Kate Mara plays ruthless political journalist Zoe Barnes in House of Cards.
Kate Mara made her professional debut at the age of 13 in an episode of Law and Order, and followed that up in 1999 with small but pivotal roles in Random Hearts (opposite Harrison Ford) and Joe the King (opposite Ethan Hawke).
Appearances in several sitcoms and one-hour dramas followed including Ed, Nip/Tuck and Everwood. It wasn’t until Kate Mara landed a key role alongside fellow newcomer Aaron Stanford in Tadpole (2002) that both viewers and critics sat up and took notice of the up-and-coming actress. Kate Mara cemented her star status with her electrifying turn on the fifth season of the hit FOX show 24 as analyst Shari Rothenberg.
In 2005 she appeared as the grown-up daughter of Ennis Del Mar in Brokeback Mountain followed by roles in Zoom (2006) with Tim Allen, We Are Marshall (2006), with Matthew McConaughey, and Shooter (2007), with Mark Wahlberg. Mara went on to prominent supporting turns on Entourage and in Iron Man 2 (2010) and 127 Hours (2010), before landing her first regular series role on the acclaimed horror drama American Horror Story.