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Clea DuVall

Clea DuVall

American actress
Clea DuVall
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Quick Facts

Intro American actress
Is Actor Television actor
From United States of America
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender female
Birth 25 September 1977, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, U.S.A.
Age 43 years
Height: 1.651 m
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Clea Helen D'Etienne DuVall (born September 25, 1977) is an American actress, writer, producer and director. She is best known for her role as Sofie on the HBO television series Carnivàle (2003–05), as well as for films such as The Faculty (1998), But I'm a Cheerleader (1999), Girl, Interrupted (1999), and The Grudge (2004). She is also known for her roles as Cora Lijek in the Academy Award–winning film Argo (2012), Audrey Hanson on NBC's Heroes (2006–07), Wendy Peyser on FX's American Horror Story: Asylum (2012–13), and Emma Borden on Lifetime's The Lizzie Borden Chronicles (2015).

Since 2016, she had played Marjorie on HBO political comedy Veep, for which she has been nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award.

Early life

DuVall was born in Los Angeles, California, the only child of Rosemary (née Hatch) and Stephen "Steph" DuVall. Her father is also a TV/film actor; among other credits, he appeared on two episodes of Carnivàle with his daughter.


Prior to making her debut in Little Witches, she worked in a coffee shop. She appeared in various films and episodes of television shows such as ER and Buffy the Vampire Slayer before her breakthrough role as a goth student in Robert Rodriguez's The Faculty. She then portrayed an institutionalized pathological liar in the acclaimed Girl, Interrupted, as well as a lesbian enrolled in therapy camp in the indie hit But I'm a Cheerleader. Major roles in The Astronaut's Wife (1999), Ghosts of Mars (2001) and Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001) followed.

After appearing in The Laramie Project (2002), Identity (2003) and 21 Grams (2003), DuVall starred in HBO's Emmy Award-winning Carnivàle, which ran from 2003–2005. During that time, she also starred in Helter Skelter (2004), which earned her a Satellite Award nomination, and The Grudge (2004). Other projects include Itty Bitty Titty Committee (2007), David Fincher's Zodiac (2007), and a recurring role on NBC's hit science fiction drama series Heroes. In 2008, she starred with Anne Hathaway in the thriller film Passengers.

In 2012, she starred in the Ben Affleck film Argo, in which she portrayed Cora Lijek, a Japanese-American who was one of the six American diplomats rescued from Iran in 1980. She, along with the rest of the Argo cast, received the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. That same year, DuVall also appeared in a recurring role in the second season of the FX anthology horror-drama series American Horror Story, as the girlfriend of Lana Winters (Sarah Paulson), Wendy Peyser. DuVall has directed a short film called It's Not Easy Being Green, starring Leisha Hailey, Carnivàle co-star Carla Gallo and herself. She also took promotional pictures for Uh Huh Her. In 2014, she appeared as Emma Borden on Lifetime's Lizzie Borden Took an Ax and then reprised her role in Lifetime's The Lizzie Borden Chronicles (2015). In 2016, DuVall made her feature directorial debut on the film The Intervention which she also starred in, wrote, and executive produced.

Personal life

DuVall is openly gay. She resides in Los Angeles, California.



Year Title Role Notes
1996 Little Witches Kelsey
1997 The Alarmist Suzy
1997 Niagara, Niagara Convenience Store Clerk
1998 How to Make the Cruelest Month Bell Bryant
1998 Girl Gillian
1998 Can't Hardly Wait Jana
1998 The Faculty Stokely "Stokes" Mitchell
1999 A Slipping-Down Life Nurse
1999 She's All That Misty
1999 Wildflowers Cally
1999 Sleeping Beauties Clea Short film
1999 The Astronaut's Wife Nan
1999 But I'm a Cheerleader Graham Eaton
1999 Girl, Interrupted Georgina Tuskin
2000 Committed Mimi
2000 Bear to the Right Waitress Short film
2001 See Jane Run Jane Whittaker
2001 Ghosts of Mars Bashira Kincaid
2001 Thirteen Conversations About One Thing Beatrice "Bea"
2001 How to Make a Monster Laura Wheeler
2002 The Slaughter Rule Skyla Sisco
2003 Identity Ginny Isiana
2003 21 Grams Claudia
2004 The Grudge Jennifer Williams
2005 Two Weeks Katrina
2006 Champions Billy
2007 Zodiac Linda del Buono
2007 Ten Inch Hero Jen
2007 Itty Bitty Titty Committee Singer
2007 Anamorph Sandy Strickland
2008 Passengers Shannon
2009 The Killing Room Kerry Isalano
2010 Conviction Brenda Marsh
2010 Lez Chat Librarian Short film
2012 Argo Cora Lijek
2013 Armed Response Lena Also executive producer. Original title of film was In Security.
2014 Jackie & Ryan Virginia
2014 Zen Dog Marlene Meeks
2015 Ma/ddy Dana
2015 Addicted to Fresno Regina
2016 Heaven's Floor Julia
2016 The Intervention Jessie Also writer and director


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Dangerous Minds Nina Episode: "Evolution"
1997 ER Katie Reed 2 episodes
1997 Crisis Center Laura Thomas Episode: "Where Truth Lies"
1997 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Marcie Ross Episode: "Out of Mind, Out of Sight"
1997 On the Edge of Innocence Ann Television film
1997 The Defenders: Payback Jessica Lane Television film
2000 Popular Wanda Rickets 2 episodes
2001 The Fugitive Lynette Hennessy 2 episodes
2001 How to Make a Monster Laura Television film
2002 The Laramie Project Amanda Gronich Television film
2003–05 Carnivàle Sofie Agnesh Bojakshiya 23 episodes
2004 Helter Skelter Linda Kasabian Television film
2005 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Abigail Spencer Episode: "Shooting Stars"
2005 Fathers and Sons Laura Television film; uncredited
2006–07 Heroes Agent Audrey Hanson 7 episodes
2008 Grey's Anatomy Jennifer Robinson 2 episodes
2008 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mia Latimer Episode: "Persona"
2008 The Watch Cassie Television film
2009 Virtuality Sue Parsons Unsold TV pilot
2009 Saving Grace Maura Darrell Episode: "Looks Like a Lesbian Attack to Me"
2009 Lie to Me Michelle Russell Episode: "Blinded"
2010 Private Practice Natasha Episode: "Fear of Flying"
2010 Bones McKenna Grant Episode: "The Bones on the Blue Line"
2010 Numb3rs Melanie Bailey Episode: "Devil Girl"
2010 Law & Order Amanda Green Episode: "The Taxman Cometh"
2010–11 The Event Maya 3 episodes
2011 CSI: Miami Lyla Moore Episode: "About Face"
2011 And Baby Will Fall Melinda White Television film
2012–13 American Horror Story: Asylum Wendy Peyser 5 episodes
2014 The Newsroom Lilly Hart 2 episodes
2014 Lizzie Borden Took an Ax Emma Borden Television film
2015 The Lizzie Borden Chronicles Emma Borden 8 episodes
2016 New Girl Camilla Episode: "Wig"
2015–17 Better Call Saul Dr. Cruz 3 episodes
2016–present Veep Marjorie Palmiotti 20 episodes
2017 Brooklyn Animal Control Madeleine Holmlund Upcoming series

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1999 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Female Newcomer The Faculty Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Best Breakout Performance Nominated
2003 Florida Film Critics Circle Awards Best Cast Thirteen Conversations About One Thing Won
2005 Satellite Awards Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film Helter Skelter Nominated
2012 Hollywood Film Awards Best Cast Argo Won
2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Won
2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Veep Nominated
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