Laura Benanti Heads to Showtime's NURSE JACKIE as Recurring Guest
Showtime has announced that Broadway vet Laura Benanti will appear in a recurring role in the hit medical drama comedy NURSE JACKIE. The actress will portray Mia, described as "the fiancé to Jackie's ex-husband, who starts to develop a close relationship with Jackie's daughters."Recently, BWW reported that 'Vanya and Sonia' star Julie White will also recur on the show in the role of Antoinette. The Hollywood Reporter describes her character as a "ballsy Southern realtor who becomes an AA sponsor to downward-spiraling Jackie [played by Edie Falco]." Benanti's Broadway credits include The Sound of Music, Swing!, Into the Woods, Something Good, Nine, The Wedding Singer, Gypsy - for which she won the 2008 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical - In the Next Room and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.
She recently appeared in NBC's live presentation of The Sound of Music, starring Carrie Underwood. Other TV credits include Law & Order: SVU, Royal Pains, Go On, The Playboy Club, Eli Stone, Starved and CBS's The Good Wife and Elementary. About Showtime's NURSE JACKIE:Edie Falco stars as Jackie Peyton, a strong-willed and brilliant - but very flawed - emergency room nurse. In the sixth season, Jackie returns to the demons of her addiction. It is a daily high wire act with no net. She's trying to cope with a real relationship (Adam Ferrara), an ex-husband (Dominic Fumusa), a daughter who is growing up way too fast (Ruby Jerins) and a sponsor who she can't seem to shake (guest star Julie White). Something's gotta give. NURSE JACKIE also stars Emmy Award winner Merritt Wever, Paul Schulze, Anna Deavere Smith, Stephen Wallem, Betty Gilpin, Mackenzie Aladjem and Peter Facinelli. Special guest star Morris Chestnut returns, and Laura Benanti and Michael Esper guest star. Emmy Award nominee Clyde Phillips serves as showrunner and executive producer.