Hope Davis

Hope Davis

Davis at the 2010 Peabody Award
Born (1964-03-23) March 23, 1964
Englewood, New Jersey, U.S.
Alma mater Vassar College (B.S., 1986)[1]
Occupation Actress, Singer

Ford Evanson (m. 1987–96)

Jon Patrick Walker (born : 1969)
Children 2

Hope Davis (born March 23, 1964) is an American actress. She has starred in films such as About Schmidt (2002) and American Splendor (2003). For her role in the original Broadway production of God of Carnage in 2009, she received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Play. She has also received two Emmy Award nominations, for her 2009 television roles in the series In Treatment and in the film The Special Relationship.

Personal life

Davis, second of three children, was born in Englewood, New Jersey, the daughter of Joan, a librarian, and William Davis, an engineer.[2] Davis has described her mother as a "great storyteller" who would take Davis and her siblings to museums or to "something cultural" every Sunday after church.[3][4] Davis was raised in Tenafly, New Jersey[5] and graduated in 1982 from Tenafly High School.[6] She was a childhood friend of Mira Sorvino, with whom she wrote and acted in backyard plays.

Davis graduated from Vassar College with a degree in cognitive science.

She is married to actor Jon Patrick Walker. They have two daughters, Georgia (born August 31, 2002) and Mae (born December 30, 2004).



Davis made her debut as a dramatic actress in the 1990 film Flatliners, starring as William Baldwin's fiancée. She then appeared in the hit film Home Alone in a small role as a Parisian airport receptionist. Later, she starred in independent films such as The Daytrippers (1995) and Next Stop Wonderland (1998). These led her to roles in Hollywood films such as the thriller Arlington Road (1999), and About Schmidt (2002). In 2003, she starred opposite Paul Giamatti in the movie adaptation of the Harvey Pekar comic American Splendor as the comic book version of Pekar's real-life wife, Joyce Brabner. For this role, Davis won the New York Film Critics Circle award and was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. In 2009, she was cast as Hillary Clinton in the BBC / HBO film The Special Relationship, released in 2010.[7] She has received a nomination for Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie[8] for her performance as Clinton.


Her major stage debut came after she starred in the Wisdom Bridge/Remains Theater co-production of David Mamet's play Speed-the-Plow for Joel Schumacher (her "Flatliners" director) with William Petersen in Chicago in 1992. Later, she had lead roles in the New York premiere of Rebecca Gilman's Spinning into Butter in 2000, and in the 2005 audio play Hope Leaves the Theater, written and directed by Charlie Kaufman. This was a segment of the sound-only production Theater of the New Ear, which debuted at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn, NY. The title actually refers to Davis's character "leaving the theater."

She returned to the stage in 2009, appearing in Broadway's God of Carnage with Marcia Gay Harden, James Gandolfini and Jeff Daniels,[9] a role that gained her a Tony Award nomination for Best Leading Actress in a Play.


Davis co-starred as the bitter and self-deprecating Mia with Golden Globe winner Gabriel Byrne in the second season (2009) of HBO's In Treatment, a dramatic series that tracks the backstory and progress of five patients during their series of psychological therapeutic sessions. Mia is a successful, unmarried malpractice attorney who returns to therapy with Dr. Paul Weston after a 20-year absence because of a lack of stability in her personal life.

Davis also starred in an NBC short-lived drama series called Deadline with Oliver Platt in 2001. She played the ex-wife to Platt's character at a newspaper giant.

Davis also starred in the short-lived NBC television drama, Allegiance, where she plays Katya O'Connor, an ex-KGB agent. Her son works for the FBI/CIA, and Katya's family is brought back into action by the SVR in hopes that Alex, her son, can be swayed to join the SVR.

She later appeared in a reoccurring capacity on Wayward Pines and American Crime.



