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Parker at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival
30 June 1972 |
Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada
Molly Parker (born 30 June 1972) is a Canadian actress. She is best known for her roles in independent films, her role as House Majority Whip Jacqueline Sharp on House of Cards, and as Alma Garret on the HBO series Deadwood. She won a Genie Award in 1997 as Best Actress in a Leading Role for Kissed, was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award as best female lead in 2001 for her role in The Center of the World, and has twice been nominated for a Genie Award as best supporting actress (winning in 2002 for Last Wedding).
Parker was born in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, and spent her childhood on a farm. She attended ballet classes from age 3 to 17 but began acting in local productions at age 14. Her uncle's agent represented her early in her career, when she had parts in various Canadian television roles before studying with Vancouver's Gastown Actors' Studio.
Parker's breakthrough role was as the daughter of a lesbian military officer in the TV movie Serving in Silence. She then won a Gemini nomination for her performance in the TV movie Paris or Somewhere. She later won the Genie Award for best actress for playing a necrophiliac in Lynne Stopkewich's 1996 film Kissed. The controversial film served as her breakthrough to more mainstream films.
Parker is known for taking on controversial roles, such as her aforementioned performance in Kissed, as a sympathetic lap dancer and paid escort in The Center of the World, and a female rabbi in Six Feet Under. In 2008, she starred in the CBS show Swingtown. She filmed a pilot for a series called The Wonderful Maladys, but the series was not picked up. In 2010, she starred in the video for "Cold Love" by Tim Kasher.
In 2012 Parker joined the cast of the NBC mid-season show, The Firm, based on the 1991 novel and the 1993 film. She portrayed Abby McDeere, wife of Mitch McDeere. She also made several appearances on the sixth season of the Showtime series Dexter. She portrayed Alice Ramsey in "The Wrath of Kali", a fourth season episode of Highlander: The Series.
In 2014, she appeared as Congresswoman Jacqueline Sharp in the second season of the Netflix series House of Cards. Parker continued in the role in the third season of the show, released on Netflix in 2015.
Her most recent project contains a role alongside Jamie Dornan, Sarah Gadon and Aaron Paul in Miramax's upcoming supernatural thriller The 9th Life of Louis Drax, which started shooting principal photography on Monday, 27 October 2014.
|1992||Hate Mail||Maggie||Short film|
|1993||Just One of the Girls||Lynne||Video|
|1996||Hard Core Logo||Jenifur|
|1996||Chain, TheThe Chain||Mathilde||Short film|
|1998||From Morning on I Waited Yesterday||Lina||Short film|
|1999||Five Senses, TheThe Five Senses||Anna Miller|
|1999||Intruder, TheThe Intruder||Daisy|
|2000||Waking the Dead||Juliet Beck|
|2000||Suspicious River||Leila Murray|
|2001||The War Bride||Sylvia|
|2001||Center of the World, TheThe Center of the World||Florence|
|2002||Men with Brooms||Amy Foley|
|2002||Looking for Leonard||Monica|
|2004||Good Shepherd, TheThe Good Shepherd||Madeline Finney|
|2005||Break a Leg||Kate|
|2006||Wicker Man, TheThe Wicker Man||Sister Rose / Sister Thorn|
|2006||Who Loves the Sun||Maggie Claire|
|2010||Oliver Sherman||Irene Page|
|2011||That's What I Am||Sherri Nichol|
|2012||Playroom, TheThe Playroom||Donna Cantwell|
|2013||Hold Fast||Aunt Ellen|
|2015||9th Life of Louis Drax, TheThe 9th Life of Louis Drax||Post-production|
|1991||My Son Johnny||Lori Spoda||TV film|
