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  • Julia Stiles Biography

    Born: March 28, 1981 in New York City, New York, USA

    Called "one of the most fearless and talented actresses in Hollywood" by the Los Angeles Times, Julia Stiles continues to exhibit a rare sophistication in the characters she plays on screen and on stage.

    Stiles is currently filming CLOSED (Focus Features) directed by John Crowley. She portrays ‘Joanna’ opposite Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall, Jim Broadbent and Ciarán Hinds. CLOSED is about  two defense lawyers who find their lives in jeopardy while assigned to a terrorism case. Stiles received Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations for her work on Showtime's critically acclaimed series DEXTER opposite Michael C. Hall. She portrayed a mysterious woman who develops a distinct relationship with DEXTER throughout the course of Season Five.

    Over the years, Stiles has made her mark on the big screen starring in the BOURNE Trilogy opposite Matt Damon (THE BOURNE IDENTITY, THE BOURNE SUPREMACY and THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM); three Shakespearean film adaptations: Michael Almereyda's HAMLET, O, TEN THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU , for which she earned a 2000 MTV Movie Award for Best Female Breakthrough Performance and the Chicago Film Critics Award for Most Promising Actress.

    She also earned critical praise starring in Patrick Stettner's independent feature, THE BUSINESS OF STRANGERS, opposite Stockard Channing. The film premiered at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival.

    Additional film credits include SAVE THE LAST DANCE, for which she was nominated for two MTV Movie Awards, and David Mamet's STATE & MAIN, with William H. Macy, Alec Baldwin, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Sarah Jessica Parker. That film won a 2000 National Board of Review Award for Best Ensemble Cast. She starred opposite Liev Schreiber in the remake of the 1976 horror classic THE OMEN, as well as opposite Julia Roberts in MONA LISA SMILE.

    Stiles began her career on stage at La MaMa Theatre, and has since appeared in Shakespeare-in-the-Park's TWELFTH NIGHT, both the London and Broadway revival of David Mamet's OLEANNA with Aaron Eckhart and Bill Pullman respectively; and opposite Mia Farrow in James Lapine's FRAN'S BED.

    Stiles also wrote and directed a short film RAVING starring Zooey Deschanel, for ELLE magazine's film series. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and on the Sundance Channel.

    She is a graduate of Columbia University.

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