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Mary Elizabeth Winstead

1984-11-28 Rocky Mount, North Carolina, USA

Image of Mary Elizabeth Winstead


Mary Elizabeth Winstead was born on November 28, 1984, in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, to Betty Lou (née Knight) and James Ronald Winstead, and is the youngest of five children. Her grandfather was a cousin of actress Ava Gardner. When she was five years old, her family moved to Sandy, Utah. She attended Peruvian Park Elementary, where she took advanced classes. She studied dance in a Joffrey Ballet summer program in Chicago, and sang in the International Children's Choir. During her youth, Winstead initially hoped to pursue a career as a ballerina and appeared in local ballet productions. As she entered her teens, she was forced to quit ballet due to her height. She later stated, "I realized pretty early on that I was already too tall by the time I was 13... you know, your body has to stay that way for your entire life, and it's pretty hard on your muscles and your bones." Realizing that a dance career was unlikely, Winstead turned to acting. As she was still a teenager at the time, this required her to be homeschooled through most of high school. Further success came with her roles as John McClane's daughter Lucy Gennero-McClane in Live Free or Die Hard (2007) and Ramona Flowers in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010). Her critically acclaimed-performance as an alcoholic struggling with sobriety in the Sundance drama Smashed (2012) was followed by a series of roles in other well-received independent films, including The Beauty Inside (2012), The Spectacular Now (2013), Faults (2014), Alex of Venice (2014) and Swiss Army Man (2016). Winstead continued her Scream Queen roles in the body horror film The Thing (2011), as Mary Todd Lincoln in the fantasy horror film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012) and in the psychological horror thriller film 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016). She reprised her role as Lucy Gennero-McClane in A Good Day to Die Hard (2013) and returned to television with roles in the supernatural drama series The Returned (2015), the political satire/science fiction comedy series BrainDead (2016), the period medical drama series Mercy Street (2016–17) and the black comedy/crime drama anthology series Fargo (2017). Her recent roles include the comedy drama All About Nina (2018), the action thriller Gemini Man (2019) and as the Huntress in Birds of Prey (2020). Since 2013, Winstead has performed as half of the music duo Got a Girl, with Dan the Automator.


Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) Helena Bertinelli / Huntress 2020-02-05
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World - Cast Table Read Herself / Ramona Flowers 2020-07-20
Gemini Man Danny Zakarweski 2019-10-02
The Parts You Lose Gail 2019-03-14
All About Nina Nina Geld 2018-09-28
Fargo: Year Three Nikki Swango 2017-04-19
So It Goes Samantha 2017-04-30
10 Cloverfield Lane Michelle 2016-03-10
Swiss Army Man Sarah 2016-06-24
The Hollars Gwen 2016-08-25
Alex of Venice Alex Vedder 2015-04-17
Exposed Anna Loach 2015-03-20
Kill the Messenger Anna Simons 2014-10-09
Got A Girl: products for a luxurious lifestyle Woman 2014-06-29
Showing Up Herself 2014-02-25
Faults Claire 2014-03-06
A.C.O.D. Lauren Stinger 2013-10-03
The Spectacular Now Holly Keely 2013-08-02
A Good Day to Die Hard Lucy McClane 2013-02-06
A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III Kate 2012-11-15
Smashed Kate Hannah 2012-09-12
Casque Girl 2012-01-01
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Mary Todd Lincoln 2012-06-20
Magnificat Lynn 2011-12-31
L'Echarpe Woman 2011-11-09
Cost of Living The Computer 2011-09-22
The Thing Kate Lloyd 2011-10-12
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Ramona V. Flowers 2010-08-12
The Making of 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World' Herself 2010-11-09
Make It Happen Lauryn Kirk 2008-08-08
Grindhouse Lee Montgomery (segment "Death Proof") 2007-04-06
Death Proof Lee Montgomery 2007-05-21
Live Free or Die Hard Lucy McClane 2007-06-20
Factory Girl Ingrid Superstar 2006-12-29
Dead Teenager Movie 2006-07-25
Bobby Susan Taylor 2006-09-05
Black Christmas Heather Fitzgerald 2006-12-15
Final Destination 3 Wendy Christensen 2006-02-09
Checking Out Lisa Apple 2005-04-10
Sky High Gwen Grayson / Royal Pain 2005-07-29
The Ring Two Young Evelyn 2005-03-17
Monster Island Maddy 2004-03-07
The Long Road Home Annie Jacobs 1999-01-01
Kate Kate