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Amy Ryan

Amy Ryan
File:Amy Ryan Gersh NY Official 1.31.13.jpg
Ryan at the Changeling premiere, October 2008[1]
Born Amy Beth Dziewiontkowski[2][3]
(1968-05-03) May 3, 1968 (age 47)
Flushing, Queens, NY, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1987–present
Spouse(s) Eric Slovin (m. 2011)
Children 1

Amy Ryan (born May 3, 1968) is an American actress of stage and screen. A graduate of New York's High School of Performing Arts, she is an Academy Award nominee and two-time Tony Award nominee.

Ryan began her professional stage career in 1987 and made her Broadway debut in 1993 as a replacement in the original production of The Sisters Rosensweig. She went on to receive Tony Award nominations for Best Featured Actress in a Play for the 2000 revival of Uncle Vanya and the 2005 revival of A Streetcar Named Desire. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Helene McCready in the 2007 film Gone Baby Gone. The role also earned her a Golden Globe nomination and won her a Critics' Choice Award. Her other films include Changeling (2008), Win Win (2011) and Birdman (2014). On television, she has starred as Beadie Russell in HBO's The Wire (2002–08), Holly Flax in NBC's The Office (2008–11) and Adele Brousse in HBO's In Treatment (2010).

Early life

Ryan was born Amy Beth Dziewiontkowski in Flushing, Queens, New York City, to Pamela (née Ryan), a nurse, and John Dziewiontkowski, a trucking business owner.[4][5][6][7] She is of Polish, Irish, and English descent.[8] Growing up in the 1970s, Ryan and her sister Laura delivered the Daily News by bike. At a young age, Ryan attended the Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Center in upstate New York.[6][7] At 17, she graduated from New York's High School of Performing Arts.[6][7] Hired for the national tour of Biloxi Blues right out of high school, Ryan worked steadily off-Broadway for the next decade. She chose her mother's maiden name as her stage name.[7][9]


Ryan made her off-Broadway debut in the Westside Theatre's 1987 production of A Shayna Maidel, playing the role of Hanna. The following year she was seen in the Second Stage Theatre Company's revival of The Rimers of Eldritch.[10][11] Additional off-Broadway credits include As Bees In Honey Drown, Crimes of the Heart and Saved.[12][13][14][15] She also worked in regional theater, where she originated roles in new plays by Neil LaBute, Arthur Miller and Neil Simon. On Broadway she has appeared as Tess in The Sisters Rosensweig, Natasha in the 1997 revival of The Three Sisters, and Peggy in the 2001–2002 revival of The Women.[7][16]

Ryan has been nominated for the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play twice: in 2000, for her portrayal of Sonya Alexandrovna in Uncle Vanya, and in 2005, for her performance as Stella Kowalski opposite John C. Reilly in A Streetcar Named Desire.[7][16][17][18]


Following a brief stint playing a runaway on As the World Turns, Ryan was cast in television series such as I'll Fly Away,[7][19] in which she played a high school temptress, and Brooklyn Bridge, where she played Marion Ross's character in flashbacks.[20] After roles on ER and Chicago Hope, Ryan became a series regular on The Naked Truth as Téa Leoni's spoiled stepdaughter.[19][21][22] In 1993, she made her first appearance on NBC's Law & Order, appearing in several episodes over the years.[7][19]

By 2001, director Sidney Lumet cast her in 100 Centre Street playing three different roles (Ellen, Paris and Rebecca).[6][23] Ryan went on to feature prominently in the second season of HBO's The Wire, playing Port Authority Officer Beadie Russell.[19][24][25] She appeared for a six-episode arc on The Office as dorky HR rep Holly Flax. She reprised her role on The Office in seasons 5 and 7.[26]

Ryan joined the cast of HBO's In Treatment for its third season, playing the therapist of Dr. Paul Weston.[27]


Because of the deletion of the scene where she played Eric Stoltz's wife in Allison Anders's Grace of My Heart,[6] Ryan made her 1999 film debut in Roberta.[19][22] She then briefly appeared in You Can Count on Me, which starred Laura Linney and Mark Ruffalo,[7][28] and the mystery/thriller Keane.[7][22][29] Albert Brooks chose her to play his wife in Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World in 2005, and 2007 brought both Dan in Real Life and Before the Devil Knows You're Dead.[7][19][23] Her role as a star-struck sheriff's wife in Capote[7][19] earned her positive reviews, but it was playing a hardened welfare mom in Ben Affleck's Gone Baby Gone that finally brought her national attention.[7][9][23][25]

After being voted Best Supporting Actress for Gone Baby Gone by the National Board of Review,[30] as well as the critics circles in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., Ryan's performance was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award,[31] and an Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting role at the 80th Academy Awards.[32]

