Born: September 25, 1977
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
Clea Helen D'Etienne DuVall (born September 25, 1977) is an American actress, writer, producer, and director. She is best known for her role as Sofie on the HBO television series Carnivàle (2003-05), and for films such as The Faculty (1998), She's All That (1999), But I'm a Cheerleader (1999), Girl, Interrupted (1999), 21 Grams (2003), and The Grudge (2004). She is also known for her roles as Cora Lijek in the Academy Award-winning film Argo (2012), Audrey Hanson on NBC's Heroes (2006-07), Wendy Peyser on FX's American Horror Story: Asylum (2012-13), and Emma Borden on Lifetime's The Lizzie Borden Chronicles (2015).
Since 2016, she has played Marjorie on HBO's Veep, for which she has twice been nominated—along with her co-stars—for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, winning in 2018.
DuVall was born in Los Angeles, California, the only child of Rosemary (née Hatch) and Stephen "Steph" DuVall. Her father is also an actor; among other credits, he appeared in two episodes of Carnivàle with his daughter.
DuVall once worked in a coffee shop, and studied at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts.
DuVall made her debut in the 1996 film Little Witches. This was followed by roles in several independent films and guest appearances on episodes of ER and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, before her breakthrough in 1998 as a goth student in Robert Rodriguez's The Faculty. She then portrayed a pathological liar in Girl, Interrupted, opposite Winona Ryder; and a lesbian undergoing conversion therapy in But I'm a Cheerleader. Major roles in The Astronaut's Wife (1999), Ghosts of Mars (2001) and Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001) followed.
After appearing in films such as The Laramie Project (2002), Identity (2003) and 21 Grams (2003), DuVall starred on HBO's Emmy Award-winning Carnivàle, which ran from 2003-2005. During that time, she also starred in Helter Skelter (2004), which earned her a nomination for the Satellite Award for Best Actress - Miniseries or Television Film, and in the box office hit The Grudge (2004).
Subsequent projects include a supporting role in David Fincher's Zodiac (2007), and a recurring character on NBC's hit sci-fi series, Heroes. In 2008, she appeared alongside Anne Hathaway in Passengers. This was followed by guest roles on Numb3rs, Bones, and Law & Order.
In 2012, she co-starred in the Ben Affleck film Argo, based on the Iran hostage crisis. DuVall played Cora Lijek, a Japanese-American who was one of the six American diplomats rescued from Iran in 1980. She, along with the rest of the Argo cast, received the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. That same year, DuVall appeared in a recurring role on the second season of the FX anthology series American Horror Story, as Wendy Peyser, the girlfriend of Lana Winters (Sarah Paulson).
In 2014, DuVall starred as Emma Borden, sister of Lizzie Borden (played by Christina Ricci), in the Lifetime TV movie, Lizzie Borden Took an Ax. She then reprised the role for Lifetime's eight-part series, The Lizzie Borden Chronicles (2015).
In 2016, DuVall made her feature directorial debut with The Intervention, which she also wrote, starred in, and executive produced. The film had its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival on January 26, 2016.
It was reported in October 2017 that DuVall will star on the second season of Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale as the wife of Ofglen, played by Alexis Bledel.
DuVall is openly lesbian. She resides in Los Angeles.
