Indie Queens

the best ladies of independent film
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Elizabeth Olsen
Elizabeth Chase "Lizzie" Olsen (born February 16, 1989) is an American actress. She is known for her roles in the films, Silent House, Liberal Arts, Godzilla, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War. For her role in the critically-acclaimed Martha Marcy May Marlene, she was nominated for numerous awards...
 
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Jelynn Sophia
Self, The Drop
Jelynn Sophia (also credited as Jelynn Rodriguez) is a TV/Film actress, TV host, dancer and singer. Born and raised in San Diego, California, Jelynn knew she wanted to pursue an entertainment career after singing to a large audience on her very first stage in a local cultural festival at the age of three...
 
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Olivia Palermo
Self, The City
Olivia is the daughter of real estate developer, of Italian descent, Douglas Palermo and interior designer Lynn Hutchings. Palermo grew up between the Upper East Side, New York and Greenwich, Connecticut where she attended Nightingale-Bamford School, and then St. Luke's School, where she was on the field hockey team...
 
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Anna Maxwell Martin
Actress, Philomena
The rather striking Anna Maxwell-Martin is a rising star on both stage and screen. Anna had dreamed all her life of becoming actress even though her family had no background in the arts whatsoever. She starred in school plays and an acclaimed production of "Breezeblock Park" in the role of Betty. At the age of 20 she auditioned for the prestigious Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art...
 
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Michala Banas
Michala Banas is a multi award winning film, television and theatre actor. Born in New Zealand and raised in Australia, Michala splits her time working between Melbourne and Los Angeles. Michala's career began very early with her first film credit at the age of 5. Since then, she has forged a remarkable career...
 
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Clea DuVall
Actress, Argo
Clea DuVall was born in Los Angeles on September 25, 1977, to Rosemary (Hatch) and actor Steph DuVall. DuVall's teenage years presented her with many challenges. Her parents divorced when she was twelve, and, when her mother remarried, DuVall moved out because she did not feel at home in the newly-reconstituted family...
 
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Laura Napoli
New York City theater and improv actress, Laura Napoli, first made a name for herself in Los Angeles in the video game world, doing motion capture and voice over for companies including: Capcom, Sony, and Square Enix. Laura was born and raised right outside of New York City in Englewood, NJ. She began...
 
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Bridie Carter
Bridie grew up in Melbourne where her mother was a gallery director and has a real passion for the arts. Much like her character Tess in McLeod's Daughters, Bridie is generous and helpful. She is an advocate for people in need, and often lends her spare time to charity organisations, most recently the Red Cross [ 2004].
 
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Kerry Bishé
Actress, Argo
 
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Mary Alexandra Stiefvater
Actress, Supergator
Mary Alexandra Stiefvater was born in Chico, California and grew up in Stockton, where she was first introduced to theater and dance at a young age. Educated at The University of California at Los Angeles, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Theater, she also studied French cinema and philosophy abroad at the Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris III) and Le Centre Parisien d'Études Critiques...
 
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Rachael Carpani
Rachael has an Italian father, Tony, and an Australian mother, Gael, and grew up on a property near Dural, in Sydney's Hills district She joined an acting agent and was happy to get bit parts in television shows and commercials, but never took acting seriously. Coming from an academic family, school work was always first...
 
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Gemma Chan
Actress, Humans
 
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Karina Logue
Actress, Argo
She made her screen acting debut with a role in the film Liar in 1997. In 1998 she had roles in television feature A Bright Shining Lie and the series Brimstone. In 1999 she appeared in two episodes of The Practice. In 2001 she had roles in the series Strong Medicine and The Guardian, the television features Just Ask My Children and Stranger Inside and the film Cowboy Up...
 
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Amy Holt
Amy Holt is a Southern California native who made her TV debut as a series regular on the pilot "Desire" for Fox. Her other credits include guest starring on Nickelodeon's "Sam & Cat" with Arianna Grande, "Days Of Our Lives" on NBC, and "NCIS: Los Angeles." You may have also seen her starring in Roger Corman's "Dinocroc vs...
 
