Molly Parker, born June 30, 1972, is a Canadian actress that’s best known for her roles in independent films, and for her roles in television as House Majority Whip Jacqueline Sharp on the Netflix original series House of Cards, for which she earned an Emmy nomination. Take a look below for 25 more interesting and fascinating facts about Molly Parker.
1. Parker won a Genie Award in 1997 as Best Actress in a Leading Role for Kissed, was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award as best female lead in 2001 for her role in The Center of the World, and has been nominated twice for a Genie Award as best supporting actress.
2. She was born in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, and spent her childhood on a farm in Pitt Meadows.
3. She went to ballet classes from the age of 3 to the age of 17, but began acting in local productions at the age of 14.
4. Her uncle’s agent represented her early in her career, when she had parts in various Canadian television roles before studying with Vancouver’s Gastown Actor’s Studio.
5. Parker portrayed Alice Ramsey in The Wrath of Kali, a fourth season episode of Highlander: The Series.
6. Her breakthrough role was as the daughter of a lesbian military officer in the television movie Serving in Silence.
7. She appeared in the 1995 Lifetime television movie Ebbie, playing the niece of Susan Lucci’s Scrooge character.
8. She won a Gemini Award nomination for her performance in the television movie Paris or Somewhere and later, the Genie Award for Best Actress for playing a necrophiliac in Lynne Stopkewich’s movie Kissed.
9. Parker is known for taking on controversial roles, such as her performance in Kissed, her role as a sympathetic lap dancer and paid escort in The Center of the World, and a rabbi in Six Feet Under.
10. In 2008, Parker starred in the CBS show Swingtown.
11. She filmed a pilot for a series called The Wonderful Maladys, but the series wasn’t picked up.
12. In 2012, she joined the cast of the television series The Firm, based on John Grisham’s eponymous 1991 novel and its 1993 film adaption. She portrayed Abby McDeere, wife of Mitch McDeere.
13. She made several appearances on the sixth season of the Showtime series Dexter.
14. Parker appeared as Maureen Robinson in Lost in Space, the Netflix remake of the 1965 television series.
15. She has a younger brother called Henry Parker.
16. Parker played the wife of her future brother-in-law, Joel Bissonnette, in Suspicious River.
17. She gave birth to son William Strummer Bissonnette on October 13, 2006, in Los Angeles, California.
18. Parker co-starred with Callum Keith Rennie in Paris or Somewhere, Twitch City, Suspicious River, Shattered and The Firm.
19. She appears, uncredited, in photographs as Nucky Thompson’s late wife in Boardwalk Empire.
20. Parker appeared alongside Jamie Dornan, Sarah Gadon and Aaron Paul in Miramax’s supernatural thriller The 9th Life of Louis Drax.
21. She gave her son William the middle name “Strummer” in honor of Joe Strummer, the lead singer of the Clash.
22. In 2017, she won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role.
23. Parker spent most of her childhood on a commune.
24. Her parents owned a seafood store.
25. In 2016, Molly Parker co-starred in the Amazon Studios legal series Goliath.