Anna Gunn

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Anna Gunn
Anna Gunn by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Born(1968-08-11) August 11, 1968 (age 46)
Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.
Alma materNorthwestern University
OccupationActress
Years active1992–present
Spouse(s)Alastair Duncan
 (m. 1990; div. 2009)
Children2
 
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Anna Gunn
Anna Gunn by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Born(1968-08-11) August 11, 1968 (age 46)
Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.
Alma materNorthwestern University
OccupationActress
Years active1992–present
Spouse(s)Alastair Duncan
 (m. 1990; div. 2009)
Children2

Anna Gunn (born August 11, 1968)[1] is an American actress, best known for her role as Skyler White on the AMC drama series Breaking Bad, for which she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2013 and 2014.

Early life[edit]

Anna Gunn was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, to Shana, an interior designer, and Clem, who worked in real estate.[2] She graduated from Santa Fe Preparatory School in 1986.[3] She attended Northwestern University, where she majored in theater[2] and graduated in 1990.[1][4] During fall of 1988, Gunn spent a semester abroad to study at the British American Drama Academy.[5]

Career[edit]

Gunn is known for her role as Skyler White in the AMC drama series Breaking Bad, starring Bryan Cranston. In 2012, 2013 and 2014, she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her performance in that show, and subsequently won in 2013 and 2014.[6] In August 2013, she wrote an op-ed piece for The New York Times examining the public dislike directed toward her character.[7]

Gunn played a recurring role as Assistant District Attorney Jean Ward on the ABC series The Practice from 1997 to 2002, and was a regular as Martha Bullock on HBO's Deadwood from 2005 to 2006. She appeared on Seinfeld in the episode "The Glasses", in the Six Feet Under episode "Parallel Play", and on the first season of Murder One.

Gunn provided the voice for Ariel in the Legacy of Kain series of video games.[8][9][10][11] She also appeared in the Quantum Leap episode "The Play's The Thing". In 2011, she played a lead role in the Lifetime movie Secrets of Eden, opposite John Stamos.[12] Her other film credits include Without Evidence, Enemy of the State, Treading Water, Twelve Mile Road, and Red State.

In February 2013, the cable network Bravo announced Gunn would star in a television pilot for a one-hour drama, Rita, based on a Danish TV series about a private-school teacher and mother. The Fox TV Studios pilot was to be written by Krista Vernoff and directed by Miguel Arteta.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Gunn and her ex-husband,[2][14] actor and real estate broker Alastair Duncan, have two daughters, Eila Rose and Emma.[15]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1992IndecencyCelesteTelevision film
1994French IntensiveRachelShort film
1994Moment of Truth: Caught in the CrossfireAgt. Alex KingTelevision film
1994JuniorCasitas Madres Receptionist
1995Without EvidenceLiz Godlove
1995If Someone Had KnownOfficer Linda Reed
1997Santa FeJane
1998Enemy of the StateEmily Reynolds
2000Lost SoulsSally Prescott
2001Nobody's BabyStormy
2002Treading WaterThe Actress
2003Twelve Mile RoadLeahTelevision film
2011Red StateTravis' Mother
2012Little Red WagonLaurie Bonner
2012Secrets of EdenDetective Catherine BenincasaTelevision film
2012Sassy PantsJune Pruitt

