Marianna Palka

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Marianna Palka
Marianna Palka Sundance 2014.jpg
Born Marianna Bronislawa Barbara Palka
(1981-09-07) 7 September 1981 (age 34)
Glasgow, Scotland
Occupation Actress, director, screenwriter
Years active 2001 – present
Partner(s) Jason Ritter, (?-?)

Marianna Palka (born 7 September 1981) is a Scottish screenwriter, director, actor, photographer and model. She is the co-star of the film Good Dick.[1][2][3][4][5][6] She is the subject of the short documentary The Lion's Mouth Opens.


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 longtime boyfriend at the time, Jason Ritter (with whom she began a relationship after meeting in Queens in October 1999),[7] 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.

Personal life[edit]

She dated actor Jason Ritter. They've since broken up.[8]




Short film[edit]


  1. ^ The New York Times
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  3. ^ The New York Times
  4. ^ The Los Angeles Times
  5. ^ The Los Angeles Times
  6. ^ Papermag
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ Radish, Christina (17 June 2014). "Jason Ritter Talks I AM I, How He Got Involved, Why the Kickstarter Campaign Was Successful, and More". Retrieved 26 December 2015. At a certain point, my girlfriend at the time, Marianna Palka, wrote and directed this movie, Good Dick, and we decided to fun it and make it ourselves. 

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