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Rachel Brosnahan

Rachel Elizabeth Brosnahan (born December 15, 1990) is an American actress. She made her film debut in the horror film The Unborn (2009) and subsequently appeared in the films Beautiful Creatures (2013), Louder Than Bombs (2015), The Finest Hours (2016), and Patriots Day (2016). Brosnahan had a recurring role in the Netflix political thriller series House of Cards, for which she received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination. Brosnahan received wider recognition and acclaim for playing the title role of an aspiring stand-up comedian in the Amazon Video series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017–present). For her work, she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 2018 and two consecutive Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy in 2018 and 2019.

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Rachel Brosnahan
Brosnahan at the Paley Center for Media in 2014
Born
Rachel Elizabeth Brosnahan[1]

(1990-07-12) July 12, 1990 (age 28)[2]
EducationHighland Park High School
Alma materNew York University
OccupationActress
Years active2009–present
Spouse(s)
Jason Ralph (m. 2016)
RelativesKate Spade (aunt)

Rachel Elizabeth Brosnahan (born December 15, 1990) is an American actress. She made her film debut in the horror film The Unborn (2009) and subsequently appeared in the films Beautiful Creatures (2013), Louder Than Bombs (2015), The Finest Hours (2016), and Patriots Day (2016). Brosnahan had a recurring role in the Netflix political thriller series House of Cards, for which she received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination.[3]

Brosnahan received wider recognition and acclaim for playing the title role of an aspiring stand-up comedian in the Amazon Video series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017–present). For her work, she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 2018 and two consecutive Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy in 2018 and 2019.[4][5]

Early life

Brosnahan was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the daughter of Carol and Earl Brosnahan.[6][7] Her father worked in children's publishing. From the age of four, Brosnahan was raised in Highland Park, Illinois.[6][8] She has a younger brother and sister.[9] She is the niece of the late handbag designer Kate Spade.[10] Her mother is British, and her American father is of Irish descent.[11][12]

Brosnahan attended Wayne Thomas Elementary School, and then Northwood Junior High School.[9][6] She performed in musical theater during junior high school and high school.[9][6] At Highland Park High School, she was on the wrestling team for two years and was a snowboarding instructor.[9][11] When Brosnahan was 16, she took a class with Carole Dibo,[13] director of Wilmette's Actors Training Center and now Brosnahan's manager. She graduated from there in 2008.

Career

Brosnahan was cast in her first movie role as Lisa in the Michael Bay-produced horror movie The Unborn while she was still in high school. During college, she performed in single episodes of television series such as Gossip Girl, The Good Wife, Grey's Anatomy,[9] and In Treatment.

After college, she began landing recurring roles in series such as The Blacklist (2014), the short-lived Black Box (2014), and House of Cards (2013–15) which brought her career prominence, including a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series in 2015. Initially booked for two episodes and five lines, she caught the eye of showrunner Beau Willimon,[14] and was soon developed into a major character. Brosnahan also played Abby Isaacs for two seasons on the television drama Manhattan.[10]

She first appeared on stage in 2009 in Up at Steppenwolf Theatre[6] followed by her Broadway debut in The Big Knife with Roundabout Theatre Company in 2013.[15] In 2016 she played Desdemona in Othello at New York Theatre Workshop opposite David Oyelowo and Daniel Craig.[16]

She was cast as the lead role and title character of the Amazon series, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which debuted in 2017. Brosnahan said that, while she is not Jewish, her exposure to Jewish culture growing up helped prepare her for the role of Midge Maisel, a 1950s Jewish housewife who pursues a career in stand-up comedy when her marriage falls apart.[17] Her performance earned her a Critics' Choice Television Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.[18][19][20][21]

She was cast in the upcoming film Ironbark alongside Benedict Cumberbatch. The film is set to be released in 2019. [22]

After her Emmy win, Brosnahan stated that Maisel resonated with viewers because "the show is equal parts fantasy and reality. It has beautiful clothes, beautiful sets. I think in some ways it's aspirational too. It's about a woman who's reinventing herself after completing the dream she had laid out for herself. Everything falls apart; she finds herself anew. It's never too late to do that. And it's funny and, I think, filled with joy at its core, and that's something we need a lot more of in the world right now."[23]

Personal life

It was reported in 2018 that Brosnahan had married actor Jason Ralph in 2018, however Brosnahan later revealed in January 2019 that they had been married for years before their relationship became public.[24][25] Both attended the Golden Globe Awards ceremony in 2019, where she thanked him during her acceptance speech.[26] She is good friends with writer-comedienne Jasmine Pierce who provided Rachel with ample inspiration and advice for her stand-up comedic antics in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. [27] .

