(1976-03-26) 26 March 1976
|Alma mater||Anadolu University|
|Height||1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)|
|Spouse(s)||Cem Özer (m. 2004–2010)|
|Awards||Golden Boll Award for Best Actress (2005)
Golden Orange Award for Best Actress (2008)
Nurgül Yeşilçay was born in Afyonkarahisar, Turkey in 1976. She studied drama at the State Conservatoire of Anadolu University in Eskişehir. Since her graduation, she has performed several major roles for the stage, including Ophelia in Hamlet and Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire. Theatre aside, she shot to prominence as the lead in, among others, three record-breaking Turkish television dramas. Her movie, Edge of Heaven won the prize for best screenplay at the 60th Cannes Film Festival in 2007. She reported “big projects were offered to me by well-known producers in Cannes. But my son is a baby. I need begin new life. I can’t.”  She made her screen debut in 2001 in Semir Arslanyürek‘s feature Şellale, (The Waterfall). She won the “Best Actress” award at the 45th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival with Vicdan movie.
- İkinci Şans (2016)
- Pek Yakında (2014) as “Nurse”
- Gece (2014), as “Süsen”
- Aşk Kırmızı (2013), as Nazlıgül
- Çinar agaci (2011), as Sonay
- 7 Kocalı Hürmüz (2009), as Hürmüz
- Vicdan (2008), as Aydanur
- Auf der anderen Seite (2007, Turkish title: Yaşamın Kıyısında, English title: The Edge of Heaven), as Ayten
- Adem’in Trenleri (2007), as Hacer
- Anlat İstanbul (2004), as Uyuyan Güzel Saliha
- Eğreti Gelin (2004), as Kostak Emine
- Asmalı Konak – Hayat (2003), as Bahar Karadağ
- Mumya Firarda (2002), as Fatıma
- Şellale (2001), as Nergis
- Herşey Çok Güzel Olacak (1998), as Nurse
- Muhteşem Yüzyıl: Kösem (2016–2017) Kösem Sultan
- Paramparça (2014–16) Gülseren Gülpınar/ Gülseren Sonmez / Gülseren Gürpınar
- Cinayet (2013)
- Bebek Işi (2013) Candan
- Sultan (2012) Sultan
- Sensiz Olmaz (2011–12) Feryal
- Aşk ve Ceza (2010–11) Yasemin
- Ezo Gelin (2006–08) Ezo
- Belalı Baldız (2005–06) Arzu Parlak
- Melekler Adası (2004–05) Şerbet
- Asmalı Konak (2002–03) Bahar Karadağ
- 90-60-90 (2001) Deniz
- İkinci Bahar (1998-01) Gülsüm
- Golden Boll Award for Best Actress (Borrowed Bride) 2005
- Sadri Alışık Acting Awards for Best Actress (Adam and the Devil) 2008
- Contemporary Screen Actors Guild Awards (ÇASOD) for Best Actress (Adam and the Devıl-The Edge of Heaven) 2008
- Golden Orange Award for Best Actress (Conscience) 2008
- 20. Sadri Alışık Acting Awards for Best Actress (Gece) 2014.
|Occupation||Choreographer, dancer, stand-up comedian|
Adrienne Truscott is a choreographer, dancer, and stand-up comedian. She won the Edinburgh Comedy Awards Panel Prize and Malcolm Hardee Award for Comic Originality at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe for her show Adrienne Truscott’s Asking For It: A One Lady Rape About Comedy. Originally part of a burlesque duo, The Wau Wau Sisters, Asking For It was her first solo comedy show.
|Born||(1980-11-08) November 8, 1980
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Alma mater||Yale University|
|Spouse(s)||Max Osswald (m. 2014)|
|Parent(s)||James R. Lyons (father)
Penny A. Sousa (mother)
Brooke Ashley Lyons (born November 8, 1980) is an American actress. She is known for her roles as Amy in the 2008 film Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins and as Peach Landis in the CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls.
Early life and education
Lyons was born in Washington, D.C. She is the daughter of surgeon James R. Lyons and dancer Penny A. (née Sousa). She is of Italian, Irish and Portuguese descent and grew up in Fairfield and New Haven, Connecticut, and several other towns in the state.
