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Amy Ryan
Amy Ryan Gersh NY Official 1.31.13.jpg
Ryan at the Changeling premiere, October 2008[1]
Amy Beth Dziewiontkowski[2][3]

(1969-05-03) 3 May 1969 (age 49)
Years active1987–present
Eric Slovin (m. 2011)

Amy Beth Dziewiontkowski (born 3 May 1969),[4] known professionally as Amy Ryan, 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 or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014). On television, she played 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 in New York City, the daughter of Pamela (née Ryan), a nurse, and John Dziewiontkowski, a trucking business owner.[5][6] She is of Polish, Irish, and English descent.[7] 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. At 17, she graduated from New York's High School of Performing Arts.[8] 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.[8][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.[8][16]

Ryan was 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.[8][16][17][18]

Ryan received some of the best reviews of her career for her leading role in the Roundabout Theater Company's 2016 production of Love, Love, Love. Ben Brantley of The New York Times praised her "smashing comic performance,"[19] The Hollywood Reporter called her work "emotionally vital,"[20] and The Associated Press raved that "Ryan is absolutely magnetic ... nailing her charming, unpredictable character with perfect comedic timing."[21] In an article exploring various famous actresses working on the stage, Washington Post theater critic Peter Marks highlighted Ryan's work in the play:

The revelation is not that Amy Ryan is good. It’s that she’s this good ... Ryan, whose range has been apparent for years, in dramatic performances nominated for Tonys (Uncle Vanya) and Oscars (Gone Baby Gone), as well as in nuanced comic turns on television shows like The Office, manages a feat in Love, Love, Love that she’s never accomplished so fluidly before: taking charge. She delivers a front-and-center performance of such beguiling dynamism (in a thoroughly convincing English accent) that you feel this Roundabout Theatre Company production has done for her precisely what was intended. It exposes a new facet of her talent — and leaves us with that uplifting itch, to be there the next time she’s on a stage.[22]

For her performance in Love, Love, Love, Ryan won the Obie Award for Distinguished Performance by an Actress, and was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play[23] and the Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance.[24]


Following a brief stint playing a runaway on As the World Turns, Ryan was cast in television series such as I'll Fly Away,[8] After roles on ER and Chicago Hope, Ryan became a series regular on The Naked Truth as Téa Leoni's spoiled stepdaughter.[25][26] In 1993, she made her first appearance on NBC's Law & Order, appearing in several episodes over the years.[8]

By 2001, director Sidney Lumet cast her in 100 Centre Street playing three different roles (Ellen, Paris and Rebecca).[27] Ryan went on to feature prominently in the second season of HBO's The Wire, playing Port Authority Officer Beadie Russell.[28][29] 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.[30]

Ryan joined the cast of HBO's In Treatment for its third season, playing the therapist of Dr. Paul Weston.[31]


Because of the deletion of the scene where she played Eric Stoltz's wife in Allison Anders's Grace of My Heart, Ryan made her 1999 film debut in Roberta.[26] She then briefly appeared in You Can Count on Me, which starred Laura Linney and Mark Ruffalo,[8] and the mystery/thriller Keane.[8][26] 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.[8][27] Her role as a star-struck sheriff's wife in Capote[8] 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.[8][9][27][29]

After being voted Best Supporting Actress for Gone Baby Gone by the National Board of Review,[32] 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,[33] and an Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting role at the 80th Academy Awards.[34]

Ryan appeared in Changeling (2008), directed by Clint Eastwood,[8] and opposite Matt Damon in Paul Greengrass's Green Zone (2010).[8][35] 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.[28] Ryan received strong notices for her performance in Tom McCarthy's Win Win the next year, winning Best Supporting Actress awards from multiple regional critics groups.

Ryan was a part of the core ensemble of the 2014 Best Picture Academy Award winning film Birdman, sharing in the cast's Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture victory. In 2015, she starred as Mary Donovan opposite Tom Hanks in the film Bridge of Spies, and reunited with her In Treatment co-star Gabriel Byrne in Louder Than Bombs, the English-language debut of Joachim Trier. Early the next year, Ryan was cast as Tracy, her first on-screen leading role, in Abundant Acreage Available, a rural family drama from Junebug screenwriter Angus MacLachlan. Upon the film's premiere at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, Ryan drew universal acclaim for her performance, with The Wrap noting that she "holds the screen no matter what she's doing and who she's with"[36] and Flavorwire raving that Ryan "sounds notes that are quietly dazzling in their complexity."[37] Variety chief film critic Peter Debruge dubbed the performance a career highlight:

It’s a pleasure to see such a fine actress navigate the nuances of her role ... Only on the big screen are we able to fully appreciate the minutely detailed nature of Ryan’s performance, revealing Tracy’s soul via the slightest narrowing of the eyes or the almost-subliminal tensing of her cheekbones. As we know, Junebug earned Amy Adams an Oscar nomination, and if the world were fair, this role would bring another Amy similar attention.[38]

Ryan recently filmed Beautiful Boy for Amazon Studios, a dark family drama which reunites her with The Office star Steve Carell, and Strange But True, a noir-thriller based on the novel by John Searles,[39][40] both of which are due to premiere in 2018. She's also set to play the lead in Netflix's mystery thriller Lost Girls, and is among the ensemble cast of Late Night, the Mindy Kaling-penned comedy about a female late-night talk show host (Emma Thompson).

