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Kate Mara
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Mara in 2015
Born
Kate Rooney Mara

February 27, 1983 (1983-02-27) (age 37)
Other names Katherine Rooney Mara
Occupation Actress, fashion model
Years active 1997–present
Spouse(s)
Jamie Bell (m. 2017)
Relatives Rooney Mara (sister)
Family Rooney, Mara

Kate Rooney Mara (born February 27, 1983) is an American actress and fashion model.

Family

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Kate Mara at the world premiere for "The Martian” 2015

Kate Rooney Mara was born and raised in Bedford, New York. Her parents are Timothy Christopher Mara, an NFL scout and vice president of the New York Giants for player evaluation, and Kathleen McNulty Mara (née Rooney). She is the second of four siblings.

She is a great-granddaughter of both New York Giants founder Tim Mara and Pittsburgh Steelers founder Art Rooney, Sr. Her mother's side of the family has held ownership in the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers football team since its formation in 1933, and her father's side of the family has held ownership in the NFL's New York Giants since its formation in 1925.

Her paternal grandparents were Wellington Mara and Ann Mara. Wellington co-owned the Giants football team from 1959 until his death in 2005, and was succeeded by his son (Kate Mara's uncle), John Mara, who is currently President, CEO, and co-owner of the team. Kate Mara's maternal grandfather, Timothy James "Tim" Rooney, has run Yonkers Raceway in Yonkers, New York since 1972.

Early career

Kate Mara TIFF, 2011
Kate Mara at the Toronto International Film Festival 2011

Mara began acting at the age of nine in a school musical. She attended several youth theater-arts schools and appeared in community theater and in school plays. Mara has described herself to Esquire magazine as having been "painfully shy" while growing up, adding that she only had one friend.

Her first audition was for the NBC police drama Homicide: Life on the Street. She did not get the role but knew from then on that she just wanted to act. Mara graduated from Fox Lane High School a year early and was accepted into the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University to study musical theater, but she eventually deferred her slot to work as an actress. She made her film debut in 1999 with Random Hearts.

Personal life

Kate Mara UNICEF 2012
Kate Mara at the UNICEF Snowflake Ball 2012

In late 2015, Mara began dating her Fantastic Four co-star Jamie Bell and in January 2017, the couple got engaged. On July 17, 2017, the couple announced that they had married. On January 9, 2019 it was reported that Mara and Bell were expecting their first child together.

Mara lives in Los Angeles and Manhattan. She credits her vegan diet and regular workouts for keeping herself fit. "I'm a massive animal lover, too," she explained. "Being vegan has been so good for me. I've never felt better."

Mara has stated she comes from a "huge" family; her father is one of 11 children, and she has 22 aunts and uncles and 40 cousins. As a descendant of the owners of the New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers, Mara is a fan of both teams. Mara has sung at both teams' games, and after missing the Steelers' 2006 victory at Super Bowl XL due to work, her contracts now state that she can attend if either team goes to the Super Bowl. She was in attendance for the Giants' victory in Super Bowl XLII, the Steelers' victory the next year in Super Bowl XLIII, and the Giants' victory in Super Bowl XLVI.

Mara is one of the faces of the Humane Society of the United States. In 2015, she was featured in one of their campaign videos to promote Meatless Monday.

Filmography

Kate Mara at the TIFF premiere of Man Down
Kate Mara at the TIFF premiere of Man Down 2015
Kate Mara - Louis Vuitton autumn-winter 2014 fashion show
Kate Mara - Louis Vuitton autumn/winter 2014 fashion show, Paris, France
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Kate Mara at press conference for the Martian, 2015 Toronto Film Festival
Year Title Role Notes
1999 Joe the King Allyson
1999 Random Hearts Jessica Chandler
2002 Tadpole Miranda Spear
2004 Time Well Spent Girl Short film
2004 Peoples Jessica
2004 Prodigy
2005 Urban Legends: Bloody Mary Samantha "Sam" Owens Direct to video
2005 Brokeback Mountain Alma Del Mar Jr. (age 19)
2005 The Californians Zoe Tripp
2006 Zoom Summer Jones/Wonder
2006 Fireflies Taylor
2006 We Are Marshall Annie Cantrell
2007 Full of It Annie Dray
2007 Shooter Sarah Fenn
2008 Transsiberian Abby
2008 Stone of Destiny Kay Matheson
2009 Big Guy Kate Short film
2009 Open Road, TheThe Open Road Lucy
2010 Happy. Thank You. More. Please. Mississippi
2010 Iron Man 2 U.S. Marshal
2010 127 Hours Kristi Moore
2010 Peep World Meg
2011 Ironclad Isabel
2011 Queen of Hearts Queen of Hearts Short film
2011 10 Years Elise
2012 Deadfall Hanna
2013 Broken Bells After the Disco Girl Short film
2014 Transcendence Bree
2014 Tiny Detectives Detective Kate Short film
2014 Lennon or McCartney Herself Short film
2015 The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards Lisa
2015 Fantastic Four Sue Storm/Invisible Woman
2015 Man Down Natalie Drummer
2015 The Martian Beth Johanssen
2015 Captive Ashley Smith
2016 Morgan Lee Weathers
2017 Megan Leavey Megan Leavey
2017 My Days of Mercy Mercy Also producer
2017 Chappaquiddick Mary Jo Kopechne
2018 Time of Day Kate Mara Short film

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Law & Order Jenna Erlich Episode: "Shadow"
2000 Madigan Men Julie Episode: "White Knight"
2000 Ed Kelly Kovacs Episode: "Pretty Girls and Waffles"
2001 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Lori Episode: "Pixies"
2003 Everwood Kate Morris 2 episodes
2003 Nip/Tuck Vanessa Bartholomew 4 episodes
2003 Cold Case Jill Shelby Episode: "Look Again"
2003 Boston Public Helena Gelbke Episode: "Chapter Seventy-Five"
2004 CSI: Miami Stephanie Brooks Episode: "Murder in a Flash"
2004 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Janelle Macklin Episode: "Formalities"
2005 Jack & Bobby Katie 6 episodes
2006 24 Shari Rothenberg 5 episodes
2009 Entourage Brittany 4 episodes
2009 T Takes Kate 2 episodes
2011 American Horror Story: Murder House Hayden McClaine 8 episodes
2012 Tron: Uprising Perl (voice) 2 episodes
2013–2016 House of Cards Zoe Barnes 14 episodes
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (2014)
2014 Robot Chicken Various voices 2 episodes
2015 Moonbeam City Chrysalis Tate (voice) 10 episodes
2018 Pose Patty Bowes 6 episodes

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