Deborah Ann Woll

Deborah Ann Woll was an American actress best known for portraying the powerful bloodsucker Jessica Hamby on HBO's "True Blood" (2008-2014). Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Woll's love of performing began in ... Read more »
Born: 02/07/1985 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (14)

The Automatic Hate 2016 (Movie)

Cassie (Actor)

Forever 2015 (Movie)

Alice (Actor)

Highland Park 2014 (Movie)

Lilly (Actor)

True Blood 2008 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mother's Day 2012 (Movie)

Lydia Koffin (Actor)

Ruby Sparks 2012 (Movie)

Lila (Actor)

Someday This Pain Will be Useful to You 2012 (Movie)

Gillian Sveck (Actor)

Catch .44 2011 (Movie)

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Seven Days in Utopia 2011 (Movie)

Sarah (Actor)

Little Murder 2010 (Movie)

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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

ER 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

My Name is Earl 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Biography

Deborah Ann Woll was an American actress best known for portraying the powerful bloodsucker Jessica Hamby on HBO's "True Blood" (2008-2014). Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Woll's love of performing began in middle school when she started exploring her creative side with dance, piano and acting lessons. She soon learned that she wasn't much of a dancer or piano player; her love of acting, however, only deepened as Woll grew older. When it came time to enter college, Woll enrolled in the University of Southern California's prestigious drama program, where she would spend the next four years honing her craft. Throughout college, and in the ensuing years after she graduated, Woll's professional acting career was limited mostly to the stage. She performed in dozens of plays throughout the 2000s, in between landing bit parts on TV shows like the comedy "My Name Is Earl" (NBC 2005-09) and crime drama "The Mentalist" (CBS 2008-2015). Then in 2008 she was cast as a former do-gooder turned lustful vampire named Jessica Hamby on HBO's hit supernatural drama "True Blood." Woll appeared on the show during its fourth season, and her character remained a recurring member of the series well into the show's seventh and final season in the summer of 2014. In addition to her role on "True Blood," Woll has also appeared in various independent films, including "Little Murder" (2011), "Ruby Sparks" (2012), and "Highland Park" (2013). In 2014, Woll co-starred in romantic comedy "Meet Me in Montenegro" (2014), followed by starring roles in "The Automatic Hate" (2015) and indie drama "Perfect" (2015). During this period, she also starred in the TV series "Daredevil" (Netflix 2015- ) as female lead Karen Page.

Relationships

Edward Scott

Companion
Afflicted with choroideremia, which is a condition that slowly blinds its victim

EDUCATION

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California
Enrolled in USC's prestigious School of Theatre

Packer Collegiate Institute

Brooklyn Heights, New York

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London, England
Enrolled in an intensive Shakespeare program

Milestones

2015

Joined the cast of the superhero series "Daredevil" as Karen Page

2015

Landed a starring role in the feature drama "Forever"

2012

Appeared in the independent comedy-drama "Ruby Sparks"

2008

Landed breakout role of Jessica Hamby on the HBO series, "True Blood"

2007

Made her small screen debut in an episode of "Life" (NBC)

Bonus Trivia

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Suffers from celiac disease, and therefore maintains a gluten-free diet.

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Took piano, dance and acting lessons as a child.

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Is of Irish and German descent.

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Had no idea that her role would become a regular character when she was initially cast on "True Blood."

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Prior to becoming a television actress, Woll was very active in the New York theater community, having appeared in numerous plays.

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