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Maggie Mathison
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Name: Margaret Mathison
Status: Alive
Age: Mid 40s
Nationality: Flag of the United States.png American
Alias(es): Maggie
Profession: Doctor
Father: Frank Mathison (d. 2014)
Mother: Ellen Mathison
Sibling(s): Carrie Mathison (sister)
Tim (half-brother)
Spouse(s): Bill Dunn
Children: Ruby Dunn
Josie Dunn
Played by: Amy Hargreaves
Season(s): 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8
First episode: "Grace"
Last episode: "Prisoners of War"

“I am not extraordinary like you Carrie. I don’t run CIA stations in Afghanistan, or disrupt terrorist attacks in Berlin. I don’t advise the president of the United States. My job doesn’t require me to risk my life. I’m not a hero. But, as it turns out, safe has its advantages too: family, a stable home life. These are the things that I can offer Franie, things that you can’t. It’s a chance to be normal.” – Maggie

Margaret "Maggie" Mathison is the older sister of Carrie Mathison who provides her sister anti-psychotic drugs for her bi-polar disorder.

About her

Played by Amy Hargreaves, Margaret "Maggie" Mathison is Carrie Mathison's sister. Maggie is usually the person that Carrie goes to for support when having personal problems. As a medical doctor (though not a psychiatrist), Maggie secretly obtains medication for Carrie to control her bipolar disorder. (Homeland Novel: Carrie's Run)

Maggie also strives to remain in touch with her family, letting her and Carrie's father Frank stay in her home, and herself having a husband and two kids. Once Carrie gives birth to her daughter, Frannie, Maggie is largely responsible for taking care of the child, given Carrie's enduring commitment to her intelligence work. Carrie and Frannie move in with Maggie after Carrie is fired from her job at the White House. However, Carrie's increasing inability to look after her child, as well as the repeated trauma to which she exposes Frannie because of her field work, leaves Maggie no choice but to seek custody of Frannie. At the custody hearing, Carrie accepts an agreement allowing her to see Frannie every other weekend.


Maggie is a doctor who provided drugs to her sister who inherited their father 's bi-polar disorder. She loves her littie sister that she almost decided to cut off her pill supply because she's afraid that she'll lose her medical license and that Carrie needs to go to the therapist for her disorder, just like what their father is doing.

When Carrie has to go overseas for work she leaves Frannie in her sister's care as she feels unable to care for her due to her emotional fragile state.

Following President Keane's inauguration, Carrie finds herself unemployed and moves in with her sister, brother-in-law and nieces. When Maggie and Bill return home early from their night out to discover that  Josie left Franny with a friend while Carrie went out on an errand and asked Josie to assist her, Bill is angered and leaves the room. Maggie tells Carrie that she found some bills in her room showing that Carrie is $ 38,000 in debt and questions her about her pills for her bipolar disorder.

Maggie continues to be suspicious of her sister's late night activities, especially when she finds Max using Carrie's laptop. The two sisters argue and Carrie storms out of the house, taking Frannie with her. After the FBI and Saul break into Dante Allen's apartment while Carrie is seducing Dante and they frighten Franny, Maggie confronts her sister and tells her that she will seek custody of Frannie unless Carrie gets herself sorted out, which Carrie does not take too kindly to. However, they come to an agreement that Carrie can see her daughter every other weekend while the latter lives with her aunt and uncle.

Personal life and relationships

Maggie is married to Bill and they've two daughters: Ruby and Josie. She uses her maiden name for professional reasons.


“From the day you were born, you’ve had a mind of your own. You never listened to anyone, even when you were little. You used to wave at planes, remember? And I would say, ‘Who are you waving at? They can’t see you!’ But you would just keep on waving. You were always so fearless, too, my God. I hated you for that. Why was I scared all the time? How come you got to be the brave one?”

Behind the Scenes


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 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