Carrie Alexandra Coon (born January 24, 1981) is an American actress.
Coon in September 2013
January 24, 1981 |
Copley, Ohio, U.S.
Coon is best known for starring as Nora Durst in the HBO drama series The Leftovers (2014–2017), for which she received widespread critical acclaim, winning a Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series. She starred as Gloria Burgle in the third season of the FX anthology series Fargo (2017), for which she was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie. Coon also won the TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama for both performances.
On stage, Coon was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in the 2012 revival of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. She has starred in many films, including as Margo Dunne in the thriller Gone Girl (2014) and Meg Greenfield in the drama The Post (2017).
Carrie Alexandra Coon was born in Copley, Ohio on January 24, 1981, the daughter of Paula (née Ploenes) and John Coon. She has an older sister, an older brother, and two younger brothers. She graduated from Copley High School in 1999, next attending the University of Mount Union, graduating in 2003 with a B.A. in English and Spanish. In 2006 she earned her M.F.A. in Acting from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Coon began her career in regional theater. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Coon was immediately recruited by the Madison Repertory Theatre and made her professional stage debut in a production of Our Town. After her debut with the Madison Repertory Theatre, Coon joined the American Players Theatre and stayed with them for four seasons. Coon moved to Chicago in 2008 and made her Chicago debut with a production of Brontë. Coon commuted between Chicago and Wisconsin for several years, alternating between Chicago productions, productions in Milwaukee, and seasons with the American Players Theatre. During these years, Coon provided for herself by performing motion capture work for a video game company based in Wisconsin.
Coon's breakthrough came in 2010 when she was cast as Honey in the Steppenwolf Theatre Company production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The role immediately resulted in further parts in Chicago productions, and she followed the production to performances in Washington DC and New York City, making her Broadway debut. For her performance, she won a Theatre World Award and received a Tony Award nomination.
Breakthrough with Gone Girl and The LeftoversEdit
Following her Tony Award nomination, in 2014 Coon was cast as one of the main characters in the HBO drama series The Leftovers, alongside Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, and Ann Dowd. That same year, she made her film debut in Gone Girl, based on the 2012 novel of same name and directed by David Fincher.
In early 2015, Coon starred in the lead role of the Off-Broadway production of Placebo at Playwrights Horizons. She also participated in readings for her husband Tracy Letts' 2015-2016 season play Mary Page Marlowe and was in talks to perform in the production in Chicago if her filming schedule with The Leftovers permits; in December 2015, it was announced that Coon would be one of six actresses portraying the title character in Mary Page Marlowe for the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago from March to May 2016. In April 2015, Coon left The Gersh Agency for United Talent Agency. In October and November 2015, Coon filmed the movie Strange Weather alongside actress Holly Hunter for director Katherine Dieckmann in Mississippi. In December 2015, she filmed the horror romance The Keeping Hours for director Karen Moncrieff and Blumhouse Productions.
Coon starred in the lead role of Gloria Burgle in the third season of the FX anthology series Fargo. She received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her role and won the TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama for both Fargo and The Leftovers. In 2017, she played real life journalist Meg Greenfield in the Steven Spielberg-directed historical drama film The Post. In 2018, Coon will co-star in the Steve McQueen heist thriller film Widows.
|2014||Gone Girl||Margo "Go" Dunne|
|2017||The Keeping Hours||Elizabeth|
|2017||Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town||Virginia|
|2017||The Post||Meg Greenfield|
|2011||The Playboy Club||Doris Hall||Episode: "An Act of Simple Duplicity"|
|2013||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Talia Blaine||Episode: "Girl Dishonored"|
|2013||Ironside||Rachel Ryan||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2014||Intelligence||Luanne Vick||Episode: "Patient Zero"|
|2014–2017||The Leftovers||Nora Durst||23 episodes|
|2017||Fargo||Gloria Burgle||10 episodes|
|2006||Our Town||Emily||Overture Center for the Arts (Madison Repertory Theatre)
February 17 - March 12, 2006
|Romeo and Juliet||Ensemble||American Players Theatre (Spring Green, Wisconsin)
July 2 - October 7, 2006
July 4 - October 8, 2006
July 5 - September 23, 2006
|Measure for Measure||Juliet|
|2007||Anna Christie||Anna||Overture Center for the Arts
February 2–25, 2007
|Misalliance||Hypatia||American Players Theatre
June 15 - October 6, 2007
June 22 - October 5, 2007
August 3 - October 6, 2007
|The Merchant of Venice||Ensemble|
|Night of the Iguana||Charlotte|
|2008||The Diary of Anne Frank||Miep||Overture Center for the Arts
January 11 - February 3, 2008
|Brontë||Emily||Remy Bumppo Theatre Company (Chicago debut)
March 20 - May 4, 2008
|A Midsummer Night's Dream||Helena||American Players Theatre
June 7 - October 5, 2008
June 20 - September 20, 2008
August 1 - October 4, 2008
|Henry IV||Lady Percy|
|The Belle's Stratagem||Miss Ogle|
|2009||Magnolia||Ariel||Goodman Theatre (Chicago)
March 14 - April 19, 2009
|Henry V||Kate||American Players Theatre
August 7 - October 2, 2009
|2010||Blackbird||Una||Renaissance Theatreworks (Milwaukee)
January 15 - February 7, 2010
October 1–24, 2010
|reasons to be pretty||Stephanie|
|Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?||Honey||Steppenwolf Theatre Company (Chicago)
December 2, 2010 - February 13, 2011
|2011||Arena Stage (Washington, D.C.)
February 25 - April 10, 2011
|The Real Thing||Annie||Writers Theatre (Glencoe)
September 13 - December 4, 2011
|2012||The Girl in the Yellow Dress||Celia||Next Theatre (Evanston)
January 19 - February 26, 2012
|Pretty Penny||Crystal||Writers Theatre
March 12, 2012
|The March||Emily Thompson||Steppenwolf Theatre Company
April 5 - June 10, 2012
June 28 - August 26, 2012
|Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?||Honey||Booth Theatre (Broadway debut)
September 27, 2012 - March 3, 2013
|2015||Placebo||Louise||Playwrights Horizons (Off-Broadway)
February 20 - April 6, 2015
|2016||Mary Page Marlowe||Mary Page Marlowe (ages 27-36)||Steppenwolf Theatre Company (Chicago)
March 31 - June 5, 2016
|2017||Mary Jane||Mary Jane||New York Theatre Workshop (Off-Broadway)
September 6 - October 15, 2017
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2013||Theatre World Award||Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?||Won|
|Tony Award||Best Featured Actress in a Play||Nominated|
|2014||St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award||Best Supporting Actress||Gone Girl||Nominated|
|San Diego Film Critics Society Award||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|2015||Empire Award||Best Female Newcomer||Nominated|
|Critics' Choice Television Award||Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||The Leftovers||Nominated|
|2016||Critics' Choice Television Award||Best Actress in a Drama Series||Won|
|2017||TCA Award||Individual Achievement in Drama||The Leftovers and Fargo||Won|
|Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie||Fargo||Nominated|
|2018||Critics' Choice Television Awards||Best Actress in a Movie/Miniseries||Nominated|
|Satellite Awards||Best Actress in a Drama / Genre Series||The Leftovers||Pending|
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