Ann Dowd's acting career spans across television, film, and theater. 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, and as St. Joan in 'The Lark.' Dowd has also performed extensively in regional theatre.
Her onscreen experience is equally impressive, as she has starred in films such as 'Marley & Me,' 'The Informant,' 'Garden State,' 'Lorenzo's Oil,' 'Philadelphia,' 'Manchurian Candidate,' 'The Forgotten,' 'Gimme Shelter,' Steven Soderbergh's 'Side Effects' and the Sundance hits 'Compliance' and 'Bachelorette,' She can next be seen in the upcoming films 'WildLike' and 'Indelible.'
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 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.' Dowd has also appeared in pilots for Shonda Rhimes' 'Gilded Lilys' and Tony Goldwyn and Richard Lagravenese's 'Philadelphia Lawyer.' She will be recurring on Showtime's 'Masters of Sex.'