Carrie Mathison
Carrie Mathison S6.jpg
Status: Alive
Age: 41
Date of birth: April 5, 1979
Birthplace: Annapolis, Maryland,
United States of America
Nationality: Flag of the United States.png American
Affiliation: Central Intelligence Agency (former)
Düring Foundation (former)
Profession: CIA ID# 46655265 (former)
Head of security for the Düring Foundation (former)
Senior advisor to Elizabeth Keane (former)
Father: Frank Mathison (d. 2014)
Mother: Ellen Mathison
Sibling(s): Maggie Mathison (sister)
Tim (half-brother)
Marital status: In a relationship
Significant other(s): Fomer:
Nick Brody (d. 2013)
David Estes (d. 2012)
Jonas Hollander
Dante Allen (affair)
Thomas Anson
Yevgeny Gromov
Children: with Nick Brody:
Franny Mathison
Others: Nieces:
Ruby Dunn
Josie Dunn
Played by: Claire Danes
Season(s): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
First episode: "Pilot"

"Are you sure you're not a monster, Brody?"

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.

In Season 5, while working in Berlin for the Düring Foundation, she had the position of head of security and in the Season 6 finale, she became the senior advisor to newly-elected President Elizabeth Keane. In Season 7, she has left the position and is investigating the President's ties to the Russians. She is later captured by the latter and for months is left without access to her medication, which leaves her in a crazed state.


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."

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 Piotrowski. 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 Relationships

Carrie has Bipolar Disorder and does not eat meat.

Nicholas Brody

Carrie became obsessed with Brody; convinced that he was the POW that Hasan Ibrahim said had been turned. She had his home under constant video and audio surveillance, watching him for weeks. When the surveillance was pulled she approached him and made personal contact. She eventually started a short lived affair with him. Brody found out that she had been investigating him and ended the affair, she was devastated and tried on several occasions to make up with him.

After his death, Carrie gave birth to his daughter Franny 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 Quinn

Carrie and Quinn finally shared their first kiss after her father's funeral. After moving to Berlin to work, Quinn was tasked with killing Carrie but failed to do so. He was later taken hostage by a group of jihadists who intended to release sarin gas in Berlin Hauptbahnhof and used him as their test subject. This led to him slipping into a coma but Carrie refused to allow him to be taken off life support.

He was taken back to Brooklyn and placed in a military hospital, now suffering from PTSD. After freaking out in front of the medical staff, Carrie took him home with her and gave him the room in her basement. She also asked Max to keep an eye on him while she worked but he suffered a seizure when out at the shops. He later tried to keep the authorities away from the house in order to protect Frannie, who was later placed in foster care by CPS. Following a tip-off about an imminent attack against President-elect Elizabeth Keane, he managed to save both her and Carrie, but died in a hail of bullets.

Yevgeny Gromov

In Season 7, they came face to face when she tricked him by impersonating Simone Martin, allowing the real one to be safely put on a plane. She was imprisoned for seven months by the Russians and had her bipolar medication confiscated.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​In the final season, it is heavily hinted that she and he had some sort of relationship, while she was in Russian custody and he obtained her medication, also revealing that during one of their many conversations that she attempted to drown her daughter as a baby.  

​​​​​​​When she found a note with the name of Samira Noori, he accosted her in a bar and revealed that he was the one who left it on her desk in the Kabul station. He also accompanied her on her bid to rescue Max when he is captured by the Taliban but he was eventually shot dead by Jalal Haqqani. Together, they searched for the black box from the helicopter crash in which President Warner and President Daoud lost their lives, but when she eventually obtained it and discovered that the accident was caused by a helicopter blade, he tricked her by sedating her and taking the black box. He brought her back to her room and laid her on her bed, kissing her on her cheek.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​They next came face to face when he requested that she find out the identity of Saul's asset in Russia. After she discovered Saul's method of communication with the asset via red leather-bound books, they had a meeting and he told her that she had to kill Saul.  However, as she prepared to kill him, she decided to spare his life, but told his sister Dorit that her brother had died from a stroke as means of getting her away from the house after she was given a USB key with a video of Saul revealing the name of the asset - Anna Pomerantseva​​​​​​​. She got Yevgeny to come to the house and told him to watch the video. He texted the name to his boss, who decided that Anna had to be stopped. After being warned by Saul that she was in danger, Scott Ryan helped her get to safety by barricading the both of them in a storeroom. However, she was reluctant to turn herself over to the Russians and committed suicide with hid gun. After Yevgeny got the news, he and Carrie decided to escape to Syria.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Two years later, the two of them were seen living in Moscow in a long-term relationship and went out to a jazz concert to celebrate the publication of her new book, which detailed why she had to betray the US. ​​


  • 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
Season 6
Fair Game The Man in the Basement The Covenant A Flash of Light Casus Belli
The Return Imminent Risk Alt. Truth Sock Puppets The Flag House
R Is for Romeo America First
Season 7
Enemy of the State Rebel Rebel Standoff Like Bad at Things Active Measures
Species Jump Andante Lies, Amplifiers, F**king Twitter Useful Idiot Clarity
All In Paean to the People
Season 8
Deception Indicated Catch and Release False Friends Chalk One Up Chalk Two Down
Two Minutes F**ker Shot Me Threnody(s) In Full Flight Designated Driver
The English Teacher Prisoners of War

Background information and notes

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


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


  • She is the only main character to appear in every episode of the series

External links

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Season 6
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Season 8
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