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      Phyllis Somerville

      Phyllis Somerville

      Highest Rated: 93% Diane (2018)

      Lowest Rated: 15% Swimfan (2002)

      Birthday: Dec 12, 1943

      Birthplace: Iowa City, Iowa, USA

      Character actress Phyllis Somerville worked primarily on stage for the first half of her four-decade career before her appearance in the Oscar-nominated "Little Children" (2006) transformed her into a much-sought-after performer in film and television. Cast frequently as motherly figures with a wrinkle of complexity to their makeup, Somerville began acting on screen in the early '80s, but did not find her breakout role until "Children," which cast her as the mother of Jackie Earle Haley's accused sexual predator. Her enormously sympathetic turn won critical praise and brought her to the attention of filmmakers ranging from David Fincher, who cast her in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (2008) and his "House of Cards" (Netflix, 2013- ) remake, as well as Chan-wook Park ("Stoker," 2013). Though a latecomer to widespread fame, Phyllis Somerville's inherent talent underscored her status as one of the more dependable players in any age range.

      Highest rated movies

      Diane Arthur
      The Sleepy Time Gal
      Little Children
      Forgetting the Girl
      The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
      Stoker
      The Mighty Macs

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      STUFF, PHYLLIS SOMERVILLE, 2015. ©REALLY GOOD STUFF LUCKY YOU, Phyllis Somerville, Eric Bana, 2007. ©Warner Bros. STUFF, FROM LEFT, PHYLLIS SOMERVILLE, KAREN SILLAS, YVONNE JUNG, 2015. ©REALLY GOOD STUFF POMS, FROM LEFT: RHEA PERLMAN, PATRICIA FRENCH, DIANE KEATON, PAM GRIER, JACKI WEAVER, PHYLLIS SOMERVILLE, CAROL SUTTON, GINNY MACCOLL, 2019. PH: KYLE KAPLAN/© STX FILMS LITTLE CHILDREN, Phyllis Somerville, Jackie Earle Haley, 2006, ©New Line Cinema LITTLE CHILDREN, Phyllis Somerville, 2006. ©New Line Cinema

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      36% 72% Poms Helen (Character) $13.6M 2019
      93% 68% Diane Ina (Character) $339.4K 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Detours Annie Delaney (Character) - 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Stuff Ginger (Character) - 2015
      40% No Score Yet 3rd Street Blackout Susan Sussman (Character) - 2015
      70% 60% Stoker Mrs. McGarrick (Character) $1.7M 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Surviving Family Mary Giaccone (Character) - 2012
      75% 59% Forgetting the Girl Ruby (Character) - 2012
      30% 58% A Bird of the Air Ivy Campbell (Character) $10.2K 2011
      No Score Yet 44% Weakness Lenore (Character) - 2010
      47% 64% The Mighty Macs Sister Sister (Character) $1.9M 2009
      71% 80% The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Grandma Fuller (Character) $127.5M 2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Restless Sheila (Character) - 2008
      28% 28% Lucky You Pawnbroker (Character) $5.8M 2007
      80% 82% Little Children May McGorvey (Character) $5.5M 2006
      15% 32% Swimfan Aunt Gretchen (Character) $28.6M 2002
      83% 55% The Sleepy Time Gal Rebecca's Adoptive Mother (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Better Living Nellie (Character) $1.4K 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Above Freezing Unknown (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Trouble on the Corner Crazy Woman (Character) - 1997
      86% 77% Arthur Saleslady (Character) - 1981

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 79% Madam Secretary Gloria Paley (Guest Star) 2018
      33% 87% Impastor Esther Strumble (Guest Star) 2016
      93% 90% The Good Wife Louise Nolfi (Guest Star) 2015
      No Score Yet 77% The Night Shift Marilyn Capshaw (Guest Star) 2015
      No Score Yet 80% Blue Bloods Beth Del Rio (Guest Star) 2015
      91% 78% The Blacklist Skye Kincaid (Guest Star) 2014
      95% 88% Elementary Miriam Berg (Guest Star) 2013
      No Score Yet 55% Unforgettable Ruth (Guest Star) 2013
      55% 80% The Big C Marlene (Character) 2010-2013
      77% 76% House of Cards Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
      90% 79% Fringe Alice Merchant (Guest Star) 2011
      No Score Yet 66% CSI: Miami Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Life on Mars Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
      No Score Yet 71% Law & Order: Criminal Intent Unknown (Guest Star) 2002 2004
      78% 80% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mrs. Moss (Guest Star) 2001
      70% 78% Sex and the City Gertrude Morgan (Guest Star) 1998
      83% No Score Yet NYPD Blue Dorothy Russell (Guest Star) 1995-1996
      No Score Yet 83% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 1990-1991