Academy AwardÂ® nominee AMY RYAN (Carol Dexter) has made her mark by
working with some of today's top directors and talent in the industry. Between many
high-profile stage projects and television roles such as in HBO's The Wire, Ryan is still
just getting started.
Ryan hit the big screen in October 2007 in Miramax's Gone Baby Gone, directed
by Ben Affleck. Ryan co-stars with Morgan Freeman and Ed Harris in a breakout
performance as a Boston mother whose child is kidnapped. The film has received rave
reviews, particularly for Ryan's standout performance. Most notably, Ryan received
Academy AwardÂ®, Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations for her performance in
the Best Supporting Actress categories. Additionally, she won Best Supporting Actress
awards from the Broadcast Film Critics Association (Critics' Choice Awards), New York
Film Critics Circle, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, National Board of Review and
the Boston Society of Film Critics, Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association and
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Awards.
Ryan also appeared in Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, starring Ethan
Hawke and directed by Sidney Lumet. Ryan was a part of Best Ensemble awards for this
film from the Gotham Awards, New York Film Critics Online and the Boston Society of
Film Critics, and she received a Best Supporting Actress award from the Los Angeles
Film Critics Association. The cast was also nominated for a Critics' Choice Award from
the Broadcast Film Critics Association.
Following these two acclaimed performances, Ryan recently completed filming
Paul Greengrass' upcoming untitled Green Zone thriller, opposite Matt Damon and Greg
Kinnear, as well as two independent films due out in 2008, Bob Funk, by writer/director
Craig Carlisle, and The Missing Person, by writer Noah Buschel.
Throughout her steady film career, Ryan worked with some of today's top
directors, in a number of extremely noted films, such as Lodge Kerrigan in Keane;
Bennet Miller in Capote; and Steven Spielberg in War of the Worlds. She also appeared
in Dan in Real Life with Steve Carell, directed by Peter Hedges.
In addition to her film credits, Ryan has been quite a success on the Broadway
stage. In 2000, she was nominated for her first Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in
the Broadway hit Uncle Vanya. A few years later, she astounded critics with a moving
portrayal of the character Stella and was nominated again for Best Featured Actress,
opposite John C. Reilly, in A Streetcar Named Desire. She also starred in Neil LaBute's
play The Distance From Here in London's West End.
Ryan's television credits are extensive, with over 30 guest-star performances and
more than eight series-regular or recurring parts on prime-time television shows.
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