Quinn Shephard

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Quinn Shephard
Quinn Shephard 2017.jpg
Shephard at the 2017 Montclair Film Festival
Born (1995-02-28) February 28, 1995 (age 22)
New Jersey, U.S.[1]
Occupation Actress
Years active 2000–present
Website reelquinnshephard.com

Quinn Shephard (born February 28, 1995[2]) is an American screenwriter, director, and actress for film and television. She is best known for her role as Morgan Sanders in the CBS television series Hostages and as Donna Malone in the holiday comedy Unaccompanied Minors. She has since gone on to write, direct, and produce a number of short and feature films.


Shephard grew up in New Jersey and the surrounding New York area.[3] Her big screen debut was in the 2001 French film Harrison's Flowers at the age of five years old.[4] The film starred Andie MacDowell, Elias Koteas, Brendan Gleeson, Adrien Brody, Marie Trintignant, Gerard Butler, and David Strathairn.[5] Shephard's first starring role was in the holiday comedy feature film Unaccompanied Minors.[6] The film was directed by Paul Feig and co-starred Lewis Black, Wilmer Valderrama, Tyler James Williams, Dyllan Christopher, Brett Kelly, and Gia Mantegna. Shephard and her fellow co-stars were nominated for 'Best Young Ensemble in a Feature Film' at the 29th Young Artist Awards.[7] Shephard took on a cameo appearance in the comedy Assassination of a High School President which premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and has also taken on a number of guest roles in television series such as Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Made in Jersey.[1]

In 2013, Shephard took on the starring role of Morgan Sanders in the CBS television thriller series Hostages [8][9] The series ran for two years and she appeared in all fifteen episodes alongside co-stars Toni Collette, Tate Donovan, Rhys Coiro, Sandrine Holt, and Dylan McDermott. Shephard has appeared in a number of other television series in guest roles such as Believe as Sasha Ferrel, and The Blacklist as Abbey Fisher.[1] She also had a recurring role on Person of Interest as Claire Mahoney.[10]

As a screenwriter, Shephard wrote the screenplay Blame which was selected as a finalist for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Screenwriters Lab. The following year she was the recipient of the Rising Star Award at the 2015 Garden State Film Festival.[11] In 2016, Blame was produced into a feature film with Shephard directing and starring as Abigail Grey alongside co-stars Chris Messina and Tate Donovan.[12]

Shephard also appeared in a leading role in the 2016 feature film Midnight Sun.[12] The film's rights were acquired by Open Road Films for distribution in the United States.[13]The feature film Sweet, Sweet Lonely Girl where she portrays the lead character, Beth, is currently in post-production.[14]



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Harrison's Flowers Margaux Lloyd
2004 From Other Worlds Linda Schwartzbaum
2006 Unaccompanied Minors[15] Donna Malone
2008 Assassination of a High School President Eye Patch Girl
2013 Trooper Olive Flaxton
2016 Midnight Sun Morgan
2016 Windsor[16] Kat
2016 Sweet, Sweet Lonely Girl Beth
2017 Blame Abigail Grey Director and screenplay
2017 The Miseducation of Cameron Post Coley Taylor Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Emma Butler
2012 Made in Jersey Kate Garretti
2013-14 Hostages[17] Morgan Sanders 15 episodes
2013 The Blacklist Abby Fisher
2014 Believe Sasha Ferrel
2014 Person of Interest Claire Mahoney 2 episodes
2015 Almost There Scarlett 4 episodes


  1. ^ a b c "Garden State Film Festival Seeks Submissions For 2016 Rising Star Award". New Jersey Stage. 21 October 2015. Retrieved 2016-07-20. 
  2. ^ "This day in history". The Boston Globe. 28 February 2016. Retrieved 2016-07-20. 
  3. ^ Steve Weintraub (8 December 2006). "Tyler James Williams and Quinn Shephard Interviewed – ‘Unaccompanied Minors’". Collider.com. Retrieved 2016-07-21. 
  4. ^ "Quinn Shephard attends her film premiere of "Harrison's Flowers"". United Press International. 12 March 2002. Retrieved 2016-07-20. 
  5. ^ "Harrison's Flowers Cast". Tribute. Retrieved 2016-07-20. 
  6. ^ Fred Topel. "Quinn Shephard on Unaccompanied Minors". CanMag.com. Archived from the original on 30 June 2016. Retrieved 2016-07-20. 
  7. ^ "28th Annual Young Artist Awards". Young Artist Award. 10 March 2007. Retrieved 2016-07-20. 
  8. ^ Nellie Andreeva (15 February 2012). "Miranda Cosgrove Joins NBC’s ‘Girlfriend In A Coma’; ‘Holding Patterns’ & ‘Hostages’ Also Add To Casts". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2016-07-20. 
  9. ^ Stephanie Rodriguez (17 February 2013). "Actress Quinn Shephard joins cast of CBS’ ‘Hostages’". Hollywood News Source. Retrieved 2016-07-21. 
  10. ^ Matt Fowler (17 February 2015). "PERSON OF INTEREST: "Q&A" REVIEW". IGN. Retrieved 2016-07-20. 
  11. ^ "Ed Asner & More Wrap Up 2015 Garden State Film Festival". Broadway World. 26 March 2015. Retrieved 2016-07-20. 
  12. ^ a b Patrick Hipes (25 November 2015). "Chris Messina & Tate Donovan Topline Indie Drama ‘Blame’". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2015-07-20. 
  13. ^ Jeremy Kay (13 October 2016). "Open Road Films acquires 'Midnight Sun'". Screen International. Retrieved 2016-11-01. 
  14. ^ Chris Alexander (15 December 2015). "Exclusive stills from A.D.Calvo’s atmospheric indie ghost story SWEET, SWEET LONELY GIRL.". Shock Till You Drop. Retrieved 2016-07-20. 
  15. ^ Wesley Morris (8 December 2006). "`Minors' gets away with more than it should". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2016-07-21 – via HighBeam Research. (Subscription required (help)). 
  16. ^ Jeff Prince (18 September 2014). "Quinn Shephard On Windsor, Texas, Twang, Jersey Shore". Fort Worth Weekly. Retrieved 2016-07-20. 
  17. ^ Alessandra Stanley (20 September 2013). "Two New Wars on Terror on the ‘Homeland’ Front More Intrigue: ‘Hostages’ on CBS, and ‘The Blacklist’ on NBC". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-07-20. 

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