Biography: Deborah Ann Woll
Originally a dancer and pianist, Deborah Ann Woll caught the acting bug in high school when she landed starring roles in several productions. Continuing her education at the most prestigious institutions, Woll attended Carnegie Mellon’s pre-college program, London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts Shakespeare Intensive, and the University of Southern California’s School of Theatre.
Woll thrived in USC’s conservatory environment, expanding her repertoire, winning several performance-based scholarships and awards, and starring in over 20 productions including her personal favorite, Polly Peachum in the Brecht/Weill classic Three Penny Opera.
Upon graduation, Woll was immediately signed and began booking guest star roles on acclaimed shows such as Life, ER, The Mentalist, and My Name is Earl. Woll’s big break came when Alan Ball cast her as the irresistible ingénue Jessica Hamby in the first season of True Blood.
During two hiatuses from True Blood, Woll starred in six films: Seven Days of Utopia with Robert Duvall, Melissa Leo and Lucas Black, Catch .44 with Bruce Willis, Forest Whitaker, Malin Ackerman, and Nikki Reed, Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You with Marcia Gay Hardin and Ellen Burstyn, Mother’s Day with Rebecca DeMornay; Little Murder with Terrence Howard, Josh Lucas and Lake Bell; and HighLand Park with Billy Burke, Parker Posey and Danny Glover.
A self-proclaimed nerd, Woll enjoys computer games, Mystery Science Theater 3000, and every kind of puzzling game imaginable.