Maggie Gyllenhaal



Place of birth:

Lower East Side, New York City, New York, USA:


Academy Award-nominated actress Maggie Gyllenhaal was born on November 16, 1977, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City. Her parents, Naomi Foner (née Achs) and Stephen Gyllenhaal, are both filmmakers, and her brother is actor Jake Gyllenhaal. Her mother is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family, while her father has Swedish, English, Swiss-German, and German ancestry. Maggie made her film debut in Stephen's film Waterland (1992). She had sporadic roles throughout her teenage years, though she stepped away to receive a degree in literature from Columbia University in 1999. In addition, she studied briefly at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, which helped with her post-graduation transition back in to acting. Soon after graduation, Gyllenhaal appeared in supporting roles in Cecil B. DeMented (2000) and alongside brother Jake Gyllenhaal in Donnie Darko (2001). Her breakout role came a bit later, when she took on the daring, sexy title role in Secretary (2002). That part wound up earning her a Golden Globe nomination, and Gyllenhaal followed that up with supporting turns in 40 Days and 40 Nights (2002), Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002), Adaptation. (2002), and Mona Lisa Smile (2003), among other movies. Gyllenhaal received her second Golden Globe nomination for playing a recent prison parolee in Sherrybaby (2006). She followed that up with roles in World Trade Center (2006) and Stranger Than Fiction (2006), and then replaced Katie Holmes in the role of Rachel Dawes in The Dark Knight (2008). In 2009, Gyllenhaal received great acclaim for her role opposite Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart (2009), which earned the actress her first Oscar nomination. Since then, Gyllenhaal has been seen in Nanny McPhee Returns (2010), Hysteria (2011) and Won't Back Down (2012). Gyllenhaal has two children with husband Peter Sarsgaard, whom she married in 2009.

Film Credits

The Kindergarten Teacher (2018)
as Lisa Spinelli
Sylvia Plath: Inside the Bell Jar (2018)
as Narrator
The New Empress (2016)
as Olive
Home (2016)
as Ruth
Beauty Mark (2016)
as Valerie
Starring Austin Pendleton (2016)
Frank (2014)
as Clara
River of Fundament (2014)
as Hathfertiti
White House Down (2013)
as Finnerty
Won't Back Down (2012)
as Jamie Fitzpatrick
BAM150 (2012)
as Herself
Hysteria (2011)
as Charlotte Dalrymple
Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang (2010)
as Isabel Green
Crazy Heart (2009)
as Jean Craddock
Away We Go (2009)
as LN
The Dark Knight (2008)
as Rachel Dawes
High Falls (2007)
as April
Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
as Ana Pascal
Sherrybaby (2006)
as Sherry Swanson
World Trade Center (2006)
as Allison Jimeno
Monster House (2006)
as Zee (voice)
Paris, je t'aime (2006)
as Liz (Quartier des Enfants Rouges)
Trust the Man (2005)
as Elaine
The Great New Wonderful (2005)
as Emme Keeler
Happy Endings (2005)
as Jude
Criminal (2004)
as Valerie
The Pornographer: A Love Story (2004)
as Sidney
Strip Search (2004)
Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
as Giselle Levy
Casa de los Babys (2003)
as Jennifer
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)
as Debbie
Adaptation. (2002)
as Caroline Cunningham
40 Days and 40 Nights (2002)
as Sam
Secretary (2002)
as Lee Holloway
Riding in Cars with Boys (2001)
as Amelia
Donnie Darko (2001)
as Elizabeth Darko
Cecil B. Demented (2000)
as Raven
The Photographer (2000)
as Mira
Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story (1999)
as Noreen Bixler (Part 1)
Resurrection (1999)
as Mary
Homegrown (1998)
as Christina
The Patron Saint of Liars (1998)
as Lorraine Thomas
Shattered Mind (1996)
as Clothes Clerk
A Dangerous Woman (1993)
as Patsy Bell

Production Credits

The Kindergarten Teacher (2018)
The Dying Gaul (2005)
The Lost Daughter ()
The Lost Daughter ()
The Lost Daughter ()