Brosnahan in July 2014
|Born||(1990-12-15) December 15, 1990
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US
|Education||Highland Park High School|
|Alma mater||New York University|
|Relatives||Kate Spade (aunt)
Andy Spade (uncle)
Rachel Brosnahan (born December 15, 1990) is an American actress. She is best known for roles in the film Beautiful Creatures (2013), and the television series House of Cards, Manhattan, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Brosnahan won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in Television Musical or Comedy for her performance in the latter series.
Brosnahan was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her father worked in children’s publishing. Her mother, Carol, is British. From the age of four, Brosnahan was raised in Highland Park, Illinois. She has a younger brother and sister. She is the niece of the handbag designer Kate Spade.
She attended Wayne Thomas Elementary School, and then Northwood Junior High School. She performed in musical theater during junior high school and high school. At Highland Park High School, she was on the wrestling team for two years and was a snowboarding instructor. When Brosnahan was 16, she took a class with Carole Dibo, director of Wilmette’s Actors Training Center and now Brosnahan’s manager. She graduated from there in 2008, and graduated from the Tisch School of the Arts in 2012.
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, 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 an Emmy 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, and was soon developed into a major character. Brosnahan also played Abby Isaacs for two seasons on the television drama Manhattan.
She first appeared on stage in 2009 in Up at Steppenwolf Theatre followed by her Broadway debut in The Big Knife with Roundabout Theatre Company in 2013. In 2016 she played Desdemona in Othello at New York Theatre Workshop opposite David Oyelowo and Daniel Craig.
She was cast as the lead role and title character of the Amazon Video series, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which premiered in 2017. Her performance earned her a Golden Globe for Best Actress.
|2009||The Truth About Average Guys||Molly|
|2011||Coming Up Roses||Alice|
|2013||Beautiful Creatures||Genevieve Duchannes|
|2013||A New York Heartbeat||Tamara|
|2014||The Smut Locker||Jamie White||Short film|
|2014||I’m Obsessed with You (But You’ve Got to Leave Me Alone)||Nell Fitzpatrick|
|2015||Louder Than Bombs||Erin|
|2016||The Finest Hours||Bea Hansen|
|2016||Patriots Day||Jessica Kensky|
|2010||Mercy||Samantha||Episode: “We’re All Adults”|
|2010||Gossip Girl||Girl||Episode: It’s a Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad World|
|2010||The Good Wife||Caitlin Fenton||Episode: “Poisoned Pill”|
|2010||In Treatment||Eating Disorder Girl||Episode: “Jesse Week Six”|
|2011||CSI: Miami||Melanie Garland||Episode: “Countermeasures”|
|2013–15||House of Cards||Rachel Posner||19 episodes|
|2013||Grey’s Anatomy||Brian Weston||Episode: “The Face of Change”|
|2013||Orange Is the New Black||Little Allie||Episode: “Bora Bora Bora”|
|2014||Olive Kitteridge||Patty Howe||Episode: “Incoming Tide”|
|2014||The Blacklist||Jolene Parker/Lucy Brooks||6 episodes|
|2014||Black Box||Delilah||5 episodes|
|2014–15||Manhattan||Abby Isaacs||23 episodes|
|2015||The Dovekeepers||Yael||2 episodes|
|2016||Crisis in Six Scenes||Ellie||4 episodes|
|2017–present||The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel||Miriam “Midge” Maisel||8 episodes|
|2013||The Big Knife||Dixie Evans||Roundabout Theater Company|
|2016||Othello||Desdemona||New York Theatre Workshop|
Awards and nominations
|2014||House of Cards||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||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||The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel||TVLine Awards||Performer of the Week||Won|
|2018||Golden Globe Awards||Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy||Won|
|Critics’ Choice Television Awards||Best Actress in a Comedy Series||Won|