Julia Garner (born c. February 1, 1994)[1] is an American actress. She is best known for her starring role as Ruth Langmore in the Netflix crime drama series Ozark (2017–present), for which she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

Julia Garner
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Garner in September 2018
Bornc. 1993/1994 (age 25–26)
Years active2010–present
Mark Foster (m. 2019)

Garner also had roles in the FX period spy-drama series The Americans (2015–18), the Netflix dark comedy-drama miniseries Maniac (2018), and the Bravo true-crime series Dirty John (2018–19).

Garner has appeared in the films Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011), The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012), Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014), and had leading roles in the films Electrick Children (2012), We Are What We Are (2013), Grandma (2015), Tomato Red (2017), and The Assistant (2019).

Early lifeEdit

Garner was born in the Riverdale neighborhood of The Bronx, New York.[2] Her mother, Tami Gingold, a therapist, had a successful career as a comedian in her native Israel. Her father, Thomas Garner, is a painter and an art teacher, originally from Shaker Heights, Ohio.[1] Garner is Jewish.[3]


She started taking acting lessons at the age of 15 to overcome her shyness. She had her theatrical debut at the age of 17 in Sean Durkin's Martha Marcy May Marlene, playing the role of Sarah.

Paul Weitz, Lily Tomlin, Julia Garner and Mo Aboul-Zelof at Sundance 2015

I started doing student films at Columbia grad school, and this one student filmmaker, his girlfriend was interning at an open casting call for Susan Shopmaker. Later on, she did the stage reading for Martha Marcy May Marlene, then she cast it, and that was my first movie.

In 2012, director David Chase invited her to play a small role which he wrote specifically for her in his movie Not Fade Away.[1] Her first starring role was in the 2012 movie, Electrick Children.[1] In 2013, she starred alongside Ashley Bell in the horror film The Last Exorcism Part II, and played the lead in the American remake of the Mexican horror film We Are What We Are.

Garner co-starred in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) as new character Marcy, a young stripper who crosses paths with another new character, Johnny (Joseph Gordon-Levitt).[4] This marked the first time she acted against a green screen.[1]

In 2015, Garner had a recurring role on the third season of FX's The Americans.[5] She continued the role on a recurring basis in seasons 4 through 6.

She was to have made her off-Broadway debut in Noah Haidle's play Smokefall at MCC Theater in 2016, but had to drop out during rehearsals because of scheduling conflicts.[6]

Since 2017, she has appeared in the Netflix series Ozark as Ruth Langmore opposite Jason Bateman and Laura Linney.[7]

Garner has also acted in another Netflix series, Maniac, as Ellie, the sister of main character Annie, played by Emma Stone.[8]

Garner makes regular appearances in the Bravo true crime anthology series Dirty John (2018–19) she plays the character Terra Newell, daughter of Debra Newell who is played by Connie Britton.

In October 2019, Garner was cast in a main role, alongside Anna Chlumsky in the Shonda Rhimes' upcoming Netflix limited drama series, Inventing Anna.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

Garner married Mark Foster, lead vocalist of Foster the People, in December 2019.[10]



Year Title Role Notes
2010 The Dreamer Girl on Sidewalk #3 Short film
2010 One Thousand Cranes Dorian
2011 Martha Marcy May Marlene Sarah
2011 Our Time Kaya Short film
2011 Mac & Cheese Mary Katherine Brown
2012 Electrick Children Rachel McKnight
2012 The Perks of Being a Wallflower Susan
2012 Not Fade Away Girl In Car
2013 We Are What We Are Rose Parker
2013 The Last Exorcism Part II Gwen
2013 Hair Brained Shauna Holder
2014 Get Ready Unknown Video short
2014 Send Girl Short film
2014 I Believe in Unicorns Cassidy
2014 Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Marcie
2015 Grandma Sage
2016 Good Kids Tinsley
2017 Tomato Red Jamalee Merridew
2017 One Percent More Humid Catherine
2017 Everything Beautiful Is Far Away Rola
2019 The Assistant Jane
TBA You Can't Win Chicken Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2015–18 The Americans Kimberly Breland Recurring role; 10 episodes
2016 Girls Charlie's Roommate Episode: "The Panic in Central Park"
2016–17 The Get Down Claudia Gunns 2 episodes
2017–present Ozark Ruth Langmore Main role
2018 Waco Michelle Jones Miniseries; 6 episodes
2018 Maniac Ellie Landsberg Miniseries; 5 episodes
2018–19 Dirty John Terra Newell Main role; 6 episodes
2019 Modern Love Maddy 2 episodes
TBA Inventing Anna Anna Delvey Main role

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2011 Gotham Independent Film Awards Best Ensemble Performance Martha Marcy May Marlene Nominated
2013 Fantastic Fest Best Actress – Horror Features We Are What We Are Won
2014 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Ozark Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Best Supporting Actress in a Movie/Miniseries Dirty John Nominated
2019 Gold Derby Television Awards Best Drama Supporting Actress Ozark Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Won


  1. ^ a b c d e Shattuck, Kathryn (March 1, 2013). "Already a Cinema Veteran at 19". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Macaulay, Scott (2012). "Julia Garner". 25 New Faces of Independent Film (story series). Filmmaker. Retrieved March 18, 2014.
  3. ^ Cusumano, Katherine (July 24, 2017). "Julia Garner Had a Hand Double For One Unexpectedly Terrifying Scene in Ozark". W. Retrieved October 2, 2017.
  4. ^ Chitwood, Adam (January 29, 2013). "Eva Green to Lead SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR; Julia Garner Joins Cast". Collider.
  5. ^ Emami, Gazelle (March 2016). "Making the Americans Great, Again". Vulture.com. Retrieved March 16, 2016.
  6. ^ "Former Annie Joins MCC's Smokefall". Playbill. January 25, 2016. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  7. ^ "Netflix Drama 'Ozark' Adds Julia Garner Opposite Jason Bateman and Laura Linney". Variety. October 25, 2016. Retrieved October 26, 2016.
  8. ^ Petski, Denise (August 22, 2017). "'Maniac': Sonoya Mizuno Cast As Regular & Julia Garner To Recur In Emma Stone-Jonah Hill Netflix Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Petski, Denise (October 31, 2019). "Anna Chlumsky & Julia Garner Among 5 Cast In Shonda Rhimes' Netflix Series Based On Anna Delvey". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 1, 2019.
  10. ^ Mizoguchi, Karen (December 29, 2019). "Julia Garner Is Married! Actress Weds Foster the People Frontman Mark Foster". People. Retrieved January 7, 2020.

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