Morgan Saylor

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Morgan Saylor
BornOctober 1994 (age 19)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
ResidenceBrooklyn, New York, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active2006–present
 
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Morgan Saylor
BornOctober 1994 (age 19)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
ResidenceBrooklyn, New York, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active2006–present

Morgan Frances Saylor (born October 1994)[1][2][3] is an American actress. She is known for portraying Dana Brody on the Showtime series Homeland from season one to three.[4] Along with the rest of the cast of Homeland, Saylor was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2013 and 2014.

Early life[edit]

Saylor was born in Chicago, Illinois. Her mother is a retailer at REI and her father does renovations for Starbucks; they are divorced. Saylor moved to Villa Rica, Georgia at age two and Decatur, Georgia at age ten.[2]

Career[edit]

Saylor signed up for acting camps with the Department of Recreation and played the title role in Alana at OnStage Atlanta. She also starred as Susan Walker in Miracle on 34th Street. In fourth grade, she moved to Los Angeles for the summer and started doing auditions and did a voice-over of young Meadow in The Sopranos in 2006. When Saylor was 11 years old, she auditioned for talent agent Joy Pervis and was signed. She went on to a radio commercial and a television ad. Saylor played Annie in Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant in 2009 and young Claire in Father of Invention in 2010. She auditioned for Homeland in December 2010 and played Dana Brody from season one to three.[2] In June 2014, Saylor made her stage debut at the Manhattan Theatre Club as Penny in When We Were Young and Unafraid, written by Sarah Treem and directed by Pam MacKinnon.[5] Also in 2014, she played Gracie Highsmith in Jamie Marks Is Dead, directed by Carter Smith.[6] Saylor plays Kevin Costner's character's daughter Julie in the upcoming sports drama McFarland, USA, which is currently set to be released on February 20, 2015.[7][8]

Personal life[edit]

Saylor graduated from public school in May 2013.[9][10] In August, she moved to the Bedford–Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn, New York with her brother, and her boyfriend Robert, whom she has been in a relationship with since 2012.[11][12] She has a small anchor tattooed behind her left ear; her older brother has a similar, larger anchor tattooed on his forearm. In her free time, Saylor enjoys rock climbing.[2] She plans on studying Mathematics at the University of Chicago starting in the fall of 2015.[13][14]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2009Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's AssistantAnnie
2010Father of InventionYoung Claire
2011The Greening of Whitney BrownAnnie
2014Jamie Marks Is DeadGracie Highsmith
2015McFarland, USAJulieCompleted

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2006The SopranosYoung Meadow2 episodes ("Join the Club" and "Mayham"), uncredited
2007K-VilleLana Roberts1 episode ("AKA")
2011–2013HomelandDana Brody36 episodes

Theatre[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2014When We Were Young and UnafraidPennyManhattan Theatre Club

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearCeremonyCategoryWorkResultRef.
2013Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (shared with cast)HomelandNominated[15]
2014Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (shared with cast)HomelandNominated[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Amodio, Joseph V. (July 15, 2014). "'Homeland' actress Morgan Saylor corners the moody teen market, next with 'When We Were Young and Unafraid'". Newsday. Retrieved September 14, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d Van Dusen, Christine (March 2013). "This Story May Contain Spoilers". Atlanta. Retrieved February 3, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Teenagers on telly". New Statesman. November 23, 2012. Retrieved February 3, 2013. 
  4. ^ "The best nonfiction TV of 2011". Salon.com. December 22, 2011. Retrieved December 24, 2011. 
  5. ^ Miller, Stuart (June 18, 2014). "Morgan Saylor on Her Theater Debut and Leaving Homeland Behind". Vulture. Retrieved September 14, 2014. 
  6. ^ Sandberg, Patrik (2014). "Morgan Saylor". V. Visionaire. Retrieved September 14, 2014. 
  7. ^ Yamato, Jen (October 14, 2013). "‘Homeland’s Morgan Saylor Joins Disney Sports Drama ‘McFarland’". Deadline.com. Retrieved September 14, 2014. 
  8. ^ McNary, Dave (August 22, 2014). "Kevin Costner’s Sports Drama ‘McFarland USA’ Pushed to 2015". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved September 14, 2014. 
  9. ^ Mathews, Dana (January 2013). "'Homeland' Star Morgan Saylor Talks About Her Winning Night at the Golden Globes". Teen Vogue. Condé Nast. Retrieved January 30, 2014. 
  10. ^ Martin, Denise (October 7, 2013). "Homeland’s Morgan Saylor on Dana’s Selfies, Sex, and Life Without Brody". Vulture. Retrieved January 30, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Morgan Saylor". ASOS.com. September 2014. Retrieved September 14, 2014. 
  12. ^ Madison, Lucy. "Morgan Saylor". Interview. Retrieved January 30, 2014. 
  13. ^ Grimmer, Katie (January 7, 2014). "The Double Life of Morgan Saylor". The Wild Magazine. Retrieved September 14, 2014. 
  14. ^ Denicolo, David (August 21, 2014). "Homeland's Morgan Saylor Talks Movies, Music—and Pies". Allure. Condé Nast. Retrieved September 14, 2014. 
  15. ^ Rosen, Christopher (January 27, 2013). "SAG Awards Winners 2013: Screen Actors Guild Honors Best In Film & Television". The Huffington Post. AOL. Retrieved September 14, 2014. 
  16. ^ "SAG Awards 2014: The complete list of winners and nominees". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Publishing. December 11, 2013. Retrieved September 14, 2014. 

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