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Polly Marks is a friend to Desna Simms, an employed manicurist and preppy con-artist based in Palmetto. She is a major character in the series Claws, portrayed by Carrie Preston.

Released on parole for identity fraud, Polly reintegrates into her position as manicurist for Nail Artisan of Manatee County while straying away from crime as best to her ability. When an old friend visits her and learns of her facade, she dives into temptation and aids Desna and the girls in furthering their goals.

Polly also mothers a young daughter to a neighbor whom attempted to sell her into prostitution and actively seeks a sexual partnership with Kenneth Brickman.


Early LifeEdit

Polly committed identity fraud, stealing funds from many elderly from a nursing house. During the time, she encountered and befriended Sally Bates, another woman that has conned an older man for money. After a while, Polly is compromised, arrested and jailed.

During this time, Desna paid her visits. One visit, she tells Polly that she was right about joining in the operations, saying that one of the doctors had "retired" and that Roller had some sort of dark side she fears. Through the conversation, they tell each other that if something were to happen to them--their life were at risk--they would use the code phrase "ambrosia salad" to mean they needed help.

Before New YearsEdit

Returning to Nail Artisan of Manatee County, Polly is given a surprise party for her release. After Virginia's arrival, the women prepare for another busy day in the salon. Roller pays the salon a visit, asking Polly how she was doing.

Reunited with the PastEdit

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Much of Polly's personality is positive and upbeat, presenting herself as a "preppy" archetype. She often expresses love and shares her own insights learned throughout her life. She also tends to be a compulsive liar, shown to share untrue stories that skew from her actual background. It is unknown where she picks up her much darker side. Polly can become slightly aggressive and brazen in matters that display her loyalty to her friends and allies; willing to fabricate a crime or blackmail former acquaintances she feels have wronged her.


  • Marnie (Adoptive Daughter)
    After witnessing her neighbor attempt to solicit her own daughter into prostitution, Polly, through an effort of trading valuable property, adopted Marnie into her care.

  • Sally Bates (Former Friend)
    During a cover under the alias of Heather, Polly became close with a rich woman and spun a story in which she was the wife of Otto. When the facade crumbled, Sally distanced herself from Polly and, ultimately, became her blackmail victim in an effort to collect money.


Appearances for Polly Marks

Memorable QuotesEdit

Do you want your cinnamon gum, hon?
—Polly Marks to Virginia Loc[src]
Well, aren't you the Chattanooga Chatterbox today?
—Polly Marks to Quiet Ann[src]
You don't pay a whore to bang. You pay her to leave.
—Polly Marks[src]
I'd rather be bougie than broke down!
—Polly Marks to Desna Simms[src]
Tweedle dee and tweedle duuummmmb.
—Polly Marks to Virginia Loc and Desna Simms[src]
Sugar, please.
—Polly Marks to Virginia Loc[src]



  • Polly is 45 years of age, though she denies this at first mention.[2][3]
  • Polly can speak some German, seen as she calms a German Shepherd.[4]

Behind the SceneEdit



Claws Characters
Groups Desna's DivasDixie MafiaHaitian MafiaRussian Mafia
Nail Artisan Jennifer HusserVirginia LocPolly MarksDesna SimmsAnnalisa Zayas
Dixie Mafia BaylorBrienneClintBryce HusserClay HusserJuanda HusserRoller HusserTedToby
The Russians BogdanBorisChip LauderdaleOlga OstrovskyZlata OstrovskyRivaYuriYuri II
The Haitians Gregory RuvalMatilde Ruval
Others AriaAudreyBreniqueConfetta BrinksSally BatesBethBethanyArlene BranchKenneth BrickmanCeceChoiCicilyKeith CoombsSandy CoombsLucy ChenEdCarl HargroveHank GluckMandy HeiserJeffJeffKellyKikiApril KimLamontLondonMargeMarilyn BrickmanLillian MarksMarnieMattMontyGladys PiretteRelevanceSarahScarletShellyDean SimmsHenry Zayas
For a complete list of minor characters, see List of Minor Characters.
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