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Marie Mireille Enos (/mˈr ˈnəs/;[1][2][3] born September 22, 1975) is an American actress. In 2005 she was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in the 2005 Broadway production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and in 2007 joined the cast of the HBO drama series Big Love (2007–10) as twins Kathy and JoDean Marquart.

Mireille Enos
Mireille Enos per The Catch.jpg
Born (1975-09-22) September 22, 1975 (age 42)
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Alma mater Brigham Young University
Occupation Actress
Years active 1994–present
Spouse(s) Alan Ruck (m. 2008)
Children 2

Enos' breakout role was on the AMC crime drama series The Killing (2011–14) as Sarah Linden, for which she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Enos starred as Karin Lane in the 2013 disaster film World War Z and also appeared in films Gangster Squad (2013), Devil's Knot (2013), Sabotage (2014) and If I Stay (2014). From 2016 to 2017, Enos starred as the lead character in the ABC legal thriller The Catch.


Early lifeEdit

Enos was born in Kansas City, Missouri,[4] the daughter of Monique, a French teacher, and Jon Goree Enos.[5] Her father is American, from Texas, and has Scottish ancestry.[6] Her mother is French.[2] She is the fourth of five children all of whom work in the arts industry in some way. Her brothers are called Jongiorgi and Raphael. Her sisters are called Veronique and Ginger. Her younger sister Ginger is a modern dancer.

Her family moved to Houston, Texas when Enos was five years old. There, she attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Enos studied theater at Brigham Young University, graduating with a bachelor of arts in acting in 1997. While a student, she won the Irene Ryan Award at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., an award annually presented to the nation's top collegiate actor.[7]



Enos made her screen acting debut in the television film Without Consent (1994).[8] She made her feature film debut with small role in the romantic comedy Someone Like You (2001) starring Ashley Judd. On television she had number of guest-starring parts in numerous shows, including Sex and the City, Strong Medicine, Rescue Me, Without a Trace, Crossing Jordan, CSI: Miami, Medium and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.[citation needed]

She also appeared in several stage productions. She appeared in the 2005 Broadway revival production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, which starred Kathleen Turner and Bill Irwin.[9] For her performance she received a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Play.[10]

In 2007, Enos joined the cast of the HBO drama series Big Love about a polygamous family. She played the roles of twin sisters JoDean Marquart and Kathy Marquart.[11] She was a regular cast member in the third and fourth seasons.


In 2010, Enos was cast in her first lead role in a television series: detective Sarah Linden in the AMC drama series The Killing, based upon the Danish television series Forbrydelsen. She received critical acclaim for that performance, and the first season was praised by most critics.[12] Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter in his review said "It's not until you watch Enos play Sarah for a while that it sinks in—there hasn't been a female American character like her probably ever."[13]

Enos received nominations for an Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama, and three Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television.[14][15] The series ended in 2014, after four seasons.[16]

After her breakout role in The Killing, Enos began her career in feature films. She played Karin Lane, the wife of Brad Pitt's character in World War Z (2013). The film received positive reviews and was a commercial success, grossing over $540 million. She co-starred as Josh Brolin's character's wife in Gangster Squad (2013) and appeared opposite Reese Witherspoon in the crime drama Devil's Knot, based on a true story. In 2014, she appeared in the crime thriller Sabotage directed by David Ayer and later starred in drama film If I Stay directed by R. J. Cutler, based on the novel of the same name by Gayle Forman.[17]

The film was released on August 22, 2014. Enos co-starred later that year alongside Ryan Reynolds in The Captive, directed by Atom Egoyan.[18] Enos was cast as lead actress in the thriller You Were Never Here, which was directed by Camille Thoman.[19]

In March 2015, it was announced that Enos had been cast as the lead character in the ABC legal drama series, The Catch, produced by Shonda Rhimes.[20][21][22] She plays the lead character Alice Vaughan, the head of a very high-end private detective agency in this "humorous" thriller, which aired its first 10-episode season in spring 2016, and a second season of 10 episodes in 2017 as part of ABC's "TGIT" Thursday-night lineup.[citation needed]

Also in March 2015, it was announced Enos would star alongside Olivia Cooke in Katie Says Goodbye, an independent film.[23] That same year, she starred in Behold My Heart, directed by Joshua Leonard.[24][25]

Personal lifeEdit

Enos married actor Alan Ruck[26] on January 4, 2008.[27] They have two children.[28] She has two stepchildren by Ruck's previous marriage. She was raised in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints but is no longer a practicing member.[2][3]



