Carpenter was most recently seen in season six of Showtime’s highly successful, critically acclaimed series, “Dexter”, which has received Emmy®, SAG, Golden Globe® and People’s Choice Award nominations. The series will return for season seven in 2012 where Carpenter will reprise her role as Dexter’s ambitious sister, “Debra Morgan.”
Carpenter recently completed production on the psychological thriller The Factory as the female lead opposite John Cusack in the Warner Bros. and Dark Castle Entertainment film. Directed by Morgan O’Neil and produced by Joel Silver, David Gambino and Robert Zemeckis, the film centers on an obsessed cop (Cusack), whose teenage daughter goes missing while he and his partner Kelsey (Carpenter) are on the trail of a serial killer prowling the streets of Buffalo, NY. Carpenter also recently wrapped production on Hungry Rabbit Jumps, opposite Nicolas Cage, Guy Pearce, and January Jones. Carpenter will play the best friend of Jones’ musician character, who is the victim of a brutal crime. Roger Donaldson is attached to direct, with Tobey Maguire and Endgame‘s James Stern and Robert Bergman producing.
This past winter, Carpenter made her return to Broadway, starring in Scott Ellis‘ Grusome Playground Injuries opposite Pablo Schreiber. The performance earned Carpenter positive reviews for her lead role as “Kayleen.” The play centers around two childhood friends who compare scars and the physical calamities that keep drawing them together.
Notable theatre performances include the Broadway production of The Crucible opposite Laura Linney and Liam Neeson. Other theater credits include Everett Beekin (Off-Broadway), Orphan of Zhao (Lincoln Center), Trudy Blue, Julie Johnson, Jekyll & Hyde, Sherlock Holmes (all for Actors Theater) and Lucy and the Conquest (O’Niell Playwrights Conf).
Carpenter’s breakout role was in the sleeper hit film, The Exorcism of Emily Rose. She earned rave reviews for her chilling performance, receiving the 2006 MTV Movie Award for Best Frightened Performance along with a Hollywood Life Breakthrough Award. Carpenter also starred in the successful horror film remake Quarantine for Sony. The film was nominated for a Teen Choice Award for “Choice Movie: Horror/Thriller.” She was also seen in Stuart Townsend’s Battle In Seattle for Thinkfilm which premiered at the 2007 Toronto Film Festival.
Carpenter’s additional film credits include Dog Problem, Lethal Eviction, White Chicks, D.E.B.S., Solos, Revolution and Nice Guys Sleep Alone as well as Queen B for Twentieth Century Fox Television.
A native of Kentucky, Jennifer trained at Julliard. She currently resides in Los Angeles.
Biography/Filmography courtesy of Summit Entertainment and Gone, in theaters February 24th, 2012.