Rachel Brosnahan

Rachel Brosnahan

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Rachel Brosnahan
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Brosnahan in July 2014
Born (1990-12-15) December 15, 1990 (age 27)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US
Education Highland Park High School
Alma mater New York University
Occupation Actress
Years active 2009–present
Relatives Kate Spade (aunt)
Andy Spade (uncle)

Rachel Brosnahan (born December 15,[1] 1990) is an American actress. She is best known for roles in the film Beautiful Creatures (2013), and the television series House of Cards,[2] 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.[3]

Early life[edit]

Brosnahan was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.[4] Her father worked in children’s publishing. Her mother, Carol,[4] is British.[5] From the age of four, Brosnahan was raised in Highland Park, Illinois.[4][6] She has a younger brother and sister.[7] She is the niece of the handbag designer Kate Spade.[8]

She attended Wayne Thomas Elementary School, and then Northwood Junior High School.[7][4] She performed in musical theater during junior high school and high school.[7][4] At Highland Park High School, she was on the wrestling team for two years and was a snowboarding instructor.[7][5] When Brosnahan was 16, she took a class with Carole Dibo,[9] 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.[7][10]


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,[7] 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,[11] and was soon developed into a major character. Brosnahan also played Abby Isaacs for two seasons on the television drama Manhattan.[8]

She first appeared on stage in 2009 in Up at Steppenwolf Theatre[4] followed by her Broadway debut in The Big Knife with Roundabout Theatre Company in 2013.[12] In 2016 she played Desdemona in Othello at New York Theatre Workshop opposite David Oyelowo and Daniel Craig.[13]

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.[14][15][16][17]


Brosnahan has twice completed the “Live Below the Line” challenge.[18]


Year Title Role Notes
2009 The Unborn Lisa
2009 The Truth About Average Guys Molly
2011 Coming Up Roses Alice
2012 Nor’easter Abby Green
2013 Beautiful Creatures Genevieve Duchannes
2013 Care Drea Short film
2013 A New York Heartbeat Tamara
2013 Munchausen Girl Short film
2013 Adrift Alex Short film
2013 Basically Shandy Short film
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
2015 James White Girl
2016 The Finest Hours Bea Hansen
2016 Burn Country Sandra
2016 Patriots Day Jessica Kensky


Year Title Role Notes
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


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Up Maria Steppenwolf
2013 The Big Knife Dixie Evans Roundabout Theater Company
2016 Othello Desdemona New York Theatre Workshop

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Work(s) Organization Category Result
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

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