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Kate Mara

Kate was born in Bedford, New York. She is one of four children of Kathleen McNulty (Rooney) and NFL football team New York Giants executive Timothy Christopher Mara. Her younger sister is actress Rooney Mara.

Her grandfathers were Wellington Mara, co-owner of the Giants, and Timothy Rooney, owner of Yonkers Raceway, and her grand-uncle is Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney, the former US Ambassador to Ireland. She is the great-granddaughter of Art Rooney Sr., the founder of the Pittsburgh Steelers football franchise. She often sings the national anthem at Giants home games. Her father has Irish, German, and French-Canadian ancestry, and her mother is of Irish and Italian descent.

Mara graduated from high school a year early. She was accepted at the prestigious NYU Tisch School of the Arts but deferred her admission for three consecutive years.

Known For


Cast Credits

A Teacher (2020)
Starring as Claire Wilson (10 episodes)
Pose (2018)
Starring as Patty (6 episodes)
Live with Kelly & Ryan (2017)
Guest starring as Kate Mara
Moonbeam City (2015)
Starring as Chrysalis Tate (2 episodes)
The Late Late Show with James Corden (2015)
Guest starring as Kate Mara
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)
Guest starring as Kate Mara (3 episodes)
House of Cards (2013)
Starring as Zoe Barnes (13 episodes)
Guest starring as Zoe Barnes
American Horror Story (2011)
Guest starring as Hayden McClaine (8 episodes)
  • Episode 1x12: Afterbirth (Dec 21, 2011) [Special Guest Star]
  • Episode 1x11: Birth (Dec 14, 2011) [Special Guest Star]
  • Episode 1x09: Spooky Little Girl (Nov 30, 2011) [Special Guest Star]
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The Talk (2011)
Guest starring as Kate Mara
Conan (2010)
Guest starring as Kate Mara (2 episodes)
Watch What Happens Live (2009)
Guest starring as Kate Mara
innerSPACE (2008)
Guest starring as Kate Mara
Cold Case (2003)
Guest starring as Jill Shelby
Nip/Tuck (2003)
Guest starring as Vanessa (4 episodes)
CSI: Miami (2002)
Guest starring as Stephanie Brooks
Everwood (2002)
Guest starring as Kate Morris (2 episodes)
24 (2001)
Guest starring as Shari Rothenberg (5 episodes)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000)
Guest starring as Janelle Macklin
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999)
Guest starring as Lori
  • Episode 2x09: Pixies (Jan 12, 2001)
Class of '09 ()
Starring as Amy Poet

Crew Credits

A Teacher (2020)
Show crew as Executive Producer
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