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Date Of BirthFebruary 27, 1983
FactKate and her sister Rooney Mara both appeared in Best Picture Oscar nominated films in 2011. Rooney was in The Social Network (2010), Kate in 127 Hours (2010).

Kate Mara is an American actress. She began acting at an early age, appearing in student films and community theater. She made her professional debut in the television movie Random Hearts (1999). She made her film debut in Brokeback Mountain (2005).

Mara has since appeared in films such as We Are Marshall (2006), Shooter (2007), Transsiberian (2008), Stone of Destiny (2008), The Open Road (2009), Transcendence (2014), and Fantastic Four (2015). She has also appeared in the Netflix series House of Cards (2013–present) and the FX series American Horror Story: Murder House (2011).

Mara was born and raised in Bedford, New York. Her parents are Timothy Christopher Mara, a NFL scout and vice president of the New York Giants for player evaluation, and Kathleen McNulty (née Rooney). She is the second of four siblings, with one older brother, Daniel; one younger sister, Patricia; and one younger brother, Conor. Mara is of Irish and Italian descent.

Mara began acting at the age of nine in a student film called Joe’s Diner. She appeared in a number of community theater productions, including The Wizard of Oz and Annie. She also appeared in a commercial for Rugrats.

Mara’s first professional role was as Heather in the television movie Random Hearts (1999), starring Harrison Ford and Kristin Scott Thomas. She subsequently appeared in the independent films Joe the King (1999) and Tadpole (2002).

In 2005, Mara made her film debut in Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain. She subsequently appeared in We Are Marshall (2006), Shooter (2007), Transsiberian (2008), Stone of Destiny (2008), The Open Road (2009), Transcendence (2014), and Fantastic Four (2015).

Mara has also appeared in the Netflix series House of Cards (2013–present) and the FX series American Horror Story: Murder House (2011).

Mara is married to actor Jamie Bell, with whom she has one child.

General Info

Full NameKate Mara
Date Of BirthFebruary 27, 1983
Height1.6 m
EducationTisch School of the Arts, Fox Lane High School


ParentsKathleen McNulty Rooney, Timothy Christopher Mara
SiblingsRooney Mara, Conor Mara, Daniel Mara


NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
MoviesFantastic Four, Morgan, Shooter, The Martian, 127 Hours, Brokeback Mountain, Captive, Transcendence, Iron Man 2, We Are Marshall, Transsiberian, Zoom, Random Hearts, Ironclad, The Open Road, Urban Legends: Bloody Mary, Happythankyoumoreplease, Full of It, Stone of Destiny, Deadfall, Man Down, Peep W...
TV Shows24, House of Cards

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1I was excited to get the opportunity to sing something in a movie 'cause I love musicals and I would love to be able to do more movie musicals, in the future.
2I've definitely become more aware and conscious of what directors I'm working with because it's so important. The director is really more than half the battle of the film. You really rely on that. That's become really, really important to me, for sure.
3It's really nice to be in something that you really love and want to share with people. And then, for it to actually get shown and for people to be able to see it is awesome. It's really exciting.
4When my agents tell me how much I'm going to be paid for a film, instead of quoting a figure, they'll say: 'You're going to make ten pairs of Christian Louboutins.'
5There's nothing worse than people who want to make you feel better when you are losing. I just want to smack them.
6Whenever I dream about flying, it's the best feeling in the world.
7I have so many friends who have no idea what they want to do. They are out of college and working, but not sure they are doing what they want to do, which is normal.
8I remember telling the agent, 'I don't want to do anything but Broadway.' She was like, 'That's not really possible because there is not that much Broadway. So I'll send you out on TV and stuff like that.'
9I've always wanted to do a period piece.
10If 10 years ago I was told I'd be where I am now, I would've been pretty happy.
11In New York, you can just wake up and everything sorts itself out. I love that, not having a plan.
12Let's be honest: I just want a Super Bowl ring.
13Rooting for the offense is the safe way to go. You win either way.
14I hate being in Los Angeles when it's football season. I want to be in New York. It just doesn't feel right if I'm away.
15I hated school.
16I like traditions, and the national anthem is important.
17I want to do something crazy for a part - something I'd never even consider in real life.
18I wish no teams had cheerleaders. I find it more distracting than anything else.
19Everybody has to be responsible for their own actions - and if they do something wrong, I believe in paying for it.
20I am so loyal.
21I don't ever take anything for granted.
22I feel like I'm exactly where I should be.
23I feel so lucky.
24I have a ridiculous fear of sharks but I'd jump in the water in a second for an amazing role.
25All the actors I respect, especially old-Hollywood actors, the reason I think so many of them have had long careers is that there is a sort of mystery about them. You don't know what they do on Friday nights when they go home from work. You have no clue. You have this sort of fantasy about them.
26Keeping your private life as private as possible is the smartest thing.
27Even when I was a kid, I had this insane head of flaming hair. It looked like a wig.
28Eventually you get bored and you want to work.


