Marianna Palka

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Marianna Palka
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Born Marianna Bronislawa Barbara Palka
(1981-09-07) 7 September 1981 (age 36)
Glasgow, Scotland
Occupation Actress, director, screenwriter
Years active 2001 – present
Partner(s) Jason Ritter (1999 - 2013)

Marianna Bronislawa Barbara Palka (born 7 September 1981) is a Scottish screenwriter, director, and actress. She is the writer, director and star of the film Good Dick, which screened at the Sundance Film Festival.[1][2][3][4][5]


Palka was born and brought up in Glasgow and moved to New York City at age 17 to study at the Atlantic Theater Company. She wrote, directed and starred alongside her longtime boyfriend at the time, Jason Ritter (with whom she began a relationship after meeting in Queens in October 1999),[6] Martin Starr, Mark Webber, Charles Durning and Tom Arnold in Good Dick. It was self-released in the US in 2009. At the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, Palka was a Sloan Juror with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Later that year she performed in "Love Loss and What I Wore" at The Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.

Palka appeared in Peter Mullan's 2011 film Neds. Palka played the lead role of JEVA in director Jeremiah Jones independent film Restive. She appeared in the short Spoonful (by director Jenee LaMarque) and in Bryce Dallas Howard's second film, When You Find Me. She played a Scottish book store worker/hipster in director Nathan Sutton's film Autumn Wanderer. She starred in director Sylvia Sether's short film, King Of Norway.

In 2012, she was in The Ensemble Theater in Santa Barbara, California, reading of The Good Soldier. She appeared in Martin McDonagh's The Lonesome West at the Actor’s Gang Theatre, Los Angeles, and in Conor McPherson's Dublin Carol at the Ensemble Theatre Company.



  • The Big Kahuna (1999), production intern
  • Sam the Man (2001), as an intern
  • Good Dick (2008), also writer, producer, director
  • Neds (2010), Aunt Beth
  • Restive (2011), Jeva
  • The Motivation (2013)
  • Autumn Wanderer (2013), Audrey
  • I'm the Same (2014), also writer, director and producer
  • Forever (2015), Kate
  • Worthy (2015), also director and producer
  • Contracted: Phase II (2015)
  • Scottish Mussel (2015) Fiona


Short film[edit]

  • Oh Gallow Lay (2015)
  • The Lion's Mouth Opens (2014), herself, also writer and producer
  • Pant Suits (2014), Joanne
  • First Kiss (2014), Soko's Kisser
  • King of Norway (2013), Liv Skaarsguard


  1. ^ Catsoulis, Jeannette. "Three Documentaries, One Quirky Indie and Daniel Craig in a Non-Bond Role". Retrieved 2017-01-20. 
  2. ^ Dawson, Nick. "Marianna Palka, Good Dick | Filmmaker Magazine". Filmmaker Magazine. Retrieved 2017-01-20. 
  3. ^ "Movies". Retrieved 2017-01-20. 
  4. ^ Mark Olsen (15 October 2008). "The Los Angeles Times". Retrieved 2016-07-20. 
  5. ^ Carina Chocano (10 October 2008). "The Los Angeles Times". Retrieved 2016-07-20. 
  6. ^ Spaner, Whitney (January 2009). "L.A. Is For Lovers: Jason Ritter & Marianna Palka". Paper Magazine. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 2015-10-26. 

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