Year Title Role Notes
1990 Flatliners Anne Coldren
1990 Home Alone French Ticket Agent
1995 Run for Cover Prescott's Secretary
1995 Kiss of Death Junior's Girlfriend
1996 Daytrippers, TheThe Daytrippers Eliza Malone D'Amico
1996 Mr. Wrong Annie
1997 Myth of Fingerprints, TheThe Myth of Fingerprints Margaret
1997 Guy Camera
1998 Next Stop Wonderland Erin Castleton
1998 Impostors, TheThe Impostors Emily Essendine
1999 Arlington Road Brooke Wolfe
1999 Mumford Sofie Crisp
2000 Joe Gould's Secret Therese Mitchell
2001 Final Dr. Ann Johnson
2001 Hearts in Atlantis Liz Garfield
2002 About Schmidt Jeannie Schmidt
2002 Secret Lives of Dentists, TheThe Secret Lives of Dentists Dana Hurst
2003 American Splendor Joyce Brabner
2005 Matador, TheThe Matador Carolyn 'Bean' Wright
2005 Duma Kristin
2005 Proof Claire
2005 Weather Man, TheThe Weather Man Noreen
2006 Infamous Slim Keith
2006 Hoax, TheThe Hoax Andrea Tate
2007 Nines, TheThe Nines Sarah / Susan / Sierra
2007 Charlie Bartlett Marilyn Bartlett
2008 Synecdoche, New York Madeleine Gravis
2008 Genova Marianne
2009 Lodger, TheThe Lodger Ellen Bunting
2011 Family Tree, TheThe Family Tree Bunnie Burnett
2011 Real Steel Aunt Debra
2012 Disconnect Lydia Boyd
2013 Louder Than Words Brenda Fareri
2015 Wild Card Cassandra
2016 Captain America: Civil War Maria Stark
2017 Rebel in the Rye Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2000–2001 Deadline Brooke Benton 13 episodes
2006–2007 Six Degrees Laura Morgan 13 episodes
2009 In Treatment Mia 7 episodes
2010 Special Relationship, TheThe Special Relationship Hillary Clinton Television film
2011 Spring/Fall Eden Pilot
2011 Miraculous Year, TheThe Miraculous Year Mandy Vance Pilot
2011 Mildred Pierce Mrs. Forrester 3 episodes
2012–2013 The Newsroom Nina Howard 5 episodes
2013 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Viola Mesner Episode: "Born Psychopath"
2013 The Ordained Packy Pilot
2015 Allegiance Katya O'Connor 13 episodes
2015–2016 Wayward Pines Megan Fisher 14 episodes
2016 American Crime Steph Sullivan 7 episodes

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2002 New York Film Critics Circle Award Best Supporting Actress
About Schmidt
2003 Independent Spirit Award Best Supporting Female
The Secret Lives of Dentists
New York Film Critics Circle Award Best Actress Won
National Society of Film Critics Award Best Actress Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association Award Best Actress
American Splendor
Golden Globe Award Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture Nominated
New York Film Critics Circle Award Best Actress Won
National Society of Film Critics Award Best Actress Nominated
Satellite Award Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Nominated
2008 Gotham Independent Film Awards Best Ensemble Cast
Synecdoche, New York
Independent Spirit Awards Robert Altman Won
2009 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
In Treatment
2010 Golden Globe Award Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
The Special Relationship
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie Nominated
Satellite Award Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film Nominated


  1. "“THE FAMILY TREE” screening and reception with writer, producer MARK LISSON", Vassar College, October 2011
  2. Abele, Robert (Aug 10, 2003). "Less is really more; Actress Hope Davis prefers to make her mark in low-budget enterprises like 'The Secret Lives of Dentists' and 'American Splendor.'". Los Angeles Times.
  3. interview by Tavis Smiley (September 26, 2005). "Hope Davis". PBS.
  4. WEBER, BRUCE (August 20, 1995). "THEATER; The Fine Edge Between a Role And Real Life". New York Times.
  5. Kennedy, Dana. "THE NEW SEASON/FILM: UP AND COMING: Hope Davis; Lucky for Her, She Flunked the 'Nuprin' Audition", The New York Times, September 13, 1998. Accessed December 18, 2013. "Ms. Davis, who grew up in Tenafly, N.J., where she was the second of three daughters, has no explanation for her long, lean period other than to say, 'I just wasn't ready for success.'"
  6. Rohan, Virginia. " North Jersey-bred and talented too", The Record (Bergen County), June 18, 2007. Accessed July 5, 2007. "Hope Davis: Class of 1982, Tenafly High School."
  7. Andreeva, Nellie (8 July 2009). "Hope Davis to play Hillary Clinton". The Hollywood Reporter (Nielsen Business Media).
  8. "Hope Davis Emmy Nominated". Emmys.com. Retrieved 2012-08-17.
  9. Gandolfini Stars on Broadway in God of Carnage The Associated Press, January 12, 2009

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