As a child she suffered from scoliosis, which prevented her from a pursuing a career as a ballet dancer. Before being diagnosed, she studied dance at the Joffrey Ballet School, the New England Ballet School in Connecticut, the Boston Ballet and traveled to France. She wore a back brace throughout her time in the ninth grade. She ultimately had surgery to correct her spine. While she was freshman at Yale University, she founded the Connecticut Scoliosis Association and wrote about her experiences with the disease in the book titled Scoliosis: Ascending the Curve. The book was published before she began classes at Yale in 1999.
Lyons then became interested in acting, receiving her first speaking role in the Neil Simon play Rumors. She also worked in the productions The Maids and Heartbreak House. She received additional acting training at The Groundlings in Los Angeles.
Beginning in 2004, Lyons appeared in the television series American Dreams, That’s So Raven, The Starter Wife, and Desperate Housewives, and has had recurring roles in 2 Broke Girls, The Affair, and Jane by Design.
In film, her most notable acting role to date was as Amy in the 2008 film Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins. She also appeared in the films The Trap (2005), Protecting the King (2007), and Dark Reel (2008).
In 2014, Lyons married film producer Max Osswald. She and Osswald have a son, born in August 2017. Lyons co-starred in two films that Osswald produced, the short film To Sonnets and the television film A Deadly Adoption.
|2005||Trap, TheThe Trap||Erica|
|2007||Protecting the King||Monica|
|2007||X’s & O’s||Hazel|
|2008||Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins||Amy|
|2008||Dark Reel||Tanya Kismen|
|2009||Morning After, TheThe Morning After||Kristen||Short film|
|2009||Inner Circle, TheThe Inner Circle||Sarah Lambert|
|2009||Good: The Green Hotel||Concierge (voice)||Short film|
|2010||Real Break-Up, AA Real Break-Up||Sarah||Short film|
|2010||Beautiful Boy||TV reporter voice|
|2012||To Sonnets||Unknown||Short film|
|2004||American Dreams||Erin||Episode: “A Clear and Present Danger”|
|2006||That’s So Raven||Nikki Logan||Episode: “Unhappy Medium“|
|2008||American Mall, TheThe American Mall||Dori||Television film|
|2008||Starter Wife, TheThe Starter Wife||Edie||Episode: “Mollywood”|
|2009||Desperate Housewives||Candace||Episode: “Never Judge a Lady by Her Lover“|
|2010||Important Things with Demetri Martin||Helen||Episode: “Strategy”|
|2011||Law & Order: LA||Greta Thomas||Episode: “Benedict Canyon”|
|2011||Love Bites||Coby||Episode: “Keep on Truckin'”|
|2011–12||2 Broke Girls||Peach Landis||6 episodes|
|2012||Jane by Design||Birdie||4 episodes|
|2012||Sullivan & Son||Ashley||Episode: “Pilot: Last, Best, and Final”|
|2012||Royal Pains||Talia Clarke||Episode: “Something Fishy This Way Comes”|
|2013||Crazy Ones, TheThe Crazy Ones||Nancy||Episode: “Sixteen-Inch Softball”|
|2013||Psych||Elisa||Episode: “Psych: The Musical“|
|2014||Two and a Half Men||Gwen||Episode: “Baseball. Boobs. Boobs. Baseball.”|
|2014||Anger Management||Dr. Everheart||Episode: “Charlie and Jordan Go to Prison”|
|2014||Deadbeat||Bloody Mary||Episode: “Raising the Dead”|
|2014||Friends with Better Lives||Linda||Episode: “Something New”|
|2014||Mulaney||Cassidy||Episode: “Motif & the City”|
|2015||One Big Happy||Erica||Episode: “Out of the Closet”|
|2015||Deadly Adoption, AA Deadly Adoption||Christine||Television film|
|2015||Exes, TheThe Exes||Sophie||Episode: “The 40 Year-Old Her-Gin”|
|2015||The Affair||Eden Ellery||3 episodes|
|2016||Grandfathered||Juliet||Episode: “The Boyfriend Experience”|
|2017||Life Sentence||Elizabeth||Main cast|
|2016||World of Final Fantasy||Princess Sarah|
|Born||Kara Louise Tointon
(1983-08-05) 5 August 1983
Basildon, Essex, England
Strictly Come Dancing (2010)
Mr Selfridge (2015-2016)
The Sound of Music Live (2015)
The Halcyon (2017)
|Partner(s)||James Alexandrou (2006–2007)
Joe Swash (2008–2010)
Artem Chigvintsev (2010–2014)
|Relatives||Hannah Tointon (sister)|
Kara Louise Tointon (born 5 August 1983) is an English actress, best known for playing Dawn Swann in BBC soap opera EastEnders, as the 2010 winner of BBC television series Strictly Come Dancing and as Maria in the ITV live production of The Sound of Music Live in December 2015 alongside Julian Ovenden as Captain von Trapp.
