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Cynthia Nixon - Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award-winner, made her film debut at 12 in Little Darlings, and her Broadway debut at 14 in The Philadelphia Story, for which she won a Theatre World Award.

Most recently, she appears on the small screen co-starring in both And Just Like That, and on the Gilded Age.

She was earlier seen starring in the film adaptation of Bill O’Reilly’s book Killing Reagan for National Geographic Channel, which premiered in October 2016. Nixon plays First Lady Nancy Reagan opposite Tim Matheson as President Ronald Reagan. Nixon’s performance earned her a Critics’ Choice Award nomination.

In 2017, she was seen in Terence Davies’ Emily Dickinson biopic A Quiet Passion, where she stars as the legendary reclusive poet herself. The film had its world debut at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival, for which she garnered critical acclaim for her role. Richard Brody from The New Yorker stated that “while the entire cast moves and speaks with a sense of inner purpose, Nixon’s performance is special,” adding that he would “eat the pixels” if she is not nominated next awards season for this performance. The film had its North American premiere at The Toronto International Film Festival and its UK premiere at The London Film Festival.

Nixon appeared Stephen Moyer’s film The Parting Glass opposite Anna Paquin, Ed Asner, Rhys Ifans, Melissa Leo and Dennis O’Hare. The dark comedy follows a family reeling with their sister’s death. In embarking on a journey to collect the remnants of her life, the family members delve into past memories to piece together a portrait of the woman they lost.

On television, Nixon guest-starred on Showtime’s hit “The Affair” opposite Dominic West and Maura Tierney, as well as in the third season of Comedy Central’s hit show “Broad City,” alongside stars Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, in the season’s most standout episode, as it also featured presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

In November 2015, Nixon co-starred in Josh Mond's James White opposite Christopher Abbott, a film that won The Best of Next Audience Award at Sundance 2015 and earned Nixon an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her portrayal as a mother dying of cancer. In his review for The New York Times, Stephen Holden stated that, “Ms. Nixon gives one of the year’s most heart-rending screen performances.” Other recent film credits include Pamala Romanowsky’sThe Adderall Diaries, opposite James Franco, and Richard Loncraine’s 5 Flights Up, opposite Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton.

Nixon also starred in Nikole Beckwith’s Stockholm, Pennsylvania, a drama bought by Lifetime out of Sundance in 2014. For this project, Cynthia received a Critics’ Choice Television Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie or Limited Series.

Last year, Nixon had a run of simultaneously directing two New York City plays. The first was New Group’s Steve, which made its world premiere in late November, starring Mario Cantone.Steve, follows Steven, a failed Broadway chorus boy turned stay-at-home dad. The other show was MotherStruck!, a one woman play starring Staceyann Chin at The Culture Project.MotherStruck! set forth Chin’s personal journey to motherhood as a single gay woman with limited resources who was herself abandoned at birth by both of her parents.

In Fall 2014 she appeared on Broadway in Sam Gold's production of The Real Thing playing the mother of the character she created on Broadway thirty years ago. In Winter 2014, Cynthia made her directorial debut at The New Group with Joel Johnson's Rasheeda Speaking at The New Group. Rasheeda Speaking received Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations and cast member Tonya Pinkins won the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play and Musical. Rasheeda Speaking was chosen to be broadcast on Channel Thirteen as part of their Theatre Close Up series.

In 1984 she famously juggled two roles on Broadway - in the first act of David Rabe's Hurlyburlyand in the second act of Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing, both directed by Mike Nichols. Also around that time, she appeared as Mozart's terrified maid-turned-informant in the Oscar-winning film Amadeus.

Nixon has appeared in plays and films by such varied and distinguished directors as Sidney Lumet, Alan J Pakula, Milos Forman and Robert Altman. Beginning in 1998, Cynthia starred as Miranda Hobbes in HBO's celebrated series “Sex And The City,” a role that garnered her the first of her two Emmy Awards. She then went on to co-star in the two wildly successful “Sex And The City” films.

Nixon earned her first of her three Tony Award nominations for her work in Indiscretions in 1995. She has appeared in over 40 plays, 10 on Broadway. Roles include Harper in Tony Kushner'sAngels in America, Mary Haines in the Roundabout's revival of The Women (directed by Scott Elliott) and Becca in David Lindsay-Abaire's Rabbit Hole, for which she won a Tony Award. In 2012 she played John Donne scholar Vivian Bearing in Margaret Edson's Wit, for which she was again Tony-nominated. Cynthia was awarded the 2009 Best Spoken Word Grammy for her recording of Al Gore's “An Inconvenient Truth.”

