An effortlessly protean character performer who excelled in independent features and on television since her teenage years, Merritt Wever rose to prominence as the affable, but trepidatious nurse-in-training Zoey Barkow on "Nurse Jackie" (Showtime, 2009- ). Prior to her breakthrough role, Wever navigated the world of indie features while often guest starring on a number of high-profile TV series. She made her onscreen debut in the television movie "Blue River" (Fox, 1995) and was on the big screen for the first time in "Arresting Gina" (1997). After taking a break to attend college, Wever landed a major role in the black comedy "Series 7: The Contenders" (2001) and a small part in M. Night Shyamalan's hit sci-fi thriller "Signs" (2002), before elevating her profile with "Something the Lord Made" (HBO, 2004) and a recurring role on "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" (NBC, 2006-07). After a small, but pivotal part in "Michael Clayton" (2007), she proved herself more than capable to serve as star Edie Falco's foil on "Nurse Jackie," which earned her a loyal following atop of critical acclaim. Of course, she maintained her footing in the indie film world with roles in "The Messenger" (2009) and "Tiny Furniture" (2010), though it was her turn on "Nurse Jackie" that served as a platform for her ascendant career.