Tointon was born to parents Ken and Carol Tointon. Together with her actress sister, Hannah (born 1987), Tointon was brought up in Leigh-on-Sea. Both sisters attended St Michael’s School, Leigh, and St Hilda’s School, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex. Tointon was diagnosed with dyslexia at age seven. She had speech and drama lessons at school. For about one year when she was a teenager, she dated James Bourne of the bands Busted, Son of Dork, and McBusted.
Tointon’s first professional acting experience came when she played the part of Brigitta in The Sound of Music at the Cliffs Pavilion. Her first appearance on television was as an extra in EastEnders in 1994, when she played a school friend of Sonia Fowler. She played the part of student Pauline Young in 2001’s first series of Teachers on Channel 4. She also starred in BBC’s “Curriculum Bites” as a presenter in 2002.
Almost a month after her last Dream Team episode aired, it was revealed to the press that she would be joining the BBC soap EastEnders as a new character, Dawn Swann. Tointon auditioned for EastEnders at the same time as Tiana Benjamin, Matt Di Angelo, Kellie Shirley and Charlie Clements all auditioned for their respective roles. Tointon left EastEnders, along with co-star Ricky Groves, on 27 August 2009.
Don’t Call Me Stupid
In July 2010, she recorded a documentary for BBC Three called Kara Tointon: Don’t Call Me Stupid. The programme examined the impact dyslexia can have on people’s lives and the difference different learning styles can have on people with dyslexia. Tointon revealed that she suffers from dyslexia, and has a reading age of 12. During the programme, Tointon visited Shapwick School in Somerset, which specialises in the education of pupils with dyslexia, and talked with the pupils about their experiences. Tointon was taught various line learning and organisational techniques by Dyslexia Tutor Claire Salter.
Strictly Come Dancing
Sport Relief Edition
In September 2010, it was announced that Tointon would be appearing as a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing Series 8, this time partnered with Artem Chigvintsev. The pair achieved good scores in the first five weeks of 30, 32, 31, 32 and 37. In week 5, Tointon was awarded the first 10 of the series by Alesha Dixon for her Pasodoble. In week 6 she was top of the leaderboard with her Salsa. She also had good scores for the next five weeks of 36, 38, 35, 34 and 38. In week 11, she got her highest score of 39 for the Viennese Waltz and Rumba and got the maximum 5/5 for the Swing-a-thon. Tointon made it to the final along with Matt Baker and Pamela Stephenson, where she made it to the final two, then went on to win and be crowned champion beating Matt Baker and his partner Aliona Vilani.
