Patty Bowes, played by Kate Mara, is a loving wife and mother who is devoted to her family and friends. Selfless and trustworthy she works hard to ensure that her family will be protected. When her husband, Stan, begins a new job she soon observes his distance and becomes concerned that he may be having an affair – a concern that is soon substantiated.
Mara was born and raised in Bedford, New York. She began acting at age 14 in local theater projects. At 15, Kate made her feature film debut in Random Hearts for director Sydney Pollack.
Mara’s impressive list of film credits include Brokeback Mountain for director Ang Lee in which she portrayed Heath Ledger’s daughter; Transsiberian with Sir Ben Kingsley and Woody Harrelson for director Brad Anderson; We Are Marshall with Matthew McConaughey and Matthew Fox for director McG; Shooter with Mark Wahlberg for director Antoine Fuqua and Stone of Destiny with Charlie Cox for director Charles Martin Smith.
Mara also appeared in the Academy Award® nominated film 127 Hours with James Franco and Amber Tamblyn for director Danny Boyle. She co-starred in Transcendence alongside Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, Rebecca Hall and Morgan Freeman, which marked the directorial debut of Academy Award-winning cinematographer, Wally Pfister.
In 2015, Mara starred in three films. First audiences saw her as “Sue Storm” in the Fox film Fantastic Four alongside Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan. Then, she starred in Captive alongside David Oyelowo, where she portrayed a single mother struggling with a meth addiction in the adaptation of the best-selling book An Unlikely Angel. Mara also starred in director Ridley Scott’s outer space action film The Martian alongside Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain. The film received seven Academy Award® nominations.
In 2016, Mara starred in the sci-fi thriller Morgan for director Luke Scott which was released by Twentieth Century Fox, and in the psychological thriller Man Down in which she portrayed “Natalie Drummer,” wife of war veteran “Gabriel Drummer,” played by Shia LaBeouf.
Most recently, audiences saw Mara star in in John Curran’s thriller Chappaquiddick, in which she plays “Mary Jo Kopechne” alongside Jason Clarke and Ed Helms; and in Megan Leavey, which is the true story of Marine Corporal Megan Leavey, who forms a powerful bond with an aggressive combat dog, Rex. Mara also produced and stars opposite Ellen Page in Tali Shalom-Ezer’s film Mercy. Both Chappaquiddick and Mercy premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2017.
Mara received an Emmy Award® nomination for her role in David Fincher’s critically acclaimed television series, House of Cards, in which she co-starred alongside Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright.
Mara also portrayed a mentally unstable ghost alongside Jessica Lange in the first installment of Ryan Murphy’s critically acclaimed series American Horror Story for FX.