Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

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1. Julia Garner

Actress | Ozark

Julia Garner is an American actress and model. She has appeared in the films Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011), The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012), Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014), and played leading roles in Electrick Children, We Are What We Are and Grandma (2015). She also ...

2020 & 2019: Ozark

2. Thandiwe Newton

Actress | Crash

Thandiwe Newton was born in London. She is the daughter of Zimbabwean mother Nyasha, a health-care worker from the Shona tribe, and British father Nick Newton, who worked as a lab technician. She lived in Zambia until political unrest caused her family to move back to the UK, where she lived in ...

2018: Westworld

3. Ann Dowd

Actress | Compliance

Ann Dowd was born on January 30, 1956 in Holyoke, Massachusetts, USA. She is an actress, known for Compliance (2012), Hereditary (2018) and Garden State (2004). She has been married to Lawrence Arancio since 1984. They have three children.

2017: The Handmaid's Tale

4. Maggie Smith

Actress | Gosford Park

One of the world's most famous and distinguished actresses, Dame Maggie Smith was born Margaret Natalie Smith in Essex. Her Scottish mother, Margaret (Hutton), worked as a secretary, and her English father, Nathaniel Smith, was a teacher at Oxford University. Smith has been married twice: to actor ...

2016 & 2012: Downton Abbey

5. Uzo Aduba

Actress | Orange Is the New Black

Aduba began earning recognition for her work in 2003, with a performance in "Translations of Xhosa" at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts that won her a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Play. Her Broadway debut was in 2007 as Toby in "Coram Boy". She was...

2015: Orange is the New Black

6. Anna Gunn

Actress | Breaking Bad

An actress on both stage and screen, Anna Gunn has portrayed a vast array of complex and powerful characters throughout her career.

Anna grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico after her parents transplanted the family from Cleveland, Ohio to the Southwest in the late seventies. She discovered acting in a ...

2014 & 2013: Breaking Bad

7. Margo Martindale

Actress | August: Osage County

Margo Martindale was born July 18, 1951 in Jacksonville, Texas, to Margaret (Pruitt) and William Everett Martindale, a lumber company owner and dog handler. She is the youngest of three children, and the only daughter. Margo attended Lon Marris College, and later transferred to University of ...

2011: Justified

8. Archie Panjabi

Actress | I Origins

Archie is an Emmy Award winning British actress best known for her role as Kalinda Sharma in The Good Wife, for which she was nominated for an Emmy three times in a row and went on to to be honored with a Golden Globe Nomination. She made her film debut in the critically acclaimed East Is East ...

2010: The Good Wife

9. Cherry Jones

Actress | The Village

Cherry Jones was born on November 21, 1956 in Paris, Tennessee, USA. She is an actress, known for The Village (2004), Signs (2002) and The Perfect Storm (2000). She has been married to Sophie Huber since 2015.

2009: 24

10. Dianne Wiest

Actress | Hannah and Her Sisters

One of three children (she has two brothers, Greg and Don), Dianne Wiest was born in Kansas City, Missouri, USA on 28 March 1946. Her original ambition was to be a ballerina, but she was bitten by acting bug after some stage work, most notably playing Desdemona to James Earl Jones' Othello on ...

2008: In Treatment

11. Katherine Heigl

Actress | One for the Money

Katherine Marie Heigl was born on November 24, 1978 in Washington, D.C., to Nancy Heigl (née Engelhardt), a personnel manager, and Paul Heigl, an accountant and executive. Her father is of German/Swiss-German and Irish descent, and her mother is of German ancestry. A short time after her birth, the...

2007: Grey's Anatomy

12. Blythe Danner

Actress | Meet the Parents

Blythe Danner was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Katharine (Kile) and Harry Earl Danner, a bank executive. She has German, as well as English and Irish, ancestry. Danner studied acting and got her degree from Bard College and began her career in Boston theater companies. By 25, she won the ...

2006 & 2005: Huff

13. Drea de Matteo

Actress | The Sopranos

Andrea Donna de Matteo, called Drea (pronounced "dray"), was born on January 19, 1972 in Queens, New York, into an affluent family, the youngest of three children and the only girl. She is the daughter of Donna, a playwright and playwriting teacher at HB Studio in New York, and Albert A. De Matteo,...

2004: The Sopranos

14. Tyne Daly

Actress | Judging Amy

Tyne Daly was born on February 21, 1946 in Madison, Wisconsin, USA as Ellen Tyne Daly. She is an actress, known for Judging Amy (1999), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and Cagney & Lacey (1981). She was previously married to Georg Stanford Brown.

2003: Judging Amy 1996: Christy

15. Stockard Channing

Actress | Grease

One of Broadway and Hollywood's cleverer talents who tends to shine a smart, cynical light on her surroundings, Stockard Channing was born Susan Williams Antonia Stockard on February 13, 1944 in New York City, to a Catholic family with English and Irish ancestry. Her parents were Mary Alice (nee ...

2002: The West Wing

16. Allison Janney

Actress | The Help

Allison Janney is an award-winning actress who has earned a solid reputation in stage productions and in many supporting roles on screen, and who more recently has become prominent by portraying one of the major characters in the popular TV series The West Wing (1999).