Activism

Brosnahan has twice completed the "Live Below the Line" challenge.[28]

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
2009The UnbornLisa
2009The Truth About Average GuysMolly
2011Coming Up RosesAlice
2012Nor'easterAbby Green
2013Beautiful CreaturesGenevieve Duchannes
2013A New York HeartbeatTamara
2014I'm Obsessed with You (But You've Got to Leave Me Alone)Nell Fitzpatrick
2015James WhiteWoman (Ellen)
2015Louder Than BombsErin
2016The Finest HoursBea Hansen
2016Burn CountrySandra
2016Patriots DayJessica Kensky
2017BoomtownJamie
2018Change in the AirWren
2019IronbarkEmily DonovanPost-production

Short film

YearTitleRole
2013CareDrea
2013MunchausenGirl
2013AdriftAlex
2013BasicallyShandy
2014The Smut LockerJamie White

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
2010MercySamanthaEpisode: "We're All Adults"
2010Gossip GirlGirlEpisode: It's a Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad World
2010The Good WifeCaitlin FentonEpisode: "Poisoned Pill"
2010In TreatmentEating Disorder GirlEpisode: "Jesse Week Six"
2011CSI: MiamiMelanie GarlandEpisode: "Countermeasures"
2013–15House of CardsRachel Posner19 episodes
2013Grey's AnatomyBrian WestonEpisode: "The Face of Change"
2013Orange Is the New BlackLittle AllieEpisode: "Bora Bora Bora"
2014Olive KitteridgePatty HoweEpisode: "Incoming Tide"
2014The BlacklistJolene Parker/Lucy Brooks6 episodes
2014Black BoxDelilah5 episodes
2014–15ManhattanAbby Isaacs23 episodes
2015The DovekeepersYaelMini-series, 2 episodes
2016Crisis in Six ScenesEllie4 episodes
2017–presentThe Marvelous Mrs. MaiselMiriam "Midge" MaiselLead role; 18 episodes
2019Saturday Night LiveHerself (host)Episode: "Rachel Brosnahan/Greta Van Fleet"

Stage productions

YearTitleTheatreRole
2009 Up Steppenwolf Maria
2013 The Big Knife Roundabout Theater Company Dixie Evans
2016OthelloNew York Theatre WorkshopDesdemona

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series House of Cards Nominated
2015 Online Film & Television Association Awards Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
2017 TVLine Awards Performer of the Week The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Won
2018 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Won
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Actress in a Comedy Series Won
Television Critics Association Awards Individual Achievement in Comedy Won
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Won
2019 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Won
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Actress in a Comedy Series Won
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Won
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Won

References

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  6. 1 2 3 4 5 Crowder, Courtney (February 19, 2014). "Rachel Brosnahan, from Highland Park to 'House of Cards'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved February 22, 2014. Brosnahan, 23
  7. "Kate Spade's father: 'She'd be delighted' if her death sheds light on mental illness". kansascity. Retrieved January 7, 2019.
  8. Handler, Rachel (July 19, 2013). "Rachel Brosnahan: Wild 'Card'". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on December 22, 2015. Retrieved February 21, 2014. Brosnahan, 23
  9. 1 2 3 4 5 Doremus, Elaine (April 2, 2013). "Ingénue Rising". Modern Luxury (Spring 2013). Retrieved February 26, 2014.
  10. 1 2 Schmidt, Ingrid (October 13, 2015). "Rachel Brosnahan of 'Manhattan' undertakes her own special fashion project". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 15, 2017.
  11. 1 2 Symenov, Rachel (November 28, 2017). "Rachel Brosnahan's Comic Timing". The New York Times. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  12. "Irish American fashion designer Kate Spade dead of apparent suicide". The Times. June 5, 2018.
  13. Crowder, Courtney. "Rachel Brosnahan, from Highland Park to 'House of Cards'". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  14. Donnelly, Elisabeth. "Rachel Brosnahan Talks Channeling Joan Rivers in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel". HWD. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  15. "The Big Knife's Rachel Brosnahan on Bobby Cannavale, House of Cards and Singing Lessons with Bernadette Peters". Broadway.com. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
  16. "'Othello': Theater Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
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  21. Perez, Lexy (January 8, 2018). "Golden Globes: Rachel Brosnahan Wins Best Actress for 'Marvelous Mrs. Maisel'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 8, 2018.
  22. Abbatescianni, Davide (October 10, 2018). "Dominic Cooke's new feature, Ironbark, now in production".
  23. Rachel Brosnahan (September 17, 2018). Rachel Brosnahan - Emmys 2018 - Full Backstage Speech. Los Angeles, California: Variety. Event occurs at 0:54-1:38. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
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  26. Fernandez, Alexia (January 6, 2019). "Rachel Brosnahan Thanks Husband Jason Ralph as She Wins Golden Globe: 'I Love You'". People. Retrieved January 7, 2019.
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