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Molly Parker (born 30 June 1972) is a Canadian actress, writer, and director. She is best known for her roles in independent films, as well as television. Her accolades include two Genie Awards, one Independent Spirit Awards nomination, one Primetime Emmy Award nomination, and three nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Award. A native of the Vancouver, British Columbia suburb of Maple Ridge, Parker began her career in Canadian film and television projects, and garnered critical attention for her portrayal of a necrophiliac medical student in the controversial drama Kissed (1996). She subsequently starred in the television thriller Intensity (1997) before landing her first major American film, the drama Waking the Dead (2000). Parker gained further critical attention for her role as a Las Vegas escort in Wayne Wang's low-budget drama The Center of the World (2001), for which she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Actress. In the early 2000s, Parker had lead roles in several films, including Max (2002), Pure (also 2002), and Nine Lives (2005). Beginning in 2004, Parker starred as Alma Garret on the HBO Western series Deadwood, appearing in all three seasons. She subsequently appeared in the post-apocalyptic thriller The Road (2009), and the independent drama Trigger (2010). In 2011, she appeared as a recurring guest star in the sixth season of Dexter, before being cast as House Majority Whip Jacqueline Sharp on the Netflix series House of Cards in 2014; Parker appeared in the role for three seasons, earning a Primetime Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her performance in the fourth season.

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