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Someone Like You Yoga Instructor #1
2005 Chasing Leonard Lucinda Short film
2006 Falling Objects Isobel Walker Short film
2013 Gangster Squad Connie O'Mara
2013 World War Z Karen Lane
2013 Devil's Knot Vicki Hutcheson
2013 Wild Horses Mills Short film
2014 Sabotage Lizzy Murray
2014 The Captive Tina
2014 If I Stay Kat Hall
2016 Katie Says Goodbye Tracey
2017 Never Here Miranda Fall
2018 Behold My Heart Nancy Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1994 Without Consent Naomi Television film
1996 Face of Evil Brianne Dwyer Television film
1999 Sex and the City Jenna Episode: "Shortcomings"
2001 Education of Max Bickford, TheThe Education of Max Bickford Carla Byrd 2 episodes
2003 Strong Medicine Fern Episode: "Speculum for a Heavyweight"
2004 Rescue Me Karen Episode: "Mom"
2006 Without a Trace Jessica Lawson Episode: "911"
2006 Standoff Dana Episode: "Man of Steele"
2006 Shark Chloe Gorman Episode: "Dial M for Monica"
2007 Crossing Jordan Sandy Walsh Episode: "Crazy Little Thing Called Love"
2007–10 Big Love JoDean Marquart / Kathy Marquart Series regular, 25 episodes
2008 Numbers Grace Ferraro Episode: "End Game"
2008 CSI: Miami Lucy Maddox Episode: "Down to the Wire"
2008 Medium Kelly Winters Episode: "Drowned World"
2009 Lie to Me Cheryl Ambrose Episode: "The Better Half"
2009 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Julianna Morgan Episode: "Identity Crisis"
2010 American Experience Lucia Cutts Episode: "Dolley Madison"
2011–14 The Killing Sarah Linden Series lead, 44 episodes
2016–17 The Catch Alice Vaughan Series lead, 20 episodes
2017 Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams Mother Episode: "Father Thing"
2018 Good Omens War
2018 My Dinner with Hervé Kathy Self Television film


Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Invention of Love Katharine Houseman Mar. 29 - Jun. 30, 2001
2005 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Honey Mar. 20 - Sept. 4, 2005
2005 Absurd Person Singular Eva Oct. 18 - Dec. 4, 2005

Awards and nominationsEdit


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  2. ^ a b c Chiarella, Tom (April 15, 2012). "Mireille Enos Is Killing Us". Esquire. Retrieved March 20, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Avenging Angel". Los Angeles Times Magazine. April 2012. Retrieved March 3, 2015.  (subscription required)
  4. ^ "Mireille Enos News". WSJ. Retrieved December 13, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Sugar Land's Mireille Enos has made her mark with dark and dreary roles". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved March 3, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Most Popular E-mail Newsletter". USA Today. April 3, 2011. 
  7. ^ Hemingway, Heather (July 4, 2013). "A mom chronicles famous daughter's journey". 
  8. ^ "Mireille Enos - Biography". Retrieved August 25, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf at the Internet Broadway Database
  10. ^ "Just the Facts: List of 2005 Tony Award Winners and Nominees | Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved 2017-08-03. 
  11. ^ "Mireille Enos profile". Retrieved 2014-08-25. 
  12. ^ "The Killing: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved April 8, 2011. 
  13. ^ Goodman, Tim. "The Killing: TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 27, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Mireille Enos". Television Academy. Retrieved March 3, 2015. 
  15. ^ Hollywood Life Staff. "'Sister Wives' v 'Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills' — Which Crazy Crew Will Snag A Critics Choice Award? - Hollywood Life". Hollywood Life. Retrieved March 3, 2015. 
  16. ^ Spangler, Todd (April 24, 2014). "Netflix Announces Premiere Date for 'The Killing' Final Season". Variety. Retrieved April 24, 2014. 
  17. ^ "'The Killing's Mireille Enos Joins MGM's 'If I Stay'". August 5, 2013. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Ryan Reynolds, Mireille Enos Search for Their Kidnapped Daughter in 'Captives' Trailer (Video)". TheWrap. April 17, 2014. Retrieved August 25, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Mireille Enos in 'You Were Never Here'". Variety. 2014-05-17. Retrieved 2014-08-25. 
  20. ^ Elizabeth Wagmeister. "Mireille Enos Cast In Shonda Rhimes New ABC Thriller 'The Catch' - Variety". Variety. Retrieved 3 March 2015. 
  21. ^ Lesley Goldberg. "Mireille Enos to Star in ABC's Shondaland Drama 'The Catch'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 3, 2015. 
  22. ^ Nellie Andreeva. "Mireille Enos Cast As Female Lead In Shonda Rhimes' The Catch Pilot". Deadline. Retrieved March 3, 2015. 
  23. ^ Borys Kit. "Olivia Cooke to Star in Indie Drama 'Katie Says Goodbye' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 24, 2015. 
  24. ^ Patrick Hipes. "Marisa Tomei & Timothy Olyphant To Star In Indie Movie 'Behold My Heart'". Deadline. Retrieved December 13, 2015. 
  25. ^ Dave McNary. "Marisa Tomei, Timothy Olyphant Starring in 'Behold My Heart'". Variety. Retrieved December 13, 2015. 
  26. ^ Fulton, Rick (September 20, 2011). "World War Z & The Killing star Mireille Enos: I'd rather face zombies than eat a haggis". dailyrecord. Retrieved March 3, 2015. 
  27. ^ "Mireille Enos biography". Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  28. ^ "Alan Ruck and Mireille Enos Welcome Son". Retrieved March 3, 2015. 
  29. ^ Hibberd, James (December 15, 2011). "Golden Globe TV nominations list: 'Homeland,' 'Game of Thrones,' 'American Horror Story'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 15, 2011. 
  30. ^ "Emmy Nominations 2011: Full List". The Hollywood Reporter. July 14, 2011. Retrieved July 14, 2011. 
  31. ^ Goldberg, Matt (February 29, 2012). "Saturn Award Nominations Announced; HUGO and HARRY POTTER Lead with 10 Nominations Each". Collider. Retrieved March 2, 2012. 

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