Mary Elizabeth Winstead stars in "The Thing" (2011), opposite Joel Edgarton, as Kate Lloyd. The film is a thriller about researchers in Antarctica who discover the existence of an alien craft.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead began her career in performing arts at a young age in Salt Lake City, Utah. It was in her adolescent years that Winstead's exceptional talent in dancing and acting earned her the opportunity to study dance at the prestigious Joffrey Ballet School in New York City. Soon after, she appeared on Broadway and sang in the International Children's Choir. Over years of hard work, Winstead's passion for the performing arts has blossomed into a successful career in Hollywood's competitive film and television industry.

Winstead recently finished filming 20th Century Fox's period vampire adventure "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," starring as Mary Todd Lincoln opposite Benjamin Walker (Abraham Lincoln). The film is directed by Timur Bekmambetov and is based on the book by Seth Grahame-Smith. The movie tells the story of how Lincoln fought vampires during the Civil War, and also stars Dominic Cooper and Anthony Mackie. The film is slated for release in summer 2012.

In the summer of 2010, Winstead was seen starring opposite Michael Cera in the Universal Pictures action- comedy-fantasy film "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World." The movie is based on the graphic novel by Bryan Lee O'Malley and was directed by Edgar Wright. The film also starred Chris Evans, Jason Schwartzman, Brandon Routh and Anna Kendrick.

Winstead was recently seen in the popular film "Grindhouse Presents: Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof," in which she starred alongside Kurt Russell and Rosario Dawson. It was in this film that Winstead also got to share her vocal skills when she sang "Baby It's You." She also starred in Emilio Estevez's Golden Globe-nominated film "Bobby," alongside such actors as William H. Macy, Demi Moore, Elijah Wood, Sharon Stone and Sir Anthony Hopkins, just to name a few. The film also earned Winstead a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. Winstead's other film credits include "Factory Girl," "Black Christmas," "Live Free or Die Hard," "Sky High" and "Final Destination 3."



Her on-camera career started with a television role on the popular American soap opera "Passions," in which she played the part of Jessica Bennett. Her work on the series earned her a Young Artist Award nomination for Best Performance in a Daytime TV Series—Young Actress, and a Young Star Award nomination for Best Young Actress/Performance in a Daytime TV Series. Her other television credits include "Touched by an Angel" and "Wolf Lake."

Winstead currently resides in Los Angeles, California.




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Age: 32 years old
Birthday: November 28, 1984
Height: 5' 8 ½"
Nickname: MEW
Mary
Birthplace: Rocky Mount, NC
Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
Current Residence: Los Angeles, CA
Husband: Riley Stearns (10/9/2010)


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