Merritt Wever

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Merritt Wever
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Wever at Gotham Hall, New York City, March 18, 2010
Born Siobhán Merritt Wever
(1980-01-07) January 7, 1980 (age 36)
Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1995–present

Siobhán Merritt Wever[1] (born January 7, 1980), known professionally as Merritt Wever, is an American actress. She is best known for her role as the perennially upbeat young nurse Zoey Barkow in Nurse Jackie, for which she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2013. She currently has a recurring role as Denise Cloyd on AMC's The Walking Dead.

Early life[edit]

Wever was born in Manhattan, New York. She was conceived via a sperm donor and raised by her mother, Georgia.[2][3] She graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School and Sarah Lawrence College,[4] and she trained in acting in New York. Wever has appeared in Brooke Berman's play, Smashing and in Cavedweller with Deidre O'Connell, both Off-Broadway.[3]


Wever has appeared in the feature films Into the Wild, Neal Cassady, Michael Clayton, Series 7: The Contenders, Signs, The Adventures of Sebastian Cole, Bringing Rain, and All I Wanna Do, among others. She has guest starred on the TV shows Conviction, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and The Wire, among others. She also starred in Ed Zwick's ill-fated ABC pilot, Quarterlife, with Rachel Blanchard, Austin Nichols, and Shiri Appleby. She had a recurring role on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip as Suzanne.

Wever is best known for her role as Zoey Barkow in the dark comedy series Nurse Jackie, which premiered on Showtime in June 2009.[5][6] Zoey—an irrepressibly bubbly trauma nurse—serves as a comic foil to Edie Falco's hard-bitten (and prescription drug-addicted) titular character. Wever was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in Nurse Jackie in 2012 and 2013, winning the award in 2013 and delivering a memorable speech that consisted only of her stunned reaction: "Thanks so much. Thank you so much. I gotta go. Bye."[7]



Merritt Wever in 2010
Year Title Role Notes
1995 Blue River Lottie Television movie
1997 Alaska April Short film
1998 Hairy Bird, TheThe Hairy Bird Maureen 'Momo' Haines AKA, All I Wanna Do
1998 Adventures of Sebastian Cole, TheThe Adventures of Sebastian Cole Susan
1998 Arresting Gena Tammy
2001 Series 7: The Contenders Lindsay
2002 Signs Tracey Abernathy
2003 Season of Youth
2003 Bringing Rain Monica Greenfield
2004 Hole in One, AA Hole in One Betty
2004 Something the Lord Made Mrs. Saxon Television movie
2005 Quarterlife Bailey Television movie
2005 12 and Holding Debbie Poole
2007 Michael Clayton Anna
2007 Into the Wild Lori
2007 Neal Cassady Mountain Girl
2008 Righteous Kill Rape Victim
2009 Mr. Softie Gail
2009 Missing Person, TheThe Missing Person Mabel Page
2009 Messenger, TheThe Messenger Lara
2010 Greenberg Gina
2010 Tiny Furniture Frankie Nominated—Gotham Award for Best Cast
2011 Strange Ones, TheThe Strange Ones Girl Short film
2013 Remember Sunday Lucy Television movie
2014 Birdman Annie Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
2015 Meadowland Kelly


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Law & Order Myra Episode: "Mad Dog"
2002 Law & Order Jennifer Taylor Episode: "American Jihad"
2002 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Hannah Price Episode: "Tomorrow"
2003 Wire, TheThe Wire Prissy 2 episodes
2005 Law & Order Sunshine Porter Episode: "Sects"
2005 NCIS Wendy Smith Episode: "Switch"
2006 Conviction Bridget Kellner Episode: "Pilot"
2006–2007 Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip Suzanne 12 episodes
2009–2015 Nurse Jackie Zoey Barkow 80 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
2012 Good Wife, TheThe Good Wife Aubrey Gardner Episode: "After the Fall"
2013 New Girl Elizabeth 7 episodes
2015–present The Walking Dead Dr. Denise Cloyd Season 6 (Recurring; 5 episodes)


  1. ^ "5 Things to Know About Merritt Wever". Entertainment Tonight. September 23, 2013. Retrieved June 16, 2014. 
  2. ^ Maerz, Melissa (March 29, 2011). "Merritt Wever brings undoctored flair to 'Nurse Jackie'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Merritt Wever: Biography". TV Guide. CBS Interactive Inc. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Merritt Wever". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Nurse Jackie: Official Site". Retrieved March 3, 2009. 
  6. ^ Maerz, Melissa (29 March 2011). "Merritt Wever brings undoctored flair to 'Nurse Jackie'". Los Angeles Times. 
  7. ^ Chan, Robert (22 September 2013). "Best. Emmys. Speech. EVER: An Underdog Takes Home an Emmy". Yahoo!. 

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