Who is Brit Marling?

Brit Heyworth Marling was born in Chicago, Illinois USA on 7 August 1982 – her zodiac sign’s Leo, and she holds American nationality. She’s an actress, film writer and producer, while she’s perhaps still known best for having produced the popular 2011 romantic science fiction movie “Another Earth”, written and directed by Mike Cahill, co-written by Brit, and in which she also starred alongside William Mapother and Matthew-Lee Erlbach. It follows the night in which scientists discovered Earth’s duplicate in the Solar system; the movie won seven of the 21 awards for which it was nominated.

Early life and education

Brit was raised in Chicago alongside her younger sister Morgan, by their mother Heidi Marling and father John; both Heidi and John were property developers, and named their daughter ‘Brit’ after her maternal great-grandmother who was originally from Norway.

Brit became interested in acting while attending Dr. Phillips High School, after having begun attending its arts program, however, her parents advised against pursuing acting straight away, and to instead focus on her education.

Brit matriculated in 2000 and then enrolled at Georgetown University; she was a class valedictorian, and graduated with a double Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in economics and studio art in 2005.

Roles in movies

Brit’s debut film appearance was in the 2007 short science fiction “The Recordist”, and the year 2009 saw her play a supporting character in the drama “Political Disasters”.

She gained recognition with her portrayal of Maggie in the 2011 mystery science fiction drama “Sound of My Voice”, written and directed by Zal Batmanglij, and in which she starred alongside Christopher Denham and Nicole Vicius. It follows two documentary moviemakers who are trying to join a cult and meet their leader, a woman who claims that she’s come from the future; the film won one of the nine awards for which it was nominated.

A couple of Brit’s following roles were in the 2012 thriller dramas “Arbitrage” and “The Company You Keep”, and the 2013 crime thriller drama “The East”, all award-winning movies.

In 2014, she portrayed Karen in the critically acclaimed romantic mystery drama “I Origins”, written and directed by Mike Cahill, and which starred Michael Pitt, Steven Yeun and Astrid Berges-Frisbey. It follows a molecular biologist and his partner, whose research might change the world as we know it; the movie won two of the five awards for which it was nominated.

Two of Brit’s most recent film roles have been in 2014 – the western drama “The Keeping Room”, and the romantic comedy drama “Posthumous”.

Roles in TV series

Brit made her debut TV series appearance in the 2011 episode “Early 21st Century Romanticism” of the hit comedy “Community”, created by Dan Harmon, and which starred Joel McHale, Donald Glover and Danny Pudi. It follows an attorney who’s been suspended and forced to attend a community college; the series aired from 2009 to 2015 and won 20 awards, including a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Stunt Co-ordination for a Comedy Series or a Variety Program, while it was nominated for 71 other awards.

Brit’s appeared in only two other TV series – she played the lead character Liz Garvey in all seven episodes of the 2014 crime comedy drama “Babylon”; also starring Bertie Carvel and Paterson Joseph, it followed the people working in a contemporary police force, and was nominated for a Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Actor (James Nesbitt).

Between 2016 and 2019, Brit played the main characters Prairie Johnson and Nina Ozarova in the critically acclaimed fantasy mystery drama “The OA”, created by Brit and Zal Batmanglij, and which also starred Jason Isaacs and Scott Wilson. It follows blind Prairie who disappeared seven years ago, and has returned now that she’s in her 20s, with her eyesight restored; the series won two of the 10 awards for which it was nominated.

Brit’s currently shooting for the upcoming mystery mini-series “Retreat”, which she’s also writing and producing.

Here is the trailer to Part II of The OA. Let Brit know what you think of it on her instagram.com/britmarling

Posted by Brit Marling on Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Other credits

A couple of Brit’s writing credits include the 2004 documentary movie “Boxers and Ballerinas”, and the mystery science fiction film “Sound of My Voice” and movie “Another Earth”, both in 2011. Some of her producing credits include the 2006 musical documentary movie “Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out”, the 2013 crime thriller film “The East”, and the 2022 documentary movie “On the Line: The Richard Williams Story”.

She received special thanks for both the 2018 action crime movie “Destroyer”, and the 2021 thriller film “Crisis”.

Brit’s been invited to make a guest appearance in many talk-shows, most recently in “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”, “JoBlo Horror Originals”, and “Yale Photo Pop Up Lecture Series”.

Awards and nominations

Brit’s won four of the 18 awards for which she’s been nominated – in 2005 a Breckenridge Festival of Film Best of the Fest Award for Documentary and a Cinequest San Jose Film Festival Director’s Award for Global Landscapes, both for “Boxers and Ballerinas”, and in 2011 San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress and Sitges – Catalonian International Film Festival Award for Best Actress, both for her performance in “Another Earth”.

Love life and relationships

Brit’s quite open when it comes to sharing the details of her love life with her fans, and it’s widely known that she was once in a long-term relationship which didn’t work out. She met American film editor and director Mike Cahill when they were both attending Georgetown University. They went on their first date in 2004, and then collaborated on many movies, travelled together, and attended most of their red carpet events hand in hand. They broke up in 2012.

Although this hasn’t been confirmed by Brit, some of her fans believe that she’s today in a secret relationship with her best friend Zal Batmanglij, whom she’s also known since college; he’s a successful film director and screenwriter, and they’ve also worked together on many movies.

Brit seems to be unattached as of September 2022, hasn’t married, and doesn’t have children.

Hobbies and interesting facts

Brit’s active on a couple of social media networks, and is quite popular on Instagram, having attracted over 350,000 followers; she’s uploaded more than 300 pictures and videos onto the network, the vast majority of these showing her spending her spare time in nature.

Brit’s passionate about photography, and many of her Instagram pictures were taken by her.

She’s into all kinds of art, especially painting and sculpting.

Brit’s a dog-lover, and has a pet dog which can be seen featured in a couple of her Instagram pictures.

She likes to read in her spare time, and her favorite book is “On the (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal” by Naomi Klein.

Brit has her own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway and Scarlett Johansson, while a couple of her favorite movies include “The Intern”, “One Day” and “Lost in Translation”.

Injury

After Brit’s show “The OA” was put on hold, it was reported that she’d had suffered an injury, and was unable to continue shooting for the series. No details regarding the injury were given, and Brit later stated that it was all a conspiracy theory, and Netflix had decided to officially cancel “The OA”.

Age, height and net worth

Brit’s age’s 40. Her hair’s blonde and eyes are blue, her height’s 5ft 8ins (1.73m) and she weighs around 138lbs (63kgs).

Her net worth’s been estimated at over $4 million, as of September 2022.

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