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Maggie Gyllenhaal

1977-11-16 Lower East Side, New York City, New York, USA

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Margalit "Maggie" Ruth Gyllenhaal (born November 16, 1977) is an American actress and filmmaker. Part of the Gyllenhaal family, she is the daughter of filmmakers Stephen Gyllenhaal and Naomi Achs, and the older sister of actor Jake Gyllenhaal. Gyllenhaal began her career as a teenager with small roles in several of her father's films, and appeared with her brother in the cult favorite Donnie Darko (2001). She then appeared in Adaptation, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (both 2002), and Mona Lisa Smile (2003). Gyllenhaal received critical acclaim for her leading performances in the erotic romantic comedy drama Secretary (2002) and the drama Sherrybaby (2006), each of which earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination. After several commercially successful films in 2006, including World Trade Center, she received wider recognition for playing Rachel Dawes in the superhero film The Dark Knight (2008). For her performance as a single mother in Crazy Heart (2009), she received a nomination for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She subsequently starred in the comedies and dramas: Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang (2010), Hysteria (2011), and Won't Back Down (2012). Her other roles include a Secret Service agent in the action-thriller White House Down (2013), a musician in Frank (2014), and the title role in the drama The Kindergarten Teacher (2018). In 2021, Gyllenhaal made her writing and directing debut with the psychological drama The Lost Daughter, for which she won the Venice International Film Festival's Best Screenplay Award and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Gyllenhaal has also appeared in five stage productions since 2000, including making her Broadway debut in a revival of The Real Thing. She has starred in several television series, including the BBC political-thriller miniseries The Honourable Woman. For her performance, she won a Golden Globe award for Best Actress, and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award. She also produced and starred in the HBO period drama series The Deuce (2017–19). Gyllenhaal has been married to actor Peter Sarsgaard since 2009 and they have two children together.


Joker: Put on a Happy Face Self 2020-08-18
Best Summer Ever TV Reporter 2020-10-10
The Ben Cobb Show 2020-01-15
The Kindergarten Teacher Lisa Spinelli 2018-09-23
Sylvia Plath: Inside the Bell Jar Narrator 2018-08-11
Beauty Mark Valerie 2016-07-30
The New Empress Olive 2016-08-01
Home Ruth 2016-08-01
Starring Austin Pendleton 2016-04-01
The Sturgeon Queens Self 2014-01-20
Frank Clara 2014-05-02
River of Fundament Hathfertiti 2014-02-12
The Fire Rises: The Creation and Impact of The Dark Knight Trilogy Self (archive footage) 2013-09-24
Meet the Insiders of 'White House Down' Herself 2013-11-05
White House Down Finnerty 2013-06-27
BAM150 Self 2012-04-27
Won't Back Down Jamie Fitzpatrick 2012-09-28
Hysteria Charlotte Dalrymple 2011-06-06
Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang Isabel Green 2010-03-26
Heath Ledger: A Tribute Self 2009-06-01
Away We Go LN 2009-06-05
Crazy Heart Jean Craddock 2009-12-16
The Dark Knight Rachel Dawes 2008-07-14
Voyage to the Bunny Planet 2008-01-01
High Falls April 2007-05-30
Paris, je t'aime Liz (Quartier des Enfants Rouges) 2006-06-21
Monster House Zee (voice) 2006-06-30
World Trade Center Allison Jimeno 2006-08-09
Stranger Than Fiction Ana Pascal 2006-09-09
Sherrybaby Sherry Swanson 2006-09-08
Trust the Man Elaine 2005-09-01
Happy Endings Jude 2005-01-20
The Great New Wonderful Emme Keeler 2005-04-22
The Pornographer: A Love Story Sidney 2004-05-02
'Donnie Darko': Production Diary Self 2004-10-04
Strip Search Linda Sykes 2004-04-27
Criminal Valerie 2004-10-07
Mona Lisa Smile Giselle Levy 2003-12-19
Casa de los Babys Jennifer 2003-09-19
Adaptation. Caroline Cunningham 2002-12-06
Secretary Lee Holloway 2002-09-20
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Debbie 2002-12-31
40 Days and 40 Nights Sam 2002-03-01
Riding in Cars with Boys Amelia 2001-10-19
Donnie Darko Elizabeth Darko 2001-10-24
The Photographer Mira 2000-04-15
Cecil B. Demented Raven 2000-05-17
Resurrection Mary 1999-03-15
Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story Noreen Bixler (Part 1) 1999-11-07
The Patron Saint of Liars Lorraine Thomas 1998-04-05
Homegrown Christina 1998-04-17
Shattered Mind Clothes Clerk 1996-05-27
A Dangerous Woman Patsy 1993-09-10
Waterland Maggie Ruth 1992-08-21