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Paula Malcomson Biography


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Birth Name: Paula Malcomson
Birth Place: United Kingdom


Born in 1970 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Malcomson began her acting career shortly after moving to New York's East Village at age 19, making her acting debut in Michael Almereyda's award-winning experimental film, "Another Girl Another Planet" (1992) before landing minor parts like the drug-addled Allie Earp opposite Kurt Russell in "Tombstone" (1993). After reuniting with Almereyda for two films, "The Rocking Horse Winner" (1997) starring Eric Stoltz and "Trance" (1998), she began building her résumé with a number of guest starring roles on popular series like "Arli$$" (HBO, 1996-2002), Profiler" (NBC, 1996-2000), "The Practice" (ABC, 1997-2004), and "Six Feet Under" (HBO, 2001-05). Following small roles in the acclaimed features "The Green Mile" (1999), "Hamlet" (2000) and "A.I.: Artificial Intelligence" (2001), Malcomson landed her first regular series role with "Deadwood" (HBO, 2004-06), where she played Trixie, a prostitute at the Gem Saloon who breaks the hold of owner Al Swearengen (Ian McShane) in order to forge ahead with more a legitimate line of work. Though the series only lasted three years, its acclaim helped raise the profiles of all involved and spurred Malcomson on to more prominent parts.

Following her stint on "Deadwood," Malcomson moved on to guest starring roles on "Lost" (ABC, 2004-2010) and "ER" (1994-2009), while securing more stable work with a recurring part on the short-lived David Milch drama, "John from Cincinnati" (HBO, 2007). She developed a huge fan base among the sci-fi community with a lead role on "Caprica," a spin-off prequel of the miniseries "Battlestar Galactica," where she played Amanda Graystone, a well-known plastic surgeon and the wife of technology tycoon Daniel Graystone (Eric Stoltz). On the series, Malcomson's character evolved from being a hardworking career woman to a mother trying to reconnect with a daughter who died too soon. She followed up with a multi-episode arc on the third season of "Sons of Anarchy," playing Maureen Ashby, a conservative Irish woman who fiercely protected secrets behind the origins of the SAMCRO biker gang, only to be forced by circumstance to reveal the club's dark past. She went back to episodic television with appearances on "Lie to Me" (Fox, 2009-2011) and "Fringe" (Fox, 2008- ), before she landed her first major film role in "The Hunger Games" (2012), the highly anticipated feature adaptation of Suzanne Collins' novel about a dystopian future where adolescents are forced by an autocratic government to participate in televised battles to the death. Malcomson played the grieving mother of Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), an iron-willed 16-year-old who volunteers to participate in the bloody competition in place of her younger sister (Willow Shields).

By Shawn Dwyer