1Is contractually permitted to attend any Super Bowl involving the Steelers or Giants due to her arc on 24 (2001) causing her to miss Super Bowl XL (2006).
2Since April of 2015. Is in a relationship with British actor Jamie Bell.
3Kate and her younger sister Patricia have their mother's maiden name Rooney as their middle name, but her sister takes it as her first name and is professionally known as Rooney Mara.
4Cousin of John Mara Jr..
5Great-uncle Dan Rooney was the US Ambassador to Ireland from 2009 to 2012.
6She was in a relationship with actor Max Minghella for several years, starting in 2010.
7Mara has stated she comes from a "huge" family. Her father is one of 11 children. She has 22 aunts and uncles and 40 cousins.
8Mara credits her vegan diet and regular workouts for keeping herself fit.
9Her paternal grandfather was of Irish descent and her paternal grandmother was of half German, as well as of French-Canadian and Irish, ancestry. Her mother is of Irish and Italian descent.
10Her favorite films are Coal Miner's Daughter (1980), The Sound of Music (1965), Lady Jane (1986), The English Patient (1996) and Friday Night Lights (2004).
11Kate and her sister Rooney Mara both appeared in Best Picture Oscar nominated films in 2011. Rooney was in The Social Network (2010), Kate in 127 Hours (2010).
12Was in consideration for the role of Selina Kyle/Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises (2012), but Anne Hathaway was cast instead . She also lost to Amy Adams for Lois Lane in Man of Steel (2013).
13Daughter of Kathleen McNulty (née Rooney) and Timothy Christopher Mara, a scout for the New York Giants.
14Great-grandfather Tim Mara founded the New York Giants. Great-grandfather Art Rooney founded the Pittsburgh Steelers.
15Uncle John Mara is CEO of the New York Giants since 2005.
16Great-granddaughter of Art Rooney and Kathleen McNulty.
17New York Giants fan.
18Her younger sister Rooney Mara is also an actress.
19A skilled jazz/tap/ballet dancer.
20Ranked #43 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2007 list.
21Granddaughter of Wellington Mara and Timothy Rooney.
22Grew up in Bedford, New York.
23Has older brother, Dan.




