Lola Kirke

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Lola Kirke
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Kirke performing in 2018
Lola Clementine Kirke[1]

(1990-09-27) September 27, 1990 (age 30)
Alma materBard College
Saint Ann's School
  • Actress
  • singer-songwriter
  • musician
Years active2010–present

Lola Clementine Kirke (born September 27, 1990)[2] is an English-born American actress and singer-songwriter. She starred in the 2015 film Mistress America and the Amazon Studios television series Mozart in the Jungle. She also played a supporting role in David Fincher's Gone Girl.

Early life[edit]

Kirke was born in Westminster, London, England, and raised in New York City from the age of five.[3][4][5] Her father, Simon Kirke, was drummer for the rock bands Bad Company and Free.[6] Her mother is Lorraine (née Dellal) Kirke, the owner of Geminola,[6] a vintage boutique in New York City that supplied a number of outfits for the television series Sex and the City.[7][8] "Geminola" is an amalgam of the names of Lola and her siblings.[9]

The Kirke family are a junior branch of a family of Nottinghamshire landed gentry, and descend also from the Gibson-Craig baronets.[10][11] Kirke's maternal grandfather, Jack Dellal, was a British businessman of Iraqi-Jewish descent, and her maternal grandmother was Israeli; Kirke has described herself as Jewish.[12][13][14] Kirke has two older sisters, singer Domino and actress Jemima, and an older half-brother from a previous relationship of her mother's.[15][16][17] She is a cousin of curator Alexander Dellal and model Alice Dellal.[18] Kirke graduated from Saint Ann's School and in 2012 from Bard College.[4]


Kirke's breakout role came in the Amazon series Mozart in the Jungle, as the main character, Hayley Rutledge.[19] Mozart ran for four seasons, from 2014 to 2018.[20] In 2014, Kirke had a supporting role in the David Fincher film Gone Girl,[21] before going on to star in Mistress America alongside Greta Gerwig.[22][23] In 2017, Kirke co-starred alongside with Tom Cruise in the Doug Liman Action Crime Thriller film American Made. In 2018, Kirke starred in the drama film Untogether, playing sisters with her real-life sister, Jemima Kirke. The film had its premiere at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival.[24]

Kirke is also active in music, working alongside her partner, Wyndham Boylan-Garnett, a former member of the band Elvis Perkins in Dearland, who produces and arranges her albums.[25] In 2016 they released an EP.[26] In 2018, Kirke released three singles, including two with accompanying music videos, "Monster" and "Supposed To".[27][28] Her debut album, titled Heart Head West, was released on 10 August 2018, by Downtown Records.[29][30][31]

On 12 March 2019, Kirke released a cover of Rick Danko's "Sip the Wine" on Downtown Records. It was produced by Matthew E. White at his Richmond, VA studio, Spacebomb Studios.[32]

Kirke is also an outspoken activist for women's rights. In 2017, she notably wore a "Fuck Paul Ryan" pin on her gown to the Golden Globes as a form of protest.[33]



Year Title Role Notes
2011 Another Happy Day Charlie
2013 Reaching for the Moon Margaret
2014 Free the Nipple Liv
Song One Rema
Gone Girl Greta
2015 Mistress America Tracy
2016 Fallen Penn
2017 Gemini Jill LeBeau
American Made Judy Downing
Active Adults Lily
2018 Untogether Tara Moore
Viper Club Amy
2019 Dreamland Phoebe Evans Voice[34]
American Woman Yvonne
2020 Lost Girls Kim
TBA Broken Diamonds Cindy Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2013 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Gabby Shaw Guest star
2014 The Leftovers Hailey Guest star
2014–2018 Mozart in the Jungle Hailey Rutledge Starring role
2018 OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes Holo-Jane (voice) Episode: "Your World is an Illusion"


  • EP (2016)
  • Heart Head West (2018)


