Ms. Wilhemina Venable, Cordelia Foxx & Billie Dean Howard
Sarah Paulson stars as “Ms. Wilhemina Venable," "Cordelia Foxx,” and "Billie Dean Howard" in the eighth installment of American Horror Story.
Award-winning actress Sarah Paulson has built an impressive list of credits in film, television and on stage.
Paulson’s Emmy® win for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie was earned for her portrayal of attorney Marcia Clark in the critically acclaimed limited-series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story on FX. Paulson also received a Golden Globe® Award, a Screen Actors Guild® award, a Critics Choice Award, as well as a Television Critics Association award for this role.
Paulson recently starred in Warner Bros.’ Ocean’s 8, which opened at number one in the U.S. and topped the opening-weekend figures for each of the previous Ocean’s films. The film is still opening in different international markets throughout the summer and has so far earned over $260 million worldwide.
Paulson will be seen in Susanne Bier’s film Bird Box, opposite Sandra Bullock. The film will be released by Netflix on December 21, 2018. She stars in M. Night Shyamalan’s thriller Glass, opposite James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, and Samuel L. Jackson. The film is a sequel to the writer-director’s thrillers Unbreakable and Split. Universal is slated to release the film on January 18, 2019, and Warner Bros. plans to release The Goldfinch, in which Paulson stars opposite Nicole Kidman, in 2019.
On the small screen, Paulson is currently in production on the eighth installment of Ryan’s Murphy’s award-winning television series American Horror Story for FX. Paulson has received five Emmy nominations for her roles in the franchise: “Ally Mayfair-Richards” in AHS: Cult, “Sally” in AHS: Hotel, “Bette and Dot Tattler”, conjoined twins, in AHS: Freak Show, “Cordelia Foxx” in AHS: Coven, and “Lana Winters” in AHS: Asylum. She has also earned two Critics Choice Awards for her roles in the anthology.
Paulson received her first Emmy nomination and second Golden Globe nomination for her role as “Nicolle Wallace” in HBO’s critically acclaimed telefilm Game Changer. Directed by Jay Roach, the film follows John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign. Her first Golden Globe nomination was for her performance in Aaron Sorkin’s Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, in which she starred opposite Matthew Perry, Amanda Peet, Bradley Whitford and Steven Weber.
Paulson is set to produce and star in the upcoming series, Ratched, where she will play the title role. The series, set to be distributed by Netflix, centers on the early life of the villainous nurse from the 1962 Ken Kesey novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
Paulson’s other film credits include Todd Haynes’ critically acclaimed Carol alongside Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara; Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, which received an Academy Award® for Best Picture; Jeff Nichols’ Mud, alongside Reese Witherspoon and Matthew McConaughey, for which the cast received the Robert Altman Award at the Film Independent Spirit Awards. She has also appeared in Stephen Spielberg’s The Post, opposite Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep; Danny Strong’s Rebel in the Rye, Alex Lehmann’s Blue Jay, opposite Mark Duplass; Fox Searchlight’s Martha Marcy May Marlene alongside Elizabeth Olsen; Lionsgate’s The Spirit, opposite Samuel L. Jackson, Eva Mendes, and Scarlett Johansson; Marry Harron’s The Notorious Bettie Page; Down with Love with Renee Zellweger, Ewan McGregor and David Hyde Pierce; What Women Want opposite Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt; The Other Sister directed by Gary Marshall and starring Diane Keaton and Juliette Lewis; and Diggers alongside Paul Rudd and Ken Marino.
On stage, Paulson last appeared in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Lanford Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize winning play Talley’s Folly. She previously starred on Broadway in the two-hander Collected Stories opposite Linda Lavin; as “Laura Wingfield” in The Glass Menagerie, alongside Jessica Lange; in Cherry Orchard, alongside Alfred Molina and Annette Bening; and in Tracy Letts’ critically acclaimed Killer Joe.