Margaret Qualley

Sarah Margaret Qualley (born October 23, 1994) is an American actress.

The daughter of actress Andie MacDowell and the sister of actress Rainey Qualley, she trained as a ballerina in her youth. She made her acting debut in the 2013 drama film Palo Alto and gained recognition for her supporting role in the HBO drama series The Leftovers (2014–2017).

Margaret Qualley
Margaret Qualley
Qualley in 2020
Sarah Margaret Qualley

(1994-10-23) October 23, 1994 (age 29)
Years active2011–present
(m. 2023)
RelativesRainey Qualley (sister)

Qualley subsequently appeared in films such as The Nice Guys (2016), Death Note (2017), and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019), and performed a voice role in the video game Death Stranding (2019). She received critical acclaim and nominations for Primetime Emmy Awards for playing Ann Reinking in the FX biographical miniseries Fosse/Verdon (2019) and the title role in the Netflix drama miniseries Maid (2021).

Early life

Sarah Margaret Qualley was born in Kalispell, Montana. She is the daughter of actress and model Andie MacDowell, and former model Paul Qualley. She has an older brother, Justin, and an older sister, actress and singer Rainey Qualley.

The Qualley siblings spent their early years on a ranch in Missoula, Montana, moving to Asheville, North Carolina, when Margaret was four. Qualley's parents separated when she was five years old, and she subsequently split her time equally between them. For many years, her parents lived just 3 miles (5 km) apart. Her family home with MacDowell is in North Carolina, where they have extended family nearby.

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Qualley (third from right, front row) as a debutante in Paris

As a teenager growing up in Asheville, North Carolina, she and her sister were both debutantes, and Qualley made her debut at the Bal des débutantes in Paris. She left home at 14 to board at the North Carolina School of the Arts, where she studied dance. She trained as a ballerina, earning an apprenticeship at the American Ballet Theatre and studying at New York's Professional Children's School. However, at the age of 16, following an offer to become an apprentice with the North Carolina Dance Theater company, Qualley decided to quit dance. In order to stay in New York, she began working as a model. Of this period, Qualley says: "I wrote to my mom saying: 'Look, I don't think I want to be a dancer any more so I'm going to quit ballet and stay here. I will have this and this income next week.' I laid it out in a way that she couldn't say no because I was so organized." Qualley later changed her focus to acting and attended London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art summer program. Qualley attended New York University but left after a semester for acting roles.



In 2011, at age 16, Qualley made her modeling debut during New York Fashion Week, walking for Alberta Ferretti. She modeled during Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2012 for Valentino and Chanel. She again walked for Chanel during their Fall/Winter 2012 show. Qualley has appeared on the covers and editorials of Evening Standard, Jolie, Teen Vogue, Paper, Elle, W, Hunger, Porter, Document Journal, AnOther, Interview, Vogue (including Vogue Russia and China), Vanity Fair, Nylon, V, The Cut, and C. She has appeared in advertising campaigns for Kenzo, Ralph Lauren, Kate Spade, and Celine. Qualley has also appeared in numerous campaigns for Chanel, for which she is a house ambassador.


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Qualley at the San Diego Comic-Con 2017

Qualley first appeared on screen in 2013 playing a small part in Gia Coppola's film Palo Alto. She received the part because she happened to be on set visiting her then-boyfriend, Nat Wolff. In June 2013, Qualley was cast as a series regular in the HBO television series The Leftovers. Qualley reprised her role as Jill Garvey for the subsequent second and third seasons of the HBO drama series The Leftovers in 2015 and 2017, respectively. In 2015, Qualley appeared in the short promotional film L'Américaine for American fashion label Tory Burch. In 2016, Qualley appeared as the central character in a Spike Jonze-directed commercial for KENZO World; choreographed by Ryan Heffington, Qualley improvised much of the dance routine using her training in classical ballet. Qualley next appeared in Shane Black's 2016 comedy The Nice Guys starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe.

In April 2016, Qualley was announced to have joined the cast of Shawn Christensen's The Vanishing of Sidney Hall. Qualley and her sister Rainey appeared in the music video for Soko's 2017 single "Sweet Sound of Ignorance". The film premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, alongside another film of hers, Novitiate. In Novitiate, Qualley stars as Sister Cathleen, a young woman who begins to question her faith as she trains to be a nun. The film was released on October 27, 2017. That same year, Qualley starred in Death Note, directed by Adam Wingard. In 2018, Qualley appeared in Donnybrook, directed by Tim Sutton and co-starring Jamie Bell and Frank Grillo. The film had its premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.

