Julia Stiles Biography

Gender: Female

Called "one of the most fearless and talented actresses in Hollywood" by the Los Angeles Times, Julia Stiles continues to exhibit a rare sophistication in the characters she plays on screen and on stage. This year, Stiles joined the cast of “Dexter,” Showtime's critically acclaimed series earning her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She portrayed Lumin, a mysterious woman who develops a distinct relationship with “Dexter” throughout the course of the season. Over the years, Stiles has made her mark on the big screen starring in the Bourne Trilogy opposite Matt Damon (The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum); three Shakespearean film adaptations: Michael Almereyda's Hamlet, O, and 10 Things I Hate About You, for which she earned a 2000 MTV Movie Award for Best Female Breakthrough Performance and the Chicago Film Critics Award for Most Promising Actress. She also earned critical praise starring in Patrick Stettner's independent feature, The Business of Strangers, opposite Stockard Channing. Additional film credits include Save The Last Dance , David Mamet's State & Main (2000 National Board of Review Award for Best Ensemble Cast), the remake of the 1976 horror classic The Omen, Mona Lisa Smile. Stiles began her career on stage at La MaMa Theatre, and has since appeared in Shakespeare-in-the-Park's Twelfth Night, both the London and Broadway revival of David Mamet's Oleanna with Aaron Eckhart and Bill Pullman respectively; and opposite Mia Farrow in James Lapine's Fran’s Bed. Stiles also wrote and directed a short film Raving, for ELLE magazine's film series, starring Zooey Deschanel and Bill Irwin. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and on the Sundance Channel. She graduated from Columbia University in 2005.