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Mädchen Amick
Born and raised in Sparks, Nevada, Madchen Amick was encouraged by her parents to follow her own creative instincts where she learned the skill of playing the piano, bass, violin and guitar as well as being able to do tap, ballet, jazz and modern dancing. In 1987 at the age of 16, she traveled to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting
 
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Erin Fritch
Graduated from New York University with a BFA in Theatre from Tisch School of the Arts. Erin made her Broadway debut in the Neil Simon revival of "Barefoot In The Park," where she covered Amanda Peet in the lead role of Corrie Bratter, playing opposite Patrick Wilson, Jill Clayburgh, and Tony Roberts for several performances.
 
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Pollyanna McIntosh
Actress, The Woman
Pollyanna McIntosh grew up in Portugal and Colombia before returning to her birthplace of Scotland, where she first began performing, on stage, at The Edinburgh Festival. At 16, she left for London and soon became involved in indie filmmaking (her first paid gig was as a stoner in Irvine Welsh's The Acid House) and theatre...
 
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Anne McDaniels
Actress, Poseidon Rex
Raised in a strict, Russian Orthodox Christian single-parent family in the tiny town of Barron, Wisconsin, Anne McDaniels hails her mother and grandparents as her biggest role models. Good grades, high scores in Voice, classical piano, French horn and sports, along with a strong work ethic were always expected. This lent a wonderful base for morals and discipline, which Anne always appreciates...
 
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Sharni Vinson
Actress, You're Next
Sharni Vinson was born in New South Wales, Australia and grew up in Sydney's southern beach superb of Cronulla, in the Sutherland Shire. As a teenager, she trained and competed at a National Level in swimming, holding a total of 4 State records throughout high school. Sharni began singing, dancing and acting at a young age...
 
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Brit Marling
Actress, Another Earth
Brit Heyworth Marling was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Heidi (Johnson) and John Marling, both of whom work in real estate. She graduated from Georgetown University, with a bachelor's in economics, and was offered a job with Goldman Sachs, which she turned down in favour of a career as an artist. She moved to Los Angeles to act and...
 
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Alice Englert
Alice Allegra Englert (born 15 June 1994) is an Australian actress best known for her roles as Rosa in the film Ginger & Rosa, and as Lena Duchannes in the 2013 film Beautiful Creatures. In 2013, she starred in the low-budget horror film In Fear, and in the supernatural romance film Beautiful Creatures, which was based upon the novel of the same name by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.
 
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Gal Gadot
Actress, Wonder Woman
Gal Gadot is an Israeli actress, singer, martial artist, and model. She was born in Rosh Ha'ayin, Israel, to an Ashkenazi Jewish family. Her parents are Irit, a teacher, and Michael, an engineer, who is a sixth-generation Israeli. She served in the IDF for two years, and won the Miss Israel title in 2004...
 
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Parker Posey
Parker Posey was born 2 months premature in Baltimore, Maryland, to Lynda (Patton) and Chris Posey. The family moved to Monroe, La. and then Laurel, Mississippi, where Chris became owner of Laurel's own Posey Chevrolet. Parker attended high school at R. H. Watkins High School in Laurel, Mississippi...
 
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Jama Williamson
Jama Williamson was born in Evansville, IN and graduated Cum Laude from the University of Notre Dame with a BA in Communications and Theater. After graduation, she moved to New York City and attended Circle in the Square acting conservatory. After several stints Off-Broadway including the world premieres of Avery Crozier's "Eat the Runt," "Spanish Girl," and the cult hit musical...
 
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Alison Brie
Actress, Community
Alison Brie was born in Hollywood, California, to Joanne (Brenner), who worked at a non-profit child care agency, and Charles Terry Schermerhorn, a musician and entertainment reporter. Her mother is Jewish and her father has Scottish, Dutch, English, German, and Norwegian ancestry. Brie grew up in the Los Angeles suburb of South Pasadena...
 
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Katie Lowes
Actress, Scandal
 
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Sarah Polley
Sarah Polley is an actress and director renowned in her native Canada for her political activism. Blessed with an extremely expressive face that enables directors to minimize dialog due to her uncanny ability to suggest a character's thoughts, Polley has become a favorite of critics for her sensitive portraits of wounded and conflicted young women in independent films...
 
