Jennifer Leann Carpenter is an American actress, best known for her role in the TV series ‘Dexter,’ which aired on ‘Showtime.’ The series was a huge success and won four ‘Emmys’ and two ‘Golden Globes.’ Her role as ‘Debra Morgan’ earned her a ‘Saturn Award’ for ‘Best Supporting Actress.’ She has also appeared in the TV series ‘Limitless,’ where she played the main role of an FBI special agent. The show, however, was canceled after just one season. She has appeared in several films as well. Her role in the film ‘Exorcism of Emily Rose’ won her the ‘MTV Award’ for ‘Best Actress.’ She played the lead role in the film ‘Quarantine,’ which was directed by John Erick Dowdle. The film was a commercial success, earning almost thrice its budget at the box office. Some of her other films, include ‘The Factory,’ a crime thriller, where she played a main role, and ‘The Devil’s Hand,’ where she appeared in a supporting role.
Jennifer Carpenter began her career while she was still pursuing her graduation. She was seen in the 2002 Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s play ‘The Crucible.’ She next appeared in films, such as ‘Ash Tuesday’ (2003) and ‘White Chicks’ (2004) where she played supporting roles.
In 2005, she played a lead role for the first time in the thriller film ‘Lethal Eviction.’ The same year, she also played the lead role in the horror film ‘The Exorcism of Emily Rose.’ Directed by Scott Derrickson, the film revolved around a teenager named Emily Rose who dies after her father attempts an exorcism on her. The film was a huge commercial success, earning more than seven times its budget. It was also listed as one of the scariest films ever made.
The following year, she started appearing in the show ‘Dexter,’ playing one of the main roles. The show revolved around a forensic technician working for the ‘Miami Metro Police Department.’ The technician also lives a parallel life as a serial killer who hunts down murderers who manage to escape the justice system. The show was a huge success, earning a lot of popularity. It won many awards, including four ‘Emmy Awards’ and two ‘Golden Globe Awards.’Carpenter was nominated for several awards for her performance. She also won the ‘Saturn Award’ for ‘Best Supporting Actress on Television.’
In 2008, she played a lead role in the film ‘Quarantine,’ which was directed by John Erick Dowdle. The film was a commercial success and won multiple awards. It was met with mixed reviews.
She acted in several films over the next few years; these include ‘Seeking Justice’ (2011), ‘Gone’ (2012), and ‘Ex-Girlfriends’ (2012), in which she was an executive producer as well. Her other important works on the big screen includes her role in the 2014 horror movie ‘The Devil’s Hand.’ Directed by Christian E Christiansen, the film starred her in a supporting role.
Carpenter has also appeared in many TV shows, mostly in supporting roles. She played the lead role in the comedy drama TV series ‘Limitless.’ Developed by Craig Sweeny, the series was based on the 2011 film of the same name. The series, which was aired on CBS, was canceled after a season.
After appearing in the 2017 thriller ‘Brawl in Cell Block 99,’ she voiced the character of ‘Selina Kyle’ in the DC comics animated movie ‘Batman: Gotham by Gaslight’ (2018). In 2018, she was seen in the thriller film ‘Dragged Across Concrete,’ which was directed by S. Craig Zahler.
In 2019, Jennifer joined the main cast of NBC drama series ‘The Enemy Within.’ She is also part of an upcoming project titled ‘A Mouthful of Air.’
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Jennifer Carpenter was born on 7 December 1979, in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. Her parents are Catherine and Robert Carpenter. She studied at ‘St. Raphael the Archangel’ and then at ‘Sacred Heart Academy.’ She also studied at the ‘Walden Theatre Conservatory Program’ and later at the ‘Juilliard School’ at New York City, before pursuing a full-time career in acting.
In 2008, she married Michael C. Hall. However, they divorced after three years. She is currently married to Seth Avett. The couple was blessed with a baby boy in May 2015.