Maggie Gyllenhaal

Inside Biography

Born and raised in New York, Maggie Gyllenhaal is an American actress. She is known for her roles in movies like The Dark Knight, Confession of a Dangerous Mind, Mona Lisa Smile, Happy Endings, and Crazy Heart.

She has earned a nomination for the Academy Awards for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role. Likewise, she was also nominated for Golden Globes Award four times and won on one occasion for her role in the movie The Honourable Woman in 2015.

Born in the Family of Filmmakers

Margalit Gyllenhaal was born Margalit Ruth Gyllenhaal on 16th November 1977 in New York City, New York, the United States. Gyllenhaal belongs to the white ethnicity and holds American nationality.

Gyllenhaal is the oldest daughter of screenwriter and director Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal (mother) and director Stephen Roark Gyllenhaal. She was raised with her younger brother Jake Gyllenhaal who is also an actor.


The American actress went to Harvard-Westlake Prep School and later studied at The Mountain School for four months.

She relocated to New York and completed her degree in literature and Eastern religions. She learned acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England.

Net Worth

Gyllenhaal has been working in Hollywood for more than two decades. She has accumulated an alluring net worth of $25 million from her work in television series and movies.

Gyllenhaal took $500,000 as a salary for her role in the movie World Trade Center in 2006. She also appeared in various movies that did well at the Box Office. Here are some of the movies with their budget and box office collections.

Movie Released Year Star-Cast Budget Box-Office
Donnie Darko 2001 Jena Malone, Drew Barrymore, and Katharine Ross $4.5 million $4.5 million
Secretary 2002 James Spader, Jeremy Davies, and Lesley Ann Warren $4 million $9.3 million
40 Days and 40 Nights 2002 Josh Harnett, Vinessa Shaw, and Paulo Costanzo $17 million $95.1 million
Adaptation. 2002 Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, and Chris Cooper $19 million $19 million
Mona Lisa Smile 2003 Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst, and Julia Stiles $72.3 million $141.3 million
Monster House 2006 Mitchel Musso, Sam Lerner, and Jason Lee $75 million $140.2 million
World Trade Center 2006 Michael Pena, Maria Bello, and Nicolas Cage $65 million $163 million
The Dark Knight 2008 Christian Bale, Michael Caine, and Heath Ledger $185 million $1.005 billion
Crazy Heart 2009 Jeff Bridges, Colin Farrell, and Robert Duvall $7 million $47.4 million
Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang 2010 Emma Thompson, Rhys Ifans, and Maggie Smith $35 million $93.2 million
White House Down 2013 Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, and Jason Clarke $150 million $205.4 million

Gyllenhaal owns a house in Brooklyn, New York, which is spread over a 3,600 square feet area and features 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. She bought the house in 2006 for $1.91 million and as of now, the house is put for sale for $4.59 million.

Acting Career of Maggie Gyllenhaal

Gyllenhaal debuted in the 1992 her father Stephen Gyllenhaal-directed movie Waterland. She got the main role in the 2002 movie Secretary. After that, she started receiving several offers for main roles in films and television series.

The 41-year-old actress also worked as a voice actor in the animated movie Monster House in 2006. Later, she replaced Katie Holmes as Rachel Dawes in DC's comic adaptation movie The Dark Knight directed by Christopher Nolan.

Portrayed the role of Nessa Stein in 2014

She portrayed the role of Nessa Stein in the 2014 mini Series The Honourable Woman, for which she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television.

Maggie Gyllenhaal at Golden Globes Award SOURCE: Just Jared

In 2017, she made her debut as a producer for the television series The Deuce. A year later, she worked as a producer and actress in the movie The Kindergarten Teacher.

Married to Actor Peter Sarsgaard

The Golden Globe-winning actress is married and is a mother of two children. She is married to actor Peter Sarsgaard. The couple first met in 2002 through her little brother Jake.

They were in a relationship for 4 years before getting engaged in April 2006. The couple welcomed their first daughter Ramona Sarsgaard on 3rd October 2006.

Exchanged their wedding vows on 2nd May 2009

After three years, they took their relationship to the next height by walking down the aisle. They exchanged their wedding vows on 2nd May 2009 in a chapel in Brindisi, Italy. 

Actress Maggie with her husband and children SOURCE: Getty Image

Gyllenhaal and her husband welcomed their second child Gloria Ray on the 19th of April 2012. The family of four is living a blissful life as of October 2019.

by ab-shailendra, 22 Sep, 2022

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