Clea DuVall

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Clea DuVall
BornClea Helen D'Etienne DuVall
(1977-09-25) September 25, 1977 (age 36)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other namesClea Duvall
Years active1996–present
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Clea DuVall
BornClea Helen D'Etienne DuVall
(1977-09-25) September 25, 1977 (age 36)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other namesClea Duvall
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 television series Carnivàle as well as for films such as The Faculty (1998), Girl, Interrupted (1999), The Grudge (2004), and Heroes (season 1, 2006). She is also known for her roles as Cora Lijek in the Oscar-winning film Argo and Wendy Peyser in American Horror Story: Asylum.

Early life[edit]

DuVall was born in Los Angeles, California, the only child of Rosemary (née Hatch) and Stephen DuVall. Her father is also an actor, mostly remembered as Connor from the Steven Seagal film The Keeper.[citation needed] She is not related to actors Robert Duvall or Shelley Duvall.[1]


Prior to making her debut in Little Witches, she worked in a coffee shop. She appeared in various films and episodes of TV shows such as ER and Buffy the Vampire Slayer before her breakthrough role as a protagonist 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, Ghosts of Mars and Thirteen Conversations About One Thing followed.

After appearing in The Laramie Project, Identity and 21 Grams, DuVall starred in HBO's Emmy Award-winning Carnivàle, which ran from 2003–2005. During that time, she also starred in Helter Skelter (which earned her a Satellite Award nomination) and The Grudge.

Other projects include Itty Bitty Titty Committee, David Fincher's Zodiac and a recurring role on NBC's hit series Heroes. In 2008 she starred with Anne Hathaway in Passengers.

More recent projects include roles in the 2012 Ben Affleck film Argo, in which she portrayed Cora Lijek, a Japanese American and one of six American diplomats rescued from Iran in 1980, for which she, along with the cast, received the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. She also appeared in the second season of the TV series American Horror Story.

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 InnocenceAnn
1997Alarmist, TheThe AlarmistSuzy
1997Niagara, NiagaraConvenience Store Clerk
1998How to Make the Cruelest MonthBell Bryant
1998Can't Hardly WaitJana
1998Faculty, TheThe FacultyStokely "Stokes" Mitchell
1999Slipping-Down Life, AA Slipping-Down LifeNurse
1999She's All ThatMisty
1999Sleeping BeautiesClea
1999Astronaut's Wife, TheThe Astronaut's WifeNan
1999But I'm a CheerleaderGraham Eaton
1999Girl, InterruptedGeorgina Tuskin
2000Bear to the RightWaitress
2001See Jane RunJane Whittaker
2001Ghosts of MarsBashira Kincaid
2001Thirteen Conversations About One ThingBeatrice "Bea"
2001How to Make a MonsterLaura
2002Laramie Project, TheThe Laramie ProjectAmanda Gronich
2002Slaughter Rule, TheThe Slaughter RuleSkyla
200321 GramsClaudia
2004Helter SkelterLinda KasabianTV Film
2004Grudge, TheThe GrudgeJennifer Williams
2005Two WeeksKatrina
2005Fathers and SonsLauraUncredited role
2007ZodiacLinda del Buono
2007Ten Inch HeroJen
2007Itty Bitty Titty CommitteeSinger
2008Watch, TheThe WatchCassie
2009Killing Room, TheThe Killing RoomKerry Isalano
2011And Baby Will FallMelinda WhiteLifetime TV Movie
2012ArgoCora Lijek


1996Dangerous MindsNina1 episode
1997ERKatie Reed2 episodes
1997Crisis CenterTeen1 episode
1997Buffy the Vampire SlayerMarcie RossEpisode: "Out of Mind...Out of Sight"
1997Defenders: Payback, TheThe Defenders: PaybackJessica Lane
2000PopularWanda Rickets2 episodes
2001Fugitive, TheThe FugitiveLynette Hennessy2 episodes
2003-05CarnivàleSofie Agnesh Bojakshiya24 episodes
2005CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationAbigail SpencerEpisode: "Shooting Stars"
2006–07HeroesAgent Audrey Hanson7 episodes
2008Watch, TheThe WatchCassieTelevision film on LMN
2008Grey's AnatomyJenniferEpisodes: "Piece of My Heart" and "Where the Wild Things Are"
2008Law & Order: Special Victims UnitMia LatimerEpisode: "Persona"
2009VirtualitySue Parsons
2009Saving GraceMauraEpisode: "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"
2011And Baby Will FallMelinda WhiteTelevision film on Lifetime
2012-13American Horror Story: AsylumWendy Peyser5 episodes
2014Lizzie Borden Took an AxEmma BordenTelevision film on Lifetime

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. ^ McDonagh, Maitland (14 February 2002). "Ask Chick Flick". TV Guide. Retrieved 2007-05-19. [dead link]
  2. ^ Lo, Malinda (2007-07-08). "Leisha and Clea Reveal an Inconvenient Truth". Retrieved 2008-08-11. 
  3. ^ Swartz, Shauna (2007-06-23). "Introducing Uh Huh Her". Retrieved 2008-08-11. 

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