Dunn first rose to prominence on the FOX TV series Canterbury's Law as Molly McConnell opposite Julianna Margulies. Her recent film roles have included critically lauded turns in Cold Weather (2010), The New Year (2010), Vacation! (2010), and United 93 (2006). She has also appeared on Fringe as Valerie Boone, the victim of a scientific experiment in the episode "Midnight", and also guest starred on HBO's Bored to Death.
Dunn attended the North Carolina School of the Arts, where she studied theater. She also appeared in a number of student films, including those made by classmates and future collaborators Zach Clark, Brett Haley, Aaron Katz, and Brendan McFadden.
Filmmaker Magazine named her one of the 25 New Faces of Independent in their 2010 Summer Issue, and the LA Times touted her as a "break out star" based on her roles in the independent films Cold Weather (2010) and The New Year (2010).