Deborah Ann Woll

Deborah Ann Woll (born February 7, 1985) is an American actress. She is known for her roles as the vampire Jessica Hamby on the HBO drama series True Blood (2008–2014) and Karen Page in the Netflix shows Daredevil (2015–2018), The Defenders (2017), and The Punisher (2017–2019). She has also starred in the films Mother's Day (2010), Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You (2011), Catch .44 (2011), Ruby Sparks (2012), Meet Me Montenegro (2014), The Automatic Hate (2015), and Escape Room (2019).

Deborah Ann Woll
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Woll in July 2017
Born (1985-02-07) February 7, 1985 (age 35)
Years active2007–present
E. J. Scott
(m. 2018)

Early lifeEdit

Deborah Ann Woll was born in Brooklyn, New York City, on February 7, 1985. Her father is an architect and her mother, Cathy Woll, is a teacher at the Berkeley Carroll School.[1][2] She is of Irish and Jewish-German descent. She attended the Packer Collegiate Institute,[3] and received a BFA from USC School of Dramatic Arts at the University of Southern California.[4] She also trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) in London.[5]


Woll in July 2014

Woll began her career with guest starring roles in several television series, including Life (2007), ER (2008), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2008), My Name Is Earl (2008), and The Mentalist (2008), and had a supporting role in the action-adventure television film Aces 'N' Eights (2008).

In 2008, Woll landed her breakout role as Bill Compton's vampire progeny, Jessica Hamby, in the HBO fantasy drama series True Blood. She originally joined as a recurring character in the first season, but was promoted to a regular cast member for the second season onwards.[6] In 2009, she and her True Blood co-stars won the Satellite Award for Best Cast – Television Series at the 14th annual ceremony. Woll maintained the role of Jessica until the series' ending in 2014.[7] In 2009, she made a guest appearance in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, portraying a young woman who is found alive after being reported missing by her boyfriend.[8]

In 2010, Woll made her feature film debut in the psychological horror Mother's Day.[9] In 2011, she starred in the supernatural thriller Little Murder,[10][11] the sports drama Seven Days in Utopia,[12] the action film Catch .44,[13] and the comedy-drama Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You.[14] The following year, she co-starred in the romantic comedy-drama film Ruby Sparks. In 2013, she performed at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in the play Parfumerie.[15][16] That same year, she joined the cast of the drama film The Automatic Hate.[17]

In 2015, she starred in the independent romantic drama film Forever.[18] In 2015, Woll has portrayed Karen Page in the Marvel Cinematic Universe series for Netflix,[19][20] as the female lead in Daredevil, and as a recurring character in The Punisher and The Defenders.[21][22]

Woll starred in the comedy film Silver Lake.[23] She also appeared in the action thriller film Escape Room.[24]

Woll appeared in the online Dungeons & Dragons series Force Grey (2017), where she was the Dungeon Master for celebrity players and appeared as a guest player on Critical Role. She also appeared on the 2019 show Relics and Rarities, which uses a modified version of Dungeons & Dragons.[25]

Personal lifeEdit

Woll began dating E. J. Scott in December 2007. They married in December 2018.[26] Scott has choroideremia, a condition that ultimately results in blindness, and Woll uses her platform to help raise awareness of the disease.[27] She has said that Scott's bravery in fighting his disability has inspired courage in her own battle with celiac disease.[28][29]

Woll is an enthusiastic Dungeons & Dragons player, being interviewed by D&D Beyond as well as guest starring in the 45th episode of Critical Role's second campaign as a small gnome girl named Twiggy.[30][31] She is also a regular guest on the show Game Night! by BoardGameGeek.


