Born In: Rocky Mount, North Carolina, United States
Mary Elizabeth Winstead is a ‘Daytime Emmy’ award-winning American actress and singer. She is widely popular for playing the role of ‘Ramona Flowers’ in the cult hit ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.’ She has received praise for her work in indie movies like ‘Smashed’ where she played the role of ‘Kate Hannah.’ The actress has appeared in hit movies like ‘Final Destination 3,’ ‘The Thing,’ ‘Die Hard 4,’ ‘Death Proof,’ and ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.’ Her performance in the critically acclaimed film ‘10 Cloverfield Lane’ earned her a ‘Saturn Award.’ She starred in FX Network’s critical hit ‘Fargo,’ where she played the main lead ‘Nikki Swango,’ and received rave reviews for her performance. Winstead was ranked tenth in ‘Maxim’ magazine’s list of ‘Hottest Women of Horror Movies.’
Spouse/Ex-: Riley Stearns (m. 2010 - Sep. 2017)
father: James Ronald Winstead
mother: Betty Lou Knight
children: Laurie McGregor
Partner: Ewan McGregor (2017–present)
Born Country: United States
U.S. State: North Carolina
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At the age of 5, her parents decided to move to Sandy, Utah, near Salt Lake City. She was a bright child and was admitted to ‘Peruvian Park Elementary.’
Her talent was not limited to the classroom as she joined a ‘Joffrey Ballet’ summer program in Chicago, Illinois to improve her dancing skills. Her singing abilities led her to perform in the ‘International Children’s Choir’ at the early age of twelve.
Winstead initially strived to be a ballerina and even participated in small ballet productions. But she was compelled to abandon her ballet career when she was thirteen, as she grew too tall. She realized that her body was changing too much to meet the requirements of a typical ballerina and hence focused on acting. This also meant that she had to be homeschooled for most of her high school years. She graduated in 2004, while pursuing a career in acting.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s first appearance was in the musical ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ where she starred as ‘Donny Osmond’ in 1996. She was only twelve years old at the time.
She received her first major role in the supernatural thriller ‘Wolf Lake’ which was aired on CBS. In the series, she played the role of ‘Sophia Donner,’ making her first appearance in the pilot episode ‘Meat the Parents’ on September 19, 2001. Low ratings led to the cancellation of the series after 10 episodes. The final episode ‘If These Wolves Could Talk’ starring Winstead was aired on May 1, 2002.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead made her film debut in 2005, when she was cast to play ‘Young Evelyn Borden’ in the supernatural psychological horror film ‘The Ring Two.’ The same year, she also had a small role as ‘Lisa Apple’ in the comedy movie ‘Checking Out.’
Walt Disney Pictures’ superhero movie ‘Sky High’ was the highlight of her career in the year 2005, as she played the role of the primary antagonist in the film. By 2006, Winstead had already started working with critically acclaimed directors and producers like James Wong and Glen Morgan. She was cast in the lead role as ‘Wendy Christensen’ in the movie ‘Final Destination 3.’
She went on to work with James Wong and Glen Morgan for the movie ‘Black Christmas.’ Her acting won her a nomination at the 2007 ‘Scream Awards,’ and an appearance on the ‘Tonight Show with Jay Leno.’ She also starred in the 2006 movie ‘Bobby’ which was based on Robert F. Kennedy’s last hours before death. She also played a small role in the movie ‘Factory Girl.’
The year 2007 saw Winstead being cast in Quentin Tarantino’s and Robert Rodriguez’s double-horror feature ‘Grindhouse.’ She played the role of a naive actress alongside the likes of Kurt Russell, Rosario Dawson, and Zoe Bell in ‘Death Proof’ which was directed by Tarantino. Despite the lack of commercial success, the film and the cast received critical acclaim.
She was cast in the dark comedy-crime drama series ‘Fargo.’ In the series, she portrays ‘Nikki Swango’ and appears alongside actors like Ewan McGregor. In 2018, she played ‘Nina Geld’ in the comedy-drama film ‘All About Nina.’ The following year, she played ‘Danny Zakarewski’ in ‘Gemini Man.’ In 2020, she portrayed ‘Helena Bertinelli’ (The Huntress) in the superhero film ‘Birds of Prey.’
Mary Elizabeth Winstead was nominated for ‘Best Young Actress in a Daytime TV Series’ in 2000, and 2001, for her role in ‘Passions.’
In 2017, it was reported that Mary was in a relationship with actor Ewan McGregor. In 2021, they welcomed their first child, Laurie. In April 2022, they got married.
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