Nixon currently resides in New York City, with her wife, Christine Marinoni. They have three children: Sam, Charlie and Max.

Cynthia Nixon Photos


Manhattan Theatre Club Broadway Revival Production, 2017
Birdie (Alternate)

Regina (Alternate)

New York Premiere Production, 2016
Performer [Replacement]

Roundabout Theatre Production, 2014

Manhattan Theatre Club Production, 2012
Vivian Bearing


Jean Brodie

Manhattan Theatre Club Production, 2006

Stephen Sondheim Tribute Benefit, 2005

Roundabout Revival, 2001

Original Off-Broadway Production, 1999
Performer [Replacement]

Performer [Replacement]



Lala Levy [Replacement]



Hester Prynne


Original Broadway Production, 1993
Harper Pitt [Replacement]

Original Broadway Production, 1993
Martin Heller [Replacement]

Harper Pitt [Replacement]

Eleanor James







Sharon (Tiny Mommy)/ Stephanie Eckert (Sparks)





Lydie Hickman

Dinah Lord

Cynthia Nixon Productions

[Off-Broadway, 2015]
[Off-Broadway, 2015]

Cynthia Nixon Movies

[1980]Little Darlings Sunshine

[1981]Tattoo Cindy

[1981]Prince of the City Jeannie

[1983]I Am the Cheese Amy Hertz

[1984]Amadeus Lorl

[1985]O.C. and Stiggs Michelle

[1986]The Manhattan Project Jenny Anderman

[1989]Let It Ride Evangeline

[1993]The Pelican Brief Alice Stark

[1993]Addams Family Values Heather

[1994]Baby's Day Out Gilbertine

[1996]Marvin's Room Retirement Home Director

[1996]The Cottonwood Donna

[1996]'M' Word Cara

[1999]Advice from a Caterpillar Missy

[1999]The Out-of-Towners Sheena

[2002]Igby Goes Down Mrs. Piggee

[2005]Little Manhattan Leslie

[2005]One Last Thing... Karen Jameison

[2007]The Babysitters Gail Beltran

[2008]Lymelife Melissa Bragg

[2008]Sex and the City Miranda Hobbes

[2009]An Englishman in New York Penny Arcade

[2010]Sex and the City 2 Miranda Hobbes

[2011]Rampart Barbara

[2012]Girl Most Likely Cynthia Nixon

[2014]5 Flights Up Lily Portman

[2015]James White Gail White

[2015]The Adderall Diaries Jen Davis

[2015]Stockholm, Pennsylvania Marcy Dargon

[2016]A Quiet Passion Emily Dickinson

[2017]The Only Living Boy in New York Judith Webb

[2018]Guilty Not Guilty Narrator

[2018]The Parting Glass Mare

[2018]Maybe a Love Story Toni

[2019]Stray Dolls Una

Cynthia Nixon TV Shows

Alpha House Senator Carly Armiston

And Just Like That... Miranda Hobbes

Sex and the City Miranda Hobbes

The Big C Rebecca

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Interview: Cynthia Nixon Wanted Miranda to Be 'Complicated & Messy' in AND JUST LIKE THAT

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Cynthia Nixon has appeared on Broadway in 14 shows.

Cynthia Nixon has not appeared in the West End

Cynthia Nixon has been nominated for several awards throughout her career. She was nominated for Best Featured Actress in a Play at the BroadwayWorld Awards for her role in "The Little Foxes". She also received a nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play at the Drama Desk Awards, as well as a Distinguished Performance Award at the Drama League Awards for the same production. Additionally, Nixon was nominated for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance in "The Little Foxes". For her role in "Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes", Nixon received a nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play at the Tony Awards. She also received a Distinguished Performance Award at the Drama League Awards for her performance in "Wit", and a nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play at the Tony Awards for the same production. Nixon's other nominations include Outstanding Actress in a Play at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Rabbit Hole", Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play at the Tony Awards for "Rabbit Hole", and Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play at the Tony Awards for "Indiscretions". She also received a Performance award at the Theatre World Awards for her role in "The Philadelphia Story".

Cynthia Nixon has won several awards for her performances on Broadway. She received the Best Featured Actress in a Play award from the BroadwayWorld Awards, the Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play award from the Drama Desk Awards, and the Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play award from the Outer Critics Circle Awards, all for her role in "The Little Foxes." Additionally, she won the Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play Tony Award for her performance in Lillian Hellman's "The Little Foxes." She also won the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play Tony Award for her role in "Rabbit Hole." Furthermore, she received a Performance award from the Theatre World Awards for her performance in "The Philadelphia Story."

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