Kerry Bishé

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Kerry Bishé
Born Kerry Lynne Bishé
(1984-05-01) May 1, 1984 (age 34)
New Zealand
Education Montclair Kimberley Academy
Alma mater Northwestern University
Occupation Actress
Years active 2007–present

Kerry Lynne Bishé (born May 1, 1984) is a New Zealand-born American actress, known for her lead role as Donna Clark in the AMC television series Halt and Catch Fire. Bishé played the lead/narrator role on the final season of ABC's medical sitcom Scrubs and starred in the critically acclaimed drama film Argo.

Early life[edit]

Bishé was born in New Zealand, and shortly afterward, she and her family moved to Glen Ridge, New Jersey.[1] She graduated from Montclair Kimberley Academy[2] (where her father, Kenneth Bishé, taught social studies)[3] in 2002, then studied at Northwestern University.


Bishé toured professionally with Montana Shakespeare in the Parks during the summer of 2004, performing the role of Juliet in Romeo and Juliet.[4] She also appeared in a 2006 production of Eugene O'Neill's The Hairy Ape[5] and in the Roundabout revival of Shaw's Pygmalion.[6]

Bishé made her screen debut in 2007, when she portrayed Sarah Rosen in The Half Life of Mason Lake, a low-budget production. After appearances as an extra in the film adaptation of Sex and the City and The Lucky Ones, and a small role in The Understudy (2008), Bishé was cast in Night Life, a TV movie directed by Scrubs star Zach Braff. The production did not make Bishé well-known, but did introduce her to Braff, with whom she later worked on Scrubs.[7]

Bishé was busy in 2009 with television roles, appearing in an episode of the US version of Life on Mars, an episode of cable TV series Royal Pains, and a lead role in the TV movie made from the failed pilot of the proposed sci-fi series Virtuality.

In December 2009, Bishé assumed the lead role on ABC medical sitcom Scrubs, that of Lucy Bennett, the show's new narrator, taking over from Zach Braff.[8] ABC cancelled the show on May 14, 2010. Bishé co-starred in the independent movie, Nice Guy Johnny (2010), with Edward Burns and Matt Bush. She also played a supporting role in Kevin Smith's horror film Red State (2011) and Ben Affleck's drama film Argo (2012). Bishé co-starred in the independent movie, Grand Piano (2013), with Elijah Wood.[9]

From 2014 to 2017, Bishé starred as Donna Clark in the acclaimed AMC television drama series, Halt and Catch Fire.[10] By coincidence, her character's husband in Halt and Catch Fire is portrayed by actor Scoot McNairy, who also played her spouse in Argo (2012). In season three of the Netflix Original series, Narcos (released in September 2017), she portrays the recurring role of Cristina Jurado, the American wife of the Cali Cartel's Harvard-educated money launderer Franklin Jurado.



Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Half Life of Mason Lake Sarah Rosen
2008 The Lucky Ones College Girl
2008 Sex and the City Twenty-Something Girl Dreaming
2008 The Understudy April
2009 Motherhood Good Sharing Mom
2010 Nice Guy Johnny Brooke
2010 Meskada Emily Cordin
2011 Red State Cheyenne
2011 Turkey Bowl Kerry
2011 Newlyweds Linda
2012 Argo Kathy Stafford Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Hollywood Film Festival Award for Best Ensemble of the Year
Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated—San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by an Ensemble
2012 The Fitzgerald Family Christmas Sharon
2013 Goodbye World Lily Palmer
2013 Grand Piano Emma Selznick
2013 Blue Highway Kerry
2016 Max Rose Annie Rose
2016 The Ticket Jessica
2016 Rupture Dianne


Year Title Role Notes
2008 Night Life Violet TV Movie
2009 Life on Mars Eve Flannery 1 episode: "The Simple Secret of the Note of in Us All"
2009 Royal Pains Emma Newberg 1 episode: "Strategic Planning"
2009 Virtuality Billie Kashmiri TV Pilot
2009–2010 Scrubs Lucy Bennett Main cast (season 9)
13 episodes
2011 Iceland Mackenzie Unsold TV Pilot
2014–2017 Halt and Catch Fire Donna Clark Main cast
40 episodes
2015 Public Morals Sarah 2 episodes
2016 Billions Elise 1 episode: "Short Squeeze"
2017 Narcos Cristina Jurado Season 3, 5 episodes


  1. ^ "Kerry Bishé Continues Her Journey In Argo", The Star Ledger, September 28, 2012. Accessed January 7, 2018. "Bishé, 28, who grew up in Glen Ridge, plays a diplomat who poses as a set designer in the film based on the true story of the 1979 Iran hostage crisis, in which the CIA concocted a fake movie shoot to smuggle six American diplomats out of the country.... Bishé attended the Montclair Kimberley Academy, where her now-retired father was a beloved history teacher."
  2. ^ Charpentier, Lauren, "Kerry Bishe, MKA Alumna and TV Star", The Cougar Call, Montclair Kimberley Academy, Friday, February 19, 2010
  3. ^ "Founder's Cup", The Montclair Kimberley Academy website
  4. ^ "Romeo And Juliet – Research and Read Books, Journals, Articles at Questia Online Library". 2004-09-05. Retrieved 2010-05-18. 
  5. ^ Top-Deck Visitor Unnerves 'Beast' in the Belly of a Ship by Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
  6. ^ Claire Danes Is Fair Lady in `Pygmalion': John Simon by John Simon. Bloomberg
  7. ^ Cf. Kerry Bishé on IMDb
  8. ^ Scrubs by Ken Tucker. Entertainment Weekly
  9. ^ GRAND PIANO casts Kerry Bishe, Tamsin Egerton, Allen Leach in Elijah Wood, John Cusack starrer Archived 2012-12-08 at the Wayback Machine.,.
  10. ^ Halt and Catch Fire from Internet Movie Database, retrieved 6 May 2015

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