Entertainment Weekly magazine ...

2001 & 2000: The West Wing

17. Holland Taylor

Actress | Legally Blonde

Holland Taylor was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the third-born (and last) daughter of her mother, Virginia (Davis), a painter, and the only child of her father, C. Tracy Taylor, an attorney. She spent her teen years in nearby Allentown, PA, where Holland got the nickname, "Penny Taylor" ...

1999: The Practice

18. Camryn Manheim

Actress | The Practice

Camryn grew up in Peoria, Illinois before moving to Long Beach California for middle school. She went on to receive a B.F.A. from U.C. Santa Cruz and then went on to earn a M.F.A from New York University in 1987. Her mother, Sylvia (Nuchow), was a schoolteacher, and her father, Jerry, was a math ...

1998: The Practice

19. Kim Delaney

Actress | NYPD Blue

Kim Delaney was born on November 29, 1961, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and was raised in Roxborough. She is the daughter of Joan and Jack Delaney, who retired from Delphi Automotive, where he served as a committeeman for the United Auto Workers. She has four brothers: Ed Delaney and John Delaney...

1997: NYPD Blue

20. Julianna Margulies

Actress | ER

Julianna Margulies was born on June 8, 1966 in Spring Valley (near New York City), as the youngest of three daughters of Francesca (Goldberg), a teacher and dancer in American Ballet, and Paul Margulies, an advertising writer and philosopher. She is of Ashkenazi Jewish heritage (from Romania, ...

1995: ER

21. Leigh Taylor-Young

Actress | Soylent Green

Entrancing Leigh Taylor-Young was born on January 25, 1945, in Washington, D,C,. to a diplomat father and raised in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, the older sister of future actress Dey Young and writer/director Lance Young. She studied classical ballet and, following high school, attended ...

1994: Picket Fences

22. Mary Alice

Actress | The Matrix Revolutions

Mary Alice was born on December 3, 1941 in Indianola, Mississippi, USA as Mary Alice Smith. She is an actress, known for The Matrix Revolutions (2003), Awakenings (1990) and I'll Fly Away (1991).

1993: I'll Fly Away

23. Valerie Mahaffey

Actress | Seabiscuit

Valerie Mahaffey was born on June 16, 1953 in Sumatra, Indonesia. She is an actress and producer, known for Seabiscuit (2003), Jack and Jill (2011) and Sully (2016). She is married to Joseph Kell. They have one child.

1992: Northern Exposure

24. Madge Sinclair

Actress | Coming to America

Madge Sinclair was born Madge Dorita Walters on April 28, 1938 in Kingston, Jamaica, married young and had two sons. Madge worked as a teacher in Jamaica until she was 30. She left her two boys with their father and moved in 1968 to New York City to be an actress.

She began modeling and later acted ...

1991: Gabriel's Fire

25. Marg Helgenberger

Actress | CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Marg Helgenberger is an established dramatic actress whose prominence has been steadily increasing. Her work has been noted on stage, film and TV. Most of her career has been spent in dramatic roles on television, but she has also had a noteworthy presence in feature films.

Helgenberger earned a ...

1990: China Beach

26. Melanie Mayron

Actress | Thirtysomething

Melanie Mayron was born on October 20, 1952 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She is an actress and director, known for Thirtysomething (1987), Girlfriends (1978) and Snapshots (2018).

1989: thirtysomething

27. Patricia Wettig

Actress | City Slickers

Three-time Emmy Award winner Patricia Wettig made a noticeable dramatic impact on late 1980s TV as wife and mom Nancy Weston on the award-winning series Thirtysomething (1987). Although her husband, actor Ken Olin, also co-starred on the series, they had different spouses on the show. Known for her...

1988: thirtysomething

28. Bonnie Bartlett

Actress | St. Elsewhere

Bonnie Bartlett grew up in Moline, Illinois. Her father E.E. was a failed Shakespearean actor who became an insurance salesman. Her mother Carrie was a homemaker. At an early age, Bonnie became determined to fulfill her father's failed acting career. She went to Northwestern University to study ...

1987 & 1986: St. Elsewhere

29. Betty Thomas

Self | Howard Stern

Betty Thomas was born July 27, 1947 in St. Louis, Missouri, graduating from Ohio University with a BA in fine arts. Initially sidetracked, Betty first taught school in Chicago but found herself restricted and needing more of an open forum for self-expression than a classroom. She found herself drawn...

1985: Hill Street Blues

30. Alfre Woodard

Actress | Star Trek: First Contact

Alfre Woodard was born on November 8, 1952 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the youngest of three children of Constance, a homemaker, and Marion H. Woodard, an interior designer. She was named by her godmother, who claimed she saw a vision of Alfre's name written out in gold letters. A former high school ...

1984: Hill Street Blues

31. Doris Roberts

Actress | Everybody Loves Raymond

Doris Roberts was born in St. Louis, Missouri, to Ann (Meltzer) and Larry Green. She was raised in New York, and took her stepfather's surname. Roberts was a 20-year veteran of the Broadway stage before she began appearing steadily in character roles in film and on television during the 1970s. A ...

