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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.
Brosnahan at the Paley Center for Media in 2014
(1990-07-12) July 12, 1990 (age 28)
|Education||Highland Park High School|
|Alma mater||New York University|
Jason Ralph (m. 2016)
|Relatives||Kate 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.
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.
Brosnahan was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the daughter of Carol and Earl Brosnahan. Her father worked in children's publishing. 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 late handbag designer Kate Spade. Her mother is British, and her American father is of Irish descent.
Brosnahan 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.
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 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, 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 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. 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.
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."
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. Both attended the Golden Globe Awards ceremony in 2019, where she thanked him during her acceptance speech. 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. .
Brosnahan has twice completed the "Live Below the Line" challenge.
|2009||The Truth About Average Guys||Molly|
|2011||Coming Up Roses||Alice|
|2013||Beautiful Creatures||Genevieve Duchannes|
|2013||A New York Heartbeat||Tamara|
|2014||I'm Obsessed with You (But You've Got to Leave Me Alone)||Nell Fitzpatrick|
|2015||James White||Woman (Ellen)|
|2015||Louder Than Bombs||Erin|
|2016||The Finest Hours||Bea Hansen|
|2016||Patriots Day||Jessica Kensky|
|2018||Change in the Air||Wren|
|2014||The Smut Locker||Jamie White|
|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||Mini-series, 2 episodes|
|2016||Crisis in Six Scenes||Ellie||4 episodes|
|2017–present||The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel||Miriam "Midge" Maisel||Lead role; 18 episodes|
|2019||Saturday Night Live||Herself (host)||Episode: "Rachel Brosnahan/Greta Van Fleet"|
|2013||The Big Knife||Roundabout Theater Company||Dixie Evans|
|2016||Othello||New York Theatre Workshop||Desdemona|
|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|
Awards for Rachel Brosnahan