Julia Stiles


28 Mar 1981


New York City, New York, USA


Julia O'Hara Stiles


Julia O'Hara Stiles was born on March 28, 1981 in New York City, the outgoing daughter of a Greenwich Village artist mother, Judith Newcomb Stiles, and an elementary school teacher father, John O'Hara. She is the eldest of three children, and has Irish, English, and German ancestry. Encouraged to take modern dance lessons at an early age, she was introduced to Shakespeare and theater. At age 11, she made her debut as a child actress with the experimental off-Broadway La MaMa Theatre. Her passion grew and by the next year was performing professionally and working in commercials. A bright, precocious student, she was seriously considered for the child vampire role of Claudia in Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994) but lost out in the end to Kirsten Dunst. She continued training at New York's Professional Children's School and, at 15, made her cinematic bow with I Love You, I Love You Not (1996) with Claire Danes. Next featured as the daughter of Harrison Ford in The Devil's Own (1997), her breakout role came on TV with the hard-hitting mini-movie Before Women Had Wings (1997), which was produced by Oprah Winfrey and dealt with child abuse. Her wish to play Shakespeare was granted threefold with her participation in 10 Things I Hate About You (1999), which was based on the Bard's "The Taming of The Shrew" and won her the Chicago Film Critics Award as the volatile teen Kat; an updated version of Hamlet (2000) which paired her Ophelia with Ethan Hawke; and another updated version of "Othello" entitled O (2001), which had her high school character of Desi (Desdemona) involved in a mixed romantic relationship with African-American Mekhi Phifer. The violent-edged film was made in 1998 but not released until three years later due to the tragic Colorado student shootings at Columbine High School. In addition, Julia later portrayed Viola off-Broadway in a Shakespeare-in-the-Park production of "Twelfth Night" in 2002.

She temporarily interrupted her career after deciding to enroll at Columbia University in 2000, where she earned a degree in English. Stiles has also returned to the stage, appearing in David Mamet's "Oleanna" in London, a role she would reprise on Broadway in 2009, opposite Bill Pullman and directed by Doug Hughes.

Moving into mainstream roles by the millennium, she took on a role that would carry her through the decade, co-starring with Matt Damon in popular Bourne series: The Bourne Identity (2002), The Bourne Supremacy (2004), and The Bourne Ultimatum (2007). During the time between Bourne films, she appeared in ensemble dramas, appearing opposite Julia Roberts in Mona Lisa Smile (2003), won offbeat notice in the title role of Carolina (2003) with Shirley MacLaine and Randy Quaid. She also returned to her indie film roots, with films such as Between Us (2012) and the comedy farce, It's a Disaster (2012).

In 2010, she switched gears and headed to series television, joining the cast of Dexter (2006) for the show's fifth season in the role of Lumen Pierce, a performance that earned her nominations for both the Golden Globe and the Emmy for Best Supporting Actress. In 2012, she followed up with another series, Blue (2012), which airs on YouTube, while preparing for cinematic roles in Silver Linings Playbook (2012) and The Bell Jar.

Actor ( 84 credits )

Trouble (2017)
The First (2017) Frances Marion
The Great Gilly Hopkins (2016) Courtney Rutherford Hopkins
Jason Bourne (2016) Nicky
11:55 (2016) Janine
Misconduct (2016) Jane
The Drowning (2016) Lauren Seymour
Blackway (2015)
The Late Late Show with James Corden (2015)  Herself (1 episode, 2016)
Out of the Dark (2014) Sarah Harriman
Hits (2014)
Closed Circuit (2013) Joanna Reece
The Broadway.Com Show (2013)  Herself (1 episode, 2014)
Inside Amy Schumer (2013)  Girl #2 (1 episode, 2016)
Hollywood Game Night (2013)  Herself - Celebrity Player (1 episode, 2016)
Girl Most Likely (2012) Stage Imogene
Silver Linings Playbook (2012) Veronica
Between Us (2012) Grace
Stars in Shorts (2012) Young Woman
It's a Disaster (2012) Tracy
Blue (2012)  Blue (40 episodes, 2012-2014)
Jan (2012)  Blue (1 episode, 2012)
Speakeasy: With Paul F. Tompkins (2012)  Herself (1 episode, 2013)
The Mindy Project (2012)  Jessica Lieberstein (2 episodes, 2014-2015)
Big Morning Buzz Live with Carrie Keagan (2011)  Herself (1 episode, 2013)
sexting (2010) Young Woman
Conan (2010)  Herself (1 episode, 2013)
The Talk (2010)  Herself (1 episode, 2016)
The Cry of the Owl (2009) Jenny Thierolf
Passage (2009) Ella
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2011)
Excuse Me (2009) Herself
Gospel Hill (2008) Rosie
The City (2008)  Herself (1 episode, 2009)
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) Nicky Parsons
Murder Town (2007)  Herself (1 episode, 2007)
The Omen (2006) Katherine Thorn
Dexter (2006)  Lumen Ann Pierce (10 episodes, 2010)
Rachael Ray (2006)  Herself (1 episode, 2010)
Edmond (2005) Glenna
A Little Trip to Heaven (2005) Isold
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005)  Herself / ... (4 episodes, 2007-2014)
The Bourne Supremacy (2004) Nicky
The Prince and Me (2004) Paige Morgan
Carolina (2003) Carolina Mirabeau
Mona Lisa Smile (2003) Joan Brandwyn
A Guy Thing (2003) Becky
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)  Herself (2 episodes, 2006-2010)
Punk'd (2003)  Herself (1 episode, 2004)
The Bourne Identity (2002) Nicolette
Last Call with Carson Daly (2002)  Herself (1 episode, 2004)
HypaSpace (2002)  Herself (1 episode, 2006)
eTalk Daily (2002)  Herself (1 episode, 2007)
Cinetipp (2002)  Nicky Parsons (1 episode, 2008)
O (2001) Desi Brable
The Business of Strangers (2001) Paula Murphy
Save the Last Dance (2001) Sara
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2001)  Herself (1 episode, 2004)
State and Main (2000) Carla
Hamlet (2000) Ophelia
Down to You (2000) Imogen
Diary (2000)  Herself (1 episode, 2003)
10 Things I Hate About You (1999) Kat Stratford
Loose Women (1999)  Herself (1 episode, 2011)
The Early Show (1999)  Herself (1 episode, 2006)
Wide Awake (1998) Neena Beal
Wicked (1998) Ellie Christianson
The Devil's Own (1997) Bridget O'Meara
The View (1997)  Herself (1 episode, 2007)
I Love You, I Love You Not (1996) Young Nana's Friend
Promised Land (1996)  Megan Walker (1 episode, 1996)
The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996)  Herself (3 episodes, 1999-2001)
The O'Reilly Factor (1996)  Herself (1 episode, 2008)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1996)  Herself (2 episodes, 2001-2003)
Chicago Hope (1994)  Corey Sawicki (1 episode, 1997)
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)  Herself (2 episodes, 2004-2007)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)  Herself (3 episodes, 2001-2006)
Ghostwriter (1992)  Erica Dansby / ... (6 episodes, 1993-1994)
Live with Kelly and Michael (1988)  Herself (4 episodes, 2004-2014)
The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986)  Herself (1 episode, 2003)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Herself (1 episode, 2007)
Saturday Night Live (1975)  Herself - Host / ... (2 episodes, 2001)
Today (1952)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
Five Minutes to Live (0) Susan

Writer ( 2 credits )

Paloma (2013) (5 episodes, 2013-2014)
Raving (2007) (screenplay)

Director ( 2 credits )

Paloma (2013) (5 episodes, 2013-2014)
Raving (2007)

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