Sarah Clarke

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Sarah Clarke
GeorgeMason and Sarah Clarke.jpg
Xander Berkeley and Clarke on the set of 24 in 2002.
Born(1972-02-16) February 16, 1972 (age 42)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Other namesSarah Berkeley
Sarah Lively
OccupationActress
Years active2000–present
Spouse(s)Xander Berkeley (m. 2002)
Children2
 
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This article is about the actress. For the cricketer, see Sarah Clarke (cricketer). For the broadcast journalist, see Sarah Clarke (journalist).
Sarah Clarke
GeorgeMason and Sarah Clarke.jpg
Xander Berkeley and Clarke on the set of 24 in 2002.
Born(1972-02-16) February 16, 1972 (age 42)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Other namesSarah Berkeley
Sarah Lively
OccupationActress
Years active2000–present
Spouse(s)Xander Berkeley (m. 2002)
Children2

Sarah Clarke (born February 16, 1972) is an American actress, best known for her role as Nina Myers on 24, and also for her roles as Renée Dwyer, Bella Swan's mother, in the 2008 film Twilight, Erin McGuire on the short-lived TV show Trust Me, and CIA Agent Lena Smith on the USA Network show Covert Affairs.

Early life[edit]

Clarke was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of Carolyn, a homemaker, and Ernest Clarke, an engineer.[1]

She attended John Burroughs School in St. Louis, Missouri (along with Mad Men star Jon Hamm, who was her prom date), and Indiana University, where she studied Fine Arts and Italian. While a student at IU, Clarke became a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She was initiated into the Beta chapter in 1990.[2]

Clarke first became interested in acting while studying abroad during her senior year in Bologna, Italy. Upon returning to the United States, she began studying architectural photography. She received free acting lessons in return for taking photographs of a cultural arts center, and she studied acting at Circle in the Square Theatre School, Axis Theater Company, and The Willow Cabin Theatre Company.[2][3]

Career[edit]

Clarke began her acting career with an appearance in a 1999 award-winning commercial for Volkswagen. She followed this with a role in the 2000 short film Pas de deux and received an Outstanding Performance award at the Brooklyn Film Festival. Clarke's career soon blossomed with minor roles, including films All About George in 2000 and The Accident in 2001, as well as television shows such as Ed and Sex and the City.

In 2001, Clarke auditioned for the role of CTU agent Nina Myers on 24. She won the role on the day that filming began. The wardrobe department didn't have time to fit her, so she had to wear her own outfit for the entire season of filming. In her three seasons with the show, Clarke was featured in a total of 36 episodes. Clarke won a Golden Satellite Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Drama Series for this role.[2] Clarke also lent her voice to 24: The Game, as her 24 character, Nina Myers.

She has guest-starred on House and Life. She played Renée Dwyer, Bella Swan's mother, in Twilight.[3] She accepted a leading role on new TNT series entitled Trust Me, opposite Eric McCormack and Thomas Cavanagh. The series premiered on January 26, 2009 to positive reviews, though it was cancelled after one season due to declining ratings. In 2010, Clarke reprised her role as Renée Dwyer in Eclipse, the third movie in the Twilight series. In 2013, she was cast as Marla Jameson in the US version of The Tomorrow People.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Clarke met her husband, Xander Berkeley, while on the set of 24 (he played her supervisor, George Mason) and they were married in September 2002, a year after meeting. They have two daughters: Olwyn Harper (born on September 23, 2006) and Rowan (born c. March 2010).

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearFilmRoleNotes
2000Pas de deuxThe Clown
2000All About GeorgeCatherineShort film
2000Interior. Bedroom - NightHeather CinicciShort film
2001Accident, TheThe AccidentReeny
2002Emmett's MarkSarah
2003Third Date, TheThe Third DateKatrinaShort film
2003ThirteenBirdie
2004Human ErrorCompany Spokesperson
2005Happy EndingsDiane
2005Psychic DrivingSelmaShort film
2006Lather Effect, TheThe Lather EffectClaire
2007Colony, TheThe ColonyOlgaShort film
2008TwilightRenée
2009Women in TroubleMaxine McPherson
2010Below the BeltwayAnne
2010Twilight Saga: Eclipse, TheThe Twilight Saga: EclipseRenée
2010BedroomsJanet
2011Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, TheThe Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1Renée
2014The Signal
Television
YearFilmRoleNotes
2000Sex and the CityMelinda PetersEpisode: "Politically Erect"
2001EdKara ParsonsEpisode: "The Test"
2001–200424Nina Myers36 episodes
2003Karen SiscoBarbara SimmonsEpisode: "The One That Got Away"
2005HouseCarly ForlanoEpisode: "Control"
2005E-RingJim's WifeEpisode: "Unaired Pilot"
2005Las VegasOlivia DucheyEpisode: "The Big Ed De-cline"
Episode: "The Real McCoy"
2006House Divided, AA House DividedJackieTV movie
200624: The GameNina Myers (voice)Video game
2006Commander in ChiefChristine ChambersEpisode: "Unfinished Business"
2007AlibiSarah WintersTV movie
2007LifeMary Ann FarmerEpisode: "A Civil War"
2008Wainy DaysRebeccaEpisode: "Rebecca"
2008Cleaner, TheThe CleanerLauren KeenanEpisode: "To Catch a Fed"
2009Trust MeErin McGuire13 episodes
2009–2011Men of a Certain AgeDory5 episodes
2011Booth at the End, TheThe Booth at the EndSister Carmel5 episodes
2011-2012NikitaKatya UdinovEpisode: "Guardians"
Episode: "Pale Fire"
Episode: "Arising"
2012Covert AffairsLena SmithRecurring role
2013-2014The Tomorrow PeopleMarla JamesonRecurring role

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