Kristen Connolly

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Kristen Connolly
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Connolly in 2014
Kristen Nora Connolly

(1980-07-12) July 12, 1980 (age 39)
Years active2003–present

Kristen Nora Connolly (born July 12, 1980)[1] is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as Dana in the 2012 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 alongside Kevin Spacey.[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 is the oldest of her siblings, Joe and Will. She is married to Stephen O'Reilly, and in July 2018 gave birth to her first child, Aidan.



Year Title Role Notes
2003 Mona Lisa Smile Art History Student
2008 Revolutionary Road Mrs. Brace
2008 The Happening Woman Reading on the Bench
2008 Meet Dave Make-Out Girl
2009 Confessions of a Shopaholic Woman Who Wins Green Scarf Bid
2012 The Bay Stephanie
2012 The Cabin in the Woods Dana Polk
2012 Ex-Girlfriends Laura
2014 A Good Marriage Petra Anderson
2014 Worst Friends Zoe
2017 The Wizard of Lies Stephanie Madoff


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


  1. ^ "Kristen Connolly - CraveOnline". CraveOnline. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  2. ^ Potts, Kimberly (29 August 2014). "'Houdini' Star Kristen Connolly on Mrs. Houdini, 'House of Cards,' and Wikipedia Errors". Yahoo! TV. Retrieved 6 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Kristen Connolly". AllMovie. Retrieved 6 September 2014.
  4. ^ "A&E's Houdini Premieres to 3.7 Million Total Viewers". BroadwayWorld. Retrieved 6 September 2014.
  5. ^ "Zoo Fills Out With New Anima... Actors! – Dread Central". Dread Central. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  6. ^ Nellie Andreeva. "Kristen Connolly & Billy Burke To Co-Star In CBS Series 'Zoo'". Deadline. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  7. ^ "UK Premiere of A Good Marriage Happening During Grimm Up North's Stephen King Season – Dread Central". Dread Central. Retrieved 8 March 2015.

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