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Also Known As: Paula Malcolmson Died:
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Birth Place: Belfast, Profession: actress

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With her experience playing emotionally vulnerable yet resilient characters, Paula Malcomson made a name for herself on several critically acclaimed television series before finally landing a key supporting role in the much-buzzed about blockbuster, "The Hunger Games" (2012). After years of guest starring on shows like "Six Feet Under" (HBO, 2001-05) and "NYPD Blue" (ABC, 1993-2005) and bit parts in features like "The Green Mile" (1999) and "A.I.: Artificial Intelligence" (2001), Malcomson had her first breakout role as the reformed prostitute Trixie on David Milch's acclaimed revisionist Western, "Deadwood" (HBO, 2004-06). She had more prominent guest starring roles on "Lost" (ABC, 2004-2010), "Criminal Minds" (CBS, 2005- ) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (CBS, 2000-15), and secured recurring parts on "John From Cincinnati" (HBO, 2007) and "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009). Malcomson joined the cast of "Sons of Anarchy" (FX, 2008-14) for the biker series' third season as a secret-keeping old lady from the gang's Belfast chapter, and delivered an emotionally nuanced performance on the sci-fi series "Caprica" (Syfy, 2009-2010), as a mother attempting to reconnect with her daughter who died in a bombing...

With her experience playing emotionally vulnerable yet resilient characters, Paula Malcomson made a name for herself on several critically acclaimed television series before finally landing a key supporting role in the much-buzzed about blockbuster, "The Hunger Games" (2012). After years of guest starring on shows like "Six Feet Under" (HBO, 2001-05) and "NYPD Blue" (ABC, 1993-2005) and bit parts in features like "The Green Mile" (1999) and "A.I.: Artificial Intelligence" (2001), Malcomson had her first breakout role as the reformed prostitute Trixie on David Milch's acclaimed revisionist Western, "Deadwood" (HBO, 2004-06). She had more prominent guest starring roles on "Lost" (ABC, 2004-2010), "Criminal Minds" (CBS, 2005- ) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (CBS, 2000-15), and secured recurring parts on "John From Cincinnati" (HBO, 2007) and "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009). Malcomson joined the cast of "Sons of Anarchy" (FX, 2008-14) for the biker series' third season as a secret-keeping old lady from the gang's Belfast chapter, and delivered an emotionally nuanced performance on the sci-fi series "Caprica" (Syfy, 2009-2010), as a mother attempting to reconnect with her daughter who died in a bombing attack. She finally landed a major feature role as the mother of Katniss Everdeen in "The Hunger Games," proving that she was more than capable of taking on more high-profile roles.

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, 2008-13), 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).

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 Grass Stains (2017)
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 Battlecreek (2016)
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 Hamlet (2000) Marcella
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 Baby (2000) Julia
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 Green Mile, The (1999) Marjorie Detterick
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1993:
Cast as Allie Earp in Kevin Jarre's western "Tombstone," opposite Val Kilmer, Kurt Russell and Sam Elliot
2001:
Had a small but notable performances in Steven Spielberg's "A.I. Artificial Intelligence," opposite Jude Law
1992:
Acting debut in Michael Almereyda's award-winning experimental film, "Another Girl Another Planet"
2004:
Cast as Trixie in HBO's acclaimed drama series "Deadwood"
1999:
Cast in Frank Darabont's "The Green Mile," starring Tom Hanks and Michael Clarke Duncan and based on the novel by Stephen King
2006:
Joined the cast of "ER" (NBC) as a widow and love interest for John Stamos' character
2000:
Portrayed Marcella in Michael Almereyda's "Hamlet," opposite Sam Shepard and Ethan Hawke
1997:
Reunited with director Michael Almereyda, to star as 'The Woman' in "The Rocking Horse Winner," also starring Eric Stoltz
1998:
Appeared as a bartender in Michael Almereyda's "Trance"
1991:
Moved to New York's East Village
2009:
Portrayed Amanda Graystone in the "Battlestar Galactica" spin-off series, "Caprica" (Sci Fi Channel)
2007:
Cast in the short-lived HBO series, "John from Cincinnati"
2009:
Cast as grieving mother Amanda Graystone on "Battlestar Galactica" spinoff "Caprica"
2010:
Played Maureen Ashby on FX's "Sons of Anarchy"
2012:
Cast as Katniss' mother in "The Hunger Games"
2013:
Reprised role of Katniss' mother in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"
2014:
Returned yet again to the "Hunger Games" series for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay," parts 1 and 2
2017:
Cast as Mrs. Stevens in writer/director Kyle Wilamowski's feature debut, "All Summers End"
2018:
Played Charys-El on "Krypton"
2013:
Starred as Abby Donovan on "Ray Donovan"
2019:
Reprised role of Trixie in HBO's long-awaited "Deadwood" revival film
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