Erica McDermott

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Erica McDermott
Erica Gedziun

(1973-04-26) 26 April 1973 (age 46)
Other namesE McD
Spouse(s)Bob McDermott

Erica McDermott (born April 26, 1973) is an American actress, perhaps known best for her supporting role as Cindy "Tar" Eklund, the sister of the lead character, in the David O. Russell film The Fighter (2010).[1][2]


On 26 April 1973, McDermott was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States, North America. While in grade school, she acted in school plays. Having trained as a registered nurse, however, she initially focused on her career in the medical profession and raising her family.[1]

In 2008, McDermott decided to launch her acting career, starting with an appearance in The MOMologues for a school fundraiser. She continued to develop her skills by taking acting classes at the Rock Educational Cooperative and Plymouth Rock Studios, as well as appearing in various Boston stage productions.[1]

In 2009, McDermott began her film career with a supporting role in the film short Mama Raised a Hellraiser (2010). She was soon cast, at the age of 36, as Mark Wahlberg's character's sister in the David O. Russell film The Fighter (2010).[1]

McDermott later appeared in two more Russell films, American Hustle (2013) and Joy (2015).[3]

In 2015, McDermott played Benedict Cumberbatch's wife in the critically acclaimed crime drama film Black Mass (2015).[3]


Year Title Role Notes
2010 Knight and Day Bridesmaid
2010 Mama Raised a Hellraiser Saul's Mother
2010 The Fighter Cindy "Tar" Eklund Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Fight
2011 Body of Proof Officer West Episode: "Buried Secrets"
2011 The Rude, the Mad, and the Funny Frederica Robashaw
2012 Last Hours in Suburbia Mrs. Daniels
2012 Irish Whisper Renee Short film
2013 American Hustle Carl Elway's Assistant
2015 Black Mass Mary Bulger
2015 Joy Parking Lot Woman
2016 Manchester by the Sea Sue
2016 Patriots Day Jimmy's Girlfriend

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  1. ^ a b c d Connors, Molly A.K. (2010-01-22). "Scituate mom finds a new role". The Boston Globe. Archived from the original on 2011-10-21.
  2. ^ Barbuto, Dana (2015-09-16). "Local actress stunned by Depp's transformation in 'Black Mass'". The Patriot Ledger.
  3. ^ a b Jackson-Glidden, Brooke (2015-06-11). "Erica McDermott talks career at 'Story Behind Her Success' event". The Boston Globe.


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