SARAH WAYNE CALLIES (Allison) has made an indelible
impression on television audiences by portraying strong, independent women in
adverse circumstances. She starred in the highly acclaimed AMC series "The
Walking Dead," about a group of survivors navigating a post-apocalyptic world.
It premiered in October 2010 and garnered the largest number of viewers for any
series premiere that year. Additionally, the show was nominated for a Golden
Globe Award in 2011 for Best Television Series - Drama.
The second season premiered in October 2011 and broke
cable records with 7.3 million viewers. The midseason premiere later broke that
record with 8.1 million viewers.
Callies was also seen in "Black November," directed by Nigerian filmmaker
Jeta Amata, alongside Kim Basinger, Mickey Rourke, Anne Heche, Akon and Wyclef
Jean. The movie premiered at the Library of Congress, the John F. Kennedy Center
for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC and was screened in September 2012 for
the United Nations before its theater release in December of that year.
Callies recently wrapped production on "The Other Side of the Door" in
Mumbai, India. Johannes Roberts wrote and is directing the horror thriller,
starring Callies as a woman who loses her 8-year-old son and must find him in
the Mumbai underworld.
From 2005 to 2009, Callies starred with Wentworth Miller in the hit FOX
television drama "Prison Break." The show aired four seasons and was nominated
in 2006 for a Golden Globe Award for Best Dramatic Television Series.
Prior to "Prison Break," Callies had multiple recurring roles in such
projects as the CBS series "Queens Supreme," which aired from 2003-2005; as Jane
in the WB's series "Tarzan," from producer Laura Ziskin; and she starred in and
co-produced the CBC pilot "Tangled."
In 2011, Callies starred in the independent feature film "Foreverland," with
Juliette Lewis. The previous year, she appeared with Rupert Friend and Forest
Whitaker in "Lullaby for Pi," a film about a washed-up musician who befriends a
reclusive artist with an unusual name. This film gave Callies the opportunity to
highlight her passion for music by contributing to the soundtrack, writing and
performing an original song for the film.
Callies made her feature film debut in 2006 as the female lead in the
adaptation of James Redfield's international best-selling novel The Celestine
Prophecy. In this mystical adventure film, Callies acted alongside Annabeth
Gish, Hector Elizondo and Jurgen Prochnow.
In addition to acting, Callies wrote the feature screenplay, "Elena's
Serenade," which she adapted from Campbell Geeslin's award-winning children's
book. The story centers on a girl who crosses the Mexican desert to become a
Callies was born in Illinois to two college professors and spent most of her
childhood in Honolulu, Hawaii. Throughout her youth, she expressed her interest
in acting by participating in numerous plays at the independent Punahou School.
In 2002, she earned a Master of Fine Arts in classical acting from the National
Conservatory in Denver. During her time there, she appeared in several stage
productions with the Denver Center Theatre Company. She had previously earned a
Bachelor of Arts in Drama from Dartmouth College, with a minor in Women's
Studies and a Senior Fellowship in Indigenous Theology.
In 2002, Callies became affiliated with the International Rescue Committee
(IRC), which helps to raise awareness about the humanitarian needs of refugees
worldwide. They offer life-saving care and life changing assistance to refugees
forced to flee from war or disaster. As the granddaughter of a refugee, this is
a cause very close to her heart. In the summer of 2011, Callies was named an IRC
"Voice" for the organization.