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1992Quantum LeapLizEpisode: "The Play's the Thing"
1992–93Down the ShoreArden29 episodes
1993SeinfeldAmyEpisode: "The Glasses"
1994Missing PersonsEllie KeoghEpisode: "My Beautiful Son Is O.K..."
1994NYPD BlueKimmy2 episodes
1995–96Murder OneMelissa Griotte3 episodes
1996Chicago HopeMegan StanardEpisode: "Sexual Perversity in Chicago Hope"
1996The Lazarus ManThe JournalEpisode: "The Journal"
1996Men Behaving BadlyMichelleEpisode: "Babies Having Babies"
1996The Big EasyEvieEpisode: "Snake Dance"
1997SleepwalkersAngie GilpinEpisode: "Night Terrors"
1997–2002The PracticeJean Ward10 episodes
1999EREkabo's LawyerEpisode: "Point of Origin"
1999The Drew Carey ShowKelly WalkerEpisode: "Drew's Reunion"
1999Judging AmyEmily NobleEpisode: "Presumed Innocent"
2000BullMiss CoyleEpisode: "A Beautiful Lie"
2001The GuardianMeghan Barstow2 episodes
2002Yes, DearJessicaEpisode: "Kim's New Nanny"
2003DragnetDr. Louise Nottingham2 episodes
2003The O'KeefesPhyllisEpisode: "Pilot"
2003L.A. ConfidentialN/AUnsold TV pilot
2003Wild CardJanell MorganEpisode: "The Cheese Stands Alone"
2003The Lyon's DenElizabeth HopperEpisode: "Blood"
2003Miss MatchMaureen WestonEpisode: "Kate in Ex-tasy"
2003MiraclesRebecca WebbEpisode: "You Are My Sunshine"
2004NYPD 2069Natalie FrancoUnsold TV pilot
2004The D.A.Shelly WardEpisode: "The People vs. Sergius Kovinsky"
2004Six Feet UnderMadelineEpisode: "Parallel Play"
2005–06DeadwoodMartha Bullock24 episodes
2007Boston LegalAttorney Susan BixbyEpisode: "Nuts"
2008–13Breaking BadSkyler White61 episodes
2010Law & OrderMarielle Di NapoliEpisode: "Love Eternal"
2010Lie to MeJenkinsEpisode: "Dirty Loyal"
2014The Mindy ProjectSheila HamiltonEpisode: "Girl Crush"
2014GracepointDetective Ellie MillerEpisode: "Episode One"

Video games[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1996Blood Omen: Legacy of KainAriel/Azimuth the Planer/DeJoule the EnergistVoice
1999Legacy of Kain: Soul ReaverArielVoice
2001Soul Reaver 2ArielVoice
2003Legacy of Kain: DefianceArielVoice

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAssociationCategoryWorkResult
2007Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesDeadwoodNominated
2010Saturn AwardsBest Actress on TelevisionBreaking BadNominated
2012Critics' Choice Television AwardsBest Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesNominated
Milano International Film Festival AwardsBest Supporting ActressSassy PantsNominated
Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesBreaking BadNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesNominated
2013Critics' Choice Television AwardsBest Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesNominated
Monte-Carlo Television FestivalOutstanding Actress in a Drama SeriesNominated
Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesWon
Satellite AwardsBest Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television FilmNominated
Saturn AwardsBest Supporting Actress on TelevisionNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesNominated
2014Critics' Choice Television AwardsBest Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesNominated
Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesWon
Saturn AwardsBest Actress on TelevisionNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama SeriesNominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesWon

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Anna Gunn: Biography]". TVGuide.com. Retrieved April 11, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Dougherty, Margot (March 2014). "Anna Gunn: From 'Breaking Bad' to Breakthrough Star". MORE Magazine. Retrieved August 23, 2014. 
  3. ^ Oliveira, Adele (May 31, 2013). "Santa Fe Prep graduation: ‘Our choices are ours’". The Santa Fe New Mexican. Retrieved August 23, 2014. 
  4. ^ LaMagna, Maria (April 8, 2010). "Q&A: 'Breaking Bad' star reflects on NU memories". The Daily Northwestern. Retrieved August 23, 2014. 
  5. ^ "'Breaking Bad' star Anna Gunn (LTP Fall 1998) won an emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a drama. Congrats!". Facebook. October 1, 2013. Retrieved August 23, 2014. 
  6. ^ Rice, Lynette (July 19, 2012). "Emmys 2012: And the nominees are...". Entertainment Weekly. 
  7. ^ Gunn, Anna (August 23, 2013). "I Have a Character Issue". The New York Times. Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain - Credits". Allgame. Retrieved 2013-03-25. 
  9. ^ "Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver - Credits". Allgame. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  10. ^ "Soul Reaver 2 - Credits". Allgame. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  11. ^ "Legacy of Kain: Defiance - Credits". Allgame. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  12. ^ "About the Movie Secrets of Eden". Lifetime. 
  13. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 1, 2013). "Anna Gunn To Star In Bravo Drama Pilot 'Rita'". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  14. ^ Carpenter, Cassie (October 17, 2003). "Son of a Gunn! Breaking Bad's Walt Jr reunites with on-screen mother Anna on the red carpet". Daily Mail (UK). Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  15. ^ "Deadwood's Anna Gunn Has a Girl". People. September 14, 2006. Retrieved March 21, 2013. 

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