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Ann Dowd

Emmy Award-Winning Actress

Though best known for her Emmy-winning role on Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Ann Dowd’s story is its own dramatic tale—the story of a woman who would stop at nothing to protect and care for those she loves, and who would go on to advocate for others experiencing the same challenges she did.

Whether she’s recounting the harrowing journey she underwent to obtain custody of the child she fostered, her son’s struggle with Autism, or her life-long devotion to women’s advocacy (in stark contrast with her current role as the imperious Aunt Lydia), audiences find themselves compelled by her compassionate spirit and inspired to live as she does—to fight for the people we love and those like them, ensuring a better future for the voiceless and most vulnerable among us.

BIO

Ann Dowd was the recipient of both the 2017 Emmy Award as well as that year’s Critics’ Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her acclaimed performance as "Aunt Lydia" on Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale, an adaptation of Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel. She has also been nominated for a Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Critics Choice Award for her work on the show. She received another Emmy nomination for her performance as "Patti Levin" on the beloved HBO series The Leftovers, created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta.

In 2013, Dowd was the recipient of Best Supporting Actress from the National Board of Review for her performance as "Sandra" in Craig Zobel's controversial psychological thriller Compliance, inspired by true events. She was also nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and Critic's Choice Award for the role. In 2018, she had a record five films showing at the Sundance Film Festival— Ari Aster’s A24 horror hit Hereditary, Bart Leyton's American Animals, Silas Howard’s A Kid Like Jake, Christina Choe’s Nancy, and Sebastian Silva’s Tyrel.

Dowd's television career has been highlighted by an acclaimed performance alongside Frances McDormand in Olive Kitteridge, recurring roles on Good Behavior, Masters of Sex, Quarry, Nothing Sacred, Judging Amy, Third Watch, Freaks and Geeks, and memorable appearances on True Detective, Louie, Girls, House, Chicago Hope, The X-Files, NYPD Blue and 9 different characters within the Law & Order franchise. Her film work includes A Kid Like Jake, Captain Fantastic, Collateral Beauty, St. Vincent, Bachelorette, Side Effects, Flags of Our Fathers, The Informant!, Marley & Me, The Manchurian Candidate, Garden State and Philadelphia.

Dowd has starred on stage in plays including The Normal Heart, Doubt, Blood from a Stone, The Woolgather, and Night is a Room; as well as on Broadway in The Seagull with Kristen Scott Thomas and Carey Mulligan, Taking Sides with Elizabeth Marvel, and Candida alongside Mary Steenburgen.

Currently, Dowd is filming Ben Wheatley’s upcoming romantic thriller Rebecca, due out next year.

Ann Dowd was the recipient of both the 2017 Emmy Award as well as that year’s Critics’ Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her acclaimed performance as "Aunt Lydia" on Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale, an adaptation of Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel. She has also been nominated for a Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Critics Choice Award for her work on the show. She received another Emmy nomination for her performance as "Patti Levin" on the beloved HBO series The Leftovers, created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta.

In 2013, Dowd was the recipient of Best Supporting Actress from the National Board of Review for her performance as "Sandra" in Craig Zobel's controversial psychological thriller Compliance, inspired by true events. She was also nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and Critic's Choice Award for the role. In 2018, she had a record five films showing at the Sundance Film Festival— Ari Aster’s A24 horror hit Hereditary, Bart Leyton's American Animals, Silas Howard’s A Kid Like Jake, Christina Choe’s Nancy, and Sebastian Silva’s Tyrel.

Dowd's television career has been highlighted by an acclaimed performance alongside Frances McDormand in Olive Kitteridge, recurring roles on Good Behavior, Masters of Sex, Quarry, Nothing Sacred, Judging Amy, Third Watch, Freaks and Geeks, and memorable appearances on True Detective, Louie, Girls, House, Chicago Hope, The X-Files, NYPD Blue and 9 different characters within the Law & Order franchise. Her film work includes A Kid Like Jake, Captain Fantastic, Collateral Beauty, St. Vincent, Bachelorette, Side Effects, Flags of Our Fathers, The Informant!, Marley & Me, The Manchurian Candidate, Garden State and Philadelphia.

Dowd has starred on stage in plays including The Normal Heart, Doubt, Blood from a Stone, The Woolgather, and Night is a Room; as well as on Broadway in The Seagull with Kristen Scott Thomas and Carey Mulligan, Taking Sides with Elizabeth Marvel, and Candida alongside Mary Steenburgen.

Currently, Dowd is filming Ben Wheatley’s upcoming romantic thriller Rebecca, due out next year.

SPEECH TOPICS

Swimming Upstream: Our Decision to Adopt and the Challenges of the Foster Care System

Without Conditions: Our Journey Raising and Loving a Child with Autism

Your Passion + Purpose + Path