Kristen Connolly

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Kristen Nora Connolly

(1980-07-12) July 12, 1980 (age 38)
Years active2003–present

Kristen Nora Connolly (born July 12, 1980) [1] is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as Dana in the 2012 film The Cabin in the Woods , Christina Gallagher on the Netflix series House of Cards [2] and Jamie Campbell on the CBS series Zoo .

<i>The Cabin in the Woods</i> 2012 film by Drew Goddard

The Cabin in the Woods is a 2012 American horror comedy film directed by Drew Goddard in his directorial debut, produced by Joss Whedon, and written by Whedon and Goddard. The film stars Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins, and Bradley Whitford. The plot follows a group of college students who retreat to a remote forest cabin where they fall victim to backwoods zombies and the technicians who manipulate events from an underground facility.

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Connolly began her career with recurring roles on several CollegeHumor digital shorts. She appeared as an extra on the films Mona Lisa Smile , Meet Dave , and The Happening . She has also appeared on two CBS daytime soap operas with recurring roles on Guiding Light and As the World Turns .

CollegeHumor is a humor website based in Los Angeles and owned by InterActiveCorp (IAC). The site features daily original humor videos and articles created by its in-house writing and production team, in addition to user-submitted videos, pictures, articles and links. It was created by Josh Abramson and Ricky Van Veen in 1999. CollegeHumor is operated by Electus Digital, which operates and in addition to CollegeHumor.

<i>Mona Lisa Smile</i> 2003 film by Mike Newell

Mona Lisa Smile is a 2003 American drama film produced by Revolution Studios and Columbia Pictures in association with Red Om Films Productions, directed by Mike Newell, written by Lawrence Konner and Mark Rosenthal, and starring Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles and Maggie Gyllenhaal. The title is a reference to the Mona Lisa, the famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci, and to the song of the same name, originally performed by Nat King Cole, which was covered by Seal for the movie. Julia Roberts received a record $25 million for her performance, the highest ever earned by an actress at that time.

<i>Meet Dave</i> 2008 film by Brian Robbins

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She first gained mainstream recognition in 2012, after starring as the main protagonist Dana in the Joss Whedon/Drew Goddard film The Cabin in the Woods . She also starred in the horror film The Bay . In 2013, she had a starring role as Christina Gallagher on the Netflix series House of Cards alongside Kevin Spacey. [3] On September 1, 2014 the A&E Houdini miniseries premiered with 3.7 million viewers, Connolly plays Bess Houdini with Academy Award-winning Adrien Brody playing Harry Houdini. [4] Connolly also portrayed Jamie, a passionate journalist in the CBS drama-thriller series Zoo [5] and co-starred as Lena in the drama series The Whispers . [6] In 2014 she portrayed Petra Anderson in the drama thriller film A Good Marriage , based on Stephen King's short story of the same name. [7]

Joss Whedon American director, writer, and producer for television and film

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Drew Goddard writer, director

Andrew Brion Hogan Goddard is an American film and television screenwriter, director, and producer. He began his career as a writer on television series, such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Alias, and Lost. He also created the Netflix superhero series Daredevil.

<i>The Bay</i> (film) 2012 film by Barry Levinson

The Bay is a 2012 American found footage horror film directed by Barry Levinson and written by Michael Wallach. It premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and was released in theaters on November 2, 2012.

Personal life

Connolly is the oldest of her siblings, Joe and Will. She is married to Stephen O'Reilly, and in July 2018 gave birth to her first child, Aidan.



2003 Mona Lisa Smile Art History Student
2008 Revolutionary Road Mrs. Brace
2008 The Happening Woman Reading on the Bench
2008 Meet Dave Make-Out Girl
2009 Confessions of a Shopaholic Woman Who Wins Green Scarf Bid
2012 The Bay Stephanie
2012 The Cabin in the Woods Dana Polk
2012 Ex-Girlfriends Laura
2014 A Good Marriage Petra Anderson
2014 Worst Friends Zoe
2017 The Wizard of Lies Stephanie Madoff


2008 New Amsterdam FannyEpisode: "Honor"
2008 Guiding Light Jolene16 episodes
2008 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Miranda/TeresaEpisode: "Vanishing Act"
2008–09 As the World Turns Josie Anderson39 episodes
2009 Life on Mars DonnaEpisode: "Let All The Children Boogie"
2009 Nurse Jackie Mrs. VogalEpisode: "School Nurse"
2009 Mercy Carey WhitlowEpisode: "You Lose Me with the Cinderblock"
2010SuperegoJoseyTelevision movie
2011 The Good Wife Maggie ReevesEpisode: "Get a Room"
2013–14 House of Cards Christina Gallagher17 episodes
2014 Houdini Bess Houdini2 episodes
2015 The Whispers Lena Lawrence10 episodes
2015–17 Zoo Jamie Campbell39 episodes

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