Ann Dowd's acting career spans across television, film, and theater. Ann just wrapped ‘The Great & The Small’ written and directed by Sundance alum, Dusty Bias. Last fall she shot Matt Ross’ ‘Captain Fantastic’ opposite Viggo Mortensen, Frank Langella and Steve Zahn. She will next be seen in David Gordon Green’s, ‘Our Brand is Crisis’ opposite Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton. Her onscreen experience includes films such as ‘Oppenheimer Strategies,’ ‘St. Vincent,’ ‘WildLike,’ ‘The Drop,’ ‘Side Effects,’ the Sundance hits ‘Compliance’ and ‘Bachelorette,’ ‘Marley & Me,’ ‘The Informant,’ ‘Garden State,’ ‘Lorenzo’ s Oil,’ ‘Philadelphia,’ ‘Manchurian Candidate’ and ‘The Forgotten.’ Dowd has been recognized for her portrayal of Sandra in Craig Zobel’s ‘Compliance,’ winning the National Board of Review award for Best Supporting Actress in a Film, and earning nominations for an Independent Spirit Award and a Critics' Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Dowd is a series regular on ‘The Leftovers’ from creators Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta. She can also be seen on season 1 of ‘True Detective,’ the miniseries ‘Olive Kitteridge’ and she is currently recurring on Showtime’s ‘Masters of Sex.’ Dowd is in the recently released Lifetime movie, ‘Big Driver’ opposite Maria Bello, and she has also appeared in the pilots for Shonda Rhimes' ‘Gilded Lilys’ and WE tv's ‘The Divide.’ She appeared as a series regular in ‘Nothing Sacred’ and has had recurring roles on ‘Freaks and Geeks,’ ‘The Education of Max Bickford’ and ‘Third Watch.’ She has appeared multiple times on all of the ‘Law & Order’ series, and as a guest star on many television shows such as ‘House,’ ‘NYPD Blue’ and ‘Louie.’
As an onstage performer, Dowd has appeared in several Broadway shows including ‘Candida,’ as Prossy, for which she received the Clarence Derwent Award for Most Promising Broadway Debut, and the British director Ian Rickson's production of ‘The Seagull.’ In New York, she has also appeared in ‘Blood From a Stone’ with the New Group; as Mrs. Gibbs in David Cromer's production of ‘Our Town’ at Barrow Street Theatre,; opposite Ed Harris in ‘Taking Sides;’ and as St. Joan in ‘The Lark.’ Dowd has also performed extensively in regional theatre.