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Kate Mara (born February 27, 1983) is an American television and film actress. Beginning acting in her hometown of Bedford, New York, she moved from the stage to her first film, Random Hearts (1999). Notable roles include appearances in Academy Award-winning Brokeback Mountain and on Fox television series 24. Included on the New York Daily News list of "10 young actors who have a shot at making it big" at the start of 2006, she has since appeared in the feature films We Are Marshall (2006) and Shooter (2007).
Mara was born and raised in Bedford, New York, the daughter of Chris Mara, a scout for the New York Giants, and Kathleen Rooney. Her family is Irish. She has one older brother, Daniel, and two younger siblings, Patricia and Conor. Mara wanted to be an actress since seeing Les Misérables at a young age; she said she "fell in love with Broadway and musicals", and grew up watching movie musicals on television and going to Broadway shows with her mother. She was especially a fan of Judy Garland`s films. She began acting at the age of nine, appearing in a school musical. Mara attended several youth theater-arts schools and appeared in community theater and in school plays. Beginning at a young age, Mara continually asked her mother to help her get an agent. Mara`s mother got the name and address of a management company, sent in a photograph, and Mara signed with her first agent, beginning her professional career at the age of 14. Mara`s first audition was for the television drama Homicide: Life on the Street. She didn`t get the role, but knew from then on that she just wanted to act. Mara was accepted into the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University to study musical theater and graduated from Fox Lane High School early by a year. Mara felt pressure from her parents to go to college, but was already getting work as an actress, so she deferred for three or four years before deciding not to go. Mara moved to Manhattan in order to act full time.
Mara`s first television role was in the drama Law & Order in 1997. She went on to guest star on numerous television series including, Madigan Men, Ed, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Recurring parts followed in 2003 on the series Everwood, as Kate, an 18-year-old who is impregnated by her piano teacher and then gets an abortion, and on Nip/Tuck as Vanessa, a bisexual cheerleader involved in a love triangle with boyfriend Matt McNamara and another cheerleader, played by Sophia Bush. Mara also appeared on Cold Case, Boston Public, CSI: Miami, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation in 2003. Mara was cast as the lead in Prodigy in 2004, a television series on the WB Television Network about a teenage child prodigy played by Mara. The series only produced a pilot episode. Mara appeared in a large recurring role on the WB series Jack & Bobby in 2005 and a 5 episode arc on Fox television series 24 in 2006, playing computer analyst Shari Rothenberg.
Mara has stated that she comes from a "huge" family. Her father was one of 11 children. She has 22 aunts and uncles and 40 cousins. She lives in Los Angeles, having resided there on and off since around 2003. Her younger sister, Patricia, is living with her temporarily since relocating to Los Angeles in 2007. Mara travels back to New York when her schedule allows and has stated, "If I could live in New York, I would", specifying that she likes "the cold... the rain" and "miss[es] it". Mara tries to spend the football season in New York when she can. As of 2007, her boyfriend was producer and director Joseph McGinty Nichol, whom she worked with on We Are Marshall. As of July 2008, she was linked to Stone of Destiny co-star Charlie Cox.
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Kate Mara (born February 27, 1983) is an American actress. She starred in House of Cards as Zoe Barnes and appeared in the TV series 24 as computer analyst Shari Rothenberg. She made her film debut in 1999 with Random Hearts. She appeared in Brokeback Mountain (2005), We Are Marshall (2006), Shooter (2007), Transsiberian (2008), Stone of Destiny (2008), The Open Road (2009) and Transcendence (2014). She also appeared in the horror mini-series American Horror Story: Murder House as Hayden McClaine.
Timothy Christopher Mara (scout and the vice president of player evaluation for the New York Giants)
Kathleen McNulty (née Rooney)
Wellington Mara (grandfather) (long-time co-owner of the Giants), John Mara (uncle), Timothy James "Tim" Rooney (grandfather), Dan Rooney (great-uncle)
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