Cora Tanner
played by Jessica Biel
  • Character bio
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Cora Tanner (Jessica Biel) is a young mother who, after being overcome by an inexplicable fit of rage, commits a startling and very public act of violence without understanding why.

Jessica Biel serves as executive producer and stars on USA Network’s upcoming psychological thriller, THE SINNER, as Cora Tanner, a young mother who, after being overcome by an inexplicable fit of rage, commits a startling and very public act of violence without understanding why.  A chilling limited series, THE SINNER will premiere this summer on USA Network.

In addition to appearing in numerous box office hits, Jessica Biel has been noted for her critically-acclaimed performances in films such as “Hitchcock,” costarring Helen Mirren, Anthony Hopkins and Scarlett Johansson, and “The Illusionist,” where she starred alongside Oscar®-nominated actors Edward Norton and Paul Giamatti. Biel received numerous awards for her work in the latter, including Hollywood Life’s Annual Breakthrough Award, the Shining Star Award at both the Giffoni Film Festival and the Maui Film Festival, and the Breakthrough Performance Award at the 18th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Most recently, Biel wrapped production for Rob Reiner’s “Shock and Awe,” where she stars alongside Woody Harrelson, James Marsden, Tommy Lee Jones and Milla Jovovich. She can last be seen in “The Book of Love” with Jason Sudeikis and Maisie Williams, which was also produced by Iron Ocean Films. Biel also recently starred in “A Kind of Murder,” based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel “The Blunderer,” alongside Imogen Poots, Toby Jones and Patrick Wilson, and will soon start production on Danny Tanovic’s upcoming drama “Invisible,” starring opposite Clive Owen.

Biel recently added restaurant owner to her impressive resume, cofounding Au Fudge, a community-minded marketplace, restaurant and creative space to gather for nourishing, yet scrumptious meals and desserts, fanciful cocktails and creative family-friendly festivities. Located in the West Hollywood Design District, Au Fudge provides an eclectic one-of-a-kind dining experience with locally sourced fresh ingredients expertly prepared by top chefs.

In 2013, Biel was seen in Tribeca Film’s thriller “The Truth About Emanuel,” starring alongside Kaya Scodelario and Alfred Molina. She also recently starred in Len Weisman’s “Total Recall,” which grossed more than $183 million worldwide. In 2008, Biel starred in the romantic dramedy “Easy Virtue,” based on the play by Noel Coward. A year prior, she appeared in Universal’s comedy “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry” opposite Adam Sandler and Kevin James, which opened at number one at the box office and grossed well over $100 million domestically. Other film credits of late include the ensemble romantic comedies “New Year’s Eve” and “Valentine’s Day” and the thriller “The A-Team.”

Biel initially pursued a career as a vocalist, performing in musical theatre as a child for shows like “Annie,” “The Sound of Music” and “Beauty and the Beast.” In her feature film debut at age 14, she garnered acclaim for her portrayal as the rebellious daughter in Victor Nunez’s “Ulee’s Gold,” starring Peter Fonda. Other credits include the popular television series “7th Heaven” and films including “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “Summer Catch,” “The Rules of Attraction,” “Blade: Trinity” and the hit remake of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.” She has also been seen in Cameron Crowe’s “Elizabethtown” and “Stealth,” costarring Josh Lucas and Jamie Foxx.

Well-known for her extensive philanthropic efforts, Biel is passionate about working with children, the environment, animals and more. Notably active in the water crisis and global women's issues, she joined a determined group of climbers to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2010 to raise awareness for the need for clean water worldwide. She became extremely involved in the organization’s charity, and in 2012, was honored with an Impact Award by Variety’s Power of Women for her work highlighting how clean water directly affected the lives of mothers and daughters in villages throughout Africa, as well as its direct link to education for women.

Prior to these honors, Biel was heavily involved in such charities as Serving Those Who Serve, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary and PETA. She was honored with the National Impact Award at the 2008 Heart of Los Angeles Gala and the Young Philanthropist of the Year Award at the 2006 Golden Karma Awards. In 2007, she cofounded the Make the Difference Network with her father and business partner Kent McBride, a national wish list and social network connecting nonprofits with potential donors, as well as working to increase awareness for the organizations.