Maggie Gyllenhaal is an American actress and producer. She began her career as a teenager with small roles in several of her father’s films and appeared alongside her brother in the cult favorite Donnie Darko. She received critical acclaim for her starring roles in the independent films Secretary and Sherrybaby, earning Golden Globe nominations in the Comedy and Drama categories, respectively. In 2008, she received widespread recognition for playing Rachel Dawes in Christopher Nolan’s superhero film The Dark Knight.

Birth Name

Margalit Ruth Gyllenhaal







Personal Life

Birthday / Date of Birth

Maggie Gyllenhaal was born on November 16, 1977, in New York City, New York, United States.


She’s currently 41 years old.


Brooklyn, New York, United States

Sun Sign




She has Swedish and English ancestry on her father’s side, while she is of Russian and Polish descent on her mother’s side.




Gyllenhaal studied at the Harvard–Westlake prep school. She spent four months as a student at The Mountain School, a semester school for high school juniors in Vermont. In 1995, she graduated from Harvard–Westlake and moved to New York to attend Columbia University, where she studied literature and Eastern religions. She also studied acting for a summer term at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London, England.

Family Details

  • Father – Stephen Gyllenhaal (Film director and writer)
  • Mother – Naomi Achs (Producer, writer, director)
  • Siblings – Jake Gyllenhaal (Younger Brother) (Actor)
  • Others – Anders Leonard Gyllenhaal (Great-Great-Grandfather)

Marital Status



Boyfriend / Spouse

Maggie Gyllenhaal has dated –

  • Peter Sarsgaard (2002-Present)Maggie started dating actor Peter Sarsgaard in June 2002. He was already a close friend of her brother Jake. They got engaged in April 2006 and married on May 2, 2009 in Brindisi, Italy. The couple has two daughters named, Ramona (b. October 2006) and Gloria Ray (b. April 2012).

Physical Statistics


  • In feet – 5 feet 9 inches
  • In centimeters – 175 cm
  • In meters – 1.75 m


  • In Kilograms – 60 kg
  • In Pounds – 132 lbs

Body Measurements

  • Measurements – 36-25-35
  • Bust – 36 inches
  • Waist – 25 inches
  • Hip – 35 inches
  • Bra Size – 32B

Body Build


Eye Color


Hair Color

Dark Brown

Shoe Size

She wears a size 9.5 (US) shoe.

Dress Size

Her dress size is 5 (US).



Professional Statistics

Famous For

Playing the role as Lee Holloway in the 2002 erotic romance film Secretary. The film received nearly two dozen nominations, out of which many of were turned into awards.

Film Debut

She appeared in 1992 mystery drama film Waterland for her role as Maggie Ruth. Her dad Stephen directed the film.

Television Debut

In 2014, she debuted in the political–spy thriller miniseries The Honourable Woman as Nessa Stein.

Brand Endorsements

She has appeared in fashion brand Miu Miu’s ad in 2004. From 2011 to 2012, she appeared in the print ads for got milk?

Awards & Nominations

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
2003 Boston Society of Film Critics Award Best Actress
Empire Award Best Actress Nominated
Golden Globe Award Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical Nominated
Independent Spirit Award Best Female Lead Nominated
MTV Movie Award Best Breakthrough Performance Nominated
National Board of Review Award Best Breakthrough Performance Won
National Society of Film Critics Award Best Actress Nominated
Online Film Critics Society Award Best Breakthrough Performance Won
Best Actress Nominated
San Diego Film Critics Society Award Best Actress Nominated
Satellite Award Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Nominated
Toronto Film Critics Association Award Best Actress Nominated
Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award Best Actress Nominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award Best Actress Nominated
2005 Independent Spirit Award Best Supporting Female
Happy Endings
2006 Chicago Film Critics Association Award Best Actress
Golden Globe Award Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama Nominated
London Film Critics’ Circle Award Actress of the Year Nominated
Satellite Award Best Actress – Motion Picture Nominated
Saturn Award Best Actress
Stranger than Fiction
2008 Critics’ Choice Movie Award Best Acting Ensemble
The Dark Knight
Saturn Award Best Actress Nominated
2009 Academy Award Best Supporting Actress
Crazy Heart
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2014 British Independent Film Award Best Supporting Actress
Golden Globe Award Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
The Honourable Woman
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie Nominated
Satellite Award Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
2015 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie Nominated
Critics’ Choice Television Award Best Actress in a Movie/Miniseries Nominated
2018 75th Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama
The Deuce

Dinah Jane Favorites

  • Favorite Actress – Gena Rowlands
  • Favorite Salad – Summer Zucchini Salad
  • Favorite Coffee Shop – Gorilla Coffee Shop in Brooklyn
  • Favorite Color – Blue
  • Favorite Song – Kiss Me (By Ed Sheeran)

Maggie Gyllenhaal Net worth

Maggie Gyllenhaal has a estimated net worth of $15 million dollars as of 2019.

Social Media Profiles

Some Lesser Known Facts About Maggie Gyllenhaal

  • Maggie’s dad grew up in Swedenborgian religion.
  • Maggie did not go to any Hebrew school.
  • Gyllenhaal’s birth certificate contains the name Margalit, which she found in 2013. She then officially changed it to “Maggie.” In some news websites, Margolit can also be seen.
  • Margalit is a Hebrew word, which means Pearl in English.
  • She has also worked as a waitress in a Massachusetts restaurant.
  • She has modeled for brands like Miu Miu, Reebok and Agent Provocateur.
  • She also used to smoke earlier, but now has quit.
  • For the 2010 film The Killer Inside Me, she was first considered to play the role of Joyce Lakeland. But, ultimately, Jessica Alba was finalized to the cast.
  • Maggie is good friends with actress Emma Thompson.
  • In June 2013, Gyllenhaal and numerous other celebrities appeared in a video showing support for Chelsea Manning.
  • In 2014, she played the title role as Baroness Nessa Stein, a British-Israeli businesswoman heiress in the British television BBC Television political spy thriller television miniseries, The Honourable Woman.
  • In 2015, she revealed that she was rejected to play the love interest of a 55-year old male character in a movie, saying that, she was too old to do that. At that time, she was 37.
  • In February 2017, she was a member of the jury for the 2017 Berlin Film Festival. She has been working as a producer and is also acting in the HBO series The Deuce.


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