Jennifer Carpenter

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Jennifer Carpenter
Jennifer Carpenter 2010.jpg
Carpenter in Dexter season 5 - 1st day of shooting in Long Beach, CA.
BornJennifer Leann Carpenter
(1979-12-07) December 7, 1979 (age 34)
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
OccupationActress
Years active2001–present
Notable work(s)Debra Morgan on Dexter
Spouse(s)Michael C. Hall (m. 2008–11)
AwardsSaturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television
2009 Dexter
 
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Jennifer Carpenter
Jennifer Carpenter 2010.jpg
Carpenter in Dexter season 5 - 1st day of shooting in Long Beach, CA.
BornJennifer Leann Carpenter
(1979-12-07) December 7, 1979 (age 34)
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
OccupationActress
Years active2001–present
Notable work(s)Debra Morgan on Dexter
Spouse(s)Michael C. Hall (m. 2008–11)
AwardsSaturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television
2009 Dexter

Jennifer Leann Carpenter (born December 7, 1979) is an American actress. Carpenter is best known for playing Debra Morgan on the hit Showtime drama series Dexter, for which she won a Saturn Award in 2009.

Early life[edit]

Carpenter was born in Louisville, Kentucky, the daughter of Catherine (née Mitchell) and Robert Carpenter.[1] She attended St. Raphael the Archangel and then Sacred Heart Academy. She trained at the Walden Theatre Conservatory program,[2] and later at New York City's Juilliard School (Drama Division Group 31: 1998–2002).[3] Before graduation, she was cast in the 2002 Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's The Crucible starring Liam Neeson and Laura Linney.[4]

Career[edit]

At Comic-Con 2012

Carpenter first attracted critical attention for her performance in The Exorcism of Emily Rose. She took home the 2006 MTV Movie Award for 'Best Frightened Performance', and also received a 'Hollywood Life Breakthrough Award'. She was also named 'Breakout Performer' at the 2006 Scream Awards.

Carpenter played the role of Debra Morgan in the Showtime crime drama television series Dexter which premiered October 1, 2006. Her portrayal of the title character's foster sister has impressed some critics, with Australian journalist Jack Marx describing her portrayal of "cool and clumsy" Debra as "so perfect that many viewers appear to have mistaken the character's flaws for the actor's."[5]

In 2011, she starred in the off-Broadway play Gruesome Playground Injuries at Second Stage Theatre[6] and had a guest appearance on the CBS drama The Good Wife.[7]

In January, 2014, it was announced that Carpenter will star in a new ABC drama Sea of Fire, playing FBI Agent Leah Pierce. [8]

Personal life[edit]

At Comic-Con 2013

In 2007, she began dating her Dexter co-star Michael C. Hall.[9] They eloped on New Year's Eve, 2008 in California, and publicly appeared together for the first time as a married couple at the 66th Golden Globe Awards in January 2009.[9] In December 2010, Hall and Carpenter released a statement announcing that they had filed for divorce after having been separated "for some time".[10] The divorce was finalized in December 2011 for irreconcilable differences; however the two remain very close friends.[11][12]

In 2010, she ran the New York City Marathon with Elementary lead and her Dexter co-star Jonny Lee Miller, completing it in 3:34.[6]

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
2001People Are DeadAngela's friend #2
2003Ash TuesdaySamantha
2004D.E.B.SHysterical student
2004White ChicksLisa
2005Last Days of AmericaFriend in New York #2
2005Grayson ArmsSarah/Tessa/Beth
2005The Exorcism of Emily RoseEmily RoseMTV Movie Award for Best Frightened Performance
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
2006The Dog ProblemRedheaded waitress
2007Battle in SeattleSam
2008QuarantineAngela Vidal
2010FasterNan Porterman
2011Seeking JusticeTrudy
2012GoneSharon Ames
2012Ex-GirlfriendsKateExecutive Producer
2012The FactoryKelsey Walker
2014Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & PunisherNastasha Romanoff/Black WidowVoice role
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
2005Queen BKristen
2006–13DexterDebra Morgan84 episodes
Series Regular
Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television (2009)
Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Drama Supporting Actress (2013)
Golden Nymph Award for Outstanding Actress – Drama Series (2010)
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television (2007-2008, 2010-2013)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2009-2012)
2009Dexter: Early CutsVoice
1 episode: "Gene Marshall: Chapter Three"
2011The Good WifePamela Raker1 episode: "Parenting Made Easy (S03E10)"
2011–13Pound PuppiesPepperVoice
3 episodes: "The K9 Kid", "I Heard the Barks on Christmas Eve", "It's Elementary My Dear Pup Club"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jennifer Carpenter: Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved December 24, 2011.
  2. ^ "Walden Theatre". Retrieved December 24, 2011.
  3. ^ "Alumni News". Juilliard School. March 2010. Archived from the original on 2011-11-11. Retrieved April 8, 2012. 
  4. ^ Wilson, Gemma (January 28, 2011). "What’s Up, Jennifer Carpenter? The Gruesome Playground Injuries Star on Not Having a Backup Plan". Broadway.com. Retrieved April 8, 2012. 
  5. ^ Marx, Jack (July 4, 2008). "Something About Dexter". News.com.au. Retrieved November 10, 2008. 
  6. ^ a b Gemma Wilson (January 28, 2011). "What's up, Jennifer Carpenter? The Gruesome Playground Injuries actress on not having a backup plan". Broadway.com. Retrieved February 26, 2013. 
  7. ^ Ileane Rudolph (November 15, 2011). "First look: Jennifer Carpenter on The Good Wife". TV Guide. Retrieved February 26, 2013. 
  8. ^ Lesley Goldberg. "'Dexter's' Jennifer Carpenter to Star in ABC's 'Sea of Fire'". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  9. ^ a b Dos Santos, Kristin (January 9, 2009). "Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter Are Married". E! Online. Retrieved December 14, 2010. 
  10. ^ Snierson, Dan (December 13, 2010). "'Dexter' stars Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter file for divorce (EW exclusive)". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 14, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Michael C. Hall Divorce Finalized: Who is 'Dexter' Star Dating Now?". International Business Times. 2011-12-07. Retrieved 2013-04-27. 
  12. ^ "Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter Divorce 2011: Why Did 'Dexter' Co-stars Split?". EzineMark. 

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