1983: St. Elsewhere

32. Nancy Marchand

Actress | The Sopranos

Nancy Marchand's mother, a pianist, sent her shy daughter to acting classes in hopes of breaking her out of her shell. As a student at Carnegie Tech (Carnegie Mellon University), she studied the works of William Shakespeare and the other great playwrights and, upon graduation, set off to New York ...

1982, 1981, 1980 & 1978: Lou Grant

33. Kristy McNichol

Actress | Little Darlings

Actor Kristy McNichol is best known for her role as "Buddy" in the Spelling/Goldberg hit TV series Family (1976), where she won 2 Emmy awards and was nominated for a Golden Globe. McNichol began her career with guest appearances on such popular TV series as Starsky and Hutch, The Bionic Woman, Love...

1979 & 1977: Family

34. Ellen Corby

Actress | The Waltons

Ellen Corby was born Ellen Hansen on June 3, 1911, in Racine, Wisconsin. She began her career as a bit player in the film Speed Limited (1935) in 1940. Ellen would not be seen on the big screen again until 1945 in Cornered (1945). In 1946, she appeared in 14 films, although mostly in small, minor ...

1976, 1975 & 1973: The Waltons

35. Joanna Miles

Actress | Judge Dredd

Joanna Miles, the Emmy Award-winning American actress, was born on March 6, 1940 in Nice, France to expatriate American abstract painter Jeanne Miles and French painter-museum curator Johannes Schiefer. Escaping the war, she was relocated to the United States in 1941. She graduated from the ...

1974: The Glass Menagerie

36. Jenny Agutter

Actress | An American Werewolf in London

Jenny Agutter was born on December 20, 1952, in Taunton, Somerset, England, UK. The daughter of an army officer, she spent her childhood traveling and living in different countries. Her film career began at the age of 12 in East of Sudan (1964), which was quickly followed by The Magical World of ...

1972: The Snow Goose

37. Margaret Leighton

Actress | The Go-Between

Tall, reedy, thin-browed, light-haired British award-winning theatre actress Margaret Leighton was born in Worchestershire, England, on February 26, 1922, the daughter of a businessman. Expressing an early desire to act, she quit school at age 15 and auditioned and joined Sir Barry Jackson's ...

1971: Hamlet

38. Gail Fisher

Actress | Mannix

A classy, smart-looking African-American actress who broke racial barriers in 1970s Hollywood but suffered greatly in her private life years after her TV glory days, award-winning actress Gail Fisher was born on August 18, 1935, in Orange, New Jersey, the youngest of five children. Her father, a ...

1970: Mannix

39. Barbara Anderson

Actress | Ironside

Barbara Anderson was born on November 27, 1945 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Barbara Jeanne Anderson. She is an actress, known for Ironside (1967), Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) and Mission: Impossible (1966). She has been married to Don Burnett since June 15, 1971.

1968: Ironside

40. Agnes Moorehead

Actress | Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte

Agnes was born of Anglo/Irish ancestry near Boston, the daughter of a Presbyterian minister (her mother was a mezzo-soprano) who encouraged her to perform in church pageants. Aged three, she sang 'The Lord is my Shepherd' on a public stage and seven years later joined the St. Louis Municipal Opera ...

1967: The Wild Wild West

41. Lee Grant

Actress | In the Heat of the Night

Academy Award-winner Lee Grant was born Lyova Haskell Rosenthal on October 31, 1925 in Manhattan, New York City, to Witia (Haskell), a teacher and actress, and Abraham Rosenthal, an educator and realtor. Her father was of Romanian Jewish descent, and her mother was a Russian Jewish immigrant. Lee ...

1966: Peyton Place

42. Ruth White

Actress | To Kill a Mockingbird

Ruth White was born on April 24, 1914 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, USA as Ruth Patricia White. She was an actress, known for To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), Midnight Cowboy (1969) and Hang 'Em High (1968). She died on December 3, 1969 in Perth Amboy.

1964: Little Moon of Alban

43. Glenda Farrell

Actress | Blondes at Work

Glenda Farrell began as the archetypal wisecracking blonde in 1930s gangland films like Little Caesar (1931) and I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932). Diminutive, grey-eyed and undeniably sassy, she was a seasoned performer long before Warner Brothers snapped her up as a contract player in 1929...

1963: Ben Casey

44. Pamela Brown

Actress | Cleopatra

Pamela Brown trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). Her first appearance was as "Juliet" in "Romeo and Juliet" at Stratford-on-Avon in 1936. She followed this with a variety of roles for the Old Vic Company in London. She appeared on Broadway in the 1947 production of "The Importance ...

1962: Victoria Regina

45. Barbara Hale

Actress | Perry Mason

Barbara was born on 18 April 1922, as one of two children. As a young girl, Ms. Hale intended to major in art and drawing but to work her way through The Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, she began her professional career as a model for a comic strip called "Ramblin' Bill." Barbara is best remembered ...

1959: Perry Mason



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