Deborah Ann Woll
Woll in July 2017
E. J. Scott
Deborah Ann Woll (born February 7, 1985) is an American actress. She is known for her roles as the vampire Jessica Hamby on the HBO drama series True Blood (2008-2014) and Karen Page in the Netflix shows Daredevil (2015-2018), The Defenders (2017), and The Punisher (2017-2019). She has also starred in the films Mother's Day (2010), Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You (2011), Catch .44 (2011), Ruby Sparks (2012), Meet Me in Montenegro (2014), The Automatic Hate (2015), and Escape Room (2019).
Deborah Ann Woll was born in Brooklyn, New York City, on February 7, 1985. Her father is an architect and her mother, Cathy Woll, is a teacher at the Berkeley Carroll School. She is of Irish and Jewish-German descent. She attended the Packer Collegiate Institute, and received a BFA from USC School of Dramatic Arts at the University of Southern California. She also trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) in London.
Woll began her career with guest starring roles in several television series, including Life (2007), ER (2008), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2008), My Name Is Earl (2008), and The Mentalist (2008), and had a supporting role in the action-adventure television film Aces 'N' Eights (2008).
In 2008, Woll landed her breakout role as Bill Compton's vampire progeny, Jessica Hamby, in the HBO fantasy drama series True Blood. She originally joined as a recurring character in the first season, but was promoted to a regular cast member for the second season onwards. In 2009, she and her True Blood co-stars won the Satellite Award for Best Cast - Television Series at the 14th annual ceremony. Woll maintained the role of Jessica until the series' ending in 2014. In 2009, she made a guest appearance in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, portraying a young woman who is found alive after being reported missing by her boyfriend.
In 2010, Woll made her feature film debut in the psychological horror Mother's Day. In 2011, she starred in the supernatural thriller Little Murder, the sports drama Seven Days in Utopia, the action film Catch .44, and the comedy-drama Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You. The following year, she co-starred in the romantic comedy-drama film Ruby Sparks. In 2013, she performed at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in the play Parfumerie. That same year, she joined the cast of the drama film The Automatic Hate.
In 2015, she starred in the independent romantic drama film Forever. In 2015, Woll has portrayed Karen Page in the Marvel Cinematic Universe series for Netflix, as the female lead in Daredevil, and as a recurring character in The Punisher and The Defenders.
Woll appeared in the second season of Force Grey: Lost City of Omu (2017), a Dungeons & Dragons web series which focused on the Tomb of Annihilation storyline, and appeared as a guest player in the 45th episode of Critical Role second campaign. In 2019, she was the Dungeon Master of the Geek & Sundry show Relics and Rarities, which used a modified version of Dungeons & Dragons. In May 2019, Woll stated that Relics and Rarities had not yet been picked up for a second season and said, "I can say I have written a second season, or at least I've outlined it. It's ready to be fleshed out. Whether or not we get picked up, [...][the cast] will be coming over to my house and playing it, cameras or not". She is also a regular guest in seasons 7 and 8 of the web show GameNight! by BoardGameGeek.
Woll began dating E. J. Scott in December 2007. They married in December 2018. Scott has choroideremia, a condition that ultimately results in blindness, and Woll uses her platform to help raise awareness of the disease. She has said that Scott's bravery in fighting his disability has inspired courage in her own battle with celiac disease.
|2008||La Cachette||Sarah||Short film|
|2010||Mother's Day||Lydia Koffin|
|Seven Days in Utopia||Sarah|
|Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You||Gillian Sveck|
|2014||Meet Me in Montenegro||Wendy|
|2015||The Automatic Hate||Cassie|
|2019||Escape Room||Amanda Harper|
|2021||Ida Red||Jeanie Walker||Post-production|
|2007||Life||Nancy Wiscinski||Episode: "Powerless"|
|2008||Aces 'N' Eights||Terrified Woman||Television film|
|ER||Aurora Quill||Episode: "Owner of a Broken Heart"|
|CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Waitress Stephane||Episode: "For Gedda"|
|My Name Is Earl||Greta||2 episodes|
|The Mentalist||Kerry Sheehan||Episode: "Red Brick and Ivy"|
|2008-2014||True Blood||Jessica Hamby||Main role; 70 episodes|
|2009||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Lily Milton||Episode: "Solitary"|
|2011||Hell's Kitchen (American TV series)||Herself||Guest diner|
|2013||Axe Cop||Best Fairy Ever||Episode: "The Dumb List"|
|2015-2018||Daredevil||Karen Page||Main role; 39 episodes|
|2017||The Defenders||4 episodes|
|2017-2019||The Punisher||5 episodes|
|2017||Force Grey: Lost City of Omu||Jamilah, human barbarian||Main role; 17 episodes. Dungeons & Dragons show presented by Geek & Sundry, Nerdist and Wizards of the Coast.|
|2018||The Witch of Briarcleft||Dungeon Master||Main role; 1 episode. Presented by Wizards of the Coast at the Stream of Many Eyes event.|
|2018||Critical Role||Twiggy, gnome rogue (Arcane Trickster)||Campaign two, episode: "The Stowaway"|
|2019||Relics and Rarities||Dungeon Master||Creator & main role; 6 episodes & 1 special (D&D Live 2019: The Descent). Presented by Geek & Sundry.|
|2019-2020||GameNight!||Herself||Guest role; 22 episodes. Presented by BoardGameGeek.|
|2013||Parfumerie||Amalia Balash||Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts|