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Christine Baranski

Date of Birth: May 02, 1952 (71)

Birth Place: Buffalo, NY, USA

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One of the entertainment industry’s most honored actresses, Christine Baranski is an Emmy, two-time Tony, Screen Actors Guild, Drama Desk and American Comedy Award winner.

A graduate of The Juilliard School, Baranski received her big break in Tom Stoppard’s hit Broadway comedy The Real Thing, directed by Mike Nichols, for which she won a Tony Award® and Drama Desk Award.

Baranski went on to earn her second Tony Award® for her performance in Neil Simon’s Rumors. She also won an Emmy, American Comedy and SAG Award for her performance in the hit series “Cybill,” in addition to three subsequent Emmy Award nominations. Baranski received a total of 5 Emmy nominations for her guest roles on “Frasier” and “The Big Bang Theory.”

As the formidable “Diane Lockhart” on “The Good Wife,” Baranski received six Emmy nominations and two Critics’ Choice Television Award nominations for her performance on the CBS series. She currently stars as the character in the critically acclaimed spinoff “The Good Fight,” which was recently renewed for a sixth season on Paramount+. Baranski has been nominated for four Critics’ Choice Television Awards, as well as a Golden Globe nomination and TCA Award nomination, for her performance in the spinoff “The Good Fight.”

Baranski can currently be seen starring as “Agnes Van Rhijn” in the HBO series “The Gilded Age,” from “Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes. The critically acclaimed series is an epic of the millionaire titans of New York City in the 1880s, and features an ensemble cast that includes Cynthia Nixon, Carrie Coon, Audra McDonald and Morgan Spector, among others.

Additional film credits include Dolly Parton’s Christmas on The Square, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, A Bad Moms Christmas, Mamma Mia!, Trolls, Miss Sloane, Into the Woods, Chicago, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Bowfinger, Bulworth, Cruel Intentions, and The Birdcage, among others.

Previous stage credits include Boeing-Boeing, HurlyBurly, The House of Blue Leaves, It’s Only a Play, Lips Together Teeth Apart, The Loman Family Picnic, Regrets Only, Coming Attractions, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Obie Award), Encores! productions of Follies, Promises, Promises, and more.

Baranski received an Honorary Doctorate from Juilliard, and in 2018, was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame.

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Christine Baranski STAGE CREDITS

New York Premiere Production, 2016
Performer [Replacement]

Broadway Revival, 2008

[Washington, DC (Regional)]
Kennedy Center Revival, 2006
Mame Dennis

Special Benefit Production, 2002

[Regional (US)]
Sondheim Festival Production, 2002
Mrs. Lovett

[Regional (US)]
Reprise! Concert, 1999
Mrs. Lovett

Encores! Concert, 1997
Marge MacDougall

Original Broadway Production, 1991

Tracy Gardner

[New York]
Reading, 1989

Chris Gorman

Bunny Flingus [Replacement]

Bonnie [Replacement]


Playwrights Horizons Workshop, 1983
Clarisse (Act One)

Blair Daniels (Act Two)

