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Jennifer Leann Carpenter

(1979-12-07) December 7, 1979 (age 39)
Education Juilliard School (BFA)
Years active1998–present
Known for Debra Morgan on Dexter
Michael C. Hall
(m. 2008;div. 2011)

Seth Avett (m. 2016)
Awards Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television
2009 Dexter

Jennifer Leann Carpenter (born December 7, 1979) is an American actress. She is known for playing Debra Morgan, the adoptive sister of the title character of the Showtime series Dexter , for which she earned a Saturn Award in 2009, and also for playing Rebecca Harris in the CBS television series Limitless .

Debra Morgan is a fictional character created by Jeff Lindsay for his Dexter book series. She also appears in the television series, based on Lindsay's books, portrayed by Jennifer Carpenter. In Lindsay's novels, she first appeared in Darkly Dreaming Dexter, and was featured in every novel in the series.

Dexter Morgan Fictional character from the Showtime series

Dexter Morgan is a fictional character and the antihero of the Dexter book series, written by Jeff Lindsay, as well as the television series of the same name, where he is portrayed by American actor Michael C. Hall, and by Devon Graye, Dominic Janes, and Maxwell Huckabee as a youth.

<i>Dexter</i> (TV series) American television series

Dexter is an American television crime drama mystery series that aired on Showtime from October 1, 2006, to September 22, 2013. Set in Miami, the series centers on Dexter Morgan, a forensic technician specializing in blood spatter pattern analysis for the fictional Miami Metro Police Department, who leads a secret parallel life as a vigilante serial killer, hunting down murderers who have slipped through the cracks of the justice system. The show's first season was derived from the novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter (2004), the first of the Dexter series novels by Jeff Lindsay. It was adapted for television by screenwriter James Manos, Jr., who wrote the first episode. Subsequent seasons evolved independently of Lindsay's works.


Early life

Carpenter was born on December 7, 1979, in Louisville, Kentucky, the daughter of Catherine (née Mitchell) and Robert Carpenter. [1] She attended St. Raphael the Archangel and then Sacred Heart Academy. She trained at the Walden Theatre Conservatory program, [2] and later at New York City's Juilliard School (Drama Division Group 31: 1998–2002). [3]

Louisville, Kentucky City in Kentucky

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Sacred Heart Academy is an all-girls Roman Catholic high school in Louisville, Kentucky. It is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville. Sacred Heart Academy was founded in 1877 and is a sponsored school of the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville. It has been named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence twice and is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. It first achieved International Baccalaureate (IB) World School status in 1997. It is one of only two schools in the city and the only Catholic school in the state to offer IB.

Juilliard School American performing arts conservatory in New York City

The Juilliard School is a performing arts conservatory located in the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, New York City. Established in 1905, the school trains about 850 undergraduate and graduate students in dance, drama, and music. It is widely regarded as one of the world's leading drama, music and dance schools, with some of the most prestigious arts programs. In 2016, QS Quacquarelli Symonds ranked it as the world's best institution for Performing Arts in their inaugural global ranking of the discipline.

Before graduation, she was cast in the 2002 Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's The Crucible starring Liam Neeson and Laura Linney. [4]

Broadway theatre class of professional theater presented in New York City, New York, USA

Broadway theatre, commonly known as Broadway, refers to the theatrical performances presented in the 41 professional theatres, each with 500 or more seats located in the Theater District and Lincoln Center along Broadway, in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Along with London's West End theatre, Broadway theatre is widely considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre in the English-speaking world.

Arthur Miller American playwright

Arthur Asher Miller was an American playwright, essayist, and a controversial figure in the twentieth-century American theater. Among his most popular plays are All My Sons (1947), Death of a Salesman (1949), The Crucible (1953) and A View from the Bridge. He wrote several screenplays and was most noted for his work on The Misfits (1961). The drama Death of a Salesman has been numbered on the short list of finest American plays in the 20th century.

<i>The Crucible</i> 1953 play by Arthur Miller

The Crucible is a 1953 play by American playwright Arthur Miller. It is a dramatized and partially fictionalized story of the Salem witch trials that took place in the Massachusetts Bay Colony during 1692/93. Miller wrote the play as an allegory for McCarthyism, when the United States government persecuted people accused of being communists. Miller himself was questioned by the House of Representatives' Committee on Un-American Activities in 1956 and convicted of contempt of Congress for refusing to identify others present at meetings he had attended.


Carpenter first attracted critical attention for her performance in The Exorcism of Emily Rose . She took home the 2006 MTV Movie Award for 'Best Frightened Performance', and also received a 'Hollywood Life Breakthrough Award'. She was also named 'Breakout Performer' at the 2006 Scream Awards.

<i>The Exorcism of Emily Rose</i> 2005 film by Scott Derrickson

The Exorcism of Emily Rose is a 2005 American supernatural horror trial film directed by Scott Derrickson and starring Laura Linney and Tom Wilkinson. The film is loosely based on the story of Anneliese Michel and follows a self-proclaimed agnostic (Linney) who acts as defense counsel representing a parish priest (Wilkinson), accused by the state of negligent homicide after he performed an exorcism.