Year Title Role Notes
2008 La Cachette Sarah Short film
2010 Mother's Day Lydia Koffin
2011 Little Murder Molly
Seven Days in Utopia Sarah
Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You Gillian Sveck
Catch .44 Dawn
2012 Ruby Sparks Lila
2013 Highland Park Lilly
2014 Meet Me in Montenegro Wendy
2015 The Automatic Hate Cassie
Forever Alice
2018 Silver Lake Mary
2019 Escape Room Amanda Harper
2021 Ida Red Jeanie Walker Post-production
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Life Nancy Wiscinski Episode: "Powerless"
2008 Aces 'N' Eights Terrified Woman Television film
ER Aurora Quill Episode: "Owner of a Broken Heart"
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Waitress Stephane Episode: "For Gedda"
My Name Is Earl Greta 2 episodes
The Mentalist Kerry Sheehan Episode: "Red Brick and Ivy"
2008–2014 True Blood Jessica Hamby Main role; 70 episodes
2009 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Lily Milton Episode: "Solitary"
2011 Hell's Kitchen Herself Guest diner
2013 Axe Cop Best Fairy Ever Episode: "The Dumb List"
2015–2018 Daredevil Karen Page Main role; 39 episodes
2017 The Defenders 4 episodes
2017–2019 The Punisher 5 episodes
Year Title Role Venue
2013 Parfumerie Amalia Balash Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "HBO: True Blood's Deborah Ann Woll Bio". HBO. Retrieved August 5, 2011.
  2. ^ ""True Blood" Actor Shares True Insights". Berkeley Carroll School. September 23, 2010.
  3. ^ Salamone, Gina (June 11, 2010). "A New York minute with 'True Blood' star Deborah Ann Woll". New York Daily News.
  4. ^ "Alumna Deborah Ann Woll on True Blood". USC School of Dramatic Arts. June 20, 2014.
  5. ^ MacIntyre, Ian (April 16, 2015). "Daredevil: Deborah Ann Woll Interview". Dork Shelf.
  6. ^ Brown, Emma (June 7, 2012). "Deborah Ann Woll, Forever Young". Interview.
  7. ^ Siegemund-Broka, Austin (August 24, 2014). "'True Blood's' Deborah Ann Woll on Series Finale: "It Was Not What I Expected"". The Hollywood Reporter.
  8. ^ Remington, Delia (October 6, 2009). "Deborah Ann Woll Guest Stars on Law & Order SVU".
  9. ^ Kit, Borys (August 5, 2009). "Deborah Ann Woll celebrates 'Mother's Day'". The Hollywood Reporter.
  10. ^ Fernandez, Jay A. (August 27, 2009). "Four get away with 'Little Murder'". The Hollywood Reporter.
  11. ^ Clark, Krystal (August 27, 2009). "Deborah Ann Woll, Bokeem Woodbine Join Little Murder". ScreenCrave. Archived from the original on July 26, 2011. Retrieved September 3, 2009.
  12. ^ Sneider, Jeff (July 28, 2010). "Robert Duvall, Lucas Black Reunite for Indie Golf Drama". TheWrap.
  13. ^ Fischer, Russ (July 1, 2010). "Nikki Reed and Deborah Ann Woll Cast in Catch .44". /Film.
  14. ^ "Deborah Ann Woll Aboard Someday This Pain". August 19, 2010.
  15. ^ "Eddie Kaye Thomas, Ayre Gross, Richard Schiff, Deborah Ann Woll to Star in Parfumerie; Mark Brokaw Directs". Playbill. November 4, 2013.
  16. ^ "Romance in the Air: Eddie Kaye Thomas, Deborah Ann Woll and Richard Schiff Star in Parfumerie". Playbill. December 8, 2013.
  17. ^ "Joseph Cross, Adelaide Clemens & Deborah Ann Woll Join 'The Automatic Hate'". Deadline Hollywood. September 18, 2013.
  18. ^ Garrahan, Rachel (March 21, 2014). "'First Kiss' Director Debuts Trailer for 'Forever'". The Hollywood Reporter.
  19. ^ Friedlander, Whitney (July 17, 2014). "'True Blood's' Deborah Ann Woll Joins 'Daredevil'". Variety.
  20. ^ "'True Blood' actress to star in Marvel's 'Daredevil'". Entertainment Weekly. July 17, 2014. Archived from the original on July 17, 2014.
  21. ^ Damore, Meagan (October 8, 2016). "NYCC: Iron Fist Cast Makes First-Ever Live Appearance". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on October 9, 2016. Retrieved October 9, 2016.
  22. ^ Perry, Spencer (October 31, 2016). "Deborah Ann Woll Confirmed to Appear in Marvel's The Defenders". Archived from the original on October 31, 2016. Retrieved October 31, 2016.
  23. ^ Ford, Rebecca (August 1, 2017). "Martin Starr, Deborah Ann Woll to Star in 'Silver Lake' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter.
  24. ^ Kroll, Justin (August 9, 2017). "Deborah Ann Woll, Logan Miller and Taylor Russell to Star in 'The Maze'". Variety.
  25. ^ Ratcliffe, Amy. "Deborah Ann Woll Brings D&D Series RELICS AND RARITIES to Geek & Sundry". Nerdist. Nerdist. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  26. ^ Jess Cohen (February 10, 2019). "Surprise! Daredevil's Deborah Ann Woll Is Married". Retrieved November 3, 2019.
  27. ^ Spencer, Amy (June 13, 2013). "True Blood Star Deborah Ann Woll's Story of Her Boyfriend's Fight Against Blindness". Glamour.
  28. ^ "What Is Celiac's Disease". Celiac Disease Foundation.
  29. ^ "True Blood Star's Beau Is Blinded By Disease". August 14, 2009.
  30. ^ D&D Beyond, Deborah Ann Woll talks D&D, Acting and Storytelling, retrieved 2019-02-01
  31. ^ Geek & Sundry, The Stowaway | Critical Role | Campaign 2, Episode 45, retrieved 2019-02-01

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