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Carrie Mathison
Carrie S4
Status: Alive
Age: 37
Date of birth: April 5, 1979
Birthplace: Maryland,
United States of America
Nationality: Flag of the United States American
Affiliation: Central Intelligence Agency
Düring Foundation
Profession: CIA ID# 46655265
Father: Frank Mathison (d. 2014)
Mother: Ellen Mathison
Sibling(s): Maggie Mathison (sister)
Tim (half-brother)
Marital status: Single
Significant other(s): Ex-lovers:
2011 - 2013:
Nick Brody (d. 2013)
???? - ????:
David Estes (d. 2012)
Jonas Happich
Children: with Nicholas Brody:
Frannie Mathison
Other family: Nieces:
Ruby Mathison
Josie Mathison
Played by: Claire Danes
Seasons: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Episodes: 60 appearances
First episode: "Pilot"

Caroline Anne "Carrie" Mathison (born April 5, 1979) is a former operations officer working for the Central Intelligence Agency. She is obsessively hunting down a terrorist named Abu Nazir, whom she suspects turned Nick Brody, an American prisoner of war, against his country.


Carrie was born on April 5, 1979 in Annapolis, Maryland. She has a Bachelor's degree in Near East Studies and Linguistics from Northwestern University, studied Arabic and Farsi at the American University of Beirut, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Princeton University with a BA in Arabic Languages and Literature in 1999).


Carrie joined the CIA on August 1, 1999, and was recruited, trained, and placed in the field by CIA veteran Saul Berenson, with whom she continues to have a close working relationship. It is suggested that at some point she had a personal relationship with David Estes, who was her boss, which led the breakup of his marriage. From the age of 22 she has been dealing with bipolar disorder, which is why she secretly takes an antipsychotic medication named clozapine. She also takes Lithium and clonazepam . She also has a history of alcoholism.

"An American POW has been turned."Edit

Working as a case officer for the CIA in Iraq, she met with Hasan Ibrahim who claimed to have intel about an attack Abu Nazir is planning against the United States. Shortly before Hasan's execution, she sneaked into his prison where he said that "an American POW has been turned". Sneaking into a prison like this caused a diplomatic incident, which led to her boss, David Estes, placing her in the "penalty box" (behind a desk at Langley). 

Ten months later, when an American POW named Sgt. Nick Brody is discovered alive after missing for eight years, Carrie suspects that he is the POW Hasan referred to. After Saul doesn't approve of placing surveillance on Brody, Carrie illegally starts surveilling him anyway with the help of Virgil. She got into Nick's CIA debriefing, where she attempted to link him to Abu Nazir, however he denied ever meeting the man. Saul discovered her illegal surveillance but gave tacit approval when she later discovered that Nick tapped his fingers in a repeated pattern in televised appearances; apparently a coded message.

Personal Life and RelationshipsEdit

Carrie has Bipolar Disorder and does not eat meat.

Nicholas BrodyEdit

Carrie was obsessed with Brody for him to become the POW that has been turned and fell in love with him over the duration of the investigation.

After his death, Carrie gave birth to his daughter Frannie and left her with her sister Maggie to raise as she copes with his death and her ability to become a mother, while working overseas.

Peter QuinnEdit

Carrie and Quinn finally shared their first kiss after her father's funeral.


  • From the initial conception of the character, Gordon and Gansa targeted Claire Danes to play the lead role of Carrie Mathison.



Fiction books
Carrie's Run
Saul's Game
Season 1
Pilot Grace Clean Skin Semper I Blind Spot
The Good Soldier The Weekend Achilles Heel Crossfire Representative Brody
The Vest Marine One
Season 2
The Smile Beirut is Back State of Independence New Car Smell Q&A
A Gettysburg Address The Clearing I'll Fly Away Two Hats Broken Hearts
In Memoriam The Choice
Season 3
Tin Man Is Down Uh... Oh... Ah... Tower of David Game On The Yoga Play
Still Positive Gerontion A Red Wheelbarrow One Last Thing Good Night
Big Man in Tehran The Star
Season 4
The Drone Queen Trylon and Perisphere Shalwar Kameez Iron in the Fire About a Boy
From A to B and Back Again Redux Halfway to a Donut There's Something Else Going On 13 Hours in Islamabad
Krieg Nicht Lieb Long Time Coming
Season 5
Separation Anxiety The Tradition of Hospitality Super Powers Why Is This Night Different? Better Call Saul
Parabiosis Oriole All About Allison The Litvinov Ruse New Normal
Our Man in Damascus A False Glimmer

Background information and notesEdit

  • The character was originally planned to be named Carrie Anderson.


"DAMMIT, SAUL!" - Carrie's signature, recurring line. See here .

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