Margaret Qualley

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Margaret Qualley
Born (1994-10-23) October 23, 1994 (age 22)
Occupation Actress, dancer, model
Years active 2013-present

Sarah Margaret Qualley (born October 23, 1994)[1] is an American actress and model best known for playing Jill Garvey on the HBO television series The Leftovers.

Early life[edit]

Qualley was born in 1994 in Montana, the daughter of Andie MacDowell, an actress and model, and Paul Qualley, who is a model, musician, contractor, and rancher.[2] Her sister, Rainey, is also an actress, dancer and model.[3][4]

Education and training[edit]

As a teenager growing up in Asheville, North Carolina,[5] she was a debutante, along with her sister, and made her debut at the Bal des débutantes in Paris.[6] She trained as a ballerina, earning an apprenticeship at the American Ballet Theatre and studying at New York's French Academy. However, at the age of 17, following an offer to become an apprentice with the North Carolina Dance Theater company, Qualley changed her focus to acting and attended London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art summer program.[7][8]



In 2011, Qualley made her modeling debut at the age of 16 during New York Fashion Week, walking for Alberta Ferretti.[9]

She is currently signed with IMG Models and Uno Models Barcelona.[10][11]


Qualley first appeared on screen in 2013 playing a small part in Gia Coppola's film Palo Alto.[12] In June 2013, she was cast as a series regular in the HBO television series The Leftovers.[13]

In 2016, she appeared in Shane Black's comedy The Nice Guys.[14] She is set to star in Adam Wingard's Death Note.[15]

In April 2016, Qualley was announced to have joined the cast of Shawn Christensen's Sidney Hall.[16] The film premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, alongside another film of hers, Novitiate.[17]

In the media[edit]

Qualley appears as the central character in a Spike Jonze-directed commercial for KENZO World.[18]The short film/ad was choreographed by Ryan Heffington. However, much of the dance routine was improvised by Qualley herself, who trained as a classical ballet dancer.[19]

Personal life[edit]

As of June 2014, Qualley attends New York University.[20]


Year Title Role Director Notes
2013 Palo Alto Raquel Gia Coppola
2014–2017 The Leftovers Jill Garvey Various Series regular
2016 The Nice Guys Amelia Shane Black
2017 Novitiate Sister Cathleen Margaret Betts
2017 Sidney Hall Alexandra Shawn Christensen
2017 Death Note Mia Sutton Adam Wingard


  1. ^ "InStyle Magazine Covers: 1995". In Style Magazine. Retrieved May 22, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Andie Macdowell profile". Retrieved 2016-05-22. 
  3. ^ "Getting to that Stage: Rainey and Margaret Qualley, photographed at Alder Manor, in New York". Vanity Fair. Retrieved July 9, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Social Safari in Paris, France". Retrieved 2016-05-22. 
  5. ^ "MacDowell Colony". Town and Country Magazine. Retrieved November 14, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Debutantes in movies: Stars of stage and screen". Retrieved August 14, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Margaret Qualley plays Justin Theroux's daughter on The Leftovers but her real-life Mom is famous, too". Bustle. June 29, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Andie MacDowell's Daughters Make the Move to LA". September 2, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Andie Macdowell's daughter, 16, makes modelling debut at Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti's New York Fashion Week show". Daily Mail. September 15, 2011. 
  10. ^ "IMG Models, Margaret Qualley - Model". Retrieved 2015-12-10. 
  11. ^ "Margaret Qualley profile". Retrieved 2015-12-10. 
  12. ^ "Palo Alto's Young Hollywood Cast". W Magazine. May 6, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Cable Pilots ‘The Leftovers’, ‘Quarry’ & ‘The Strain’ Add To Casts". Deadline. June 20, 2013. 
  14. ^ Kit, Borys (September 22, 2016). "Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe Thriller 'Nice Guys' Casts Female Leads". Retrieved September 17, 2014. 
  15. ^ Kroll, Justin (November 12, 2015). "‘The Leftovers’ Star Margaret Qualley Joins Nat Wolff in ‘Death Note’". Variety. Retrieved April 16, 2016. 
  16. ^ Kroll, Justin (April 25, 2016). "Blake Jenner, Margaret Qualley and Tim Blake Nelson Join Sidney Hall". Variety. Retrieved November 14, 2016. 
  17. ^ Debruge, Peter (December 5, 2016). "Sundance Film Festival Unveils 2017 Premieres, Midnight, Spotlight Sections". Variety. Retrieved December 15, 2016. 
  18. ^ Vine, Richard (August 31, 2016). "Spike Jonze gets freaky for Kenzo – where film meets beauty". The Guardian. Retrieved September 1, 2016. 
  19. ^ Kim, Monica. "Meet the Man Behind Margaret Qualley’s Insane Dance Solo in the New Kenzo Commercial". Retrieved October 11, 2016. 
  20. ^ "Meet Margaret Qualley: HBO's Next It Girl". Vogue. June 26, 2014. 

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