Catherine Curtin
Catherine Curtin at the TIFF premiere of Bad Education
Born (1970-07-14) July 14, 1970 (age 51)
New York City, US
Other namesCathy Curtin
Years active1990–present

Catherine Curtin is an American actress. She is best known for her role as correctional officer Wanda Bell in the Netflix comedy-drama series Orange Is the New Black (2013–2019). Her other notable recurring roles include Insecure, Stranger Things, and Homeland.

Life and career

Curtin was born and raised in New York City. She made her Broadway debut in the original production of Six Degrees of Separation.[1] The following years, she appeared in many Off-Broadway productions, including the title role of Janis Joplin in Love, Janis, for which she was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award.[2]

On television, Curtin appeared in episodes of New York Undercover, Sex and the City, Law & Order and 30 Rock. In 2013, she was cast in a recurring role as correctional officer Wanda Bell in the Netflix comedy-drama series Orange Is the New Black.[3] Along with cast, she won two Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 2015 and 2016.[4] She left the series in 2017 and returned for multiple episodes for final season in 2019. From 2016 to 2018, she had a recurring role in the HBO comedy series Insecure and in 2018 played Sandy Langmore in the seventh season of Showtime drama Homeland.[5] In 2017, she began a recurring role as Claudia Henderson in the Netflix horror series Stranger Things.[6]

Curtin has played supporting roles in a number of films, including Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), Catfight (2016), The Light of the Moon (2017), Beauty Mark (2017), Bad Education (2019), The Half of It (2020) and the upcoming "Werewolves Within" and "Red Pill".



Year Title Role Notes
1995 Suspicions Bridgette
1996 Ed's Next Move Anne
1999 Raising the Stakes Theresa
2001 The Next Big Thing The Next Big Thing
2002 Unconditional Love Woman Chosen for Show
2003 The Look Denise
2003 Happy End Beatrix
2006 The Limbo Room Bryce
2007 Noise Barbara
2008 Revolutionary Road Woman in Audience
2011 Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Leigh-Anne Black
2012 A Wife Alone Holly
2012 The Bourne Legacy C-Team
2013 Bert & Annie's Guide to Friendship Melody
2013 The Wolf of Wall Street FBI Agent
2016 Catfight Carl's Wife
2017 The Light of the Moon Kirra
2017 Crazy Famous Mrs. Marcus
2017 Maggie Black Dr. Leitman
2017 Camera Obscura Det. Dawson
2017 Beauty Mark Ruth Ann Simms
2017 Cut Shoot Kill Molly
2017 Gold Star Deanne
2018 Breaking Brooklyn Principal Carver
2018 Loveitis Cindy
2019 Blush Gail
2019 MAD? Simone
2019 The Artist's Wife Joyce
2019 Bad Education Judy Shapiro
2020 Worth Joan
2020 The Half of It Colleen Munsky
2020 Chemical Hearts Sarah
2020 For Entertainment Purposes Only Kay Post-production
2020 A Shot Through the Wall Cynthia Kostas Post-production
2020 The Surrogate Sarah Feature film
2020 Triple Threat Audrey Williamson
2020 What Breaks the Ice Elaine
2021 Werewolves Within Jeanine
2021 Red Pill Mercy


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Guiding Light Fran TV series
2000, 2008 Law & Order Stephanie Hollis, Julie Liscomb Episodes: "Panic", "Tango"
2002 Third Watch Zebra Episode: "Falling"
2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Jenna Switzer Episode: "Masquerade"
2007–2009 The Naked Brothers Band Betty Recurring role
2011 Bestsellers Abby Main role


Orange Is the New Black Wanda Bell Recurring role, 40 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2015, 2016)
2014 The Leftovers Mrs. Tunney Episode: "Pilot"
2015 Fan Girl Miss Stacy TV film
2015, 2017 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Administrator, Coach Tannen Episodes: "Kimmy Kisses a Boy!", "Kimmy Goes to College!"
2016 Casting Natalie TV film
2016 Bull Joyce Magruder Episode: "Light My Fire"
2016 The Pearl Cathy Pearl TV film
2016–2018 Insecure Joanne Recurring role, 11 episodes
2017 Changelings Det. Francine Vincent Episode: "Aswang"
2017 Blue Bloods Ruth Bukowski Episode: "Lost Souls"
2017 Mindhunter Ruth Barnwright Episode: "1.5"
2017–2019 Stranger Things Claudia Henderson Recurring role (season 2), guest (season 3), 7 episodes
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2018)
2018 Homeland Sandy Langmore Recurring role (season 7), 7 episodes
2019 Mommy Blogger Darby Episode: "Our Homeschool Adventure"
2019 Surveillance Amy Faltin TV film


  1. ^ "Catherine Curtin – Broadway Cast & Staff | IBDB".
  2. ^ Cowley, Sophia (December 1, 2018). "Interview With Catherine Curtin Of STRANGER THINGS & GOLD STAR". Film Inquiry. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  3. ^ "Exclusive Interview : Catherine Curtin from Orange is The New Black". Kobsupang Robertson. February 12, 2014. Retrieved December 30, 2016.
  4. ^ "Catherine Curtin". IMDb.
  5. ^ Staff, (February 3, 2015). "Catherine Curtin | Biography and Filmography". Retrieved September 6, 2016.
  6. ^ "Stranger Things: Who Are The New Cast in Season 2?". ScreenRant. October 31, 2017.