Phyllis Somerville

Character actress Phyllis Somerville worked primarily on stage for the first half of her four-decade career before her appearance in the Oscar-nominated "Little Children" (2006) transformed her into a much-sought-after ... Read more »
Born: 12/11/1943 in Iowa City, Iowa, USA

Filmography

Actor (40)

Blue Bloods 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Good Wife 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Taxi Brooklyn 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Blacklist 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Double 2014 (Movie)

Simon's Mother (Actor)

Elementary 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Forgetting the Girl 2013 (Movie)

Ruby (Actor)

Stoker 2013 (Movie)

Mrs. McGarrick (Actor)

The Big C 2009 - 2013 (Tv Show)

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Unforgettable 2013 (Tv Show)

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A Bird of the Air 2011 (Movie)

Ivy Campbell (Actor)

The Mighty Macs 2011 (Movie)

Sister Sister (Actor)

CSI: Miami 2010 (Tv Show)

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Homicide: Life on the Street 1998 - 2001, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

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Lateline 1999 - 2001, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

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NYPD Blue 1995 - 1996, 1998 - 2001, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

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Third Watch 2000 - 2001, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

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The Brooklyn Heist 2009 (Movie)

Connie (Actor)

Life on Mars 2008 (Tv Show)

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 2008 (Movie)

Grandma Fuller (Actor)

Broken English 2007 (Movie)

Psychic (Actor)

Kidnapped 2007 (Tv Show)

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Lucky You 2007 (Movie)

Pawnbroker (Actor)

Restless 2007 (Movie)

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Little Children 2006 (Movie)

May McGorvey (Actor)

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2002, 2004 (Tv Show)

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Chappelle's Show 2003 (Tv Show)

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Swimfan 2002 (Movie)

Aunt Gretchen (Actor)

The Sleepy Time Gal 2002 (Movie)

Rebecca's Adoptive Mother (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2001 (Tv Show)

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Better Living 2000 (Movie)

Nellie (Actor)

Bringing Out the Dead 1999 (Movie)

Mrs Burke (Actor)

Above Freezing 1998 (Movie)

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Sex and the City 1998 (Tv Show)

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The Impostors 1998 (Movie)

Woman at Bar (Actor)

Trouble on the Corner 1998 (Movie)

Crazy Woman (Actor)

Leap of Faith 1992 (Movie)

Dolores (Actor)

Law & Order 1990 (Tv Show)

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Arthur 1981 (Movie)

Saleslady (Actor)

Montana (TV Show)

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Biography

Character actress Phyllis Somerville worked primarily on stage for the first half of her four-decade career before her appearance in the Oscar-nominated "Little Children" (2006) transformed her into a much-sought-after performer in film and television. Cast frequently as motherly figures with a wrinkle of complexity to their makeup, Somerville began acting on screen in the early '80s, but did not find her breakout role until "Children," which cast her as the mother of Jackie Earle Haley's accused sexual predator. Her enormously sympathetic turn won critical praise and brought her to the attention of filmmakers ranging from David Fincher, who cast her in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (2008) and his "House of Cards" (Netflix, 2013- ) remake, as well as Chan-wook Park ("Stoker," 2013). Though a latecomer to widespread fame, Phyllis Somerville's inherent talent underscored her status as one of the more dependable players in any age range.

Milestones

2013

Played Nicole Kidman's ill-fated housekeeper in Chan-wook Park's "Stoker"

2013

Guest appearance in episode of Fincher's "House of Cards"

2010

Played Laura Linney's neighbor on "The Big C"

2008

First collaboration with David Fincher on "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"

2006

Breakout film role in "Little Children"

1981

First screen appearance in "Arthur"

1974

Broadway debut in "Over Here!"

Bonus Trivia

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Was introduced her to theater by her father via college productions in the 1950s.

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Lived in the same apartment in New York's St. Marks Place for over 35 years.

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Landed her breakout role in "Little Children" through her friendship with actor William Wise, who appeared in director Todd Field's "In the Bedroom."

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