Kaitlyn Dever

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Kaitlyn Dever
Dever at the Booksmart premiere in 2019
Kaitlyn Rochelle Dever

(1996-12-21) December 21, 1996 (age 25)
  • Actress
  • narrator
Years active2009–present
Known forLast Man Standing
AwardsAudie Award for Original Work
Websitewww.kaitlyndever.com Edit this at Wikidata

Kaitlyn Rochelle Dever (/ˈdvər/; born December 21, 1996)[1] is an American actress. She gained recognition for her roles in the FX crime drama television series Justified (2011–2015), the ABC/Fox sitcom Last Man Standing (2011–2021), the Netflix drama miniseries Unbelievable (2019), and the Hulu drama Dopesick (2021), the last two of which earned her Golden Globe nominations.

Dever took on supporting parts in various films, such as Bad Teacher (2011), The Spectacular Now (2013), Short Term 12 (2013), Detroit (2017), Beautiful Boy (2018) and Dear Evan Hansen (2021). She also had leading roles in the 2019 films Them That Follow and Booksmart.

Early life[edit]

Dever was born in Phoenix, Arizona, to Tim and Kathy Dever. She has two younger sisters, Mady and Jane Dever.[1][2] 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.[1]


Dever promoting Last Man Standing in 2012

2009–2012: Career beginnings and work on TV[edit]

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[3] 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.[4] Starting with the seventh season of the series, Dever began appearing in a recurring role to focus on other film and television projects.[5]

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.[6]

2013–2019: Independent film[edit]

In 2013, she appeared in supporting roles in the critically acclaimed films The Spectacular Now and Short Term 12. Her role in the latter garnered widespread acclaim from critics.[citation needed]

Dever appeared in the 2014 dark comedy film Laggies, directed by Lynn Shelton, alongside Chloë Grace Moretz and Keira Knightley.[7] In the same year, she co-starred in the film Men, Women & Children, directed by Jason Reitman.[8] In 2017 she reunited with Shelton for her drama film Outside In, as a supporting cast member. 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.

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.[9] In early 2019, Dever appeared in the drama-thriller film Them That Follow directed by Britt Poulton and Dan Madison Savage.[10] 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.[11][12]

2019–present: leading roles and breakthrough[edit]

Dever at the 2019 South by Southwest film festival

In mid 2019, Dever starred in the critically acclaimed teen comedy Booksmart directed by Olivia Wilde, opposite Beanie Feldstein.[13] The film had its world premiere at South by Southwest on March 11, 2019, and was released on May 24, 2019, by Annapurna Pictures.[14][15] She also starred in Unbelievable, a Netflix miniseries which premiered in September 2019.[16] Dever's performance was praised by critics, receiving a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film.[17] She also received nominations for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Movie/Miniseries,[18] the BAFTA Rising Star Award,[19] and the TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama.[20]

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.[21] 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.[22]

In 2020, she starred in the television special Coastal Elites, directed by Jay Roach for HBO.[23] On August 17, 2020, she was cast as Zoe Murphy in Stephen Chbosky's film adaptation of Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen.[24][25]

Dever and her sister Mady make up the musical duo group Beulahbelle. In February 2020, they released their first single, "Raleigh".[26]

Dever appeared in an episode of the anthology series Monsterland for Hulu.[27] In 2021, she starred as Abbi Miller in episode 3 of B.J. Novak's FX anthology series The Premise.[28] Dever has been cast to star in the title role of the film Rosaline.[29] She also played Betsy Mallum in the 2021 Hulu miniseries Dopesick.



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 Post-production
Rosaline Rosaline Post-production, also executive producer
2023 No One Will Save You


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"
2011–2015 Justified Loretta McCready 17 episodes
2011 Curb Your Enthusiasm Kyra O'Donnell Episode: "The Divorce"
2011–2021 Last Man Standing Eve Baxter Main role (seasons 1–6); recurring role (season 7–9)
2019 Unbelievable Marie Adler Miniseries
2020 Home Movie: The Princess Bride Westley Episode: "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

Video game[edit]

Year Title Voice role Notes
2016 Uncharted 4: A Thief's End Cassie Drake Also motion capture
2022 Open Roads Tess Devine

Music video[edit]

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


Year Title Role Author Notes Refs
2020 When You Finish Saving the World Rachel Katz Jesse Eisenberg An Audible Original [30]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Major Associations
Year Award Category Work Result Ref
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television Unbelievable Nominated [18]
Golden Globe Awards Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film Nominated [17]
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television Dopesick Nominated [31]
Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated [32]
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie Pending [33]
Miscellaneous Awards
Year Award Category Work Result Ref
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Television Series – Guest Starring Young Actress Private Practice Nominated [34]
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actress Bad Teacher Nominated [6]
Best Performance in a Television Series – Supporting Young Actress Last Man Standing Nominated
Best Performance in a Television Series – Recurring Young Actress Justified Nominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society Best Youth Performance in a Leading or Supporting Role – Female Short Term 12 Nominated [35]
Behind the Voice Actors Best Vocal Ensemble in a Video Game Uncharted 4: A Thief's End Nominated [36]
Newport Beach Film Festival Ensemble Cast Them That Follow Won [37]
Detroit Film Critics Society Best Breakthrough Performance Booksmart & Them That Follow Nominated [38]
CinemaCon Female Stars of Tomorrow (shared with Beanie Feldstein) Booksmart Won [39]
Indiana Film Journalists Association Best Actress Nominated [40]
Hollywood Film Critics Association Best Performance by an Actress 23 and Under Won [41]
Next Generation of Hollywood Herself Won
British Academy Film Awards Rising Star Award Nominated [19]
Dorian Awards Rising Star of the Year Nominated [42]
Gold Derby TV Awards Best Movie/Limited Series Actress Unbelievable Nominated [43]
Online Film & Television Association Best Actress in a Motion Picture or Limited Series Nominated [44]
TCA Awards Individual Achievement in Drama Nominated [20]
Hollywood TV Critics Association Best Supporting Actress in a Streaming Limited or Anthology Series or Movie Dopesick Pending [45]


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