Maggie Gyllenhaal was born November 16, 1977 in New York, in the United States. Maggie's father Steven Gyllenhaal - known film director, his mother Naomi Foner - screenwriter. Not surprisingly, and Maggie, and her younger brother Jake from a young age to act in films.
Maggie studied at Columbia University, where she studied English literature and Eastern religions, and it was there she was fascinated by the theater. Later Gyllenhaal briefly studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
Maggie first appeared in film in 1992 in the film of his father Waterland ("Water Country"). The following four films she also starred with his father in small roles. However, in 1999, Maggie decided to build their own Gyllenhaal his career, went to New York and played on Broadway.
Success was the main role of a young actress in the film of 2001 Secretary ("Secretary"). Maggie is so deeply convey the image of the heroine that was launched immediately into five different awards, including "Golden Globe" for Best Actress. One of the awards - from the National Board of Review USA - she won. In the same year she appeared on the screen, along with his brother Jake in the film "Donnie Darko".
Over the next 10 years of his film career Maggie consolidated the initial success of the excellent work in such films as "Confessions of a Dangerous mind", "Sherry Baby," "The Dark Knight", "Crazy Heart." For the last film she was nominated for "Oscar".
In April 2006, Maggie Gyllenhaal married actor Peter Sarsgaard, in October of that year they had a daughter, Ramona.
In 2007, Maggie was the face of lingerie brand Agent Provocateur, she also collaborated with brands Miu Miu, Reebok and others.