Elizabeth Marvel was born in Los Angeles, California, and grew up in the small town of Mohnton in eastern Pennsylvania. She attended Interlochen Arts Academy and the Juilliard School, after which she began appearing in off-Broadway plays.
On the stage, Marvel’s first professional role was as Isabella in Measure for Measure at Canada’s Stratford Festival. She has won Obie Awards for her work in Thérèse Raquin (1998), Misalliance (1998), A Streetcar Named Desire (2000), and Hedda Gabler (2005). She was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play for her 2009 performance in Fifty Words. In 2022, she was nominated for a Distinguished Performance by the Drama League and for the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Performer in a Play for her role as Mary Tyrone in Long Day’s Journey into Night. She also originated the role of Brooke Wyeth in Other Desert Cities’ off-Broadway opening.
Marvel’s many television roles began with The District (2000–04). She has since had notable roles in the acclaimed shows House of Cards and Homeland. She has played guest and recurring roles in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Fargo, Manifest, Lights Out, Nurse Jackie, Person of Interest, 30 Rock, The Good Wife, The Newsroom, and others. Most recently, she appeared in Mrs. Davis, The Dropout, and Love & Death.
In film, Marvel has appeared in many major films, including Burn After Reading (2008), Synecdoche, New York (2008), True Grit (2010), The Bourne Legacy (2012), Lincoln (2012), Hyde Park on Hudson (2012), The Meyerowitz Stories (2017), Native Son (2019), and News of the World (2020). With her husband, Bill Camp, she co-wrote and co-directed the segment “In the Air” in the anthology film With/In, which featured acting by Marvel, Camp, and their teenage son Silas. Marvel lives in New York City with her family.
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