Merritt Carmen Wever (born August 11, 1980) is an American actress. She is known for starring as a perennially upbeat young nurse in Nurse Jackie (2009–2015), an intrepid widow in the Netflix period miniseries Godless (2017), and a detective investigating a serial rapist in the Netflix crime miniseries Unbelievable (2019). For Nurse Jackie, she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2013, for Godless, she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie in 2018 and for Unbelievable, she was nominated the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film in 2020. Also In 2020 receiving a Peabody award for Unbelievable.
Merritt Carmen Wever
August 11, 1980
New York City, U.S.
|Alma mater||Sarah Lawrence College|
Wever has also had supporting roles in other television series, including Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2006–2007), New Girl (2013), and The Walking Dead (2015–2016). She has also played supporting roles in such films as Michael Clayton (2007), Birdman (2014), and Marriage Story (2019), all of which were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, with Birdman winning.
Wever was born in the New York City borough of Manhattan. She was conceived via a sperm donor and raised by her mother, Georgia. Her mother is from Texas, and is a feminist and political activist. Wever graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School and Sarah Lawrence College, and she trained in acting in New York.
Wever began her career starring in low budget, independent short and feature films. She has performed in theater productions, including a performance in Brooke Berman's play Smashing, and in Cavedweller with Deidre O'Connell, both off-Broadway. Since she began her career, Wever has performed in numerous feature films, including: Into the Wild, Neal Cassady, Michael Clayton, Series 7: The Contenders, Signs, The Adventures of Sebastian Cole, Bringing Rain, Tiny Furniture and All I Wanna Do, among others.
She has guest-starred on a number of TV shows, including New Girl, The Good Wife, Conviction, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and The Wire. She also starred in Ed Zwick's ill-fated pilot Quarterlife, with Rachel Blanchard, Austin Nichols, and Shiri Appleby. She also had a recurring role on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip as Suzanne.
Wever is perhaps best known for her role as Zoey Barkow in the series Nurse Jackie, which premiered on Showtime in June 2009. Zoey is described on the official Nurse Jackie website as "an irrepressibly bubbly trauma nurse, who serves as a comic foil to Edie Falco's hard-bitten (and prescription drug-addicted) titular character". Wever received widespread critical acclaim for her role on the show.
Wever was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2012 and 2013 for her role in Nurse Jackie, winning the award in 2013 and delivering a memorable speech that consisted only of her stunned reaction: "Thanks so much. Thank you so much. I gotta go. Bye."
In 2016, Wever had a recurring role on AMC's The Walking Dead as Denise Cloyd. Her character's death toward the end of the sixth season of the series was controversial and sparked outrage on social media with many fans, most notably members of the LGBT community.
Wever played a lead role in 2017's miniseries Godless as Mary Agnes McNue, a tough leader of a female-dominated town. She said in interviews that she had been intimidated by the role: "I spent so much of this shoot thinking I would come off as a fool, that nobody would buy me as this and it wouldn't be believable." Many critics nonetheless noted her character as a highlight of the show. Entertainment Weekly titled its review of Godless "Merritt Wever rides tall in Netflix's Godless" and wrote that "no one is more electric than the always extraordinary Merritt Wever". In 2018, she won an Emmy for the role.
In 2019, Wever starred in another Netflix miniseries Unbelievable, opposite Toni Collette and Kaitlyn Dever released on September 13, 2019. The series received critical acclaim, with Wever receiving her first Golden Globe Awards nomination for Best Actress- Miniseries or Television Film.
|1998||All I Wanna Do||Maureen "Momo" Haines|
|1999||The Adventures of Sebastian Cole||Susan|
|2001||Series 7: The Contenders||Lindsay|
|2003||Season of Youth||Unknown|
|2003||Bringing Rain||Monica Greenfield|
|2004||A Hole in One||Betty|
|2005||12 and Holding||Debbie Poole|
|2007||Into the Wild||Lori|
|2007||Neal Cassady||Mountain Girl|
|2008||Righteous Kill||Rape Victim|
|2009||The Missing Person||Mabel Page|
|2011||The Strange Ones||Girl||Short film|
|2014||Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)||Annie|
|2016||The Last Face||Marlee|
|2018||Charlie Says||Karlene Faith|
|2018||Welcome to Marwen||Roberta|
|1995||Blue River||Lottie||Television film|
|1997||Law & Order||Myra||Episode: "Mad Dog"|
|2002||Law & Order||Jennifer Taylor||Episode: "American Jihad"|
|2002||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Hannah Price||Episode: "Tomorrow"|
|2003||The Wire||Prissy||2 episodes|
|2004||Something the Lord Made||Mrs. Saxon||Television film|
|2005||Law & Order||Sunshine Porter||Episode: "Sects"|
|2005||NCIS||Wendy Smith||Episode: "Switch"|
|2006||Conviction||Bridget Kellner||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2006–2007||Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip||Suzanne||12 episodes|
|2009–2015||Nurse Jackie||Zoey Barkow||Main role|
|2012||The Good Wife||Aubrey Gardner||Episode: "After the Fall"|
|2013||New Girl||Elizabeth||7 episodes|
|2013||Remember Sunday||Lucy||Television film|
|2015–2016||The Walking Dead||Dr. Denise Cloyd||9 episodes|
|2017||Godless||Mary Agnes McNue||Main role|
|2019||Unbelievable||Det. Karen Duvall||Main role|
|2020||Run||Ruby Richardson||7 episodes|
Awards and nominationsEdit
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- Petski, Denise (September 16, 2019). "'Unbelievable': Toni Collette, Merritt Wever & Kaitlyn Dever To Star In Netflix Limited Series". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on June 25, 2018. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
- "Unbelieveable". Rotten Tomatoes. Archived from the original on March 22, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
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- "2010 Gotham Awards nominees". IndependentFilm. October 19, 2010. Retrieved August 31, 2020.
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- McNary, Dave (December 12, 2012). "'Lincoln,' 'Silver Linings' top SAG film noms". Variety. Retrieved August 31, 2020.
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- Patches, Matt (December 8, 2014). "Washington DC Area Film Critics Association names 'Boyhood' its Best Film of 2014". Uproxx. Retrieved August 31, 2020.
- D'Alessandro, Anthony; Blyth, Antonia (February 8, 2020). "Independent Spirit Awards Redresses Female Balance With Wins For Lulu Wang, Olivia Wilde & Julia Reichert – Complete Winners List". Deadline. Retrieved August 31, 2020.
- "Golden Globes 2020: Full list of winners and nominees". BBC News. January 6, 2020. Retrieved August 31, 2020.
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