|Week #||Dance/song||Judges’ score||Result|
|1||Cha-Cha-Cha / “I Like It“||7||8||8||7||30||N/A|
|2||Foxtrot / “From Russia With Love“||7||8||9||8||32||Safe|
|3||Quickstep / “Are You Gonna Be My Girl“||8||8||8||7||31||Safe|
|4||Charleston / “Put A Lid On it”||8||8||8||8||32||Safe|
|5||Paso Doble / “Phantom Of The Opera”||9||9||10||9||37||Safe|
|6||Salsa / “Conga“||9||9||9||9||36||Safe|
|7||Argentine Tango / “Los Vino”||9||9||10||10||38||Safe|
|8||American Smooth / “Cry Me a River“||9||6||10||10||35||Safe|
|9||Jive / “Runaround Sue“||7||9||9||9||34||Safe|
|10||Tango / “El Tango De Roxanne“||9||9||10||10||38||Safe|
|11||Viennese Waltz / “Stop!“||9||10||10||10||39||Safe|
|Swing / “In the Mood“||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||1st/5 Points|
|Rumba / “Samba Pa Ti“||9||10||10||10||39|
|12||Rumba / “Samba Pa Ti“||9||10||10||10||39||Winners|
|Showdance / “Don’t Stop Me Now“||9||9||9||9||36|
|Waltz / “If You Don’t Know Me By Now“||9||9||10||10||38|
|American Smooth / “Cry Me a River“||10||7||10||10||37|
West End theatre
In May 2011, Tointon played Eliza Doolittle in the West End production of Pygmalion at the Garrick Theatre. She received fantastic reviews for the Philip Prowse production of the well known play which opened on 25 May and ran until 3 September. Her co-stars were Rupert Everett and Dame Diana Rigg.
Kara played what the Guardian’s Michael Billington called “a luminous and refreshing” Eliza to Rupert Everett’s Professor Higgins “capturing perfectly the arc of [her] development”. Whatsonstage similarly picked up on the spirited chemistry the leads seem to share; “[Kara’s] remarkably assured on the stage, blessed with malleable good looks and tremendous lung power, and she makes Eliza a truly feisty opponent to Everett’s self-obsessed, grandiloquent Higgins.”
In the Telegraph, Charles Spencer celebrated Kara’s “warmth and vulnerability” marking her out as “an actress of truly great potential” while the Daily Express‘s Paul Callan said “ the role of Eliza is a challenge for any actress and Miss Tointon faced it with skill and charm”.
In 2012 Kara was cast as Evelyn in Alan Ayckbourn’s west end revival of Absent Friends, a play he wrote and set in 1974. She appeared along with Reece Shearsmith, Katherine Parkinson, Steffan Rhodri, Elizabeth Berrington and David Armand at the Harold Pinter theatre, a Sonia Friedman production directed by Jeremy Herrin. Michael Billington of The Guardian wrote “all the performances in this production are finely judged. Kara Tointon has just the right broodiness as the edgy Evelyn, who is like a comic version of the young mother in Edward Bond’s Saved”.
She then played Giny in Ayckbourn’s Relatively Speaking, a four handed comedy set in 1965 with Felicity Kendal, Jonathan Coy and Max Bennett at the Wyndham’s theatre in the summer of 2013. Tim Walker for his review in The Telegraph said “Tointon, for her part, gives an intelligently nuanced performance as the beautiful, but profoundly flawed Ginny… There are few more exciting actresses now working on the West End stage”.
Selected stage credits
- Pygmalion, Garrick Theatre, London, 2011
- Absent Friends, Harold Pinter Theatre, London, 2012
- Relatively Speaking, Wyndhams Theatre, London, 2013
- Gaslight, Touring Production – various cities in England, 2017
- Twelfth Night, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 2017-18
Kara played the part of “Maria” in “The Sound of Music Live” in the UK, broadcast on 20 December 2015.
TV and film appearances
|1999, 2004–2005||Dream Team||TV||Gina Moliano|
|2001||Teachers||TV||Pauline Young||8 Episodes|
|2001||Never Play with the Dead||TV Movie||Victoria|
|2002||Harry and Cosh||TV||Gabby||14 Episodes|
|2002||Dinotopia||TV||18-year-old Le Sage|
|2004||Keen Eddie||TV||Sarah Friedman|
|2004||The Football Factory||Film||Tameka|
|2004||America Or Busted||TV||Herself|
|2005–2009||EastEnders||TV||Dawn Swann||Series Regular, 337 Episodes|
|2010||The Bill||TV||Ami Ryan||1 Episode, “Duty Calls”|
|2010||Strictly Come Dancing||TV||Herself||Contestant, Winner, First Place|
|2010||Kara Tointon: Don’t Call Me Stupid||TV||Herself||Fly-On-The-Wall, 1 Series|
|2011||Bedlam||TV||Leah Cole||1 Episode, “Driven”|
|2012||The Sweeney||Film||Megan Barret||Main Role|
|2013||Last Passenger||Film||Sarah Barwell||Main Role|
|2014||Lewis||TV||Erica Stoke||2 Episodes|
|2015–2016||Mr Selfridge||TV||Rosalie||Series 3 & 4|
|2015||The Sound of Music Live||TV||Maria||UK version of The Sound of Music Live! broadcast 20 December 2015|
|2016||Let’s Be Evil||Film||Tiggs||Main Role|
|2017||The Halcyon||TV||Betsey Day|
Rue in September 2010
(1979-01-26) January 26, 1979
New York City, New York, U.S.
