Maeve Jinkings was born in Brazil. In 2000, she received her BA in Social Communications from the Universidade da Amazônia. In 2001, Maeve joined Antunes Filho’s Center of Theater Research, and later, in 2008, graduated from the University of São Paulo’s School of Dramatic Arts. Maeve made her acting debut in Carlos Reichembach’s “Fake Blonde” (“Falsa Loura”, 2008). As Maeve transitioned into cinema, her devotion to the theater remained firm, and she continued developing tools essential to the craft of acting.
In 2010, Maeve took a lead role in Kleber Mendonça Filho’s “Neighboring Sounds” (“O Som ao Redor”). This would be her first appearance in a series of films located in Recife, one of the leading centers of Brazilian independent cinema. “Neighboring Sounds” premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (2012), and played in over 90 festivals worldwide. The New York Times film critic, A.O. Scott, considered “Neighboring Sounds” one of the 10 Best Films of the Year. Likewise, the magazine, Film Comment, deemed “Neighboring Sounds” one of the 20 Best Films of the Year. The film was also selected to represent Brazil at the Oscars in the category of Best Foreign Film. For her performance, Maeve was nominated for Best Actress in the most prestigious Brazilian film festivals, including the Festival do Rio and the Festival de Gramado, both in 2012.
In 2012, Maeve starred in Renata Pinheiro’s “Love Plastic and Noise” (“Amor Plástico e Barulho”, 2012) as Jaqueline Carvalho, a decadent singer of brega music. For this movie, Maeve won several awards, including Best Actress in BRAFFT, Best Actress at the 46th Festival de Brasília, Best Actress at the 8th Festival of Festival Aruanda do Audiovisual Brasileiro, and Honorable Mention at the VI Janela Internacional de Cinema do Recife.
In 2013, Maeve acted in the short film “Estátua!”, directed by Gabriela Amaral Almeida. She received the second award in her career as Best Actress at the 47th Festival de Brasília, and Best Actress at the Curta Cinema Rio de Janeiro.
In 2015, Maeve starred as Blondie, a truck driver for rodeos in Gabriel Mascaro’s “Neon Bull.” The film made its world premiere at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival where it secured the Horizons (Orizzonti) Special Jury Prize. In Canada, “Neon Bull” screened in the Platform section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, and took an honorable mention from the jury. The film garnered other noteworthy awards such as the Warsaw Grand Prix, the main prize of the International Competition at the 31st Warsaw International Film Festival, the Special Jury Prize at the Havana Film Festival, Best Director at the International Film Festival of Marrakesh, and four awards at The Festival do Rio de Janeiro, among them, Best Film.
In the same year, Maeve would return to collaborate with director Renata Pinheiro, this time with the lead role in the feature film, “Black Land, Green Sea” (Mar Verde, Terra Preta; slated for release in 2017). Also in 2015, Maeve played a supporting role opposite Sonia Braga in Kleber Mendonça Filho’s second feature film, “Aquarius.” The film had its world premiere and competed in the Official Selection at the 69th Cannes Film Festival
In 2016, Maeve co-starred with Enrique Diaz in the director, Sergio Borges’ film, “Coiote“, which shot at Minas Gerais (Brazil).