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Rachel Hurd-Wood
Actress, Peter Pan
Rachel Clare Hurd-Wood is an English actress and model, best known for her roles as Wendy Darling in Peter Pan, Corrie McKenzie in Tomorrow, When the War Began, and Sibyl Vane in Dorian Gray. She was born on 17 August 1990 in the Streatham district of South London, England, as daughter of Philip and Sarah Hurd-Wood...
 
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Stana Katic
Actress, Castle
Stana Katic just completed 8 seasons as Kate Beckett on Castle. The ABC hit series brought in over 10 million viewers weekly and is in the top five syndicated series in Spain, France, the UK, Italy, and Germany. In 2015, Stana completed two feature films - The Rendezvous directed by Amin Matalqa and Sister Cities based on the play by Colette Freedman...
 
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Jacinda Barrett
Actress, Poseidon
Jacinda Barrett was born in Australia. Her convincing accent has paved the way for numerous acting roles in the USA. Barrett was first introduced to American audiences via MTV's Real World, during its fourth season, which was set in London. Jacinda Barrett received her first break on the big screen in The Human Stain...
 
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Olivia Thirlby
Actress, Juno
Olivia resides in New York City where she was born and raised. She has trained extensively in classical Shakespearian acting in New York at the American Globe Theatre, and in London at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She began acting professionally in 2003, and plans to pursue a career in both theater and film.
 
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Haiti Harrison
Music Department, 11-44
 
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Ludivine Sagnier
Actress, Swimming Pool
The French actress Ludivine Sagnier was born on July 3, 1979 in La Celle-Saint-Cloud, in France's Yvelines département. Ludivine studied acting as a young girl and had made her movie debut at the age 10 in Les maris, les femmes, les amants. She has established her reputation as one of the brightest young stars in French and international cinema in her collaborations with French filmmaker François Ozon...
 
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Emily Mortimer
English actress Emily Kathleen Anne Mortimer was born in Hammersmith, London, England, to writer and barrister Sir John Mortimer and his second wife, Penelope (née Gollop). She was educated at St Paul's Girls' School in West London, and it was whilst there she began acting. Mortimer moved on from school to Lincoln College...
 
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Beth Kennedy
Beth Kennedy received the Los Angeles Drama Critics' Circle Natalie Shaffer Award for Emerging Comic Actress. Film appearances include New Year's Eve, Valentine's Day and Georgia Rule all directed by the legendary Garry Marshall. She also appeared in the film Race to Witch Mountain as well as many independent movies...
 
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Katherine LaNasa
Actress, The Campaign
Actress, former ballet dancer and choreographer Katherine LaNasa was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and originally trained as a ballet dancer, but had attended the North Carolina School of Arts, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, as well as the Neighbourhood Playhouse in New York. In 1989, she married Dennis Hopper...
 
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Courtney Ford
Actress, Dexter
As an actress on the rise, Courtney Ford shines equally bright in both comedic and dramatic roles. Her ability to take on diverse projects has set her career in motion. Currently appearing in one of television's most critically acclaimed dramas, True Blood, Ford has been named one of the "Top Ten Faces to Watch on Television" by Variety...
 
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Mili Avital
Actress, Stargate
Mili Avital began her career, at the age of 17, in Christopher Hampton's "Dangerous Liaisons", at the Cameri Theater of Tel Aviv. Among her Israeli films, she won the 1992 Israeli Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Over the Ocean (aka "Over the Ocean"). Arriving in New York in 1994, she was immediately cast as the female lead in Roland Emmerich's Stargate...
 
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Lili Simmons
Actress, Banshee
Lili Simmons is an American actress who was born in San Diego, California, USA as Lili Marie Simmons. At the age of fifteen she was discovered by a talent manager. She would begin her career as a Ford Model and continue her work for Bebe Stores, Roxy, J.C. Penny, and Saturn. In 2010 she began her acting...
 
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Zoe Naylor
Actress, The Reef
 
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Basia A'Hern
A rising star, Basia is fast establishing herself as a most talented, versatile, and charming young performer with a unique maturity and understanding, years in excess of her age. She has been studying acting at the prestigious Keane Kids Studios for the past 3 years, where management recognized her potential and immediately signed her...
 
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India Patten
Miscellaneous Crew, Interstellar
 
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Amrita Acharia
Amrita Acharia is of Nepalese - Ukranian heritage. She grew up in Ukraine, Kathmandu and England before moving with her family to Norway aged 13. After completing high school in Tromsø, Amrita moved to England to pursue her acting career. Since then she has worked in Norway, London and the US. She speaks Ukrainian, Norwegian and English.
 
