Deborah Ann Woll

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Deborah Ann Woll
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Woll at the 2012 San Diego Comic Con
Born (1985-02-07) February 7, 1985 (age 33)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Alma mater University of Southern California
Occupation Actress
Years active 2007–present

Deborah Ann Woll (born February 7, 1985) is an American actress best known for her roles as Jessica Hamby on the HBO drama series True Blood and Karen Page on the Netflix drama series Daredevil. She has starred in the films Mother's Day, Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You, Catch .44, Ruby Sparks, and Meet Me in Montenegro.

Early life

Woll was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York City. Her father is an architect and her mother, Cathy Woll, is a teacher at the Berkeley Carroll School.[1][2] She attended the Packer Collegiate Institute for high school,[3] and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from USC School of Dramatic Arts at the University of Southern California, graduating in 2007.[4] She also trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.[5] Woll is of Irish and German descent.[6]


Woll began her career with guest starring roles on several television series, including Life (2007), ER (2008), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2008), My Name Is Earl (2008), and The Mentalist (2008), and a supporting role in the Western action-adventure television film Aces 'N' Eights (2008).

Woll at the 2014 San Diego Comic Con for True Blood

In 2008, Woll landed her breakout role as Bill Compton's vampire progeny, Jessica Hamby, on the HBO fantasy drama television series True Blood. She originally joined as a recurring character in the first season, but was promoted to a regular cast member for the second season.[7] In 2009, she and her True Blood co-stars won the Satellite Award for Best Cast – Television Series at the 14th annual ceremony. Woll maintained the role of Jessica until the series' ending in 2014.[8] In 2009, she made a guest appearance on an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, portraying a young woman who is found alive after being reported missing by her boyfriend.[9]

In 2010, Woll made her feature film debut in the psychological horror Mother's Day, directed by Darren Lynn Bousman.[10] In 2011, she starred in the supernatural thriller Little Murder,[11][12] the sports drama Seven Days in Utopia,[13] the action film Catch .44,[14] and the comedy-drama Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You.[15] The following year, she co-starred in the romantic comedy-drama film Ruby Sparks. In 2013, she performed at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in the play Parfumerie, alongside Eddie Kaye Thomas and Richard Schiff.[16][17] That same year, Woll joined the cast of the drama film The Automatic Hate.[18]

Woll with Elden Henson at the Daredevil panel at New York Comic-Con 2015

Since 2015, Woll has portrayed Karen Page on the Marvel Cinematic Universe series Daredevil for Netflix.[19][20] She starred in the independent romantic drama film Forever, opposite Luke Grimes.[21]


Woll's boyfriend, E.J. Scott, suffers from choroideremia, a condition that ultimately results in blindness. She uses her celebrity status to help raise awareness of the disease.[22] She has been quoted as saying that her boyfriend's bravery in fighting his disability has inspired courage in her own battle with celiac disease, which makes her body intolerant to foods containing gluten.[23]



Year Title Role Notes
2010 Mother's Day Lydia Koffin
2011 Little Murder Molly
2011 Seven Days in Utopia Sarah
2011 Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You Gillian Sveck
2011 Catch .44 Dawn
2012 Ruby Sparks Lila
2013 Highland Park Lilly
2014 Meet Me in Montenegro Wendy
2015 The Automatic Hate Cassie
2015 Forever Alice


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Life Nancy Wiscinski Episode: "Powerless"
2008 Aces 'N' Eights Terrified Woman Television film
2008 ER Aurora Quill Episode: "Owner of a Broken Heart"
2008 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Waitress Stephane Episode: "For Gedda"
2008 My Name Is Earl Greta 2 episodes
2008–14 True Blood Jessica Hamby Main role; 70 episodes
2008 The Mentalist Kerry Sheehan Episode: "Red Brick and Ivy"
2009 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Lily Milton Episode: "Solitary"
2013 Axe Cop Best Fairy Ever (voice) Episode: "The Dumb List"
2015–present Daredevil Karen Page Main role


Year Title Role Location
2013 Parfumerie Amalia Balash Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Awards and nominations

Year Award Work Result
2009 Satellite Award for Best Cast – Television Series True Blood Won
2010 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
Scream Award for Breakout Performance – Female Nominated
2015 Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best TV Supporting Actress Nominated

See also


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  2. ""True Blood" Actor Shares True Insights". Berkeley Carroll School. September 23, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  4. "Alumna Deborah Ann Woll on True Blood". USC School of Dramatic Arts. June 20, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. MacIntyre, Ian (April 16, 2015). "Daredevil: Deborah Ann Woll Interview". Dork Shelf.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Manelis, Michele (August 28, 2011). "Deborah Ann Woll: The lady is a vamp". The New Zealand Herald.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Brown, Emma (June 7, 2012). "Deborah Ann Woll, Forever Young". Interview.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Siegemund-Broka, Austin (August 24, 2014). "'True Blood's' Deborah Ann Woll on Series Finale: "It Was Not What I Expected"". The Hollywood Reporter.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Remington, Delia (October 6, 2009). "Deborah Ann Woll Guest Stars on Law & Order SVU".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Kit, Borys (August 5, 2009). "Deborah Ann Woll celebrates 'Mother's Day'". The Hollywood Reporter.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. Fernandez, Jay A. (August 27, 2009). "Four get away with 'Little Murder'". The Hollywood Reporter.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. Clark, Krystal (August 27, 2009). "Deborah Ann Woll, Bokeem Woodbine Join Little Murder". ScreenCrave. Retrieved September 3, 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. Sneider, Jeff (July 28, 2010). "Robert Duvall, Lucas Black Reunite for Indie Golf Drama". TheWrap.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. Fischer, Russ (July 1, 2010). "Nikki Reed and Deborah Ann Woll Cast in Catch .44". /Film.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. "Deborah Ann Woll Aboard Someday This Pain". August 19, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. "Eddie Kaye Thomas, Ayre Gross, Richard Schiff, Deborah Ann Woll to Star in Parfumerie; Mark Brokaw Directs". Playbill. November 4, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  17. "Romance in the Air: Eddie Kaye Thomas, Deborah Ann Woll and Richard Schiff Star in Parfumerie". Playbill. December 8, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  18. "Joseph Cross, Adelaide Clemens & Deborah Ann Woll Join 'The Automatic Hate'". September 18, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  19. Friedlander, Whitney (July 17, 2014). "'True Blood's' Deborah Ann Woll Joins 'Daredevil'". Variety.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  20. "'True Blood' actress to star in Marvel's 'Daredevil'". Entertainment Weekly. July 17, 2014. Archived from the original on July 17, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  21. Garrahan, Rachel (March 21, 2014). "'First Kiss' Director Debuts Trailer for 'Forever'". The Hollywood Reporter.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  22. Spencer, Amy (June 13, 2013). "True Blood Star Deborah Ann Woll's Story of Her Boyfriend's Fight Against Blindness". Glamour.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  23. "True Blood Star's Beau Is Blinded By Disease". ContactMusic. August 14, 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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