Molly Parker

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Molly Parker
Molly Parker @ Toronto International Film Festival 2010.jpg
Parker at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival
Born (1972-06-30) 30 June 1972 (age 43)
Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada
Occupation Actress
Years active 1991–present
Children 1

Molly Parker (born 30 June 1972)[1] 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).

Early life[edit]

Parker was born in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, and spent her childhood on a farm.[2][3] 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.[4]


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.[5] 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.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Parker is divorced from director, writer, and producer Matt Bissonnette.[7] The marriage produced one child, a son named William Strummer Bissonnette born on 13 October 2006.[8]



Year Title Role Notes
1992 Hate Mail Maggie Short film
1993 Just One of the Girls Lynne Video
1996 Hard Core Logo Jenifur
1996 Kissed Sandra Larson
1996 Chain, TheThe Chain Mathilde Short film
1997 Bliss Connie
1998 Under Heaven Cynthia
1998 From Morning on I Waited Yesterday Lina Short film
1999 Wonderland Molly
1999 Five Senses, TheThe Five Senses Anna Miller
1999 Sunshine Hannah Whippler
1999 Intruder, TheThe Intruder Daisy
1999 Ladies Room Julia
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
2001 Last Wedding Sarah
2001 Rare Birds Alice
2002 Men with Brooms Amy Foley
2002 Looking for Leonard Monica
2002 Marion Bridge Agnes
2002 Max Nina Rothman
2002 Pure Mel
2004 Good Shepherd, TheThe Good Shepherd Madeline Finney
2005 Nine Lives Lisa
2005 Break a Leg Kate
2006 Wicker Man, TheThe Wicker Man Sister Rose / Sister Thorn
2006 Hollywoodland Laurie Simo
2006 Who Loves the Sun Maggie Claire
2010 Trigger Kat
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
2015 Darwin Lillian Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
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


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