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Maggie Gyllenhaal

Birth Name:
Margalit Ruth Gyllenhaal
Birth Place:
New York, New York, United States

Fast Facts

  • Studied briefly at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London
  • Directed in her first six films by her father
  • Played the role of Alice in a 2000 Los Angeles stage production of Closer
  • Started modeling for lingerie company Agent Provocateur six months after her daughter was born
  • In 2009 performed off-Broadway in Uncle Vanya with then-fiancé Peter Sarsgaard
  • An avid supporter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)


  • 2018Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: nominated
  • 2015Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: winner
  • 2015Critics' Choice Television Awards-Best Actress in a Movie or Limited Series: nominated
  • 2014Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: nominated
  • 2009Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2009Critics' Choice Awards-Best Acting Ensemble: nominated
  • 2007Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 2006Satellite Awards-Best Actress - Drama: nominated
  • 2006Chicago Film Critics Association-Best Actress: nominated
  • 2006Karlovy Vary International Film Festival-Best Actress: winner
  • 2006Independent Spirit Awards-Best Supporting Female: nominated
  • 2003Independent Spirit Awards-Best Female Lead: nominated
  • 2003Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 2002Toronto Film Critics Association-Best Actress - Runner-up: winner
  • 2002National Board of Review-Breakthrough Performance - Female: winner
  • 2002National Society of Film Critics-Best Actress - Runner-up: winner
  • 2002Chicago Film Critics Association-Most Promising Performer: winner