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

YearAwardCategoryNominated WorkResult
2003Boston Society of Film Critics AwardBest Actress
Empire AwardBest ActressNominated
Golden Globe AwardBest Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or MusicalNominated
Independent Spirit AwardBest Female LeadNominated
MTV Movie AwardBest Breakthrough PerformanceNominated
National Board of Review AwardBest Breakthrough PerformanceWon
National Society of Film Critics AwardBest ActressNominated
Online Film Critics Society AwardBest Breakthrough PerformanceWon
Best ActressNominated
San Diego Film Critics Society AwardBest ActressNominated
Satellite AwardBest Actress – Motion Picture Musical or ComedyNominated
Toronto Film Critics Association AwardBest ActressNominated
Vancouver Film Critics Circle AwardBest ActressNominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association AwardBest ActressNominated
2005Independent Spirit AwardBest Supporting Female
Happy Endings
2006Chicago Film Critics Association AwardBest Actress
Golden Globe AwardBest Actress in a Motion Picture – DramaNominated
London Film Critics’ Circle AwardActress of the YearNominated
Satellite AwardBest Actress – Motion PictureNominated
Saturn AwardBest Actress
Stranger than Fiction
2008Critics’ Choice Movie AwardBest Acting Ensemble
The Dark Knight
Saturn AwardBest ActressNominated
2009Academy AwardBest Supporting Actress
Crazy Heart
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association AwardBest Supporting ActressNominated
2014British Independent Film AwardBest Supporting Actress
Golden Globe AwardBest Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
The Honourable Woman
Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television MovieNominated
Satellite AwardBest Actress – Miniseries or Television FilmNominated
2015Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or MovieNominated
Critics’ Choice Television AwardBest Actress in a Movie/MiniseriesNominated
201875th Golden Globe AwardsBest 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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