(m. 2001; div. 2007);
Sara Rue (born January 26, 1979) is an American television actress. She is known for her performances as Carmen Ferrara on Popular, and as Claude Casey on Less than Perfect. In 2011, she hosted The CW reality series Shedding for the Wedding. She had a recurring role in the comedy Rules of Engagement, where she played Brenda, the softball teammate and best friend of Jeff Bingham. She also had a regular role as Kim on the short-lived ABC sitcom Malibu Country, and appeared in the main cast of the TV Land comedy series Impastor.
Sara Rue was born Sara Schlackman in New York City, the daughter of Joan Schlackman (née Rue), a municipal employee and former actress, and Marc Schlackman, a stage manager. The elder of two daughters, she was raised in New York, where her parents were active in Broadway theatre. She is Jewish.
Rue began her acting career at the age of nine, appearing in the 1988 film Rocket Gibraltar as Kevin Spacey‘s daughter. Rue played a very young Roseanne in the first meeting of Roseanne and Dan at a dance on the TV show Roseanne.
She starred in the comedy Grand, before going on to work on Phenom; Minor Adjustments; Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane; ER; The Division; Popular and Less than Perfect. She has appeared in several films: A Map of the World, Can’t Hardly Wait, A Slipping Down Life, Idiocracy, Gypsy 83 and had a small part as a babysitter in Gore Verbinski‘s adaptation of The Ring. She impressed director Michael Bay so much that a role was written into the movie Pearl Harbor for her.
Rue appeared in the 2006 Mike Judge film Idiocracy, in the role of the Attorney General. In 2006, Rue starred in the stage musical Little Egypt with French Stewart, Jenny O’Hara and Gregg Henry at the Matrix Theatre in Los Angeles. She guest-starred in Two and a Half Men as Berta’s pregnant youngest daughter. She had a stint on the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory, playing Leonard Hofstadter‘s physician girlfriend Dr Stephanie Barnett for three episodes. Her first appearance on the show occurred on November 17, 2008. In 2009, Rue appeared in the movies Man Maid and For Christ’s Sake. She starred on the short-lived 2009 series Eastwick, based on the novel and movie The Witches of Eastwick.
It was announced in December, 2011 that Rue would be writing and starring in a new show on The CW called Poseurs, about a young woman named Lucy whose life is upended when her fiancé moves out and her fresh-from-rehab collegiate best friend, Alexandra, moves in. The two friends pose as a lesbian couple and actually get married in order to stay in the nice apartment building that only allows married couples.
Rue starred in the ABC show Malibu Country as Reba McEntire‘s upbeat trophy wife neighbor, Kim Sallinger. Malibu Country ran for one season (2012–13). Rue had the title role of Deb Dorfman in the movie Dorfman in Love (2012).
Since 2014, Rue has appeared in a recurring role as Candace on the CBS sitcom Mom. In 2015, she was cast as main character Dora in the TV Land comedy Impastor. The show was cancelled after its second season in 2016.
