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Mireille Enos
Enos in 2012
Marie Mireille Enos

(1975-09-22) September 22, 1975 (age 48)
Alma materBrigham Young University (BA)
Years active1994–present
(m. 2008)

Marie Mireille Enos (/mɪəˈr ˈnəs/; born September 22, 1975) is an American actress known for the lead role as homicide detective Sarah Linden in the drama series The Killing.

Early life[edit]

Enos was born on September 22, 1975 in Kansas City, Missouri.[1][2] She is the daughter of Monique, a French teacher from France,[3] and Jon Goree Enos.[4] Her father is American, from Texas, and her mother is French.[1] Enos speaks French fluently.[5]

She has two brothers and two sisters.[4] Her older sister, Veronique Enos Kaefer, currently serves as the Vice President of Philanthropy at The Michael J. Fox Foundation.[6]

Her family moved to Sugar Land, Texas when she was five years old. She attended Houston's High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, where she underwent rigorous acting training.[7] Enos studied theater at Brigham Young University (BYU), but left during her third year to pursue acting opportunities in New York City.[8] While a BYU 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.[9][10]



Enos made her screen acting debut in the television film Without Consent (1994).[11] She made her feature film debut with small role in the romantic comedy Someone Like You (2001) starring Ashley Judd.[12] She has guest-starred in a number of television shows, including Sex and the City, Strong Medicine, Rescue Me, Without a Trace, Crossing Jordan, CSI: Miami, Medium and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.[13]

She also appeared in several stage productions. She played Perdita in the 2002 Shakespeare Theatre Company production of The Winter's Tale at the Lansburgh Theater in Washington, D.C.[14] She appeared in the 2005 Broadway revival production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, which starred Kathleen Turner and Bill Irwin.[15] For her performance she received a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Play.[16]

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.[17] She was a regular cast member in the third and fourth seasons.[18]


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 on the Danish television series Forbrydelsen.[19] She received critical acclaim for that performance, and the first season was praised by most critics.[20] 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."[21]

For her role as Linden, 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.[22][23] The series ran for four seasons, ending in 2014.[24]

After her breakout role in The Killing, Enos began her career in feature films. She played Karin Lane, the wife of Brad Pitt's character in World War Z (2013).[25] The film received positive reviews and was a commercial success, grossing over $540 million worldwide.[26] Also in 2013, she co-starred as Josh Brolin's character's wife in Gangster Squad, and appeared opposite Reese Witherspoon in the crime drama Devil's Knot, based on a true story, the West Memphis Three. 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.[27]

Enos co-starred later that year alongside Ryan Reynolds in The Captive, directed by Atom Egoyan.[28] Enos was cast as lead actress in the thriller Never Here, which was directed by Camille Thoman.[29]

In March 2015, it was announced that Enos had been cast as the lead character in the ABC legal drama series, The Catch, produced by Shonda Rhimes.[30][31][32] She starred as the lead character Alice Vaughan, the head of a high-end private detective agency. The Catch aired its first 10-episode season in spring 2016, and a second 10-episode season in 2017 as part of ABC's "TGIT" Thursday night lineup.[33]

Also in March 2015, it was announced Enos would star alongside Olivia Cooke in Katie Says Goodbye, an independent film.[34] That same year, she starred in Behold My Heart, directed by Joshua Leonard.[35][36]

In 2019, she appeared as Marissa Wiegler in the action drama streaming television series Hanna on Amazon Prime Video.[37] The series is based on the 2011 film of the same name, with Cate Blanchett originating the role of Wiegler.[38]

In August 2020, it was announced the 2018 film The Lie (her reunion with The Killing's showrunner Veena Sud) would be included in Amazon Prime Video's Welcome to the Blumhouse horror film anthology. It was released in the anthology's first installment on October 6, 2020.[39]


In 2012, she earned nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series at the Golden Globes, and the Primetime Emmys. She has also received a nomination for a Tony Award for her role as Honey in the 2005 Broadway production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?[40]

Personal life[edit]

Enos married actor Alan Ruck[41] on January 4, 2008.[42] They have two children,[43] and she has two stepchildren from Ruck's previous marriage.[citation needed]

She was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints but is no longer a practicing member.[1][2]



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
World War Z Karin Lane
Devil's Knot Vicki Hutcheson
Wild Horses Mills Short film
2014 Sabotage DEA Agent Lizzy Murray
The Captive Tina Lane
If I Stay Kat Hall
2016 Katie Says Goodbye Tracey
2017 Never Here Miranda Fall
2018 Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot Maggie Lynch
Dark Was the Night Nancy
The Lie Rebecca Marston
2023 Miranda's Victim Zeola


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 The 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"
Standoff Dana Episode: "Man of Steele"
Shark Chloe Gorman Episode: "Dial M for Monica"
2007 Crossing Jordan Sandy Walsh Episode: "Crazy Little Thing Called Love"
2007–2010 Big Love JoDean Marquart / Kathy Marquart Series regular, 25 episodes
2008 Numbers Grace Ferraro Episode: "End Game"
CSI: Miami Lucy Maddox Episode: "Down to the Wire"
Medium Kelly Winters Episode: "Drowned World"
2009 Lie to Me Cheryl Ambrose Episode: "The Better Half"
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Julianna Morgan Episode: "Identity Crisis"
2010 American Experience Lucia Cutts Episode: "Dolley Madison"
2011–2014 The Killing Sarah Linden Series lead, 44 episodes
2016–2017 The Catch Alice Vaughan Series lead, 20 episodes
2017 Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams Mother Episode: "Father Thing"
2018 My Dinner with Hervé Kathy Self Television film
2019–2021 Hanna Marissa Wiegler Main role
2019 Good Omens War Main role
2023 Lucky Hank Lily Devereaux Main role


Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Invention of Love Katharine Houseman Mar. 29 – Jun. 30, 2001
2002 The Winter's Tale Perdita Aug. 27 – Oct. 20, 2002
2005 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Honey Mar. 20 – Sept. 4, 2005
2005 Absurd Person Singular Eva Oct. 18 – Dec. 4, 2005

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2020 NBA 2K21 Harper Dell Also motion capture

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2005 Tony Awards[15] 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[44] Best Actress – Television Series Drama Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards[45] Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Nominated
2012 Saturn Awards[46] Best Actress on Television Nominated
2013 Saturn Awards Best Actress on Television Nominated


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