Brit Heyworth Marling (born August 7, 1983 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American actress, screenwriter and film producer.
She graduated from Georgetown University, with a bachelor's in economics, and was offered a job with Goldman Sachs, which she turned down in favor of a career as an artist. After which, she moved to Los Angeles with friends Mike Cahill and Zal Batmanglij to pursue screenwriting and acting.
She first gained recognition in 2004 with the documentary Boxers and Ballerinas and later became a Sundance star through the Searchlight movies Sound of My Voice, Another Earth, and The East, which she co-wrote in addition to playing the lead role. The first two were featured simultaneously at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
She appeared in:
- Another Earth
- Sound of My Voice
- Community note
- The East
- The Company You Keep
- The Better Angels
- I Origins
- The Keeping Room
- The OA
- Bittersweet Ending: Her films never end in a clean-cut Happily Ever After. Her characters in particular tend to never get smooth endings or/and closures.
- Fan Disservice: When she disrobes in her films, the situation her characters are in usually makes it unenticing.
- Two Guys and a Girl: She, Cahill and Batmanglij were friends even before they become a Production Posse.