Kate Mara (born February 27, 1983) is an American television and film actress. Beginning acting in her hometown of Bedford, New York, she moved from the stage to her first film, Random Hearts (1999). Her notable roles include appearances in the Academy Award-winning film Brokeback Mountain (2005), playing the daughter of Heath Ledger's character, and on the Fox television series 24, as computer analyst Shari Rothenberg. She has since appeared in the feature films We Are Marshall (2006), Shooter (2007), Transsiberian (2008), Stone of Destiny (2008), and The Open Road (2009). Mara joined the cast of the HBO series Entourage for its sixth season, and appeared in Iron Man 2, Happythankyoumoreplease and 127 Hours. She will next star in Ironclad.Mara will star with Forest Whitaker, Bruce Willis and Malin Åkerman in the independent drama Catch .44, written and directed by Aaron Harvey. The project began shooting in Shreveport, Louisiana on July 11, 2010.As of July 2010, Mara was offered a starring role in Safe House, a film about a group of U.S. Marshals assigned to protect a witness in a mafia trial, starring Lena Headey, Michael Ironside and Michael Trucco.Mara has been rumored to be on the shortlist of actresses up for a lead role in "The Dark Knight Rises".