|1991||Neon Rider||Dora 'Susie' Brody||Episode: "Parent's Day"|
|1992||Neon Rider||Kate||Episode: "The Good, the Bad, and Eleanor"|
|1992||Nightmare Cafe||Ivy||Episode: "Fay & Ivy"|
|1993||Madison||Karen||Episode: "Tough Cries"|
|1993||Substitute, TheThe Substitute||Courtney||TV film|
|1994||One More Mountain||Eliza Williams||TV film|
|1994||Neon Rider||Gloria Miller||Episode: "St. Vincent"|
|1994||Paris or Somewhere||Peg Kennedy||TV film|
|1995||Marshal, TheThe Marshal||Teri Sinclair||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1995||Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story||Lynette||TV film|
|1995||Freefall: Flight 174||Norma Sax||TV film|
|1995||Ranger, the Cook and a Hole in the Sky, TheThe Ranger, the Cook and a Hole in the Sky||Sue||TV film|
|1995||Outer Limits, TheThe Outer Limits||Jennifer||Episode: "If These Walls Could Talk"|
|1995||Deceived by Trust: A Moment of Truth Movie||Rachel Morton||TV film|
|1995||Highlander: The Series||Alice Ramsey||Episode: "The Wrath of Kali"|
|1995||Ebbie||Francine 'Frannie'||TV film|
|1996||Sentinel, TheThe Sentinel||The Switchman||Episode: "The Switchman"|
|1996||Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years||Frances Phillips||Episodes: "Betrayal", "When She Was Good"|
|1996||Poltergeist: The Legacy||Liz Barrow||Episode: "Do Not Go Gently"|
|1996||Titanic||Lulu Foley||TV miniseries|
|1997||Contagious||Flt. Att. Stephanie||TV film|
|1997||Intensity||Chyna Shepherd||TV film|
|1998–2000||Twitch City||Hope||Main role (13 episodes)|
|2002||Six Feet Under||Rabbi Ari||Episodes: "Back to the Garden", "The Liar and the Whore"|
|2004||Iron Jawed Angels||Emily Leighton||TV film|
|2004–2006||Deadwood||Alma Garret||Main role (36 episodes)|
|2006||Odd Job Jack||Alberta Malone (voice)||Episode: "Jack Ryder and the Fountain of Life"|
|2008||Swingtown||Susan Miller||Main role (13 episodes)|
|2009||Party Down||Melinda Weintraub||Episode: "James Rolf High School 20th Reunion"|
|2010||Human Target||Rebecca Brooks||Episode: "The Wife's Tale"|
|2010||Shattered||Ella Sullivan||Main role|
|2010||Wonderful Maladys, TheThe Wonderful Maladys||Mary Malady||Unsold TV pilot|
|2010||Quinn-tuplets, TheThe Quinn-tuplets||Rebecca Quinn-Adatto||TV film|
|2011||Gone||Amy Kettering||TV film|
|2011||Dexter||Lisa Marshall||(4 episodes)|
|2011||Meet Jane||Jane Bilinski|
|2012||Hemingway & Gellhorn||Pauline Hemingway||TV film|
|2012||Firm, TheThe Firm||Abby McDeere||Main role (22 episodes)|
|2013||Motive||Chloe Myton||Episode: "Public Enemy"|
|2013||Pete's Christmas||Dr. Pamela Kidder||TV film|
|2014||Outlaw Prophet: Warren Jeffs||Janine Jeffs||TV film|
|2014–2015||House of Cards||Jackie Sharp||Regular role (20 episodes)|
|2015||Heritage Minutes||Narrator||Voice role|
- The Canadian Press (2 May 2014). "Maple Ridge-born actress Molly Parker says she relished the chance to dive into the dark intrigue of House of Cards, noting the new character she plays on the acclaimed Netflix drama offers a worthy match to the power-hungry Francis Underwood". Retrieved 29 October 2014.
- Schneller, Johanna (14 February 2014). "Hillary Clinton + Lady Macbeth = Molly Parker on House of Cards". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
- "Molly Parker Bio". Tribute. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
- Seidman, Robert. "Molly Parker ('Deadwood,' 'Swingtown') Joins Cast of NBC's New Legal Drama 'The Firm'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved 29 July 2011.
- "Oliver Platt, Molly Parker, Barbara Hershey & Aiden Longworth Round Out ‘The 9th Life Of Louis Drax’", Deadline.com.
- "Deadwood's Molly Parker Has a Boy". People. 20 October 2006. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
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