Ryan appeared in Changeling (2008), directed by Clint Eastwood,[7][19] and opposite Matt Damon in Paul Greengrass's Green Zone (2010).[7][33][34] In September 2010, she completed filming a role in Philip Seymour Hoffman's directorial film debut, Jack Goes Boating, taking over the role of Connie originally played by Beth Cole in the stage version.[24][35]

Ryan is set to star in Paramount's live-action/animation film Monster Trucks.[36]

Personal life

Ryan married Eric Slovin in 2011.[37] They have one daughter, Georgia Gracie (born October 15, 2009).[38]


Year Title Role Notes
1990 As the World Turns Reenie Television series
1991 Quantum Leap Libby McBain Television series; 1 episode
1992 Home Improvement Robin Television series; 1 episode
1992 I'll Fly Away Parkie Sasser Television series; 6 episodes
1993–2006 Law & Order Amy
Valerie Messick
Television series; 2 episodes
1995 ER Sister Television series; 1 episode
1995–96 The Naked Truth Chloe Banks Television series; 20 episodes
1998 Chicago Hope Helen Sherwood Television series: 1 episode
1999 Roberta Judy
2000 You Can Count on Me Rachel Louise Prescott
2000 Pork Chop for Larry, AA Pork Chop for Larry Beth Short film
2000 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Lorraine Hansen Television series; 1 episode
2001–02 100 Centre Street Ellen
Rebecca Rifkind
Television series; 7 episodes
2002–08 Wire, TheThe Wire Beadie Russell Television series; 20 episodes
2003–07 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Julie Turner

Edie Nelson

Television series; 2 episodes
2004 Keane Lynn Bedik
2005 War of the Worlds Neighbor with Toddler
2005 Capote Marie Dewey
2005 Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World Emily Brooks
2006 Shiner Mom
2006 Marvelous Queenie
2007 Gone Baby Gone Helene McCready
2007 Forward
2007 Neal Cassady Carolyn Cassady
2007 Before the Devil Knows You're Dead Martha Hanson
2007 Dan in Real Life Eileen Burns
2008 Changeling Carol Dexter
2008–11 Office, TheThe Office Holly Flax Television series; 20 episodes (2 voice only)
2009 Bob Funk Ms. Wright
2009 Missing Person, TheThe Missing Person Miss Charley Also executive producer
2009 Green Zone Lawrie Dayne
2010 Jack Goes Boating Connie Nominated—Comedy Film Award for Best Leading Actress
2010 In Treatment Adele Television series; 8 episodes
2011 Win Win Jackie Flaherty
  • Utah Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
    Nominated—Indiana Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
2013 Breathe In Megan Reynolds
2013 Clear History Wendy the Waitress
2013 Escape Plan Abigail Ross
2013 Devil's Knot Margaret Lax
2014 Birdman Sylvia Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Ensemble
Boston Online Film Critics Association Awards for Best Ensemble
Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble
Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble
New York Film Critics Online Award for Best Ensemble Cast
North Texas Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble Acting
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Film Ensemble
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards for Best Acting Ensemble
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated—Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cast 2nd Place
Nominated—Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated—Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Georgia Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
2014 Don Verdean Carol
2015 Broad City Oliver's mother Episode: "Kirk Steele"
2015 Goosebumps Filming
2015 Monster Trucks Filming
2015 Louder Than Bombs Filming
2015 Bridge of Spies Filming
2016 The Infiltrator Filming
2016 Central Intelligence Filming


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  13. As Bees in Honey Drown.(Lucille Lortel Theater, New York), Variety | July 28, 1997
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  15. Saved, CurtainUp
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  28. You Can Count on Me (2000), IMDB
  29. Keane (2004), IMDB
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  31. Amy Ryan, Screen Actors Guild Award nominee
  32. Amy Ryan, Oscar nominee for Best Supporting Actress
  33. Green Zone (2010), IMDB
  34. Q&A – Amy Ryan on What Affleck, Eastwood, and the Green Zone Director Have in Common,
  35. Jack Goes Boating (2010), IMDB
  36. "Amy Ryan Gears Up For ‘Monster Trucks’; Blake Jenner Creeps Into ‘Crawlspace;’ Pablo Larrain Helms ‘Scarface’". May 20, 2014. Retrieved March 24, 2014. 
  37. Mottram, James (28 October 2011). "Amy Ryan: Hollywood, motherhood and being unemployed". The Independent. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  38. Everett, Cristina (October 21, 2009). "Amy Ryan and fiance Eric Slovin welcome baby girl, Georgia Gracie". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on 24 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-05. 

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