Merritt Wever

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Merritt Wever
Merritt Wever 2010.jpg
Wever at Gotham Hall, New York City, March 18, 2010
BornSiobhán Merritt Wever
January 7, 1980 (age 34)
Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1995–present
 
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Merritt Wever
Merritt Wever 2010.jpg
Wever at Gotham Hall, New York City, March 18, 2010
BornSiobhán Merritt Wever
January 7, 1980 (age 34)
Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1995–present

Siobhán Merritt Wever[1] (born January 7, 1980), known professionally as Merritt Wever, is an American actress. She is best known for her role as the perennially upbeat young nurse Zoey Barkow in Nurse Jackie, for which she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2013.

Early life[edit]

Wever was conceived via a sperm donor and raised by her mother, Georgia.[2][3] She graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School and Sarah Lawrence College,[4] and she trained in acting in New York. Wever has appeared in Brooke Berman's play, Smashing and in Cavedweller with Deidre O'Connell, both Off-Broadway.[3]

Career[edit]

Wever has appeared in the feature films Into the Wild, Neal Cassady, Michael Clayton, Series 7: The Contenders, Signs, The Adventures of Sebastian Cole, Bringing Rain, and All I Wanna Do, among others. She has guest starred on the TV shows Conviction, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and The Wire, among others. She also starred in Ed Zwick's ill-fated ABC pilot, Quarterlife, with Rachel Blanchard, Austin Nichols, and Shiri Appleby. She had a recurring role on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip as Suzanne.

Wever is arguably best known for her ongoing role as Zoey Barkow in the dark comedy series Nurse Jackie, which premiered on Showtime in June 2009.[5][6] Zoey—an irrepressibly bubbly trauma nurse—serves as a comic foil to Edie Falco's hard-bitten (and prescription drug-addicted) titular character. Wever was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in Nurse Jackie in 2012 and 2013, winning the award in 2013 and delivering a memorable speech that consisted only of her stunned reaction: "Thanks so much. Thank you so much. I gotta go. Bye."[7]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Merritt Wever in 2010
YearTitleRoleNotes
1995Blue RiverLottieTelevision movie
1997AlaskaAprilShort film
1998Hairy Bird, TheThe Hairy BirdMaureen 'Momo' HainesAKA, The Hairy Bird
1998Adventures of Sebastian Cole, TheThe Adventures of Sebastian ColeSusan
1998Arresting GenaTammy
2001Series 7: The ContendersLindsay
2002SignsTracey Abernathy
2003Season of Youth
2003Bringing RainMonica Greenfield
2004Hole in One, AA Hole in OneBetty
2004Something the Lord MadeMrs. SaxonTelevision movie
2005QuarterlifeBaileyTelevision movie
200512 and HoldingDebbie Poole
2007Michael ClaytonAnna
2007Into the WildLori
2007Neal CassadyMountain Girl
2008Righteous KillRape Victim
2009Mr. SoftieGail
2009Missing Person, TheThe Missing PersonMabel Page
2009Messenger, TheThe MessengerLara
2010GreenbergGina
2010Tiny FurnitureFrankieNominated—Gotham Award for Best Cast
2011Strange Ones, TheThe Strange OnesGirlShort film
2013Remember SundayLucyTelevision movie
2014BirdmanPost-production

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1997Law & OrderMyraEpisode: "Mad Dog"
2002Law & OrderJennifer TaylorEpisode: "American Jihad"
2002Law & Order: Criminal IntentHannah PriceEpisode: "Tomorrow"
2003Wire, TheThe WirePrissy2 episodes
2005Law & OrderSunshine PorterEpisode: "Sects"
2005NCISWendy SmithEpisode: "Switch"
2006ConvictionBridget KellnerEpisode: "Pilot"
2006–2007Studio 60 on the Sunset StripSuzanne12 episodes
2009–presentNurse JackieZoey Barkow66 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
2012Good Wife, TheThe Good WifeAubrey GardnerEpisode: "After the Fall"
2013New GirlElizabeth7 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ "5 Things to Know About Merritt Wever". Entertainment Tonight. September 23, 2013. Retrieved June 16, 2014. 
  2. ^ Maerz, Melissa (March 29, 2011). "Merritt Wever brings undoctored flair to 'Nurse Jackie'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Merritt Wever: Biography". TV Guide. CBS Interactive Inc. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Merritt Wever". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Nurse Jackie: Official Site". Sho.com. Retrieved March 3, 2009. 
  6. ^ Maerz, Melissa (29 March 2011). "Merritt Wever brings undoctored flair to 'Nurse Jackie'". Los Angeles Times. 
  7. ^ Chan, Robert (22 September 2013). "Best. Emmys. Speech. EVER: An Underdog Takes Home an Emmy". Yahoo!. 

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