Jennifer Carpenter Biography

Jennifer Carpenter is an American actress. Check out this biography to know about her childhood, family life, achievements and fun facts about her life.

Quick Facts

Birthday: December 7, 1979

Nationality: American

Famous: Actresses American Women

Age: 40 Years, 40 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Also Known As: Jennifer Leann Carpenter

Born in: Louisville, Kentucky, United States

Famous as: Actress

Height: 5'9" (175 cm), 5'9" Females


Spouse/Ex-: Seth Avett (m. 2016), Michael C. Hall (m. 2008–2011)

father: Robert Carpenter

mother: Catherine Carpenter

children: Isaac Avett

U.S. State: Kentucky, Louisiana

City: Louisville, Kentucky

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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 cancelled 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. Other films she has appeared in include ‘The Factory’, a crime thriller, where she played a main role, and ‘The Devil’s Hand’, where she appeared in a supporting role.

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  • 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’ (2005) in 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 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, who also lives a parallel life as a serial killer who hunts down murderers who manage to escape from 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’ (2011) and ‘Ex-Girlfriends’ (2012), in which she was an executive producer as well. One of her recent works on the big screen was her role in the 2014 horror movie ‘The Devil’s Hand’. Directed by Christian E Christiansen, the film starred her in a supporting role of a character named Rebekah.
  • 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 a 2011 film of the same name. The series, which aired on CBS, was however cancelled after just one season.
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Personal Life
  • Jennifer Carpenter was born in Louisville, Kentucky, in the US on 7th December 1979. 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 the Julliard 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.
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1. Dragged Across Concrete (2018)

  (Action, Crime, Mystery, Drama, Thriller)

2. The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)

  (Thriller, History, Drama, Horror)

3. Battle in Seattle (2007)

  (Action, Drama)

4. Faster (2010)

  (Thriller, Drama, Action, Crime)

5. The Dog Problem (2006)


6. Seeking Justice (2011)

  (Thriller, Action, Drama)

7. Quarantine (2008)

  (Horror, Thriller)

8. Gone (2012)

  (Drama, Thriller, Mystery)


MTV Movie & TV Awards
2006 Best Frightened Performance The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)

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