Original Off-Broadway Production, 1980

Elly Bart

Off-Off-Broadway Revival, 1980

[New York]
Reading, 2004
Mrs. Peachum

Christine Baranski Movies

[1982]Soup for One Blonde in Bar

[1983]Lovesick Nymphomanic

[1984]Crackers Maxine

[1986]Legal Eagles Carol Freeman

[1986]9½ Weeks Thea

[1987]The Pick-up Artist Harriet

[1990]Reversal of Fortune Andrea Reynolds

[1993]Life with Mikey Carol

[1993]Addams Family Values Becky Martin-Granger

[1993]The Night We Never Met Lucy

[1994]Getting In Mrs. Margaret Higgs

[1994]The War Miss Strapford

[1994]The Ref Connie

[1995]New Jersey Drive Prosecutor

[1995]Jeffrey Ann Marwood Bartle

[1996]The Birdcage Katharine

[1998]The Odd Couple II Thelma

[1998]Bulworth Constance Bulworth

[1999]Cruel Intentions Bunny Caldwell

[1999]Bowfinger Carol

[2000]How the Grinch Stole Christmas Martha May Whovier

[2002]Chicago Mary Sunshine

[2002]The Guru Chantal

[2003]Marci X Mary Ellen Spinkle

[2004]Welcome to Mooseport Charlotte Cole

[2006]Relative Strangers Arleen Clayton

[2006]Bonneville Francine Holden Packard

[2006]Falling for Grace Bree Barrington

[2008]Mamma Mia! Tanya

[2010]The Bounty Hunter Kitty Hurley

[2012]Foodfight! Hedda Shopper

[2014]Into the Woods Stepmother

[2014]Yellowbird Janet

[2016]Trolls Chef

[2016]Miss Sloane Evelyn Sumner

[2017]A Bad Moms Christmas Ruth

[2018]Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again Tanya

[2020]Christmas on the Square Regina

Christine Baranski TV Shows

BoJack Horseman Amanda Hannity

Cybill Maryann Thorpe, Anne Boleyn

Family Guy Newport Heiress, Christine Baranski

Happy Family Annie Brennan

Law & Order Katherine Masucci Beigel, Rose Siegal

The Big Bang Theory Dr. Beverly Hofstadter

The Good Fight Diane Lockhart

The Good Wife Diane Lockhart

Welcome to New York Marsha Bickner

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Segerstrom Center For The Arts to Present AN EVENING WITH BRIAN STOKES MITCHELL This Month

Segerstrom Center for the Arts will present Broadway's Brian Stokes Mitchell for one night only on Friday, June 23, 2023 at 8 pm.

Photos: Go Inside the MTC 2023 SPRING GALA

Manhattan Theatre Club presented its annual Spring Gala on Monday, May 22 at Cipriani 42nd Street. Check out our photos from the event here!

Photos: Christine Baranski, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and More Attend Museum of the City of New York's Centennial Gala

On Wednesday, May 24, the Museum of the City of New York held its  CENTENNIAL GALA -- an evening of dinner, dancing, and the unveiling of its new exhibition, This Is New York: 100 Years of the City in Art and Pop Culture. 

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Shares Carnegie Hall Stage With Christine Baranski

Orpheus' final concert of the 2022/23 Carnegie Hall season features Baranski narrating Beethoven's Egmont and a 125th anniversary celebration of the life of Paul Robeson.

UNLUCKY GAL is the Second Segment Of ALL THE COURT'S A STAGE A Series Of One-Act Plays Based On Seven Of Martin Garbus' Law Cases

Unlucky Gal is the second segment of 'All The Court's A Stage,' a series of one-act plays that are based on seven of Martin Garbus' cases and directed by Antony Marsellis.

Raunchy Disney Parody Cabaret MICKEY'S UNCUT HITS Extends At The Laurie Beechman Theatre

MICKEY'S UNCUT HITS: A Raunchy Cabaret is a make-you-laugh-out-loud, sex-positive comedy-cabaret show. Featuring parody versions of classic Disney hits, your favorite childhood melodies have been re-imagineered into an entire soundtrack of salacious XXX songs. Dirty jokes, sexy singalongs & happy endings are guaranteed!

Video: Nathan Lane Stops By LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS With An Update On 'Cicada, Cicada'

Nathan Lane stopped by Late Night With Seth Meyers last night to promote his new film, Beau Is Afraid. See video of his visit.

These Iconic Performers Have Taken on the Lead Roles in SWEENEY TODD

Sweeney Todd is back on Broadway! Josh Groban and Annaleigh Ashford are the latest stars to portray these coveted roles, but did you know about all of these others? Check out our list of just a few of the iconic actors to star in Sweeney Todd over the years!

Video: Watch Kelli O'Hara, Renée Fleming & More in THE HOURS Preview Ahead of its Premiere on PBS

Renée Fleming makes her return to the Met in this new opera by from Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Kevin Puts, adapted from Michael Cunningham’s novel, inspired by Virginia Woolf’s “Mrs. Dalloway.” The opera also stars Tony winner Kelli O’Hara and opera star Joyce DiDonato. Christine Baranski hosts the special. Watch a first look video now!

