sasha Abernathy|
|2011||J. Edgar||Palmer's Daughter|
|2013||The Spectacular Now||Krystal|
|2013||Short Term 12||Jayden Cole|
|2014||Men, Women & Children||Brandy Beltmeyer|
|2017||All Summers End||Grace Turner|
|2017||We Don't Belong Here||Lily Green|
|2017||Outside In||Hildy Beasley|
|2018||The Front Runner||Andrea Hart|
|2019||Them That Follow||Dilly Picket|
|2021||Dear Evan Hansen||Zoe Murphy||Post-production|
|2009||Make It or Break It||Adorable Girl||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2009||Modern Family||Bianca Douglas||Episode: "Fizbo"|
|2010||Private Practice||Paige||Episode: "Love Bites"|
|2010||Party Down||Escapade Dunfree||Episode: "Party Down Company Picnic"|
|2011||Cinema Verite||Michelle Loud||Television film|
|2011||The Mentalist||Trina||Episode: "Blood for Blood"|
|2011–2015||Justified||Loretta McCready||17 episodes|
|2011||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Kyra O'Donnell||Episode: "The Divorce"|
|2011–present||Last Man Standing||Eve Baxter||Main role (seasons 1–6); recurring role (season 7–present)|
|2019||Unbelievable||Marie Adler||Main role|
|2020||Home Movie: The Princess Bride||Westley||Episode: "Battle of the Wits"|
|2020||Coastal Elites||Sharynn Tarrows||Television film for HBO|
|2020||Monsterland||Toni||Episodes: "Port Fourchon, LA", "New Orleans, LA", "Newark, NJ"|
|2016||Uncharted 4: A Thief's End||Cassie Drake||Also motion capture|
|2021||Open Roads||Tess Devine|
|2019||"Graduation"||Benny Blanco & Juice Wrld||Decker|
|2020||"Raleigh"||Beulahbelle||Herself||Also director and producer|
|2020||When You Finish Saving the World||Rachel Katz||Jesse Eisenberg||An Audible Original|||
Awards and nominations
|2011||Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a Television Series – Guest Starring Young Actress||Private Practice||Nominated|||
|2012||Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actress||Bad Teacher||Nominated|||
|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 Award||Best Youth Performance in a Leading or Supporting Role – Female||Short Term 12||Nominated|||
|2017||Behind the Voice Actors Award||Best Vocal Ensemble in a Video Game||Uncharted 4: A Thief's End||Nominated|||
|2019||Newport Beach Film Festival Award||Ensemble Cast||Them That Follow||Won|||
|Detroit Film Critics Society Award||Best Breakthrough Performance||Booksmart & Them That Follow||Nominated|||
|CinemaCon Award||Female Stars of Tomorrow (shared with Beanie Feldstein)||Booksmart||Won|||
|2020||Hollywood Critics Association Award||Best Performance by an Actress 23 and Under||Won|||
|Next Generation of Hollywood||Won|
|Dorian Award||Rising Star of the Year||Herself||Nominated|||
|Golden Globe Award||Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film||Unbelievable||Nominated|||
|Critics' Choice Television Award||Best Actress in a Movie/Miniseries||Nominated|||
|British Academy Film Award||Rising Star Award||Herself||Nominated|||
|TCA Award||Individual Achievement in Drama||Unbelievable||Nominated|||
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