Fantastic Four 22017announcedSue Storm / The Invisible Woman
Man Down2015/Ipost-productionNatalie Drummer
The Martian2015post-productionBeth Johanssen
Captive2015/IIcompletedAshley Smith
Moonbeam City2015TV Series announcedChrysalis Tate
Fantastic Four2015completedSue Storm / The Invisible Woman
The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards2014Lisa
Tiny Detectives2014ShortDetective Kate
Robot Chicken2014TV SeriesRaspberry Parfait / Vagina Shlorp / Chloe / ...
House of Cards2013-2014TV SeriesZoe Barnes
Broken Bells After the Disco2013ShortGirl
TRON: Uprising2012TV SeriesPerl
American Horror Story2011TV SeriesHayden McClaine
10 Years2011Elise
Queen of Hearts2011/IIIShortQueen of Hearts
Ironclad2011Lady Isabel
Peep World2010Meg
127 Hours2010Kristi
Iron Man 22010U.S. Marshal
Big Guy2009ShortKate
Entourage2009TV SeriesBrittany
The Open Road2009Lucy
T Takes: Brooklyn '09 Episode 12009Video shortKate
T Takes: Brooklyn '09 Episode 42009Video shortKate
Stone of Destiny2008Kay Matheson
Shooter2007/ISarah Fenn
Full of It2007Annie Dray
We Are Marshall2006Annie Cantrell
Zoom2006Summer Jones / Wonder
242006TV SeriesShari Rothenberg
The Californians2005Zoe Tripp
Brokeback Mountain2005Alma Jr., Age 19
Urban Legends: Bloody Mary2005VideoSamantha Owens
Jack & Bobby2005TV SeriesKatie
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation2004TV SeriesJanelle Macklin
CSI: Miami2004TV SeriesStephanie Brooks
Time Well Spent2004ShortGirl
Prodigy2004TV Movie
Boston Public2003TV SeriesHelena Gelbke
Cold Case2003TV SeriesJill Shelby
Nip/Tuck2003TV SeriesVanessa Bartholomew
Everwood2003TV SeriesKate Morris
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2001TV SeriesLori
Tadpole2000Miranda Spear
Ed2000TV SeriesKelly Kovacs
Madigan Men2000TV SeriesJulie
Random Hearts1999Jessica Chandler
Joe the King1999Allyson
Law & Order1997TV SeriesJenna Erlich


10 Years2011performer: "You Ain't Going Nowhere"
Happythankyoumoreplease2010performer: "Sing Happy"
The Californians2005performer: "The Californians", "Mother Nature", "The Right Idea", "Radical Approach", "Will You See Me Home", "I Don't Know Why I Just Do", "Little Boxes"
Ed2000TV Series performer - 1 episode


2015 MTV Movie Awards2015TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Duo
E! Live from the Red Carpet2015TV SeriesHerself
The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards2014TV SpecialHerself - Nominee
2014 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards2014TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
House of Cards: Politics for the Sake of Politics2014Video shortHerself
House of Cards: The Direct Address2014Video shortHerself
The 68th Annual Tony Awards2014TV SpecialHerself
Entertainment Tonight2014TV SeriesHerself
Made in Hollywood2011-2014TV SeriesHerself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2007-2014TV SeriesHerself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2014TV SeriesHerself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2007-2014TV SeriesHerself / Herself (segment "Mean Tweets")
Live with Kelly and Michael2013-2014TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
Late Show with David Letterman2014TV SeriesHerself
The Hollywood Reporter Emmy Roundtable2013VideoHerself
The Hour2013TV SeriesHerself
Last Call with Carson Daly2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Chelsea Lately2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Out of the Shadows: Meet the House Ghosts2012Video shortHerself
MSN Exclusives2012TV SeriesHerself (2014)
17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2011TV SpecialHerself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2008-2010TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself
Survival of the Fittest: The Making of 'Shooter'2007Video documentary shortHerself
Weekend Sunrise2007TV SeriesHerself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2007TV SeriesHerself
MovieReal: We Are Marshall2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
Fuse Celebrity Playlist2006TV SeriesHerself - Guest

Archive Footage

Lennon or McCartney2014Documentary shortHerself


Won Awards

2015CinemaCon AwardCinemaCon, USAEnsemble AwardFantastic Four (2015)
2015Face of the FutureWomen in Film Crystal Awards

Nominated Awards

2016Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst Screen ComboFantastic Four (2015)
2014Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesHouse of Cards (2013)
2014Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsDrama Guest ActressHouse of Cards (2013)
2014OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesHouse of Cards (2013)
2012GFCA AwardGeorgia Film Critics Association (GFCA)Best Supporting ActressHappythankyoumoreplease (2010)

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