|1997||Niagara, Niagara||Convenience Store Clerk|
|1998||How to Make the Cruelest Month||Bell Bryant|
|1998||Can't Hardly Wait||Jana|
|1998||The Faculty||Stokely "Stokes" Mitchell|
|1999||A Slipping-Down Life||Nurse|
|1999||She's All That||Misty|
|1999||Sleeping Beauties||Clea||Short film|
|1999||The Astronaut's Wife||Nan|
|1999||But I'm a Cheerleader||Graham Eaton|
|1999||Girl, Interrupted||Georgina Tuskin|
|2000||Bear to the Right||Waitress||Short film|
|2001||See Jane Run||Jane Whittaker|
|2001||Ghosts of Mars||Bashira Kincaid|
|2001||Thirteen Conversations About One Thing||Beatrice "Bea"|
|2001||How to Make a Monster||Laura Wheeler|
|2002||The Slaughter Rule||Skyla Sisco|
|2004||The Grudge||Jennifer Williams|
|2007||Zodiac||Linda del Buono|
|2007||Ten Inch Hero||Jen|
|2007||Itty Bitty Titty Committee||Singer|
|2009||The Killing Room||Kerry Isalano|
|2010||Lez Chat||Librarian||Short film|
|2013||Armed Response||Lena||Also executive producer. Original title of film was In Security.|
|2014||Jackie & Ryan||Virginia|
|2014||Zen Dog||Marlene Meeks|
|2015||Addicted to Fresno||Regina|
|2016||The Intervention||Jessie||Also writer and director|
|2018||All About Nina||Paula||Post-production|
|1996||Dangerous Minds||Nina||Episode: "Evolution"|
|1997||ER||Katie Reed||2 episodes|
|1997||Crisis Center||Laura Thomas||Episode: "Where Truth Lies"|
|1997||Buffy the Vampire Slayer||Marcie Ross||Episode: "Out of Mind, Out of Sight"|
|1997||On the Edge of Innocence||Ann||Television film|
|1997||The Defenders: Payback||Jessica Lane||Television film|
|2000||Popular||Wanda Rickets||2 episodes|
|2001||The Fugitive||Lynette Hennessy||2 episodes|
|2001||How to Make a Monster||Laura||Television film|
|2002||The Laramie Project||Amanda Gronich||Television film|
|2003-05||Carnivàle||Sofie Agnesh Bojakshiya||23 episodes|
|2004||Helter Skelter||Linda Kasabian||Television film|
|2005||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Abigail Spencer||Episode: "Shooting Stars"|
|2005||Fathers and Sons||Laura||Television film; uncredited|
|2006-07||Heroes||Agent Audrey Hanson||7 episodes|
|2008||Grey's Anatomy||Jennifer Robinson||2 episodes|
|2008||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Mia Latimer||Episode: "Persona"|
|2008||The Watch||Cassie||Television film|
|2009||Virtuality||Sue Parsons||Unsold TV pilot|
|2009||Saving Grace||Maura Darrell||Episode: "Looks Like a Lesbian Attack to Me"|
|2009||Lie to Me||Michelle Russell||Episode: "Blinded"|
|2010||Private Practice||Natasha||Episode: "Fear of Flying"|
|2010||Bones||McKenna Grant||Episode: "The Bones on the Blue Line"|
|2010||Numb3rs||Melanie Bailey||Episode: "Devil Girl"|
|2010||Law & Order||Amanda Green||Episode: "The Taxman Cometh"|
|2010-11||The Event||Maya||3 episodes|
|2011||CSI: Miami||Lyla Moore||Episode: "About Face"|
|2011||And Baby Will Fall||Melinda White||Television film|
|2012-13||American Horror Story: Asylum||Wendy Peyser||5 episodes|
|2014||The Newsroom||Lilly Hart||2 episodes|
|2014||Lizzie Borden Took an Ax||Emma Borden||Television film|
|2015||The Lizzie Borden Chronicles||Emma Borden||8 episodes|
|2015-17||Better Call Saul||Dr. Cruz||3 episodes|
|2016||New Girl||Camilla||Episode: "Wig"|
|2016-present||Veep||Marjorie Palmiotti||19 episodes|
|2018||Brooklyn Animal Control||Madeleine Holmlund||Upcoming series|
|1999||Blockbuster Entertainment Awards||Favorite Female Newcomer||The Faculty||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||Best Breakout Performance||The Faculty||Nominated|
|2003||Florida Film Critics Circle Awards||Best Cast||Thirteen Conversations About One Thing||Won|
|2005||Satellite Awards||Best Actress - Miniseries or Television Film||Helter Skelter||Nominated|
|2012||Hollywood Film Awards||Best Cast||Argo||Won|
|2013||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture||Argo||Won|
|2017||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Veep||Nominated|
|2018||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Veep||Won|