The American actress, screenwriter, director and producer Jordana Spiro, started gracing TV screens in 1995, and even at 44 she’s not letting up yet! She’s perhaps best known for her roles as P. J. Franklin in “My Boys”, and as Grace Devlin in “The Mob Doctor”.
Read through this biography to find out what the famous actress is getting up to these days.
Early Life, Family, Educational Background
Jordana Ariel Spiro was born on 12 April 1977 under the Capricorn star sign, in Manhattan, New York City USA, to Harry Jr. and Brigitte Spiro. Jordana’s mother has Cajun-Irish ancestry, while her father is of Russian/Jewish descent. Although Jordana’s heritage is a mix of ethnicities, she holds American nationality.
Jordana and her four siblings (three sisters, one brother) were raised according to Jewish traditions.
She studied Drama and the Performing Arts at the Circle in the Square Theatre School, New York City, and was selected for extensive training at the Berlinale Talent Campus, Berlin Germany. Subsequently, she studied briefly at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles.
In 2009, Jordana enrolled in the MFA Program in Filmmaking at Columbia University, and obtained her degree in 2015. Soon afterwards, she was rewarded with an Adrienne Shelly Foundation Fellowship.
Jordana Spiro actually made her on-screen debut as Chase in an episode of “Maybe This Time” in 1995. The following year, she played the role of a waitress in “Her Last Chance”, and portrayed Alison on ‘Segment 1974’ of “If These Walls Could Talk”.
Throughout the 1990s, Jordana took minor roles in various movies such as “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” (1997), “Beverly Hills, 90210” (1998), “One World” (1998), and “Undressed” (1999).
Jordana also landed her first movie role in 1999, as Catherine Reece in “From Dusk till Dawn 3: The Hangman’s Daughter”; the American horror film which served as a prequel to the 1996 film, “From Dusk Till Dawn”.
The 2000s began in grand style for Jordana, as she landed a main role in the American crime drama initially aired on USA Network, “The Huntress” (2000- 2001), acting as Brandi Thorson for the entire season of the TV series.
She starred in the show alongside Annette O’Toole, Luis Antonio Ramos, and Michael Muhney, a performance which swiftly placed Jordana on Hollywood’s list of top actresses.
Through 2006, she made minor appearances in “Beck and Call” (2004), “CSI: NY” (2005), “JAG” (2005), and “Out of Practice” (2005), then from 2006 through 2010, Spiro played P. J. Franklin, a Chicago-based sports columnist looking to find love within her circle of male friends, in the American sitcom “My Boys”, starring in the show opposite Jim Gaffigan, Reid Scott and Kyle Howard. However, TBS canceled the show after four seasons due to a severe drop in ratings.
She also starred as Ivy Selleck in the 2009 Neal Brennan -directed comedy film, “The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard”, written by Andy Stock and Rick Stempson.
Between 2012 and 2013, Jordana assumed the role of Grace Devlin, a surgical resident who protects her brother from The Mob by helping anyone they demand in “The Mob Doctor”. However, the series, based on the novel ‘Il Dottore: The Double Life of a Mafia Doctor’ by Ron Felber, was canceled by Fox after the first season.
Jordana appeared in “The Good Wife” (2013- 14), playing a recurring role as Detective Jenna Villette, and the following year Ms. Spiro landed the recurring role as Sarah Weller in the first season of the American crime drama “Blindspot”, returning as a guest in the show’s fifth season in 2020.
Late in 2017, Jordana starred in Netflix’s original series of “Ozark”, as Rachel Garrison, the Blue Cat hotel owner, and Marty’s business partner.
She was cast alongside Jason Bateman, Sofia Hublitz, and Julia Garner.
In 2021, she starred in “Fear Street Part One: 1994”, a teen slasher film based on a titular novel series by R. L. Stine. Jordana portrayed the character Mrs. Lane, a role she reprised in its sequels, “Fear Street Part Two: 1978” and “Fear Street Part Three: 1666”. Her latest film appearance was in the black comedy-drama, “Small Engine Repair”, in which she played Karen Delgado.
Screenwriting and Producing
When Jordana became an actress, she was also fascinated with the behind-the-scenes process of filmmaking. In 2012, she co-wrote the short film, “Skin” which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and won the Women in Film Productions Award. She also wrote and produced “Ladybug” in the same year.
Ms. Spiro’s debut feature film, “Night Comes On”, premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, winning the NEXT Innovator Prize. She was the executive producer and director of the coming-of-age film, which she co-wrote (with Angelica Nwandu). Other films which Jordana Spiro has produced are “The Off Track” (2009) and “Exit The Castle” (2010).
Personal Life, Husband, and Children
Despite being a public figure, Jordana Spiro keeps her personal life private. She’s married to producer and filmmaker Matthew Spitzer, and the couple welcomed a daughter late in 2014.
The 44-year old actress is active on social media.
She has an Instagram account (@jordanaspiro) with over 11,000 followers.
Jordana Spiro lives in New York with her family, but she visits Los Angeles frequently for work.
Appearance, Clothing Style
Ms. Spiro is 5ft 7ins (1.7m) tall and weighs around 136lbs (62kgs). She has long blonde hair and grey eyes, and has a tattoo on top of her right shoulder. Photographs of Jordana Spiro in public events show that her dressing style is simple and classy. She likes to wear short gowns, shirts, and pants.
Hobbies, Favorite Things, and Interesting Facts
- Jordana Spiro volunteers with an organization called Peace 4 Kids.
- She has a passion for photography.
- Her favorite film by any director is “Ratcatcher” by Lynne Ramsay.
- She loves spending time at the beach.
Net Worth and Salary
As of late-2021, Jordana Spiro has an estimated net worth of $10 million, which she’s earned from her-multi-faceted career in the entertainment industry. Details of property owned by the actress remain unavailable to the public.