Clea DuVall

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Clea DuVall
BornClea Helen D'etienne DuVall
(1977-09-25) September 25, 1977 (age 37)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other namesClea Duvall
OccupationActress, producer
Years active1996–present
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Clea DuVall
BornClea Helen D'etienne DuVall
(1977-09-25) September 25, 1977 (age 37)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other namesClea Duvall
OccupationActress, producer
Years active1996–present

Clea Helen D'etienne DuVall (born September 25, 1977) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Sofie on the HBO television series Carnivàle (2003–05), as well as for films such as The Faculty (1998), Girl, Interrupted (1999), and The Grudge (2004). She is also known for her roles as Cora Lijek in the Academy Award-winning film Argo (2012), Audrey Hanson on NBC's Heroes (2006–07), and Wendy Peyser on FX's American Horror Story: Asylum (2012–13).

Early life[edit]

DuVall was born in Los Angeles, California, the only child of Rosemary (née Hatch) and Stephen "Steph" DuVall. Her father is also an actor, mostly remembered as Conner Wells in the Steven Seagal film The Keeper.[1]


Prior to making her debut in Little Witches, she worked in a coffee shop. She appeared in various films and episodes of television shows such as ER and Buffy the Vampire Slayer before her breakthrough role as a goth student in Robert Rodriguez's The Faculty. She then portrayed an institutionalized pathological liar in the acclaimed Girl, Interrupted, as well as a lesbian enrolled in therapy camp in the indie hit But I'm a Cheerleader. Major roles in The Astronaut's Wife (1999), Ghosts of Mars (2001) and Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001) followed.

After appearing in The Laramie Project (2002), Identity (2003) and 21 Grams (2003), DuVall starred in HBO's Emmy Award-winning Carnivàle, which ran from 2003–2005. During that time, she also starred in Helter Skelter (2004), which earned her a Satellite Award nomination, and The Grudge (2004). Other projects include Itty Bitty Titty Committee (2007), David Fincher's Zodiac (2007), and a recurring role on NBC's hit science fiction drama series Heroes. In 2008, she starred with Anne Hathaway in the thriller film Passengers.

In 2012, she starred in the Ben Affleck film Argo, in which she portrayed Cora Lijek, a Japanese-American who was one of the six American diplomats rescued from Iran in 1980. She, along with the rest of the Argo cast, received the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. That same year, DuVall also appeared in a recurring role in the second season of the FX anthology horror-drama series American Horror Story, as the girlfriend of Lana Winters (Sarah Paulson), Wendy Peyser. DuVall has directed a short film called It's Not Easy Being Green, starring Leisha Hailey, Carnivàle co-star Carla Gallo and herself.[2] She also took promotional pictures for Uh Huh Her.[3]



1996Little WitchesKelsey
1997On the Edge of InnocenceAnnTelevision film
1997The AlarmistSuzy
1997Niagara, NiagaraConvenience Store Clerk
1997The Defenders: PaybackJessica LaneTelevision film
1998How to Make the Cruelest MonthBell Bryant
1998Can't Hardly WaitJana
1998The FacultyStokely "Stokes" Mitchell
1999A Slipping-Down LifeNurse
1999She's All ThatMisty
1999Sleeping BeautiesCleaShort film
1999The Astronaut's WifeNan
1999But I'm a CheerleaderGraham Eaton
1999Girl, InterruptedGeorgina Tuskin
2000Bear to the RightWaitressShort film
2001See Jane RunJane Whittaker
2001Ghosts of MarsBashira Kincaid
2001Thirteen Conversations About One ThingBeatrice "Bea"
2001How to Make a MonsterLauraTelevision film
2002The Laramie ProjectAmanda GronichTelevision film
2002The Slaughter RuleSkyla Sisco
200321 GramsClaudia
2004Helter SkelterLinda KasabianTelevision film
2004The GrudgeJennifer Williams
2005Two WeeksKatrina
2005Fathers and SonsLauraTelevision film; uncredited
2007ZodiacLinda del Buono
2007Ten Inch HeroJen
2007Itty Bitty Titty CommitteeSinger
2007AnamorphSandy Strickland
2008The WatchCassieTelevision film
2009The Killing RoomKerry Isalano
2010ConvictionBrenda Marsh
2010Lez ChatLibrarianShort film
2011And Baby Will FallMelinda WhiteTelevision film
2012ArgoCora Lijek
2013In SecurityLenaAlso executive producer
2014Lizzie Borden Took an AxEmma BordenTelevision film
2014Your Right Mind
2014Zen DogMarlene MeeksPost-production
2014Heaven's FloorJuliaPost-production


1996Dangerous MindsNinaEpisode: "Evolution"
1997ERKatie Reed2 episodes
1997Crisis CenterLaura ThomasEpisode: "Where Truth Lies"
1997Buffy the Vampire SlayerMarcie RossEpisode: "Out of Mind, Out of Sight"
2000PopularWanda Rickets2 episodes
2001The FugitiveLynette Hennessy2 episodes
2003–05CarnivàleSofie Agnesh Bojakshiya24 episodes
2005CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationAbigail SpencerEpisode: "Shooting Stars"
2006–07HeroesAgent Audrey Hanson7 episodes
2008Grey's AnatomyJennifer Robinson2 episodes
2008Law & Order: Special Victims UnitMia LatimerEpisode: "Persona"
2009VirtualitySue ParsonsPilot
2009Saving GraceMaura DarrellEpisode: "Looks Like a Lesbian Attack to Me"
2009Lie to MeMichelle RussellEpisode: "Blinded"
2010Private PracticeNatashaEpisode: "Fear of Flying"
2010BonesMcKenna GrantEpisode: "The Bones on the Blue Line"
2010Numb3rsMelanie BaileyEpisode: "Devil Girl"
2010Law & OrderAmanda GreenEpisode: "The Taxman Cometh"
2010–11The EventMaya3 episodes
2011CSI: MiamiLyla MooreEpisode: "About Face"
2012–13American Horror Story: AsylumWendy Peyser5 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAssociationCategoryNominated workResult
2005Satellite AwardsBest Actress – Miniseries or Television FilmHelter SkelterNominated
2013Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureArgoWon


  1. ^ "The Keeper (2009)". IMDb. 
  2. ^ Lo, Malinda (July 8, 2007). "Leisha and Clea Reveal an Inconvenient Truth". Retrieved August 11, 2008. 
  3. ^ Swartz, Shauna (June 23, 2007). "Introducing Uh Huh Her". Retrieved August 11, 2008. 

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