Elizabeth Marvel
Born (1969-11-27) November 27, 1969 (age 53)
EducationJuilliard School (BFA)
Years active1992–present
(m. 2004)
AwardsObie Awards in 1998, 2000 and 2005

Elizabeth Marvel (born November 27, 1969)[1] is an American actress.[2][3][4] Her more prominent roles include Det. Nancy Parras on The District, Solicitor General Heather Dunbar on House of Cards, and President Elizabeth Keane on Homeland. Film roles include Burn After Reading; Synecdoche, New York; True Grit; Lincoln (alongside husband Bill Camp); and The Meyerowitz Stories. She also had a recurring role in season 2 of the FX series Fargo and the Netflix miniseries Unbelievable. Elizabeth Marvel also plays "The Major" in the TV series: Manifest.

Early life and education

Marvel was born in Los Angeles, California,[1] and was raised in Mohnton, Pennsylvania. She trained at the Interlochen Arts Academy, and then the Juilliard School.


Since the early 1990s she has appeared in off-Broadway plays.[5]

Marvel appeared in many stage productions throughout her career. Her first professional role was as Isabella in Measure for Measure at Canada's Stratford Festival in 1992.[6][7] She has won Obie Awards for her work in Thérèse Raquin and Misalliance (1998),[8] A Streetcar Named Desire (2000)[9] and Hedda Gabler (2005).[10] She returned to the role she originated Off-Broadway of Brooke Wyeth in Other Desert Cities, which was played by Rachel Griffiths in its Broadway premiere. In 2009, for her performance in Fifty Words, she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play.[11]

Marvel first gained widespread attention on television, with her four seasons playing the regular role of Nancy Parras in the CBS series The District (2000–04). She played a variety of guest and recurring roles on Lights Out, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Nurse Jackie, Person of Interest, 30 Rock, The Good Wife, and The Newsroom.

In film, Marvel has appeared in Burn After Reading (2008), directed by the Coen brothers, and in True Grit (2010),[12] as the adult Mattie Ross. She appeared in The Bourne Legacy (2012), Lincoln (2012), and Hyde Park on Hudson (2012).

In 2009 she played Louisa May Alcott in scenes from the writer's life in the documentary profile "Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind 'Little Women'" that aired on the PBS series America Masters.[13]

In 2013, she was cast as lead in the CW family drama pilot Blink, opposite John Benjamin Hickey.[14] She most recently was noted for portraying Heather Dunbar in Netflix's political drama House of Cards. In 2016, she was cast as President-elect Elizabeth Keane for the sixth and seventh seasons of Showtime drama series Homeland.[15]

Personal life

Marvel married actor Bill Camp on September 4, 2004. The couple have one child, a son named Silas, born in 2007.[16] Marvel revealed on Live with Kelly and Ryan on October 16, 2020, that she has been living with her family on a farm in Vermont.[17]


Year Title Role Theater Notes
1992 The Seagull Understudy - Masha Broadway - Lyceum
1993 Saint Joan Duchesse de la Tremoulle, Understudy - Joan Broadway - Lyceum
1996 Taking Sides Emmi Straube Broadway - Brooks Atkinson
1997 An American Daughter Quincy Quince Broadway - Cort
2000 Lydie Breeze Lydie Breeze Broadway - New York Theatre Workshop
2005 Seascape Sarah Broadway - Booth
2008 Top Girls Marlene Broadway - Biltmore
2012 Other Desert Cities Brooke Wyeth Broadway - Booth Replacement
2013 Picnic Rosemary Sydney Broadway - American Airlines
2019 King Lear Goneril Broadway - Cort
2022 Long Day's Journey into Night Mary Tyrone Off-Broadway - Minetta Lane Theatre



Year Title Role Notes
2000 Ten Hundred Kings Caroline Shepard
2005 The Dying Gaul Kelli Cartonis
2008 The Guitar Ma Wilder
Pretty Bird Tonya Honeycutt
Synecdoche, New York Warehouse Realtor
Burn After Reading Sandy Pfarrer
2009 A Dog Year Margo
The Other Woman Pia
2010 Holy Rollers Elka Gold
Goldstar, Ohio Edie Deyarmin Short film
True Grit 40-year-old Mattie Ross Narrator
2011 Somewhere Tonight Martha
2012 The Bourne Legacy Dr. Connie Dowd
Hyde Park on Hudson Missy
Living in the Age of Surveillance Alicia Corwin
Lincoln Mrs. Jolly
2014 A Most Violent Year Mrs. Rose
2015 Aloha Natalie
Consumed Connie Conway
Peacock Killer Sheriff Short film
2016 The Congressman Rae Blanchard
The Phenom June Epland
2017 Gifted Gloria Davis
2017 The Meyerowitz Stories Jean
2018 The Land of Steady Habits Sophie Ashford
2019 Native Son Mrs. Dalton
Swallow Katherine Conrad
Dark Waters Dr. Karen Frank (voice)
2020 News of the World Ella Gannett
Being Dead Celice Adkins
2021 With/In: Volume 2 Segment: "In the Air"; also director and writer
2023 You Hurt My Feelings
The Color Purple Miss Millie Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Homicide: Life on the Street Amy Marshall Episode: "Abduction"
A Will of Their Own Diana Episode: "#1.1"
1999 New York Undercover Eve Flemming Episode: "Catharsis"
2000–04 The District Det. Nancy Parras 88 episodes
2001 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Sylvia Moon Episode: "Art"
2005 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Jenny Herne Episode: "Prisoner"
2007 Kidnapped Madeleine 2 episodes
2008–09 Law & Order Attorney Grubman 2 episodes
2009 30 Rock Emily Episode: "Jackie Jormp-Jomp"
The Good Wife Lauren Chatham Episode: "Home"
American Masters Louisa May Alcott Episode: "The Woman Behind 'Little Women'"
2009–10 Nurse Jackie Ginny Flynn 3 episodes
2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dr. Frantz Episode: "Savior"
2011 Lights Out Margaret Leary 9 episodes
2012 The Newsroom Sharon Episode: "We Just Decided To"
2012–21[18] Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Defense Attorney Rita Calhoun 14 episodes
2012–15 Person of Interest Alicia Corwin 6 episodes
2013 Betrayal Janet Episode: "...Nice Photos"
Blink Helen Trask Unsold TV pilot
White Collar Dr. Mara Summers Episode: "Controlling Interest"
Elementary Cassandra Walker Episode: "Tremors"
2014–16 House of Cards Heather Dunbar 23 episodes
2015 Fargo Constance Heck 5 episodes
2017–18 Homeland President Elizabeth Keane 24 episodes
2019–20 Manifest Kathryn Fitz / The Major 8 episodes
2019 Unbelievable Judith Recurring; 4 episodes
2020 Helstrom Victoria Helstrom / Kthara Main character; 10 episodes
2022 The Dropout Noel Holmes 6 episodes
2023 Mrs. Davis Celeste Abbot 5 episodes
2023 Love & Death Jackie Ponder
TBA Presumed Innocent Lorraine Horgan Upcoming miniseries


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  15. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (27 July 2016). "'Homeland': Elizabeth Marvel Cast As U.S. President-Elect In Season 6". Retrieved July 27, 2016.
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