The Scream Awards were an award show dedicated to the horror, sci-fi, and fantasy genres of feature films. Originally only having Scream Queen and Heroic Performance awards for actors, the personnel awards have expanded to include actors and actresses of all three recognized genres. Comic books awards were also given and have been recently expanded. It was broadcast on Spike and has been branded in the past as the Spike TV Scream Awards. Subsequently, the show was relabeled simply Scream with the respective year, i.e. Scream 2009. The show was created by executive producers Michael Levitt, Cindy Levitt, and Casey Patterson.

In 2008, she also starred in Quarantine , an American remake of the 2007 Spanish horror film [REC], about a deadly zombie virus outbreak in an apartment complex.

<i>Quarantine</i> (2008 film) 2008 film by John Erick Dowdle

Quarantine is a 2008 American found-footage horror film directed and co-written by John Erick Dowdle, produced by Sergio Aguero, Doug Davison, and Roy Lee, and co-written by Drew Dowdle, being a remake of the Spanish film REC. The film stars Jennifer Carpenter, Jay Hernandez, Columbus Short, Greg Germann, Steve Harris, Dania Ramirez, Rade Sherbedgia, and Johnathon Schaech.

A remake is a film, television series or some other form of entertainment that is based on an earlier product and tells the same, or a very similar, story.

<i>REC</i> (film) 2007 film by Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza

REC is a 2007 Spanish found footage horror film co-written and directed by Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza. The film centers on a reporter and her cameraman covering a firefighter intervention in an apartment building in Barcelona. As the situation escalates, after some of the building's occupants show animalistic and murderous behavior, the reporter and cameraman find themselves confined inside the perilous building.

Carpenter played the role of Debra Morgan in the Showtime crime drama television series Dexter , which premiered October 1, 2006. Her portrayal of the title character's adoptive sister has impressed some critics, with Australian journalist Jack Marx describing her portrayal of "cool and clumsy" Debra as "so perfect that many viewers appear to have mistaken the character's flaws for the actor's." [5]

Jackson Gregory Marx, known as Jack Marx, is an Australian journalist and author. He was born in Maitland, New South Wales.

In 2011, she starred in the off-Broadway play Gruesome Playground Injuries at Second Stage Theatre [6] and had a guest appearance on the CBS drama The Good Wife . [7]

In January 2014, it was announced that Carpenter would star in a new ABC drama Sea of Fire, playing FBI Agent Leah Pierce. [8] However, the show was not picked up as a series. In August 2014, it was announced that she would provide the voice of Juli Kidman in the survival horror video game The Evil Within , [9] marking her first video game appearance. The game was released in October 2014.

In early 2015, Carpenter was cast in the CBS drama series Limitless in which she co-starred with Jake McDorman. [10] [11]

Personal life

In 2007, she began dating her Dexter co-star Michael C. Hall. [12] They eloped on New Year's Eve 2008 in California and publicly appeared together for the first time as a married couple at the 66th Golden Globe Awards in January 2009. [12] In December 2010, Hall and Carpenter released a statement announcing that they had filed for divorce after having been separated "for some time". [13] The divorce was finalized in December 2011 [14] for irreconcilable differences; however, the two remain very close friends. [15] [16]

Carpenter started dating musician Seth Avett in 2013. [17] On February 10, 2015, it was announced that the couple were engaged and expecting their first child. In August 2015, it was revealed that Carpenter gave birth in May to a son, Isaac, and admitted that she was eight-and-a-half months pregnant when shooting the pilot episode of Limitless . [18] [17] Carpenter and Avett married in May 2016.

In 2010, she ran the New York City Marathon, completing it in 3:34:28. [19]



1999 Nice Guys Sleep Alone Uncredited
2000 Bring It On Random Girl
2001People Are DeadAngela's friend #2
2003 Ash Tuesday Samantha
2004 D.E.B.S. Hysterical Student
2004 White Chicks Lisa
2005Last Days of AmericaFriend in New York #2
2005 Lethal Eviction Sarah / Tessa / Bethalso known as Grayson Arms
2005 The Exorcism of Emily Rose Emily Rose MTV Movie Award for Best Frightened Performance
Nominated—Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
2006 The Dog Problem Redheaded waitress
2007 Battle in Seattle Sam
2008 Quarantine Angela Vidal
2010 Faster Nan Porterman
2011 Seeking Justice Trudy
2012 Gone Sharon Ames
2012 The Factory Kelsey Walker
2012 Ex-Girlfriends KateExecutive producer
2014 Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow Voice (English version) [20]
2014 The Devil's Hand Rebekah
2017 Brawl in Cell Block 99 Lauren Thomas
2018 Batman: Gotham by Gaslight Selina Kyle (voice)Direct-to-video
2018 Dragged Across Concrete Kelly Summer


2005Queen BKristenTelevision movie
2006–2013 Dexter Debra Morgan Main role
Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television
Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Nominated—Golden Nymph Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
Nominated—Prism Award for Female Performance in a Drama Series
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television (2007–09, 2011–13)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2009–12)
2009 Dexter: Early Cuts Debra Morgan2 episodes
2011 The Good Wife Pamela RakerEpisode: "Parenting Made Easy"
2011–2013 Pound Puppies Pepper5 episodes
2014 Robot Chicken VoiceEpisode: "Victoria's Secret of NIMH"
2015–2016 Limitless Rebecca HarrisMain role
2019 The Enemy Within Erica ShepherdMain role

Video games

2014 The Evil Within Juli KidmanVoice
2015The AssignmentJuli KidmanDLC
2015The ConsequenceJuli KidmanDLC

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