Ann Dowd is an American actress best known for her role as Sandra in the feature film Compliance, for which she received the National Board of Review award for Best Supporting Actress.
Dowd has played supporting roles in several films, including Philadelphia, Green Card, Lorenzo's Oil, Garden State, The Informant!, Marley & Me, The Manchurian Candidate and Flags of Our Fathers.
She also has a starring role as Patti Levin, the leader of the local chapter of The Guilty Remnant, in the fantasy drama television series The Leftovers.
Dowd's acting career spans across television, film, and theatre. 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, the Sundance hits Compliance and Bachelorette, WildLike and Indelible.
Dowd has been recognised 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 also recurs on Showtime's Masters of Sex.