While it's a dream come true for Debra to be promoted to Lieutenant, it hasn't all been smooth sailing for Dexter's adopted sister; she ended her relationship with Quinn, sought therapy for the stresses of her job, and realized the love she felt for Dexter wasn't just platonic, it was romantic. But that was before she saw Dexter doing what he does best: slaying a serial killer. Debra is torn between her brother and her badge, and only time will tell how she's able to deal with this shocking revelation and the dark memories it brings up.
A striking beauty with undeniable talent, Jennifer Carpenter is on the rise to become one of Hollywood's hottest stars. Carpenter plays Debra Morgan on Showtime's highly successful, critically acclaimed series, DEXTER, which has received Emmy®, SAG®, Golden Globe®, and People's Choice Award nominations.
On the big-screen, Carpenter recently wrapped production on THE OCCULT, directed by Christian E. Christansen. The horror-thriller takes place in the small village of New Bethlehem, a devout community kept under the tight reins of the town's vigilant Elders. When young girls start to go missing, older followers fear a long-told prophecy while the younger members suspect abusive elders are killing them off.
She was recently seen in Hietor Dhalia's thriller GONE, starring opposite Amanda Seyfried, Wes Bentley, and Sebastian Stan. The film follows a woman who is convinced the serial killer who kidnapped her sister two years ago has returned, and she sets out to once again face her abductor. Carpenter recently completed production on the psychological thriller THE FACTORY as the female lead opposite John Cusack in the Warner Bros. and Dark Castle Entertainment film directed by Morgan O'Neil, and produced by Joel Silver, David Gambino, and Robert Zemeckis.
Her most recent appearance on stage was starring on Broadway in Scott Ellis' GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES, opposite Pablo Schreiber. The performance earned Carpenter positive reviews for her lead role as Kayleen. The play centers around two childhood friends who compare scars and the physical calamities that keep drawing them together.
Carpenter's notable theatre performances include the Broadway production of THE CRUCIBLE opposite Laura Linney and Liam Neeson, EVERETT BEEKIN (Off-Broadway), ORPHAN OF ZHAO (Lincoln Center), TRUDY BLUE, JULIE JOHNSON, JEKYLL & HYDE, SHERLOCK HOLMES (all for Actors Theater), and LUCY AND THE CONQUEST (O'Niell Playwrights Conf).
Carpenter's breakout role was in the sleeper hit film, THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE. She earned rave reviews for her chilling performance, receiving the 2006 MTV Movie Award for Best Frightened Performance along with a Hollywood Life Breakthrough Award. Carpenter also starred in the successful horror film remake QUARANTINE for Sony. The film was nominated for a Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Horror/Thriller. She was also seen in Stuart Townsend's BATTLE IN SEATTLE for Thinkfilm which premiered at the 2007 Toronto Film Festival.
Carpenters additional film credits include HUNGRY RABBIT JUMPS, DOG PROBLEM, LETHAL EVICTION, WHITE CHICKS, D.E.B.S., SOLOS, REVOLUTION, and NICE GUYS SLEEP ALONE, as well as QUEEN B for Twentieth Century Fox Television.
A native of Kentucky, Jennifer trained at Julliard. She currently resides in Los Angeles.