Rue married director/writer/producer Mischa Livingstone in 2001, and they divorced in 2007. Rue married teacher Kevin Price on May 21, 2011, in a traditional Jewish wedding. She gave birth to their first child, daughter Talulah Rue Price, on February 9, 2013. She and Price adopted a second daughter, Adelaide Rue Price, in November 2016.
|1988||Rocket Gibraltar||Jessica Hanson|
|1992||Passed Away||Megan Scanlan|
|1998||Can’t Hardly Wait||Earth Girl|
|Nowhere to Go||a.k.a. Silent Hearts (USA: TV title)|
|1999||A Slipping-Down Life||Violet|
|A Map of the World||Debbie|
|2001||Pearl Harbor||Nurse Martha|
|Gypsy 83||Gypsy Vale|
|2005||Barbara Jean||Barbara Jean||Short film|
|2006||Danny Roane: First Time Director||Charlotte Lewis|
|Idiocracy||Attorney General “Fun Bags” (Uncredited)|
|2009||Not Since You||Sarah ‘Doogs’ Doogins|
|2010||For Christ’s Sake||Candy|
|2011||Dorfman in Love||Deb Dorfman|
|1990||Grand||Edda Pasetti||Main role (26 episodes)|
|1992||Roseanne||Teenage Roseanne||Episode: “Halloween IV”|
|1993–94||Phenom||Monica||Recurring role (14 episodes)|
|1995||Blossom||Angie||Episode: “Mating Rituals”|
|1995||Family Reunion: A Relative Nightmare||Jacquelyn||Television movie|
|1995–96||Minor Adjustments||Darby Gladstone||Main role (20 episodes)|
|1996||ER||Jane||Episode: “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”|
|Pearl||Bertha Sugs||Episode: “Ticket to Ride “|
|For My Daughter’s Honor||Jones, KimberlyKimberly Jones||Television movie; a.k.a. Indecent Seduction|
|1997||Ned & Stacey||Amy||Episode: “Prom Night”|
|Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child||Younger Sister (voice)||Episode: “The Golden Goose”|
|1998||Chicago Hope||Rhonda Fritz||Episode: “The Ties That Bind”|
|The Simple Life||Melanie||Episodes: “Pilot”, “Sara’s Ex”, and “The Luke & Sara Show”|
|1999||Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane||Breeny Kennedy||Episodes: “Everything You Wanted to Know About Zoe”, “To Jack, from Zoe”, and “Sympathy for Jack”|
|2000||Will & Grace||Joyce Adler||Episode: “Lows in the Mid-Eighties”|
|1999–2001||Popular||Carmen Ferrara||Main role (43 episodes)|
|2002–03||The Division||Amanda McCafferty||Episodes: “Hide and Seek”, “Remembrance”, and “Acts of Betrayal”|
|2003||MADtv||The Babysitter||Episode #9.11|
|2002–06||Less than Perfect||Claudia “Claude” Casey||Main role (81 episodes)|
|2003||This Time Around||Gabby Castellani||Television movie|
|2006||Play Nice||Television movie|
|2006–07||Two and a Half Men||Naomi||Episodes: “Repeated Blows to His Unformed Head” and “Castrating Sheep in Montana”|
|2007||Nurses||Chris Korenek||Television movie|
|2008||The Big Bang Theory||Dr. Stephanie Barnett||Episodes: “The Lizard-Spock Expansion”, “The White Asparagus Triangulation” and “The Vartabedian Conundrum”|
|Nightmare at the End of the Hall||Courtney||Television movie|
|2009||Leverage||Marissa Devins||Episode: “The Mile High Job”|
|2009–10||Eastwick||Penny Higgins||Main role (13 episodes)|
|2010||Private Practice||Shira Cole||Episode: “Til Death Do Us Part”|
|2011||Shedding for the Wedding||Herself – Host||Regular (5 episodes)|
|RuPaul’s Drag Race 3||Herself – Guest Judge||Episodes: “Face, Face, Face of Cakes” and “RuPaul Rewind”|
|2012||Psych||Amy Alleris||Episode: “Heeeeere’s Lassie”|
|2012–13||Malibu Country||Kim Sallinger||Main role (18 episodes)|
|2010–13||Rules of Engagement||Brenda||Recurring role (12 episodes)|
|2011||My Future Boyfriend||Elizabeth Barrett||Television movie|
|2014–16||Mom||Candace||Recurring role (7 episodes)|
|2015–16||Impastor||Dora Winston||Main role (20 episodes)|
|2016||Don’t Wake Mommy||Beth||Television movie|
|2016-17||Bones||Karen Delfs||Recurring role (7 episodes)|
|2017||All For Love||Jo||Television Film (Hallmark)|