Goldie Hawn Opens Up About CHICAGO Movie Audition With Madonna

Before Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renee Zellweger starred in the Oscar-winning 2003 film adaptation of Chicago, Goldie Hawn and Madonna had been developing a verison with disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein. Goldie Hawn has now opened up about the audition process, revealing that she felt 'undermined' by Weinstein.


We as an audience are invited into these and other questions. Most important of all those questions remains, though: What about us is not real, and what about is THE REAL THING?

Photos: On the Red Carpet for PICTURES FROM HOME Opening Night

Check out red carpet photos from opening night of Pictures From Home, starring Nathan Lane, Zoë Wanamaker, and Danny Burstein!

Photos: PICTURES FROM HOME Brings Out Meryl Streep, Matthew Broderick, Brian Cox And More On Opening Night!

Last night, the new Broadway comedy Pictures From Home celebrated its opening night at Studio 54 on Broadway (254 W 54th Street). See photos from inside the opening night celebration as Meryl Streep, Matthew Broderick, Brian Cox, Steve Martin, Martin Short, Christine Baranski, Victor Garber, and more!

MAMMA MIA! Will Embark on 25th Anniversary North American Tour This Year

MAMMIA MIA! will embark on a 25th Anniversary North American Tour, launching this Fall. The ultimate feel-good show based on the songs of ABBA will open with The Denver Center for Performing Arts and continue on to play 35+ cities across North America including Baltimore and Minneapolis.

Kal Penn to Host 2023 PEN America Literary Awards

Kal Penn, the acclaimed actor, author, and former Obama White House aide, will host the 60th annual PEN America Literary Awards, to be held Thursday, March 2, at The Town Hall in New York City. 

Rob Marshall Reveals Scrapped 'Razzle Dazzle' Concept From His CHICAGO Film Adaptation

While reflecting on his Academy Award winning film adaptation of Chicago, Rob Marshall has revealed the original concept for 'Razzle Dazzle' that didn't make the cut. The original direction for 'Razzle Dazzle' was ambitious, but was ultimately cut and re-thought due to the film's tight budget and shooting schedule.

THE HOURS With Kelli O'Hara, Renée Fleming & More to Air on PBS

The Metropolitan Opera's recent production of The Hours, starring Renée Fleming, Kelli O'Hara, and Joyce DiDonato, will air on PBS. Phelim McDermott directs with Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting. Christine Baranski will host the special.

Marcia Milgrom Dodge, John Tartaglia, Lili-Anne Brown & More Join The Muny's 2023 Season

The Muny announced has announced the directors, choreographers and music director/conductors for The Muny’s 2023 Premier Season. See details about The Muny's season, and see how to purchase tickets.

THE GOOD FIGHT Final Season Sets DVD Release

THE GOOD FIGHT: THE FINAL SEASON stars 13-time Emmy Award® Nominee Christine Baranski (“The Gilded Age”), as well as Tony Award® Winner Audra McDonald (Beauty and the Beast), Nyambi Nyambi (“Mike and Molly”), Sarah Steele (“The Good Wife”), Andre Braughar (“Brooklyn 99”), Charmaine Bingwa (“Emancipation”) and Michael Boatman.

Singer-Songwriter Judy Collins Will Join in Q&A at Food For Thought Productions

FOOD FOR THOUGHT PRODUCTIONS, now in its 22nd year, continues celebrating the oft-neglected one-act play and theatre at its best with Award-winning actors, writers and directors, with a unique production set for its 2023 Season Opener on January 23rd.


Christine Baranski has appeared on Broadway in 8 shows.

Christine Baranski has not appeared in the West End

Outstanding Lead Actress, Resident Musical (Helen Hayes Awards) for Sweeney Todd , Outstanding Featured Actress - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Lips Together, Teeth Apart Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for Rumors and Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for The Real Thing .

Outstanding Lead Actress, Resident Musical (Helen Hayes Awards) for Sweeney Todd Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for Rumorsand Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for The Real Thing.

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