Zoe Perry | Biography 2021
Zoe Perry | Biography 2021

Quick Information

  • Full Name Zoe Perry
  • Occupation Actress
  • Nationality America
  • Birthplace Illinois, USA
  • Born Year And Birthday Sep 26, 1983
  • Age 37 Years, 8 Months
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Zoe Perry | Biography 2021

Zoe Perry portrayed the role of Mary Cooper in 'Young Sheldon,' the character originally played by her real mother, Laurie Metcalf, in the prequel sitcom 'The Big Bang Theory.' She said, "Genetics definitely played a very helpful part in this portrayal because I didn't have to really think about mimicking my mom as Mary — it's just part of who I am, to an extent."

Quick Information
  • Full Name Zoe Perry
  • Occupation Actress
  • Nationality America
  • Birthplace Illinois, USA
  • Birth Date Sep 26, 1983
  • Age 37 Years, 8 Months

Zoe Perry is an American actress, best known for portraying Mary Cooper, mother of Sheldon, in CBS sitcom Young Sheldon, a prequel to hit sitcom The Big Bang Theory.

Who is Zoe Perry?

A daughter of two successful actors, Zoe Perry, played in theater and television at a very young age. However, she entered the industry as a full-time actress after getting an acting bug in her early 20s. During her early career, she began playing minor roles and later earned to get recurring roles in the television series The Family and Scandal and finally landed the breakthrough role in the CBS sitcom Young Sheldon in 2017. 

Perry also performed in several theater productions, including the Broadway production of The Other Place in 2013. She also appeared in films such as Deception (2008), The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond (2008), Turkey Bowl (2011), Cotton (2014), and No Pay, Nudity (2016).

Early Life

Zoe Perry was born in Chicago, Illinois, the United States, on September 26, 1983, to the stage and television actor parents Jeff Perry and Laurie Metcalfe. Her father was also the co-founder of Steppenwolf Theatre Company, where he served as the Artistic Director. Perry graduated from Northwestern University. 

Early Career

Being raised in a family who were in show business, Perry landed a role in television series at a young age. She was eight years old when she appeared as Little Jackie in ABC's popular comedy-drama series Roseanne's Halloween IV episode in 1992. Perry reprised the role in another episode of the series as young Jackie in 1995. She appeared as a flashback of Jackie Harris's character, the character originally played by her mother, Laurie Metcalf.

About her early experience on television, Perry said, "That was really fun because I knew the crew and everyone very well because I grew up on that set from four years old," and added, "For me, it was just like an adventure, getting to play around with friends and getting to cut school for a day."

As a child, Perry never thought she would become an actress in the future. "I was pretty introverted," she recalled. "So it might have also been a shock to my family (for me) to pursue this later. But I don't know, it's a funny one. You sometimes get introverts in these professions," she added.

After a couple of on-screen appearances as a child actor, Perry stayed away from show business for nearly a decade. But, she suddenly got interested in acting during her time at University. 

Expressing how she got insights about the industry, she said, "I definitely feel very grateful that I've had an example with (my mother) and my father because it definitely helps to have a sounding board," she mentioned.

Theatre Works

In addition to television and films, Perry was also a known theater actress. In 1998, she performed in the production of Pot Mom at Steppenwolf Theatre. After several years of gap, she performed in The Lieutenant of Inishmore at Mark Taper Forum, The Autumn Garden, and Peace in Our Time at the Antaeus Theatre.

In 2013, she made her Broadway debut performing in The Other Place at the Manhattan Theatre Club with her mother Laurie Metcalf as the lead. Her other theatre works included the productions of Good Television at the Atlantic Theater Company and The Way West at Steppenwolf Theatre Company. In 2015, she performed the lead character Anna in the production of Anna Christie at the Odyssey Theatre alongside her real-life father Jeff Perry and Kevin McKidd. 


Perry made her big-screen debut in the short film Allegretto '75 in 2005. She then landed a minor role in the 2008 erotic thriller film Deception. The same year, Perry portrayed the role of Mathilde in the romantic film The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond. In 2011, she starred as Zoe in the comedy sports film Turkey Bowl. She was cast as Maxine in the 2014 drama film Cotton with Gary Cole. She then landed the lead role as Renie in the 2016 comedy-drama film No Pay, Nudity alongside Gabriel Byrne.


After honing acting skills on stage, Perry returned to television in 2006. That year, she guest-starred in NBC's thriller drama series Law & Order: Criminal Intent's episode Vacancy. Then Perry made guest appearances in television series such as Conviction, My Boys, Cold Case, Private Practice, Ave 43, Grey's Anatomy, and Second Shot. She also earned recurring roles on the television series The Family and Scandal. Then she landed the famous role in CBS's hit sitcom Young Sheldon, portraying a younger version of Mary Cooper, a role her mother originated on its spin-off, The Big Bang Theory.

'The Family'

Perry made guest appearances in several series before landing the recurring role in the 2016 thriller television series The Family. She portrayed the role of Jane, kidnapper Doug Anderson's pregnant girlfriend in the series. The series aired for one season from March 3, 2016, to May 19, 2016. The series consisted of 12 episodes, and Perry appeared in nine episodes.


In 2017, Perry got another significant role in the ABC's political thriller television series Scandal alongside her father, Jeff PerryShe played Samantha Ruland, a malevolent behind-the-scenes player who had a hand in brokering former First Lady Mellie Grant's bid for the Presidency. The series ran over seven seasons from April 4, 2012, to April 19, 2018, for 124 episodes. Her father regularly starred in the series, and she appeared only in nine episodes of the series. Even though she had a few episodes in the series, it was enough for her role and father's role to cross paths. Her father also shared co-working with his daughter was a great joy.

'Young Sheldon'

The same year, in 2017, Perry was cast as a series regular on the Chunk Lorre's highly anticipated comedy sitcom Young Sheldon, a prequel to hit sitcom The Big Bang Theory. She portrayed Mary Cooper, a young Sheldon Cooper's mother in the series initially played by her birth mother, Laurie Metcalf, in The Big Bang Theory. 

"It's a surreal thing to be pursuing this profession that my parents are fairly established in, but it's also a kind of a wild treat," Perry said. She continued, "So getting to play this part has also been amazing because I very much admire what had already been established for the other Mary Cooper."

Though Perry earned the role through audition, she acknowledged, "Genetics definitely played a very helpful part in this portrayal because I didn't have to really think about mimicking my mom as Mary — it's just part of who I am, to an extent."

Further explaining the character she portrayed in the series, Perry said, "Mary Cooper is definitely a very attentive parent." She added, "She brings her faith to the table and expects a certain amount of decorum for her children, even if they don't always meet those standards. What's been fun about watching her progression on the show is that she can be, at times, rigid in her beliefs but there's this constant give and take about what to do when parenting children who don't necessarily share her beliefs."

For her role in Young Seldon, Perry was nominated for 'Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series' at the '9th Critics Choice Television Awards' in 2018.

Personal Life

Perry's parents, Jeff Perry and Laurie Metcalf, divorced in 1992. Her father married casting director Linda Lowy, and her mother married her co-star Matt Roth. Later, she became the older half-sister of Will Theron Roth, Mae Akins Roth, Donovan Roth, and Linda Perry.

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