Carrie Mathison

Played by Claire Danes

Carrie Mathison

Crack CIA agent Carrie Mathison plays by her own rules when it comes to protecting the US from terrorist attacks. Her uncanny intuition, dogged determination, and gift for persuasion have helped her convert allies, thwart plots, and rise within the ranks, often using controversial methods that are uniquely her own. But Carrie's particular mix of traits also includes bipolar disorder, for which she must take daily medication in order to function. Her unusual sensitivities make it difficult for her to maintain the line between her personal and professional lives and the consequences often wreak havoc on her personally.

Crack CIA agent Carrie Mathison plays by her own rules when it comes to protecting the US from terrorist attacks. Her uncanny intuition, dogged determination, and gift for persuasion have helped her convert allies, thwart plots, and rise within the ranks, often using controversial methods that are uniquely her own. But Carrie's particular mix of traits also includes bipolar disorder, for which she must take daily medication in order to function. Her unusual sensitivities make it difficult for her to maintain the line between her personal and professional lives and the consequences often wreak havoc on her personally.

Claire Danes

Claire Danes has established herself as one of Hollywood's leading actresses.

For her performance as Carrie Mathison on HOMELAND she has won back-to-back Golden Globe® Awards for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama, a 2013 Screen Actors Guild Award® for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series and the 2012 Emmy® Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.


Danes also received critical acclaim for her performance in HBO's acclaimed TEMPLE GRANDIN biopic. Based on the extraordinary life of Temple Grandin, the film chronicles how she turned her unique talent into a behavioral tool that revolutionized the cattle industry and laid the groundwork for her successful career as an author, lecturer, and pioneering advocate for autism and autism spectrum disorder educations. Danes won the 2010 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie and the film won for Outstanding Made for Television Movie. She also won the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television and the 2011 Screen Actors Guild® Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries.


Danes starred in Richard Linklater's critically acclaimed film ME & ORSON WELLES,  opposite Zac Efron and Christian McKay. The screenplay by Holly Gent Palmo and Vincent Palmo Jr. is based on the novel by Robert Kaplow and is set in the heady world of Orson Welles' famed Mercury Theater. The National Board of Review named the film one of 2009's Top Independent Films.

In 2007, Danes made her Broadway debut starring in George Bernard Shaw's PYGMALION opposite Jefferson Mays. Her performance as Eliza Doolittle was well reviewed by critics .

Danes garnered critical acclaim for her performances in Anand Tucker's SHOPGIRL opposite Steve Martin and Jason Schwartzman; Richard Eyre's STAGE BEAUTY opposite Billy Crudup; Burr Steers' IGBY GOES DOWN, opposite Susan Sarandon, Jeff Goldblum, Ryan Phillippe and Kieran Culkin; and Baz Luhrmann's William Shakespeare's ROMEO + JULIET opposite Leonardo DiCaprio.

Danes first caught critics' and audiences' attention in Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz's acclaimed series, MY SO-CALLED LIFE, which earned her an Emmy nomination, and she was awarded the Golden Globe for her leading role as Angela Chase.

Danes' other film credits include Matthew Vaughn's STARDUST opposite Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer; Lajos Koltai's EVENING, opposite Toni Collette, Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, Natasha Richardson, and Vanessa Redgrave; Thomas Bezucha's THE FAMILY STONE, opposite Diane Keaton and Sarah Jessica Parker; Jonathan Mostow's TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES, opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger and Nick Stahl; Stephen Daldry's Academy Award® winning drama THE HOURS, opposite Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, Allison Janney, Ed Harris, and Toni Collette; Jonathan Kaplan's BROKEDOWN PALACE, opposite Kate Beckinsale; Bille August's LES MISERABLES; Theresa Connelly's POLISH WEDDING; Francis Ford Coppola's THE RAINMAKER, opposite Danny DeVito and Matt Damon; Oliver Stone's U TURN, opposite Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, and Joaquin Phoenix; Michael Pressman's TO GILLIAN ON HER 37th BIRTHDAY, opposite Michelle Pfeiffer and Peter Gallagher; Jocelyn Moorhouse's HOW TO MAKE AN AMERICAN QUILT, opposite Winona Ryder, Anne Bancroft, and Ellen Burstyn; Billy Hopkins' I LOVE YOU, I LOVE YOU NOT, opposite Jude Law; Jodie Foster's HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, opposite Robert Downey Jr., Holly Hunter, and Anne Bancroft; and Gillian Armstrong's LITTLE WOMEN, opposite Winona Ryder, Susan Sarandon, and Kirsten Dunst.

Danes is also an accomplished dancer and has received critical acclaim for her performances in EDITH AND JENNY and CHRISTINA OLSON: AMERICAN MODEL, both choreographed by Tamar Rogoff at P.S. 122.

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