Mireille Enos

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Mireille Enos
Born (1975-09-22) September 22, 1975 (age 41)
Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Alma mater Brigham Young University
Occupation Actress
Years active 1994–present
Spouse(s) Alan Ruck (m. 2008)
Children 2

Marie Mireille Enos (/mˈr ˈnəs/;[1][2][3] born September 22, 1975) is an American actress. In 2005 she was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in the 2005 Broadway production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and in 2007 joined the cast of the HBO drama series Big Love (2007–2010) as twins Kathy and JoDean Marquart.

Enos' breakout role was on the AMC crime drama series, The Killing (2011–14) as Sarah Linden for which she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Enos starred as Karin Lane in the 2013 disaster film World War Z and also appeared in films Gangster Squad (2013), Devil's Knot (2013), Sabotage (2014) and If I Stay (2014). In 2016, Enos is starring as lead character in the ABC legal thriller, The Catch.

Early life[edit]

Enos was born in Kansas City, Missouri.[4][5] She is the daughter of Monique, a French teacher, and Jon Goree Enos.[6] Her father is American, from Texas, and is of part Scottish ancestry. Her mother is French.[2] She moved to Houston, Texas, at the age of five, where she attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Enos studied theater at Brigham Young University, graduating with a bachelor of arts in acting in 1997. While a student, she won the Irene Ryan Award at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., an award annually presented to the nation’s top collegiate actor.[7]



Enos made her screen acting debut in the television film Without Consent (1994).[8] She made her feature film debut with small role in the romantic comedy Someone Like You (2001) starring Ashley Judd. On television she had number of guest-starring parts in numerous shows, including Sex and the City, Strong Medicine, Rescue Me, Without a Trace, Crossing Jordan, CSI: Miami, Medium and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. She also appeared in several stage productions. Enos appeared in the 2005 Broadway production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.[9] For her performance she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play, but lost Award to Adriane Lenox.

In 2007, Enos joined the cast of the HBO drama series Big Love about a polygamous family. She played the roles of twin sisters JoDean Marquart and Kathy Marquart.[10] She was a regular cast member in the third and fourth seasons.


In 2010, Enos was cast in her first lead role in a television series: detective Sarah Linden in the AMC drama series The Killing, based upon the Danish television series Forbrydelsen. She received critical acclaim for that performance, and the first season was praised by most critics.[11] Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter in his review said "It's not until you watch Enos play Sarah for a while that it sinks in—there hasn't been a female American character like her probably ever."[12] Enos received nominations for an Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama, and three Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television.[13][14] The series ended in 2014, after four seasons.[15]

Enos at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival

After her breakout role in The Killing, Enos began her career in feature films. She played Brad Pitt's wife, Karin Lane, in the zombie thriller film World War Z (2013). The film received positive reviews and was a commercial success, grossing over $540 million. She co-starred as Josh Brolin's character wife in Gangster Squad (2013) and appeared opposite Reese Witherspoon in the crime drama Devil's Knot, based on a true story. In 2014, she appeared in the crime thriller Sabotage directed by David Ayer and later starred in drama film If I Stay directed by R. J. Cutler, based on the novel of the same name by Gayle Forman.[16] The film was released on August 22, 2014. Also in 2014, Enos co-starred alongside Ryan Reynolds in The Captive directed by Atom Egoyan.[17] As lead actress, Enos was cast in the thriller You Were Never Here directed by Camille Thoman.[18]

In March 2015, it was announced that Enos had been cast as lead character in the ABC legal drama series, The Catch, produced by Shonda Rhimes.[19][20][21] Later in this month, it was announced that Enos will be star alongside Olivia Cooke in the independent drama film, Katie Says Goodbye.[22] Also in 2015, she starred alongside Marisa Tomei, Timothy Olyphant and Charlie Plummer in the drama Behold My Heart directed by Joshua Leonard.[23][24]

Personal life[edit]

Enos married actor Alan Ruck[25] on January 4, 2008.[26] They have two children: daughter Vesper Vivienne Ruck, born on September 23, 2010, and son Larkin Zouey Ruck, born on July 23, 2014.[27] Enos also has two step children from Ruck's previous marriage. She was raised in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints but is no longer a practicing member.[2][3]



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Someone Like You Yoga Instructor #1
2005 Chasing Leonard Lucinda Short film
2006 Falling Objects Isobel Walker Short film
2013 Gangster Squad Connie O'Mara
2013 World War Z Karen Lane
2013 Devil's Knot Vicki Hutcheson
2013 Wild Horses Mills Short film
2014 Sabotage Lizzy Murray
2014 If I Stay Kat Hall
2014 The Captive Tina
2016 You Were Never Here Miranda Fall
2016 Katie Says Goodbye Katie’s mother
2016 Behold My Heart


Year Title Role Notes
1994 Without Consent Naomi Television film
1996 Face of Evil Brianne Dwyer Television film
1999 Sex and the City Jenna Episode: "Shortcomings"
2001 Education of Max Bickford, TheThe Education of Max Bickford Carla Byrd 2 episodes
2003 Strong Medicine Fern Episode: "Speculum for a Heavyweight"
2004 Rescue Me Karen Episode: "Mom"
2006 Without a Trace Jessica Lawson Episode: "911"
2006 Standoff Dana Episode: "Man of Steele"
2006 Shark Chloe Gorman Episode: "Dial M for Monica"
2007 Crossing Jordan Sandy Walsh Episode: "Crazy Little Thing Called Love"
2007–10 Big Love JoDean Marquart / Kathy Marquart Series regular, 25 episodes
2008 Numbers Grace Ferraro Episode: "End Game"
2008 CSI: Miami Lucy Maddox Episode: "Down to the Wire"
2008 Medium Kelly Winters Episode: "Drowned World"
2009 Lie to Me Cheryl Ambrose Episode: "The Better Half"
2009 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Julianna Morgan Episode: "Identity Crisis"
2010 American Experience Lucia Cutts Episode: "Dolley Madison"
2011–14 The Killing Sarah Linden Series regular, 44 episodes
2016–present The Catch Alice Vaughn Series regular, 10 episodes


Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Invention of Love Katharine Houseman Mar 29, 2001 – Jun 30, 2001
2005 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Honey Mar 20, 2005 – Sep 04, 2005
2005 Absurd Person Singular Eva Oct 18, 2005 – Dec 04, 2005

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2005 Tony Awards[9] Best Featured Actress in a Play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Nominated
2011 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Actress in a Drama Series The Killing Nominated
Golden Globe Awards[28] Best Actress – Television Series Drama Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards[29] Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Nominated
2012 Saturn Awards[30] Best Actress on Television Nominated
2013 Saturn Awards Best Actress on Television Nominated


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  22. ^ Borys Kit. "Olivia Cooke to Star in Indie Drama 'Katie Says Goodbye' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  23. ^ Patrick Hipes. "Marisa Tomei & Timothy Olyphant To Star In Indie Movie 'Behold My Heart' - Deadline". Deadline. Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
  24. ^ Dave McNary. "Marisa Tomei, Timothy Olyphant Starring in 'Behold My Heart'". Variety. Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
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  29. ^ "Emmy Nominations 2011: Full List". The Hollywood Reporter. July 14, 2011. Retrieved July 14, 2011. 
  30. ^ Goldberg, Matt (February 29, 2012). "Saturn Award Nominations Announced; HUGO and HARRY POTTER Lead with 10 Nominations Each". Collider. Retrieved March 2, 2012. 

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