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Sibel Kekilli
Actress, Die Fremde
Sibel Kekilli is a German actress of Turkish origin. With her debut in Fatih Akin's movie "Head On" she gained major public attention. The film won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival 2004 and her acting performance received several national and international prices, among them the highly prestigious German film award Lola for Best Actress...
 
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Roxanne McKee
Roxanne is a British actress. She completed a BA degree in Politics at the University of London before being cast, from an open casting, for the popular British series, Hollyoaks, in which she played "Louise Summers". Her career since has included roles in the series, Lip Service, for the BBC...
 
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Esmé Bianco
British-born Esmé Bianco is an internationally-acclaimed actress and performer, best-known for her role as "Ros" in the Emmy Award-winning show, Game of Thrones. Degree-educated in Drama and Theatre Arts at London's Goldsmiths University; Bianco's acting career started with performances in music videos for the likes of Robbie Williams and Slayer...
 
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Eve Macklin
Actress, Brooklyn
Eve was born in the republic of Ireland and is also a United States citizen. She trained in dance, music and drama and lives between Dublin and Los Angeles. She has a Bachelors Degree from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Besides acting she works as a session singer, singing teacher and voice over artist.
 
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Genesis Rodriguez
Genesis Rodriguez was born in Miami, Florida. She is the daughter of José Luis 'El Puma' Rodríguez, the famous Venezuelan singer and actor, and Carolina Perez, a Cuban model. She has two half-sisters. She was educated at the Carrolton School of the Sacred Heart in Miami. From childhood, Rodriguez knew she wanted to act and attended summer classes at the renowned Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute...
 
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Alicja Bachleda
Actress, Ondine
Polish actress. She started performing on stage at a tender age of 6. Her silver screen debut was the Polish biggest box office success in history "Pan Tadeusz" by Andrzej Wajda. Most noted roles include Ondine in Neil Jordan's film Ondine (2009), Veronica in Trade opposite Kevin Kline...
 
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Dervla Kirwan
Actress, Ondine
Dervla (meaning "Daughter of a poet") Kirwan was born in October 1971 in Churchtown, Dublin. Her father worked in insurance and her mother was a French and English teacher. She has two older sisters. She was just 15 when she landed her first role in the BBC Drama Troubles and a year later she...
 
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Jane McNeill
Jane McNeill was born in Whiteville, North Carolina and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she studied Drama and graduated with a BA in Journalism. After 10 years in regional and Chicago theater, she earned a Masters degree in Education at DePaul University. In 2010, after surviving breast cancer...
 
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Gia Carides
Gia Carides has been working as an actress since age 12 in film and in theatre. She has been nomminated twice for her work, in Strictly Ballroom (Best Actress in a Supporting Role AFI Awards) and Brilliant Lies (Best Actress in a Leading Role AFI Awards).She has appeared in as many American films as Australian films, and continues to work in both countries.
 
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Jamie Denbo
Actress, Yes Man
 
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Beth Lacke
Actress, Mr 3000
 
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Dina Meyer
Dina Meyer is an American film and television actress best known for her roles as Barbara Gordon in Birds of Prey, Dizzy Flores in Starship Troopers and Detective Allison Kerry in the Saw installments. Meyer started acting in 1993, with her first major role playing Lucinda Nicholson in the TV series Beverly Hills...
 
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Rachel Skarsten
Rachel Alice Marie Skarsten was born April 23, 1985 to Mary Aileen Self Skarsten and Dr. Stan Skarsten. She has a younger brother Jonathan Skarsten, six years her junior whom she regards as her best friend. At the age of nine, her father died suddenly of pancreatic cancer. Rachel danced for the Royal Academy of Dance for 12 years...
 
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Anne Dudek
Actress, White Chicks
Anne was raised in Newton, Massachusetts. She got the role of Iphigenia in "The Iphigenia Cycle" in Chicago while still in theater school at Northwestern University. She was a resident artist at The Court Theatre in Chicago. The production moved off-Broadway to New York City, where she won the Joseph E...
 
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Kelly Curran
Actress, Argo
 
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