Sarah Clarke

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Sarah Clarke
GeorgeMason and Sarah Clarke.jpg
Xander Berkeley and Clarke on the set of 24 in 2002.
Born (1972-02-16) February 16, 1972 (age 43)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Other names Sarah Berkeley
Sarah Lively
Occupation Actress
Years active 2000–present
Spouse(s) Xander Berkeley (m. 2002)
Children 2

Sarah Clarke (born February 16, 1972) is an American actress, best known for her role as Nina Myers on 24, and also for her roles as Renée Dwyer, Bella Swan's mother, in the 2008 film Twilight, Erin McGuire on the short-lived TV show Trust Me, and CIA Agent Lena Smith on the USA Network show Covert Affairs.

Early life[edit]

Clarke was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of Carolyn, a homemaker, and Ernest Clarke, an engineer.[1]

She attended John Burroughs School in St. Louis, Missouri (along with Mad Men star Jon Hamm, who was her prom date), and Indiana University, where she studied Fine Arts and Italian. During that time she also dated fellow actor Paul Rudd for a short time. While a student at IU, Clarke became a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She was initiated into the Beta chapter in 1990.[2]

Clarke first became interested in acting while studying abroad during her senior year in Bologna, Italy. Upon returning to the United States, she began studying architectural photography. She received free acting lessons in return for taking photographs of a cultural arts center, and she studied acting at Circle in the Square Theatre School, Axis Theater Company, and The Willow Cabin Theatre Company.[2][3]


Clarke began her acting career with an appearance in a 1999 award-winning commercial for Volkswagen. She followed this with a role in the 2000 short film Pas de deux and received an Outstanding Performance award at the Brooklyn Film Festival. Clarke's career soon blossomed with minor roles, including films All About George in 2000 and The Accident in 2001, as well as television shows such as Ed and Sex and the City.

In 2001, Clarke auditioned for the role of CTU agent Nina Myers on 24. She won the role on the day that filming began. The wardrobe department didn't have time to fit her, so she had to wear her own outfit for the entire season of filming. In her three seasons with the show, Clarke was featured in a total of 36 episodes. Clarke won a Golden Satellite Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Drama Series for this role.[2] Clarke also lent her voice to 24: The Game, as her 24 character, Nina Myers.

She has guest-starred on House and Life. She played Renée Dwyer, Bella Swan's mother, in Twilight.[3] She accepted a leading role on new TNT series entitled Trust Me, opposite Eric McCormack and Thomas Cavanagh. The series premiered on January 26, 2009 to positive reviews, though it was cancelled after one season due to declining ratings. In 2010, Clarke reprised her role as Renée Dwyer in Eclipse, the third movie in the Twilight series. In 2013, she was cast as Marla Jameson in the US version of The Tomorrow People.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Clarke met her husband, Xander Berkeley, while on the set of 24 (he played her supervisor, George Mason) and they were married in September 2002, a year after meeting. They have two daughters: Olwyn Harper (born on September 23, 2006) and Rowan (born c. March 2010).


Year Film Role Notes
2000 Pas de deux The Clown
2000 All About George Catherine Short film
2000 Interior. Bedroom - Night Heather Cinicci Short film
2001 Accident, TheThe Accident Reeny
2002 Emmett's Mark Sarah
2003 Third Date, TheThe Third Date Katrina Short film
2003 Thirteen Birdie
2004 Human Error Company Spokesperson
2005 Happy Endings Diane
2005 Psychic Driving Selma Short film
2006 Lather Effect, TheThe Lather Effect Claire
2007 Colony, TheThe Colony Olga Short film
2008 Twilight Renée
2009 Women in Trouble Maxine McPherson
2010 Below the Beltway Anne
2010 Twilight Saga: Eclipse, TheThe Twilight Saga: Eclipse Renée
2010 Bedrooms Janet
2011 Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, TheThe Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 Renée
2014 The Signal
2015 Punk's Dead Trish
Year Film Role Notes
2000 Sex and the City Melinda Peters Episode: "Politically Erect"
2001 Ed Kara Parsons Episode: "The Test"
2001–2004 24 Nina Myers 36 episodes
2003 Karen Sisco Barbara Simmons Episode: "The One That Got Away"
2005 House Carly Forlano Episode: "Control"
2005 E-Ring Jim's Wife Episode: "Unaired Pilot"
2005 Las Vegas Olivia Duchey Episode: "The Big Ed De-cline"
Episode: "The Real McCoy"
2006 House Divided, AA House Divided Jackie TV movie
2006 24: The Game Nina Myers (voice) Video game
2006 Commander in Chief Christine Chambers Episode: "Unfinished Business"
2007 Alibi Sarah Winters TV movie
2007 Life Mary Ann Farmer Episode: "A Civil War"
2008 Wainy Days Rebecca Episode: "Rebecca"
2008 Cleaner, TheThe Cleaner Lauren Keenan Episode: "To Catch a Fed"
2009 Trust Me Erin McGuire 13 episodes
2009–2011 Men of a Certain Age Dory 5 episodes
2011 Booth at the End, TheThe Booth at the End Sister Carmel 5 episodes
2011–2012 Nikita Katya Udinov Episode: "Guardians"
Episode: "Pale Fire"
Episode: "Arising"
2012 Covert Affairs Lena Smith Recurring role
2013–2014 The Tomorrow People Marla Jameson Recurring role


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