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Qualley was Emmy-nominated for her portrayal of Ann Reinking (pictured) in Fosse/Verdon (2018)

In 2019, Qualley starred in the Netflix science-fiction film IO. Also in 2019, Qualley portrayed the role of Mary Dalton in Rashid Johnson's HBO adaption of Native Son. Qualley also portrayed actress and dancer Ann Reinking in the FX miniseries Fosse/Verdon, for which she received nominations for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie and a Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie/Miniseries. She then appeared in Quentin Tarantino's epic comedy-drama film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019), playing a member of the Manson Family named Pussycat. For the film, Qualley was nominated along with the rest of the cast for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

She also starred in Seberg (2019) opposite Kristen Stewart and Jack O'Connell. directed by Benedict Andrews. On May 29, 2019, it was revealed that Qualley would be playing "Mama" in Hideo Kojima's PlayStation 4 game Death Stranding. She also played the character of Lockne, Mama's twin sister, in the game. In 2020, Qualley starred in Wake Up, a short film directed by Olivia Wilde, and in the feature My Salinger Year, opposite Sigourney Weaver and directed by Philippe Falardeau, which had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival in February 2020. Also in 2020, Qualley was cast in psychological thriller A Head Full of Ghosts, set to be directed by Scott Cooper.

In 2021, Qualley starred in the miniseries Maid based upon Stephanie Land's memoir for Netflix. For her performance she received nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie. In 2022, she starred in Claire Denis's Stars at Noon, opposite Joe Alwyn.

In 2023, Qualley executive produced and starred in the erotic thriller Sanctuary opposite Christopher Abbott. Also that year, she appeared in director Yorgos Lanthimos's surrealist fantasy film Poor Things, along with Emma Stone and Mark Ruffalo. Qualley and Geraldine Viswanathan star in director Ethan Coen's comedy road film Drive-Away Dolls, which was released on February 22, 2024.

Personal life

As of November 2019, Qualley lives in New York. Qualley formerly lived in Los Angeles with her sister Rainey. Qualley has described her sister as "my idol, my best friend in the whole world".

Qualley was briefly romantically linked to Pete Davidson in 2019. She began dating actor Shia LaBeouf in 2020 after they co-starred in Rainey's music video "Love Me Like You Hate Me". Qualley and LaBeouf's relationship ended in January 2021 following controversies surrounding LaBeouf, including his ex-girlfriend and singer FKA Twigs's lawsuit against him for sexual battery and assault. In September 2021, Qualley told Harper's Bazaar that she believed FKA Twigs's allegations.

In May 2022, Qualley announced her engagement to musician Jack Antonoff. They married on August 19, 2023.

Qualley is the subject of the 2023 song "Margaret" by Lana Del Rey from her album Did You Know That There's a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd. She speaks on the track "Taco Truck x VB" from the same album.


Denotes films that have not yet been released
Film work by Margaret Qualley
Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2013 Palo Alto Raquel
2016 The Nice Guys Amelia Kuttner
2017 Novitiate Cathleen Harris
The Vanishing of Sidney Hall Alexandra
Death Note Mia Sutton
2018 Donnybrook Delia Angus
2019 Io Samantha "Sam" Walden
Native Son Mary Dalton
Adam Casey Freeman
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood "Pussycat"
Strange but True Melissa Moody
Seberg Linette Solomon
2020 My Salinger Year Joanna
2022 Stars at Noon Trish Johnson
Sanctuary Rebecca Also executive producer
2023 Poor Things Felicity
2024 Drive-Away Dolls Jamie
Kinds of Kindness TBA Post-production
The Substance TBA Post-production
TBA Honey Don't! Honey O'Donahue Filming
Television work by Margaret Qualley
Year Title Role Notes
2014–2017 The Leftovers Jill Garvey Main role (22 episodes)
2018 Asesinato en el Hormiguero Express Herself Television special
2019 Fosse/Verdon Ann Reinking Miniseries (5 episodes)
2021 Maid Alexandra "Alex" Russell Main role (10 episodes)
Video game work by Margaret Qualley
Year Title Voice role Notes
2019 Death Stranding Mama / Lockne Also provided the 3D model and motion capture for both characters
Music video work by Margaret Qualley
Year Song Artist Notes Ref.
2017 "Sweet Sound of Ignorance" Soko As the mascot dancer with sister, Rainey Qualley
2019 "For Your Eyes Only" Cashmere Cat Danced as Princess Catgirl using motion capture
2020 "Love Me Like You Hate Me" Rainsford Danced with Shia LaBeouf
2023 "Alma Mater" Bleachers Cameo, as Jack Antonoff's wife
"Tiny Moves" Danced as Jack Antonoff's wife
Short video work by Margaret Qualley
Year Title Role Notes
2015 L’Américaine Girlfriend For Tory Burch's limited edition Paris collection
2016 Kenzo World Margaret (dancer) For Kenzo's perfume
Dream Girl Nora For Free People
2018 Light Beings Girl For DITA Eyewear
2020 Wake Up Jane Doe For HP

Awards and nominations

Accolades for Margaret Qualley
Award Year Work Category Result
Critics' Choice Award 2020 Fosse/Verdon Best Supporting Actress in a Movie/Miniseries Nominated
2022 Maid Best Actress in a Movie/Miniseries Nominated
Golden Globe Award 2022 Maid Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award 2019 Fosse/Verdon Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Nominated
2022 Maid Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie Nominated
Prix Iris 2021 My Salinger Year Best Actress Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award 2020 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
2022 Maid Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries/Television Movie Nominated
Television Critics Association Award 2022 Maid Individual Achievement in Drama Nominated



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