Mireille Enos

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Mireille Enos
Mireille Enos 2013.jpg
Enos at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival
Born(1975-09-22) September 22, 1975 (age 39)
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Years active1994–present
Spouse(s)Alan Ruck (m. 2008)
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Mireille Enos
Mireille Enos 2013.jpg
Enos at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival
Born(1975-09-22) September 22, 1975 (age 39)
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Years active1994–present
Spouse(s)Alan Ruck (m. 2008)

Mireille Enos (born September 22, 1975) is an American actress. She began her acting career in theatre. In 2005 she was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in the Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, and in 2007 joined the cast of the HBO drama series Big Love (2007–2010) as twins Kathy and JoDean Marquart. In 2000s, Enos also had many guest-starring roles on television.

Enos' breakout role was on the AMC crime drama series, The Killing (2011–14) as Sarah Linden (2011–14). For performance in show she was nominated for an Primetime Emmy Award and Golden Globe Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Enos starred as Karin Lane in the 2013 disaster film World War Z and also appeared in films Gangster Squad (2013), Devil's Knot (2013), Sabotage (2014) and If I Stay (2014).

Early life[edit]

Enos was born in Kansas City, Missouri.[1][2] She is the daughter of Monique, a French teacher, and Jon Goree Enos.[3] Her father is American, from Texas, and is of part Scottish ancestry. Her mother is French.[4][5] She moved to Houston, Texas, at the age of five, where she attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Enos studied at Brigham Young University. She was raised in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but no longer practices (her father was a missionary for the church).[6][7]



Enos made her screen acting debut in the 1994 television film Without Consent.[8] She made her feature film debut with small role in the 2001 romantic comedy Someone Like You starring Ashley Judd. On television she had number of guest-starring parts in numerous shows, including Sex and the City, Strong Medicine, Rescue Me, Without a Trace, Crossing Jordan, CSI: Miami, Medium and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. She also appeared in the several stage productions. Enos appeared in the 2005 Broadway production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf.[9] For her performance she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play, but lost Award to Adriane Lenox.

In 2007, Enos joined the cast of the HBO drama series Big Love about a Mormon family. She played the roles of twin sisters JoDean Marquart and Kathy Marquart.[10] She was regular cast member in the third and fourth seasons.


In 2010, Enos was cast in her first in career lead role in the AMC drama series The Killing, based upon the Danish television series Forbrydelsen. She played the role of homicide detective Sarah Linden. She received critical acclaim for her performance in show and first season was praised by most critics.[11] Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter in his review said "It's not until you watch Enos play Sarah for a while that it sinks in—there hasn't been a female American character like her probably ever."[12] Enos received nominations for an Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama, and three Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television.[13][14] The series ended in 2014, after four seasons.[15]

After her breakout role in The Killing, Enos began her career in feature films. She played Brad Pitt's wife, Karin Lane, in the zombie thriller film World War Z in 2013. The film received positive reviews and was a commercial success, grossing over $540 million. She co-starred as Josh Brolin's character wife in the 2013 film Gangster Squad, and appeared opposite Reese Witherspoon in the based on a true story crime-drama Devil's Knot. In 2014, she appeared in crime thriller Sabotage directed by David Ayer. She later starred in drama film If I Stay directed by R. J. Cutler, based on the novel of the same name by Gayle Forman.[16] The film was released on August 22, 2014. Also in 2014, Enos co-starred alongside Ryan Reynolds in The Captive directed by Atom Egoyan.[17] As lead actress, Enos was cast in the thriller You Were Never Here directed by Camille Thoman.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Enos married actor Alan Ruck on January 4, 2008.[19] They have two children: daughter Vesper Vivienne Ruck was born on September 23, 2010, and son Larkin Zouey Ruck was born on July 23, 2014.[20]



1994Without ConsentNaomiTelevision film
1996Face of EvilBrianne DwyerTelevision film
2001Someone Like YouYoga Instructor #1
2005Chasing LeonardLucindaShort film
2006Falling ObjectsIsobel WalkerShort film
2013Gangster SquadConnie O'Mara
2013World War ZKaren Lane
2013Devil's KnotVicki Hutcheson
2013Wild HorsesMillsShort film
2014SabotageLizzy Murray
2014If I StayKat Hall
2014The CaptiveTina
2015You Were Never HereMiranda


1999Sex and the CityJennaEpisode: "Shortcomings"
2001Education of Max Bickford, TheThe Education of Max BickfordCarla Byrd2 episodes
2003Strong MedicineFernEpisode: "Speculum for a Heavyweight"
2004Rescue MeKarenEpisode: "Mom"
2006Without a TraceJessica LawsonEpisode: "911"
2006StandoffDanaEpisode: "Man of Steele"
2006SharkChloe GormanEpisode: "Dial M for Monica"
2007Crossing JordanSandy WalshEpisode: "Crazy Little Thing Called Love"
2007–2010Big LoveJoDean Marquart / Kathy MarquartSeries regular, 25 episodes
2008NumbersGrace FerraroEpisode: "End Game"
2008CSI: MiamiLucy MaddoxEpisode: "Down to the Wire"
2008MediumKelly WintersEpisode: "Drowned World"
2009Lie to MeCheryl AmbroseEpisode: "The Better Half"
2009Law & Order: Criminal IntentJulianna MorganEpisode: "Identity Crisis"
2010American ExperienceLucia CuttsEpisode: "Dolley Madison"
2011–2014The KillingSarah LindenSeries regular, 44 episodes


2001The Invention of LoveKatharine HousemanMar 29, 2001 - Jun 30, 2001
2005Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?HoneyMar 20, 2005 - Sep 04, 2005
2005Absurd Person SingularEvaOct 18, 2005 - Dec 04, 2005

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAssociationCategoryNominated workResult
2005Tony Awards[9]Best Featured Actress in a PlayWho's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?Nominated
2011Critics' Choice Television AwardsBest Actress in a Drama SeriesThe KillingNominated
Golden Globe Awards[21]Best Actress – Television Series DramaNominated
Primetime Emmy Awards[22]Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesNominated
Satellite AwardsBest Actress – Television Series DramaNominated
2012Saturn Awards[23]Best Actress on TelevisionNominated
2013Saturn AwardsBest Actress on TelevisionNominated


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  7. ^ Avenging Angel - LA Times Magazine
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  16. ^ "‘The Killing’s Mireille Enos Joins MGM’s ‘If I Stay’". deadline.com. 5 August 2013. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  17. ^ "Ryan Reynolds, Mireille Enos Search for Their Kidnapped Daughter in 'Captives' Trailer (Video)". TheWrap. 2014-04-17. Retrieved 2014-08-25. 
  18. ^ "Mireille Enos in ‘You Were Never Here’". Variety. 2014-05-17. Retrieved 2014-08-25. 
  19. ^ "Mireille Enos Biography". imdb.com. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  20. ^ Alan Ruck and Mireille Enos Welcome Son Larkin Zouey – Celebrity Babies and Kids - Moms & Babies - People.com
  21. ^ Hibberd, James (December 15, 2011). "Golden Globe TV nominations list: 'Homeland,' 'Game of Thrones,' 'American Horror Story'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 15, 2011. 
  22. ^ "Emmy Nominations 2011: Full List". The Hollywood Reporter. July 14, 2011. Retrieved July 14, 2011. 
  23. ^ Goldberg, Matt (February 29, 2012). "Saturn Award Nominations Announced; HUGO and HARRY POTTER Lead with 10 Nominations Each". Collider. Retrieved March 2, 2012. 

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