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Amy Ryan (born November 30, 1969) is an American actress. Ryan is her mother's maiden name.

Early life

Born in Queensmarker, New York City, Ryan and her sister delivered the Daily News by bike growing up in the 1970s. At a young age, she attended the Stagedoor Manormarker Performing Arts Center in upstate New York. At 17, she graduated from New York's High School of Performing Arts. Hired for the national tour of Biloxi Blues right out of high school, Ryan worked steadily Off-Broadway for the next decade.

Theatre

Ryan made her off-Broadway debut in the Westside Theatre's 1987 production of A Shayna Maidel, playing the role of Hanna. The following year she was seen in the Second Stage Theatre Company's revival of The Rimers of Eldritch. Additional off-Broadway credits include As Bees In Honey Drown, Crimes of the Heart and Saved. She also worked in regional theater, where she originated roles in new plays by Neil LaBute, Arthur Miller and Neil Simon. On Broadwaymarker she has appeared as Tess in The Sisters Rosensweig, Natasha in the 1997 revival of The Three Sisters, and Peggy in the 2001-2002 revival of The Women.

Ryan has been nominated for the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play twice, in 2000 for her portrayal of Sonya Alexandrovna in Uncle Vanya and in 2005 for her performance as Stella Kowalski opposite John C. Reilly in A Streetcar Named Desire.

Television

Following a brief stint playing a runaway on As the World Turns, Ryan was cast in television series such as I'll Fly Away, in which she played a high school temptress, and Brooklyn Bridge, where she played Marion Ross' character in flashbacks. After roles on ER and Chicago Hope, Ryan became a series regular on The Naked Truth as Téa Leoni's spoiled stepdaughter. In 1993 she made her first appearance on NBC's Law & Order, appearing in several episodes over the years.

By 2001, director Sidney Lumet cast her in 100 Centre Street playing three different roles (Ellen, Paris and Rebecca). Ryan went on to feature prominently in the second season of HBO's The Wire, playing Port Authority Officer Beadie Russell,. She appeared for a six-episode arc on The Office as dorky HR rep Holly Flax. She reprised her role on The Office in the Season 5 finale. She currently has no plans to return to The Office, but she remains open to the prospect of a return.

Film

Due to the deletion of the scene wherein she played Eric Stoltz's wife in Allison Anders' Grace of my Heart, Ryan made her 1999 movie debut in Roberta. She then appeared in You Can Count on Me with Laura Linney and Mark Ruffalo and the mystery/thriller Keane. Albert Brooks chose her to play his wife in Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World in 2005, and 2007 brought both Dan in Real Life and Before the Devil Knows You're Dead. Her role as a star-struck sheriff's wife in Capote earned her positive reviews, but it was playing a hardened welfare mom in Ben Affleck's Gone Baby Gone that finally brought her national attention.

After being voted Best Supporting Actress for Gone Baby Gone by the National Board of Reviewas well as the critics circles in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco and Washington, DC, Ryan's performance was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and an Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role at the 80th Academy Awards.

Ryan appeared in Changeling (2008), directed by Clint Eastwood, and will next be seen opposite Matt Damon in Paul Greengrass's Green Zone. She recently completed a role in Philip Seymour Hoffman's directorial film debut, Jack Goes Boating.

Personal life

At the age of 39, Ryan gave birth to her first child with fiancé Eric Slovin. Daughter, Georgia Gracie was born on October 15, 2009.

She is best friends with actress Patricia Clarkson.

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1999 Roberta Judy
2000 You Can Count on Me Rachel Louise Prescott
A Pork Chop for Larry Beth
2002-2008 The Wire Off. Beatrice 'Beadie' Russell
2004 Keane Lynn Bedik
2005 War of the Worlds Neighbor with Toddler
Capote Marie Dewey
Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World Emily Brooks
2006 Shiner Mom
Marvelous Queenie
2007 Gone Baby Gone Helene McCready Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Supporting Actress
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress with Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
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Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Utah Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Washington D.C.

































Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress also for Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated — Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress























Forward
Neal Cassady Carolyn Cassady
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead Martha Hanson Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress also for Gone Baby Gone
Washington D.C.

Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress also for Gone Baby Gone
Dan in Real Life Eileen Burns
2008 Changeling Carol Dexter
2008-2009 The Office Holly Flax
2009 Bob Funk Ms. Wright
The Missing Person Miss Charley
Green Zone Lawrie Dayne completed
2010 Jack Goes Boating Connie post-production


References

  1. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0203230/
  2. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0420291/
  3. Amy Ryan, Screen Actors Guild Award nominee
  4. Amy Ryan, Oscar nominee for Best Supporting Actress
  5. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0947810/
  6. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1278379/


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