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Aleksa Palladino

Aleksa Palladino
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Palladino at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival
Born (1980-09-21) September 21, 1980 (age 39)
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1996–present
Devon Church
(m. 2003; div. 2018)

Aleksa Palladino (born September 21, 1980) is an American actress and singer, perhaps best known for her lead roles in Manny & Lo, The Adventures of Sebastian Cole, Find Me Guilty, Boardwalk Empire, Wrong Turn 2: Dead End, and Before the Devil Knows You're Dead. She also played a prominent role in the second season of the AMC period drama Halt and Catch Fire.

Life and acting career

Palladino was born in New York City, where she grew up and worked as an actress. Her debut role was as "Lo" in Manny & Lo opposite Scarlett Johansson, in which she played a 16-year-old character despite being 14 at the time. The next year, she was given her first lead role in the short film Number One Fan with Glenn Fitzgerald, and soon appeared in Wrestling with Alligators with Joely Richardson, the well-received The Adventures of Sebastian Cole with Adrian Grenier, and Second Skin with Fitzgerald again.

The year 2000 saw the release of Red Dirt, followed by the independent film Lonesome, and Storytelling with Selma Blair. She then had guest appearances in Law & Order: Criminal Intent (where she played two different characters), The Sopranos and Law & Order.

In 2004, Palladino returned to acting with a guest appearance on Medium, followed by her lead role in Spectropia and a supporting one in Find Me Guilty with Vin Diesel. After working in Find Me Guilty, director Sidney Lumet offered Palladino the role of Chris Lasorda in Before the Devil Knows You're Dead. She then appeared in The Picture of Dorian Gray, based on the novel by Oscar Wilde, and landed a supporting role in the acclaimed horror sequel Wrong Turn 2: Dead End.

Palladino's next role came in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, in which she played Angela Darmody. She was also a series regular of season two on the AMC series Halt and Catch Fire as Sara Wheeler.

Musical career and personal life

For over ten years she was the lead singer and songwriter of the band Exitmusic, which she formed with then-husband Devon Church. After a self-released album in 2007, the band released an EP in 2011 and a full-length album in 2012 for the indie label Secretly Canadian. A final album followed in 2018 for Felte Records, coinciding with the couple's divorce.[1]


with Exitmusic

  • The Decline of the West (self-released, 2007)
  • From Silence (EP) (2011)
  • Passage (2012)
  • The Recognitions (2018)



Year Title Role Notes
1996 Manny & Lo Laurel
1997 Number One Fan Sadie
1998 Wrestling with Alligators Maddy Hawkins
1998 A Cool, Dry Place Bonnie
1998 The Adventures of Sebastian Cole Mary
1998 Second Skin Gwen Short film
1999 Cherry Darcy
2000 Red Dirt Emily Whaley
2001 Lonesome Lily Randolph
2001 Ball in the House Lizzie
2001 Storytelling Catherine Segment: "Fiction"
2003 Mona Lisa Smile Frances
2006 Find Me Guilty Marina DiNorscio
2006 Spectropia Spectropia
2007 The Picture of Dorian Gray Sibyl Vane
2007 Wrong Turn 2: Dead End Mara Stone
2007 Before the Devil Knows You're Dead Chris
2009 Acts of Mercy Maggie Collins
2014 The Midnight Swim Isa
2014 Rose Rose Short film
2016 The Veil Karen Sweetzer
2016 Holidays Persian
2019 The Irishman Mary Sheeran
2019 The Mandela Effect Claire


Year Title Role Notes
2000 The Huntress Brandi Thorson Episode: "Pilot"
2002 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Lilly Carlyle Episode: "The Insider"
2002 The Sopranos Alexandra Episode: "Eloise"
2003 Law & Order Teresa Drosi Episode: "Blaze"
2004 The Sopranos Alexandra Episode: "Unidentified Black Males"
2005 Medium Lyla Gallagher / Geraldine Hanscombe Episode: "Sweet Dreams"
2006 Without a Trace Katie Duncan Episode: "All the Sinners, Saints"
2009 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Angela Episode: "All In"
2010-11 Boardwalk Empire Angela Darmody Regular role
2014 Elementary Iris Lanzer Episode: "Corpse De Ballet"
2014–15 Rogue Sarah Recurring role
2015 Halt and Catch Fire Sara Wheeler Main role (Season 2)
2019 The Loudest Voice Judy Miniseries


  1. ^ Ashley Prillaman (April 26, 2018). "INTERVIEW: Exitmusic on Their Final Bow". Retrieved September 23, 2019.

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