  1. ^ "Lola Clementine C Kirke – England and Wales, Birth Registration Index". FamilySearch. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Happy Birthday to the charming Lola Kirke!". Mozart in the Jungle. 27 September 2016. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  3. ^ Rickman, James (20 May 2014). "Welcome to the Jungle – Lola Kirle (Yes, Jemima's Sis) is on the Verge of Breaking Out". Paper. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  4. ^ a b Baker Staats, Ashley (19 September 2014). "Lola Kirke: No Sisterly Shadow". The New York Times. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  5. ^ "Jemima Kirke". 24 June 2012. Archived from the original on 5 June 2012. Retrieved 24 June 2012.
  6. ^ a b Cowles, Charlotte (4 February 2013). "Lorraine Kirke on Red Wedding Dresses, Dressing Her Daughter Jemima on Girls". New York. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  7. ^ Rubin, Julia. "Exclusive! Jemima Kirke and Her Stylish Sisters Model for Their Mom's Store". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  8. ^ "Geminola". Archived from the original on 27 February 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2012.
  9. ^ "Origin story of name Geminola". 11 July 2019.
  10. ^ A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Landed Gentry, 9th edition, Sir Bernard Burke, 1898, pp. 845-846
  11. ^ A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerage and Baronetage, 95th edition, ed. E. M. Swinhoe, Burke's Peerage, 1937, p. 483
  12. ^ Aylmer, Olivia (12 October 2017). "Joan Didion (and Her Sunglasses) Take New York Film Festival by Storm". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  13. ^ Nate Bloom (27 April 2012). "Jews in the News: Jews Rock Hall of Fame, A Minyan of Marvel Heroes". Let My People Grow. Archived from the original on 9 May 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
  14. ^ Dempster, Nigel (9 February 1999). Jack the lad to become a dad. Daily Mail (London).
  15. ^ Weber, Mia (29 October 2014). "Soul Sisters: Jemima Kirke & Domino Kirke". New York Family. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  16. ^ Kaufman, Amy (11 August 2015). "Lola Kirke steps out of sister Jemima's shadow in Noah Baumbach's 'Mistress America'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  17. ^ Jacobs, Laura (26 April 2016). "Introducing Vanity Fair's Sisters Issue, Featuring the McCartneys, Waterhouses, Wojcickis, and Many More". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  18. ^ "30 fun facts about Jemima Kirke: How She Landed Her Role on 'Girls'". Booms Beat. 14 April 2015. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  19. ^ "Amazon's 'Mozart in the Jungle' star Lola Kirke explains how her character's life in the show mirrors her own, and how they're different". Business Insider. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  20. ^ "'Mozart in the Jungle' Canceled at Amazon After Four Seasons (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  21. ^ "Lola Kirke Blasts Critic Who Said She Had 'Haircut from Hell' for 'Outdated' Views on Women". Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  22. ^ Perez, Rodrigo (14 August 2015). "Interview: Lola Kirke Talks 'Mistress America,' Working With David Fincher, And Her Love For 'Top Of The Lake'". IndieWire. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  23. ^ "Lola Kirke on Her Breakout Role and All Those Sister Comparisons". Vogue. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  24. ^ Cusumano, Katherine. "Jemima and Lola Kirke Are Really Tired of People Commenting on How They Look". W Magazine. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  25. ^ Newell-Hanson, Alice (10 August 2018). "Lola Kirke Captures Her Life on Tour, in Polaroids". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  26. ^ "Lola Kirke's New EP Contains Zero Oboe Solos". The Stranger. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  27. ^ Grow, Kory (1 March 2018). "See 'Mozart in the Jungle' Star Lola Kirke's New Music Video". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  28. ^ Kaseko, Baraka. "Lola Kirke saves her mesmerizing "Monster" for last". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  29. ^ "Lola Kirke Announces Debut Album, Drops 'Supposed To' Video - BlackBook". BlackBook. 20 June 2018. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  30. ^ "Home". Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  31. ^ "Lola Kirke - Heart Head West". Rough Trade. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  32. ^ "LOLA KIRKE Releases "Sip The Wine" (Rick Danko Cover)". Retrieved 31 March 2020.
  33. ^ "Lola Kirke Wore a "F— Paul Ryan" Pin at the Golden Globes". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  34. ^ James, Caryn (28 April 2019). "'Dreamland': Film Review | Tribeca 2019". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 1 May 2019.

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