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Julia Garner (born February 1, 1994)[1] is an American actress and model. She is best known for her starring role as Ruth Langmore in the Netflix crime drama series Ozark (2017–present), for which she received a nomination for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series. Garner also had roles in the FX spy drama series The Americans (2015–18), the Netflix dark comedy-drama miniseries Maniac (2018), and as Terra Newell, daughter of Debra Newell in the Bravo true crime anthology series Dirty John (2018–19).

Julia Garner
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Garner in February 2009
Born (1994-02-01) February 1, 1994 (age 25)
ResidenceNew York City, U.S.
Alma materColumbia University
  • Actress
  • model
Years active2010–present

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), and Tomato Red (2017).


Personal lifeEdit

Garner was born in the Riverdale, 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]

Garner considered Italian actress Monica Vitti and especially Bette Davis to be major influences on her acting style, having cited Davis's performance in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?[1][not in citation given]


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 periodically through 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.



Year Title Role Notes
2010 The Dreamer Girl on Sidewalk #3 Short
2010 One Thousand Cranes Dorian Short
2011 Martha Marcy May Marlene Sarah
2011 Our Time Kaya Short
2011 Mac & Cheese Mary Katherine Brown Short
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 Video short
2014 Send Girl Short
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
2020 The Assistant Post-production
20?? You Can't Win Chicken Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2015–2018 The Americans Kimberly Breland Recurring role (seasons 3–6)
2016 Girls Charlie's Roommate Episode: "The Panic in Central Park"
2016–17 The Get Down Claudia Gunns Episodes: "Raise Your Words, Not Your Voice", "Unfold Your Own Myth"
2017–2019 Ozark Ruth Langmore Main role
2018 Waco Michelle Jones TV miniseries
2018 Maniac Ellie Landsberg TV miniseries
2018–19 Dirty John Terra Newell Main role
20?? Modern Love TV series, filming

Awards and nominationsEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f Shattuck, Kathryn (1 March 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 18 March 2014.
  3. ^ Cusumano, Katherine (July 24, 2017). "Julia Garner Had a Hand Double For One Unexpectedly Terrifying Scene in Ozark". Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  4. ^ Chitwood, Adam (29 January 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". Retrieved 16 March 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 (2017-08-22). "'Maniac': Sonoya Mizuno Cast As Regular & Julia Garner To Recur In Emma Stone-Jonah Hill Netflix Series". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-10-03.

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