Celia Keenan-Bolger

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Actress • Singer

Birth Date: January 26, 1978

Age: 46 years old

Birth Place: Detroit, Michigan

Celia Keenan-Bolger was an American actor born on January 26, 1978 in Detroit, Michigan. Her brother and sister also ended up in the performing arts. Andrew Keenan-Bolger was an actor best known for originating roles in the stage productions of "Newsies" and "Tuck Everlasting," and Maggie Keenan-Bolger received critical acclaim for writing a play entitled "From the Inside, Out."

Celia attended performing arts schools throughout childhood, and graduated from the University of Michigan in 2000 with a degree in musical theatre performance. She made her major stage production debut in a regional run of "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" in 2002. The same year, she made her television debut in an episode of the short-lived drama series "The Education of Max Bickford" (CBS, 2001-02). Keenan-Bolger made her Broadway debut as the star of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" in 2005; she received her first of four Tony acting nominations for her performance.

The next year, she landed another major production when she played Eponine in a stage revival of "Les Miserables." Keenan-Bolger married actor John Ellison Conlee in 2010; he would become best known as part of the cast of "Boardwalk Empire" (HBO, 2010-14). Keenan-Bolger received another Tony nomination for her role as Molly in the stage adaptation of "Peter and the Starcatcher," which began workshopping in 2011.

She made her film debut in 2012 with a film entitled "Mariachi Gringo," and played Laura Wingfield in the 2013 revival of Tennessee Williams' play "The Glass Menagerie." Keenan-Bolger received her third Tony nomination for her performance in the latter. She made more television acting appearances in the 2010s, appearing on an episode of "Louie" (FX, 2010-15) for its final season, and landed a role in M. Night Shyamalan's film "The Visit" (2015).

She also gave birth to her first child in 2015, son William Emmett Conlee. Keenan-Bolger won her first Tony with her fourth nomination when she played Scout Finch in Aaron Sorkin's 2018 stage production of "To Kill a Mockingbird."

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