MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL (Special Agent Carol Finnerty) is one of the great actresses of today. She gained critical acclaim and an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Jean Craddock in Crazy Heart alongside Jeff Bridges, further exemplifying her talent and versatility as an actress. After receiving rave reviews out of the 2002 Sundance competition for her starring role opposite James Spader in Lion's Gate's Secretary, she went on to receive a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical, an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Actress, a Chicago Film Critics' Award for Most Promising Performer, a Boston Film Critics' Award for Best Actress, a National Board of Review Award for Breakthrough Performance, and an IFP/ Gotham Breakthrough Performance Award.
Years later, back at Sundance in 2007, Gyllenhaal starred in Sherrybaby; she played a female convict struggling to overcome her drug addiction and regain custody of her daughter. The film was well-received by critics and garnered her second Golden Globe nomination, this time for Best Actress in a Motion Picture-Drama. Gyllenhaal was also nominated for a 2006 Independent Spirit Award for her role in Don Roos' Happy Endings, opposite Lisa Kudrow and Tom Arnold.
She was Rachel Dawes in the Warner Bros. box office hit The Dark Knight, directed by Chris Nolan. She was also seen in Sam Mendes's Away We Go.
In August 2010, Gyllenhaal was seen in Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang with Emma Thompson. Recently, she starred alongside Hugh Dancy in the romantic comedy Hysteria as well as the drama Won't Back Down alongside Viola Davis, directed by Daniel Barnz. Gyllenhaal is currently filming the comedy Frank, co-starring Michael Fassbender.
In August 2006, Gyllenhaal was seen in Trust the Man with Julianne Moore, Billy Crudup and David Duchovny, and in Oliver Stone's World Trade Center with Maria Bello and Nicolas Cage. She also starred in Marc Forster's Stranger Than Fiction with Will Ferrell, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah and Emma Thompson. In the past few years, she appeared in John Sayles' Casa De Los Babys with Daryl Hannah and Lily Taylor and Mike Newell's Mona Lisa Smile, in which she co-starred with Julia Roberts, Julia Stiles and Kirsten Dunst. She was also seen in Criminal with Diego Luna and John C. Reilly as well as Spike Jonze's Adaptation.
Also accomplished on stage, Gyllenhaal starred as Alice in Patrick Mauber's award-winning "Closer" at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles for director Robert Egan, and previously at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. She has also appeared in "Anthony and Cleopatra" at the Vanborough Theatre in London. In 2004, Gyllenhaal starred in Tony Kushner's play "Homebody/Kabul," which ran in both Los Angeles and at B.A.M. Next, she will be seen alongside Peter Sarsgaard and Mamie Gummer in "Uncle Vanya" by Anton Chekhov.
Recently, she appeared in the Anton Chekhov play "Three Sisters" alongside Peter Sarsgaard, Jessica Hecht and Josh Hamilton.