Personal life

Ryan married Eric Slovin in 2011.[41] They have one daughter, Georgia Gracie (born 15 October 2009).[42]



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Roberta Judy
2000 You Can Count on Me Rachel Louise Prescott
2000 A Pork Chop for Larry Beth Short film
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 Marvelous Queenie
2007 Gone Baby Gone Helene McCready
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
2009 The Missing Person Miss Charley Also executive producer
2010 Jack Goes Boating Connie
2010 Green Zone Lawrie Dayne
2011 Win Win Jackie Flaherty
2013 Breathe In Megan Reynolds
2013 Escape Plan Abigail Ross
2013 Devil's Knot Margaret Lax
2014 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Sylvia
2015 Don Verdean Carol
2015 Louder Than Bombs Hannah
2015 Goosebumps Gale Cooper
2015 Bridge of Spies Mary McKenna Donovan
2016 Central Intelligence Agent Pamela Harris
2016 The Infiltrator Bonni Tischler
2016 Monster Trucks Cindy Coley
2017 Abundant Acreage Available Tracy Ledbetter
2018 Beautiful Boy Vicki Sheff
2019 Late Night TBA
2019 Strange But True Charlene Post-production
TBA Lost Girls TBA Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1990 As the World Turns Renee Unknown episodes
1991 Quantum Leap Libby McBain Episode: "Raped - June 20, 1980"
1991 Brooklyn Bridge Young Sophie Episode: "Old Fools"
1992 Home Improvement Robin Episode: "Luck Be a Taylor Tonight"
1992 I'll Fly Away Parkie Sasser 6 episodes
1993; 2006 Law & Order Amy / Valerie Messick 2 episodes
1995 Sirens April Ward Episode: "The Abduction"
1995 ER Sister Episode: "Love Among the Ruins"
1995–1996 The Naked Truth Chloe Banks 20 episodes
1998 Chicago Hope Helen Sherwood Episode: "Liver, Hold the Mushrooms"
1998 A Will of Their Own Carrie Baker Miniseries
1999 Homicide: Life on the Street Helen Sherwood Episode: "Liver, Hold the Mushrooms"
2000 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Lorraine Hansen Episode: "Bad Blood"
2001–2002 100 Centre Street Rebecca Rifkind / Ellen 7 episodes
2003; 2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Julie Turner / Edie Nelson 2 episodes
2003–2008 The Wire Beadie Russell 20 episodes
2004 Third Watch Dr. Jenny Hanson Episode: "Last Will and Testament"
2006 American Experience Luzena Wilson Episode: "The Gold Rush"
2006–2007 Kidnapped Maureen Campbell 2 episodes
2008 Independent Lens Anita Hoffman Episode: "Chicago 10"
2008–2011 The Office Holly Flax 17 episodes
2010 In Treatment Adele 8 episodes
2013 Clear History Wendy the Waitress Television film
2015–2017 Broad City Heidi Strand 2 episodes
2016–2019 High Maintenance Gigi 2 episodes
2018 Robot Chicken Phoebe Buffay/Liesl von Trapp Voice
Episode: "Shall I Visit the Dinosaurs?"

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2000 Tony Award Best Featured Actress in a Play Uncle Vanya Nominated
2001 Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Saved Nominated
2005 Tony Award Best Featured Actress in a Play A Streetcar Named Desire Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play Won
2007 Academy Award Best Supporting Actress Gone Baby Gone Nominated
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award Best Supporting Actress Won
Best Breakthrough Performance Nominated
Boston Society of Film Critics Award Best Supporting Actress Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Award Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Critics' Choice Movie Award Best Supporting Actress Won
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Detroit Film Critics Society Award Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Florida Film Critics Circle Award Best Supporting Actress Won
Golden Globe Award Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture Nominated
Houston Film Critics Society Award Best Supporting Actress Won
Iowa Film Critics Award Best Supporting Actress Won
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award Best Supporting Actress Won
National Board of Review Award Best Supporting Actress Won
National Society of Film Critics Award Best Supporting Actress Nominated
New York Film Critics Circle Award Best Supporting Actress Won
Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Award Best Supporting Actress Won
Online Film Critics Society Award Best Supporting Actress Won
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award Best Supporting Actress Won
San Diego Film Critics Society Award Best Supporting Actress Won
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award Best Supporting Actress Won
Satellite Award Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture Won
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award Best Supporting Actress Won
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award Best Supporting Actress Won
Toronto Film Critics Association Award Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Utah Film Critics Association Award Best Supporting Actress Won
Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award Best Supporting Actress Won
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award Best Supporting Actress Before the Devil Knows You're Dead Won
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award Best Supporting Actress Won
2009 Golden Nymph Award Outstanding Actress - Comedy Series The Office Nominated
2010 Comedy Film Award Best Leading Actress Jack Goes Boating Nominated
2011 Utah Film Critics Association Award Best Supporting Actress Win Win Won
Indiana Film Critics Association Award Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2014 Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award Best Ensemble Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Won
Boston Society of Film Critics Award Best Cast Runner-up
Boston Online Film Critics Association Awards Best Ensemble Won
Critics' Choice Movie Award Best Acting Ensemble Won
Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award Best Ensemble Nominated
Detroit Film Critics Society Award Best Ensemble Won
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast Best Cast Nominated
Georgia Film Critics Association Award Best Ensemble Nominated
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award Won
New York Film Critics Online Awards Best Ensemble Cast Won
North Texas Film Critics Association Award Best Ensemble Cast Won
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award Best Ensemble Acting Won
San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Best Film Ensemble Won
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Won
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award Best Ensemble Nominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Acting Ensemble Won
2017 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Play Love, Love, Love Nominated
Obie Award Distinguished Performance by an Actress Won
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated


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