Carrie Mathison
Carrie Mathison S6
Status: Alive
Age: 40
Date of birth: April 5, 1979
Birthplace: Annapolis, Maryland,
United States of America
Nationality: Flag of the United States 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 Dunn (sister)
Tim (half-brother)
Marital status: Single
Significant other(s): Nick Brody (d. 2013)
David Estes (d. 2012)
Jonas Hollander

Dante Allen(affair)
Children: with Nicholas Brody:
Frannie Mathison
Other family: Nieces:
Ruby Mathison
Josie Mathison
Played by: Claire Danes
Seasons: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
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.


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. 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 began 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 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 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.

The following season, she and Frannie are living in Virginia with her sister, brother-in-law and niece. She is jobless and racking up huge debts on her credit card. She decides to investigate the Russian ties to the presidency after learning that her friend Dante Allen may have ties to them. Maggie becomes suspicious when Carrie spends her nights away from home and after the FBI storms the apartment of Dante, scaring Frannie, Maggie and Bill decide to seek custody of Frannie. Carrie is initially reluctant to be separated from her daughter but eventually decides to hand over her custodial rights with the promise that she can see her every other weekend.


  • 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

Background information and notes

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


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

External links

Main Characters
Season 1 Carrie MathisonNick BrodyJessica BrodySaul BerensonDavid EstesMike FaberChris BrodyDana Brody
Season 2 Carrie MathisonNick BrodyJessica BrodySaul BerensonDavid EstesMike FaberWilliam WaldenVirgilAbu NazirChris BrodyDana Brody
Season 3 Carrie MathisonNick BrodyJessica BrodySaul BerensonPeter QuinnMike FaberChris BrodyDana BrodyDar AdalMira BerensonAndrew Lockhart
Season 4 Carrie MathisonPeter QuinnSaul BerensonAndrew LockhartFara SheraziMartha Boyd
Season 5 Carrie MathisonPeter QuinnSaul BerensonOtto DüringAllison CarrJonas HollanderDar AdalLaura Sutton
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