1. She is best known for her roles in independent films, and for her roles in television as House Majority Whip Jacqueline Sharp on the Netflix original series House of Cards, for which she earned an Emmy nomination, and as Alma Garret on the HBO series Deadwood.
2. She won a Genie Award in 1997 as Best Actress in a Leading Role for Kissed, was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award as best female lead in 2001 for her role in The Center of the World, and has twice been nominated for a Genie Award as best supporting actress .
3. Parker was born in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, and spent her childhood on a farm in Pitt Meadows. She attended ballet classes from ages 3 to 17 but began acting in local productions at age 14.
4. Parker portrayed Alice Ramsey in “The Wrath of Kali” , a fourth-season episode of Highlander: The Series.
5. Her breakthrough role was as the daughter of a lesbian military officer in the television movie Serving in Silence .
6. Parker is known for taking on controversial roles, such as her aforementioned performance in Kissed, as a sympathetic lap dancer and paid escort in The Center of the World , and a rabbi in Six Feet Under.
7. She filmed a pilot for a series called The Wonderful Maladys, but the series was not picked up, and in 2010, she starred in the video for “Cold Love” by Tim Kasher.
8. In 2014, she appeared as Congresswoman Jacqueline Sharp in the second season of the Netflix series House of Cards.
9. Parker continued in the role in seasons 3 and 4, released on Netflix in 2015 and 2016, respectively.
10. In 2018, she will appear as Maureen Robinson in Lost in Space, the Netflix remake of the 1965 TV series.