Cara Seymour

With her distinctive presence and impeccable taste in roles, actor Cara Seymour quickly became a favorite amongst viewers and critics alike. Born in Essex, England, Seymour attended the University of Cambridge, where ... Read more »
Born: 01/06/1964 in Essex, UK

Filmography

Actor (26)

The Knick 2013 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

I Origins 2014 (Movie)

Dr. Simmons (Actor)

Zero Hour 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jack and Diane 2012 (Movie)

Aunt Linda (Actor)

The Music Never Stopped 2011 (Movie)

Helen Sawyer (Actor)

1974: The Red Riding Trilogy Part 1 2010 (Movie)

Mary Cole (Actor)

1983: The Red Riding Trilogy Part 3 2010 (Movie)

Mary Cole (Actor)

An Education 2009 (Movie)

Marjorie (Actor)

Beyond the Fire 2009 (Movie)

Katie (Actor)

For One More Day 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Even Scarier Movie Moments 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Auteur 2007 (Movie)

Doris (Actor)

The Savages 2007 (Movie)

Kasia (Actor)

The Notorious Bettie Page 2006 (Movie)

Maxie (Actor)

Steal Me 2005 (Movie)

Mother (Actor)

Birth 2004 (Movie)

Mrs Conte (Actor)

Evergreen 2004 (Movie)

Kate (Actor)

Hotel Rwanda 2004 (Movie)

Pat Archer (Actor)

Silent Grace 2004 (Movie)

Margaret (Actor)

Adaptation 2002 (Movie)

Amelia (Actor)

Gangs of New York 2002 (Movie)

Hell-Cat Maggie (Actor)

A Good Baby 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

American Psycho 2000 (Movie)

Christie (Actor)

Dancer in the Dark 2000 (Movie)

Linda (Actor)

The Break 1998 (Movie)

Junkie (Actor)

You've Got Mail 1998 (Movie)

Gillian--Nelson's Fiancee (Actor)
Producer (1)

Beyond the Fire 2009 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Biography

With her distinctive presence and impeccable taste in roles, actor Cara Seymour quickly became a favorite amongst viewers and critics alike. Born in Essex, England, Seymour attended the University of Cambridge, where she originally intended to study education. Soon, however, she fell in love with theater, so much so that after graduation, she and six friends formed a troupe known as Trouble & Strife. The group would tour around Europe for seven years, even earning a Time Out award for the play "Now and at the Hour of Our Death" in 1988. Seymour also went on to appear in a New York production of Mike Leigh's "Ecstasy," a performance that won her an Obie and caught the attention of director Katherine Dieckmann, who cast Seymour in her Southern Gothic film "A Good Baby" (2000). Seymour next appeared as a victimized prostitute in Mary Harron's "American Psycho" (2000). Though the MPAA slapped the film with an NC-17 rating, Seymour took pride in personally appealing the decision, speaking publicly about the importance of recognizing satire, and of the hypocrisy of censoring sex while celebrating violence. Nonetheless, her performance was impressive and led to more prominent roles in acclaimed films like "Adaptation" (2002), "Gangs of New York" (2002), and "An Education" (2009). In 2014, Seymour donned a nun's habit, starring with Clive Owen in the historical series "The Knick" (Cinemax, 2014-).

EDUCATION

University of Cambridge

Milestones

2014

Took on the role of Sister Harriet on the period series "The Knick."

2012

Played Lily in a production of Brian Friel's "Freedom of the City" at The Irish Repertory Theater.

2009

Appeared in the acclaimed film "An Education."

2002

Appeared in the landmark period film "Gangs of New York."

2000

Played a prostitute in the film "American Psycho," a role she defended when the MPAA gave the film an NC-17 rating. Seymour argued publicly that the organization should recognize satire and treat depictions of sex with the same permissiveness it did viole

2000

Gave an acclaimed performance in the Southern Gothic film "A Good Baby."

1997

Landed her first film role as a drug addict in the film "The Break."

1995

Appeared in a production of Mike Leigh's "Ecstasy," winning a <i>Village Voice</i> Obie Award for Best Ensemble Acting.

1988

Won a Time Out award for Best New Play for "Now and at the Hour of Our Death."

Bonus Trivia

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Toured Europe for seven years with a theater troupe she founded with friends from Cambridge University called Trouble & Strife.

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Was cast by Katherine Dieckmann in "A Good Baby" after Dieckmann saw her act in a production of Mike Leigh's "Ecstasy" in New York.

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Personally approached the MPAA with Lions Gate copresident Mark Urman to appeal the NC-17 rating that the organization had given the film she appeared in, "American Psycho."

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