Born as Brit Heyworth Marling on August 7, 1982, she is an American actress and screenwriter. Marling was born to property developer parents John and Heidi Marling in Chicago, Illinois. She was raised in Winnetka, Illinois and attended the arts program at Dr. Phillips High School. Marling was always keen to become an actress. However, her parents motivated her to pay attention to her studies. She graduated from Georgetown University in the year 2005 and got degrees in Economics and studio art and she was her class Valedictorian.
While in Georgetown, Marling came to know her long-time collaborators and future film makers Mike Cahill and Zal Batmanglij. In the year 2005, Marling relocated with Cahill and Batmanglij to Los Angeles. She started attending auditions and was offered roles in horror films, but, didn’t accept them. She mentioned that she “wanted to be able to cast herself in roles that wouldn’t require her to play the typical parts offered to young actresses such as the sexy girlfriend or a crime victim. The talent agent Hylda Queally finally discovered her.
Marling co-wrote, co-produced and featured in films Sound of My Voice and Another Earth in the year 2011, directed by Batmanglij and Cahill respectively. These two films were displayed at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and Another Earth won the Alfred P. Sloan Prize for outstanding film with science, technology or math as the central theme. In the year 2012, she appeared as the daughter of Richard Gere’s character in Arbitrage.
In 2013, she coordinated with Searchlight on the movie The East where she played a leading role and acted alongside Ellen Page and Alexander Skarsgard. The film was directed by Zal Batmanglij and co-written by Marling and Batmanglij. The duo went on to collaborate ad make the drama series The OA in January 2018.
Despite having a lot of roles in films co-written by her, Marling mentioned that she “gets a lot more pleasure in acting in other people’s stories” since “one of the great pleasures of acting is surrendering to someone else’s point of view of the world.”