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In fun sci-fi com­edy BrainDead (2016cur­rent), Mary Eliz­a­beth Win­stead plays Laurel, a doc­u­men­tary film­maker who’s work­ing for her politi­cian brother as a favour to their dad. Lit­tle does Laurel know that the US gov­ern­ment is slowly be­ing in­fil­trated by brain-munch­ing alien in­sects and she’s in the mid­dle.

Not that the horror genre is new 1

to the 31-year-old. She’s starred in The Ring Two (2005), Abraham Lin­coln: Vam­pire Hunter (2012) and 10 Clover field Lane (2016). TV fans know her best though for her role as per­fect daugh­ter Jes­sica Ben­nett on soapie Pas­sions (1999-2008) in 1999 and 2000.

Be­ing fa­mous hasn’t al­ways been 2

a bless­ing – in 2014 she was one of the celebs whose phones were hacked and nude per­sonal pho­tos were posted on­line at the­fap­pen­

Fame runs in the fam­ily though – 3

Mary Eliz­a­beth is re­lated to Hol­ly­wood icon Ava Gard­ner, who was mar­ried to Mickey Rooney and Frank Si­na­tra be­fore pass­ing away in 1990.

She loves so­cial me­dia and uses 4

her twit­ter ac­count @M_E_Win­stead to keep fans up to date with her work, like this post: “I thought #BrainDead had al­ready given me the cra­zi­est scene of my ca­reer, but it just out­did it­self #just­wai­t­and­see”.

And if you’re won­der­ing who the 5

guy in most of the pho­tos with her is, that’s her movie direc­tor hubby Ri­ley Stearns. They mar­ried in Austin, Texas in 2010 af­ter meet­ing on a cruise in 2003.

Un­like many actresses, Mary El­iza6

beth re­fuses to be stick thin. “I’m from North Carolina, where it’s about greasy, fatty foods. I like hav­ing curves. It’s weird see­ing girls who look like bean­poles. The most im­por­tant thing to me is just be­ing healthy,” she says.

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