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Kristen Connolly

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Kristen Connolly
Connolly in 2014
Born (1980-07-12) July 12, 1980 (age 43)
Years active2003–present
SpouseStephen O'Reilly

Kristen Connolly (born July 12, 1980)[1] is an American actress. She is known for her roles as Dana Polk in the 2011 film The Cabin in the Woods, Christina Gallagher on the Netflix series House of Cards[2] and Jamie Campbell on the CBS series Zoo.


Connolly began her career with recurring roles on several CollegeHumor digital shorts. She appeared as an extra on the films Mona Lisa Smile, Meet Dave, and The Happening. She has also appeared on two CBS daytime soap operas with recurring roles on Guiding Light and As the World Turns.

She first gained mainstream recognition in 2012, after starring as the main protagonist Dana in the Joss Whedon/Drew Goddard film The Cabin in the Woods. She also starred in the horror film The Bay. In 2013, she had a starring role as Christina Gallagher on the Netflix series House of Cards.[3] On September 1, 2014 the A&E Houdini miniseries premiered with 3.7 million viewers, Connolly plays Bess Houdini with Academy Award-winning Adrien Brody playing Harry Houdini.[4] Connolly also portrayed Jamie, a passionate journalist in the CBS drama-thriller series Zoo[5] and co-starred as Lena in the drama series The Whispers.[6] In 2014 she portrayed Petra Anderson in the drama thriller film A Good Marriage, based on Stephen King's short story of the same name.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Connolly was born and raised in Montclair, New Jersey.[8][9] She is married to Stephen O'Reilly, with whom she has two children.[10]



Year Title Role Notes
2003 Mona Lisa Smile Art History Student
2008 Revolutionary Road Mrs. Brace
The Happening Woman Reading on the Bench
Meet Dave Make-Out Girl
2009 Confessions of a Shopaholic Woman Who Wins Green Scarf Bid
2012 The Bay Stephanie
The Cabin in the Woods Dana Polk
Ex-Girlfriends Laura
2014 A Good Marriage Petra Anderson
Worst Friends Zoe
2022 Deep Water Kelly Wilson
TBA Honey Don't! Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2008 New Amsterdam Fanny Episode: "Honor"
2008 Guiding Light Jolene 16 episodes
2008 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Miranda/Teresa Episode: "Vanishing Act"
2008–09 As the World Turns Josie Anderson 39 episodes
2009 Life on Mars Donna Episode: "Let All The Children Boogie"
2009 Nurse Jackie Mrs. Vogal Episode: "School Nurse"
2009 Mercy Carey Whitlow Episode: "You Lose Me with the Cinderblock"
2010 Superego Josey Television movie
2011 The Good Wife Maggie Reeves Episode: "Get a Room"
2013–14 House of Cards Christina Gallagher 17 episodes
2014 Houdini Bess Houdini 2 episodes
2015 The Whispers Lena Lawrence 10 episodes
2015–17 Zoo Jamie Campbell 39 episodes
2017 The Wizard of Lies Stephanie Madoff Television film
2019–21 Evil Mira Byrd 5 episodes
2019 Prodigal Son Beth Saverstein Episode: "Pied-A-Terre"
2022 Outer Range Rebecca Abbott 3 episodes
2022 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Audrey O'Neill Episode: "Confess Your Sins to Be Free"
2023 Accused Natalie Barnes Episode: "Robyn's Story"
2023–24 FBI: International Olivia Thornton 2 episodes


  1. ^ "On This Date: Birthdays". The Fresno Bee. The Associated Press. July 12, 2018. p. 5B. Kristen Connolly is 38.
  2. ^ Potts, Kimberly (August 29, 2014). "'Houdini' Star Kristen Connolly on Mrs. Houdini, 'House of Cards,' and Wikipedia Errors". Yahoo! TV. Retrieved September 6, 2014.
  3. ^ "Kristen Connolly". AllMovie.com. AllMovie. Retrieved September 6, 2014.
  4. ^ "A&E's Houdini Premieres to 3.7 Million Total Viewers". BroadwayWorld. Retrieved September 6, 2014.
  5. ^ "Zoo Fills Out With New Anima... Actors! – Dread Central". Dread Central. January 15, 2015. Retrieved March 8, 2015.
  6. ^ Nellie Andreeva (January 15, 2015). "Kristen Connolly & Billy Burke To Co-Star In CBS Series 'Zoo'". Deadline. Retrieved March 8, 2015.
  7. ^ "UK Premiere of A Good Marriage Happening During Grimm Up North's Stephen King Season – Dread Central". Dread Central. February 6, 2015. Retrieved March 8, 2015.
  8. ^ "Kristen Connolly". Allmovie. Retrieved November 7, 2023. Jul 12, 1980 in Montclair, New Jersey, United States.
  9. ^ Reich, Ronni (January 9, 2012). "Move over, Barrymores - here come the Connollys". NJ.com. Retrieved November 11, 2022.
  10. ^ Keil, Jennifer Gould (April 10, 2019). "'House of Cards' star is ditching Brooklyn for the 'burbs". New York Post.

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