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Born Feb. 27, 1983, in Bedford, N.Y., Kate Mara became smitten with acting as a child and landed her first gig at the age of 14 guest starring on the landmark TV show "Law & Order." She was introduced to movie fans two years later when she played the daughter of Kristin Scott Thomas in Random Hearts.

Looking to add more film credits to her résumé, Mara made her way to Tinseltown, where in 2005 she took on a small but key role in Brokeback Mountain. As her career began to take shape, she continued to find steady employment on the big and small screens, which included a stint playing hissable villain Shari Rothenberg on the fifth season of "24."

Mara has subsequently crystallized her star status with appearances in high-profile works such as We Are Marshall (2006), Shooter (2007) and the Oscar-nominated 127 Hours (2010). She joined the cast of the Netflix original series "House of Cards" in 2012.

Kate Mara in The Martian

The Martian

2015 PG-13

Abandoned on the surface of Mars after his crew concludes that he perished in a dust storm, astronaut Mark Watney must find a way to survive the planet's harsh environment -- despite having only 28 days of supplies left.

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  • Kate Mara in Iron Man 2 Iron Man 2
  • Kate Mara in We Are Marshall We Are Marshall
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  • Kate Mara in Shooter Shooter
  • Kate Mara in Transcendence Transcendence
  • Kate Mara in Fantastic Four Fantastic Four
  • Kate Mara in Brokeback Mountain Brokeback Mountain
  • Kate Mara in 127 Hours 127 Hours
  • Kate Mara in Deadfall Deadfall
  • Kate Mara in 10 Years 10 Years
  • Kate Mara in Ironclad Ironclad
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  • Kate Mara in Transsiberian Transsiberian
  • Kate Mara in Random Hearts Random Hearts
  • Kate Mara in Zoom: Academy for Superheroes Zoom: Academy for Superheroes
  • Kate Mara in The Open Road The Open Road
  • Kate Mara in Peep World Peep World
  • Kate Mara in Stone of Destiny Stone of Destiny
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