Maggie Gyllenhaal

Maggie Gyllenhaal

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.

YearTitleCharacterRelease Date
2017

Brigsby Bear

Arielle Smiles2017-01-23
2016

The New Empress

Olive2016-08-01
2016

Home

Ruth2016-08-01
2016
Beauty Mark
Valerie2016-07-30
2014
Frank
Clara2014-05-02
2014

River of Fundament

Hathfertiti2014-02-12
2013

White House Down

Finnerty2013-06-27
2012

Won't Back Down

Jamie Fitzpatrick2012-09-28
2012
BAM150
Maggie Gyllenhaal2012-04-27
2011
Hysteria
Charlotte Dalrymple2011-06-06
2010
Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang
Isabel Green2010-03-26
2009
Crazy Heart
Jean Craddock2009-12-16
2009
Away We Go
LN2009-06-05
2008
The Dark Knight
Rachel Dawes2008-07-16
2007
High Falls
April2007-05-30
2006
Stranger Than Fiction
Ana Pascal2006-09-09
2006
Sherrybaby
Sherry Swanson2006-09-08
2006
World Trade Center
Allison Jimeno2006-08-09
2006
Monster House
Zee (voice)2006-07-21
2006
Paris, je t'aime
Liz (Quartier des Enfants Rouges)2006-05-16
2005
Trust the Man
Elaine2005-09-01
2005
The Great New Wonderful
Emme Keeler2005-04-22
2005
Happy Endings
Jude2005-01-20
2004
Criminal
Valerie2004-10-07
2004
Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut
Elizabeth Darko2004-10-04
2004
Strip Search
2004-04-27
2003
Mona Lisa Smile
Giselle Levy2003-12-19
2003
Casa de los Babys
Jennifer2003-09-05
2002
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
Debbie2002-12-30
2002
Adaptation.
Caroline Cunningham2002-12-06
2002
40 Days and 40 Nights
Sam2002-03-01
2002
Secretary
Lee Holloway2002-01-11
2001
Riding in Cars with Boys
Amelia2001-10-19
2001
Donnie Darko
Elizabeth Darko2001-01-18
2000
Cecil B. Demented
Raven2000-05-17
2000
The Photographer
Mira2000-04-15
1999
Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story
Noreen Bixler (Part 1)1999-11-07
1999
Resurrection
Mary1999-03-15
1998
The Patron Saint of Liars
Lorraine Thomas1998-04-05
1998
Homegrown
Christina1998-01-01
1996
Shattered Mind
Clothes Clerk1996-05-27
1993
A Dangerous Woman
Patsy Bell1993-09-10