As an Academy Award® nominee and Emmy Award-winning actress, PATRICIA CLARKSON (Wendy) takes on roles as varied as the platform in which she plays them. It is that multi-faceted approach that has made her one of today’s most respected actresses.
Clarkson’s continuous innovative work in independent film earned her the Independent Award for Acting Excellence at the 2009 ShoWest Awards. In 2003, her role in Pieces of April earned her nominations for Academy®, Golden Globe, SAG, Broadcast Film Critics and Independent Spirit awards. The National Board of Review and the National Society of Film Critics named her Best Supporting Actress of the Year for her work in Pieces of April and The Station Agent.
Most recently, Clarkson was seen in the supernatural thriller The Maze Runner; in the family-oriented drama Last Weekend; October Gale, directed by Ruba Nadda; the timely thriller The East, opposite Brit Marling and Alexander Skarsgård; in the comedy Friends With Benefits, in which she co-stars with Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis; and the Lone Scherfig-directed drama, One Day with Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess. In 2010, she was seen in the box office hit Easy A, after receiving rave reviews for her starring role in the award-winning romantic drama, Cairo Time. Her other film credits include: Martin Scorsese’s thriller Shutter Island; Woody Allen’s Whatever Works and Vicky Christina Barcelona; Blind Date with Stanley Tucci; Elegy; No Reservations; All the Kings’ Men; Lars and the Real Girl; Good Night, and Good Luck. with George Clooney and David Straithairn, for which she and the cast received both Screen Actors Guild and Gotham Award nominations for Best Ensemble; Far From Heaven, which won her a New York Film Critics Circle Award for Supporting Actress; All the Real Girls, which won her a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival; The Safety of Objects, which earned her an Acting Prize at the Deauville Film Festival; The Pledge; The Green Mile, for which she and a cast that includes Tom Hanks and James Cromwell received a Screen Actors Guild Best Ensemble Award nomination; Simply Irresistible; High Art, for which she received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Supporting Actress; Jumanji; Rocket Gibraltar; and The Untouchables.
In 2011, Clarkson was seen in Lifetime’s Five, an anthology of five short films exploring the impact of breast cancer on people’s lives, directed by Jennifer Aniston, Alicia Keys, Demi Moore, Patty Jenkins and Penelope Spheeris.
Previously, she guest-starred in the critically acclaimed HBO series Six Feet Under, for which she won an Emmy in 2002 and again in 2006.
In December 2014, Clarkson returned to Broadway, after a hiatus from the stage, to star inThe Elephant Man, opposite Bradley Cooper and Alessandro Nivola—she is nominated for a Tony Award for her portrayal of acclaimed actress Mrs. Kendal. Following the successful run on Broadway, the cast reprised their roles in the West End at the Theatre Royal Haymarket with performances starting in May 2015.