Zoe Kazan stars in HBO's miniseries "Olive Kitteridge" as Denise Thibodeau.

An acclaimed theater actress and 2005 graduate of Yale University, Zoe Kazan made her New York stage debut in 2006 in the off-Broadway revival of "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie," opposite Cynthia Nixon. Kazan continued to shine on stage in 2007, starring in Jonathan Marc Sherman's "Things We Want," directed by Ethan Hawke, and Playwrights Horizons' production of "100 Saints You Should Know," for which she received a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play, as well as the Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress. In January 2008, Kazan made her Broadway debut opposite S. Epatha Merkerson in a revival of William Inge's "Come Back, Little Sheba." Following this role, Kazan was named the recipient of the 2008 Clarence Derwent Award, honoring "the most promising female and male performers on the New York metropolitan scene." She is the only actor to be awarded the Derwent Award for three roles in one year: "Come Back, Little Sheba," "100 Saints You Should Know" and "Things We Want."

Since then, Kazan has returned twice to Broadway: in 2009 as Masha in Ian Rickson's critically acclaimed production of "The Seagull," opposite Kristin Scott Thomas, Peter Sarsgaard and Carey Mulligan; and in 2010 in Martin McDonagh's comedy "A Behanding in Spokane," opposite Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell. Kazan returned to off-Broadway in the fall of 2010, starring as Harper in The Signature Theatre Company's revival of Tony Kushner's "Angels In America."

Kazan is also a promising playwright, whose family drama "Absalom" was produced at the Humana Festival at the Actor's Theater of Louisville in 2009. Her second play, "We Live Here," was produced off-Broadway by The Manhattan Theatre company in the fall of 2011, in a production directed by Sam Gold. Kazan's third play "Trudy & Max In Love," directed by Lila Neugebauer, played in January 2014 at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa.

As Kazan continues her success in the theater, she also has been working consistently on the big screen. She received high praise for her breakout role as Maureen Grube in Sam Mendes' "Revolutionary Road," opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. Kazan also appeared in Paul Haggis' thriller "In the Valley of Elah" with Charlize Theron, Gregory Hoblit's "Fracture" with Ryan Gosling, Rebecca Miller's "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee," Richard Linklater's "Me and Orson Wells," Josh Radnor's "HappyThankYouMorePlease," Kelly Reichardt's "Meek's Cutoff" with Paul Dano and Michelle Williams, and Nancy Meyers' "It's Complicated" with Meryl Streep. Kazan was awarded Best Actress in a Narrative Feature Film by the Tribeca Film Festival in 2009 for her first starring role in Bradley Rust Gray's "The Exploding Girl." She also guest-starred in four episodes of HBO's "Bored to Death," opposite Jason Schwartzman.

In 2012, Kazan wrote her first screenplay, "Ruby Sparks," which she went on to star in opposite Paul Dano, Chris Messina, Annette Bening and Antonia Banederas. Kazan also served as executive producer. The screenplay earned Kazan her first Independent Spirit Award nomination. Since wrapping "Ruby Sparks," Kazan has had starring roles in "In Your Eyes," written and produced by Joss Whedon, "The Pretty One," opposite Jake Johnson and Ron Livingston, and "What If," alongside Daniel Radcliffe.


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Age: 33 years old
Birthday: September 9, 1983
Height: 5' 4"
Full Name / Real Name: Zoe Swicord Kazan
Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA

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