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The 29-year-old actor who's come up trumps in House of Cards

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, right? Close – she's Dragon Tattoo star Rooney Mara's older sister

And she acts, too? She certainly does. Mara was in Harrison Ford's Random Hearts at 16 and has had TV roles in everything from Everwood to Nip/Tuck. After stealing the show in American Horror Story, she plays journalist Zoe Barnes in David Fincher's much-anticipated House of Cards remake.

Hang on. That David Fincher? Didn't he direct Rooney in The Social Network and Dragon Tattoo? Correct, and Kate says she owes the part in House of Cards to her little sis: "I fell in love with the character and asked Rooney to put in a word for me with Fincher. A month later I got a call to come and audition."

So she and Rooney are close, then? Very. The Maras »

- Shahesta Shaitly

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