Donna Lynne Champlin

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Actress • Singer • Dancer

Birth Date: January 21, 1971

Age: 53 years old

Birth Place: Rochester, New York

A veteran of both stage and screen, Donna Lynne Champlin began taking voice, acting, and dance classes as a young child. By the time the Rochester, New York native enrolled at Carnegie Mellon University to study musical theater, she already played the piano, flute, and accordion. Champlin even won an Advanced Acting scholarship to study Shakespeare and Chekhov at Oxford University and starred as Dorothy in a Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera production of "The Wizard of Oz" before she graduated with her BFA in 1993. She made her New York stage debut in a concert version of "Very Warm for May" at Carnegie Hall in 1994, though her Broadway debut wouldn't come until 2000, when she appeared in James Joyce's "The Dead."

The following year would find her appearing in the TV movie "By Jeeves" (CBC, 2001). Champlin continued to alternate between theater and screen acting for the following years, notably appearing in a Broadway revival of "Sweeney Todd" in 2005. Champlin also released her debut album, Old Friends in 2009. In 2014, she appeared in the Oscar-winning film "Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)." The following year, she joined the cast of the comedy series "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (CW, 2015- ).

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Feel the Beat

Actor
Barb
Movie
2020

Yes, God, Yes

Actor
Mrs. Veda
Movie
2019

Poetry in America

Guest
Show
2018

The Good DoctorStream

Guest Star
Brenna
Series
2017

Greatest Animal Commercials Countdown

Host
Show
2016

Crazy Ex-GirlfriendStream

Actor
Paula Proctor
Series
2015
98%

The BlacklistStream

Guest Star
Guinevere Claflin
Series
2013
91%

The Good WifeStream

Guest Star
Myra Weymouth
Series
2009
93%

By Jeeves

Actor
Honoria Glossop
Show
2001

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