Katie Finneran
Finneran in Annie The Musical, October 2012
Born (1971-01-22) January 22, 1971 (age 53)
EducationCarnegie Mellon University
Years active1990–present
Darren Goldstein
(m. 2010)

Katie Finneran (born January 22, 1971)[1] is an American actress best known for her Tony Award–winning performances in the Broadway play Noises Off in 2002, and the musical Promises, Promises in 2010.[2]

Early life

Finneran was born in Chicago, Illinois, of Irish Catholic extraction. She was raised in Miami, Florida, where she attended the New World School of the Arts High School.[3] She attended Carnegie Mellon University[4] in Pittsburgh for one year before moving to New York City at age 19 to study acting with Uta Hagen[4] at HB Studio.[5]



Finneran's biggest film role was as Judy Rose in the remake of George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead. Her film credits include You've Got Mail, Chicken Little, Liberty Heights, Bewitched, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous, and Death to Smoochy.


She co-starred in television series Wonderfalls. She was also featured as a part of the cast on the Fox show The Inside, in the short-lived CBS sitcom Bram & Alice, and in many guest roles in shows like Frasier, Sex and the City and Oz. In 2007 Finneran was featured in the new series Drive. She played the sister of the main character, Alex Tully (Nathan Fillion).

In an interview for the DVD of the full series of Wonderfalls, Finneran said that when asked if she felt nervous about playing lesbian immigration attorney Sharon Tyler on Wonderfalls she replied, "I'd rather have people think that I'm a lesbian than a lawyer."

In 2012, she co-starred in the Fox sitcom I Hate My Teenage Daughter.[6] From 2013 to 2014, she played Leigh Henry on the NBC sitcom, The Michael J. Fox Show.[7] She has also appeared in the Netflix series Bloodline.

In April 2019, CBS announced that Finneran would be starring in a recurring role as Naomi in the CBS All Access series Why Women Kill.[8]

In 2022, Finneran starred in The Gilded Age on HBO.[9]


Finneran "has played barflies and rich girls, giggly ingénues and world-weary lowlifes..."[4]

She played a "lovely but dim fashion model"[10] in the original Broadway production of Neil Simon's Proposals in 1997–98, Sally Bowles in the 1998 Broadway revival of Cabaret (from November 21, 2000 to January 18, 2001),[11] and call girl Cora in the 1999 Broadway revival of The Iceman Cometh, opposite Kevin Spacey.[12] She also has appeared in My Favorite Year with Tim Curry, John Guare's Bosoms and Neglect, and Smell of the Kill, with Kristen Johnston.

She won the Tony Award and the Drama Desk Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play in 2002 for her role as Brooke Ashton in the Broadway revival of Noises Off.[13]

Finneran appeared Off-Broadway at the Laura Pels Theater in the Greg Kotis play Pig Farm, in the original opening cast as Tina. The play opened in June 2006 and ran through September 23, 2006.[14]

Finneran appeared in the original cast of Love, Loss, and What I Wore, which opened Off-Broadway at the Westside Theater in September 19, 2009 for a four-week engagement ending on October 18, 2009. The play "....is performed by a rotating cast of five. For the first four weeks of the run Ms. [Rosie] O'Donnell is joined by the actresses Tyne Daly, Katie Finneran and Natasha Lyonne, and Samantha Bee..."[15][16] Finneran returned to the show (after her initial four-week engagement) on November 18, 2009, to fill in for Kristin Chenoweth,[17] and continued on in the play in the next four-week rotation as well (from December 14, 2009, to January 3, 2010).[18][19] She appeared in the first Broadway revival of the musical Promises, Promises as Marge MacDougall, opposite Kristin Chenoweth and Sean Hayes. The show opened March 27, 2010 and Finneran left the show on October 10, 2010 because of her pregnancy.[20] She won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for this role.[21]

In 2011 she played the role of Amy in Company, a filmed version of the 1970 musical of the same name by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth. The production was directed by Lonny Price and accompanied by the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Paul Gemignani. It was filmed live at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center. The show was led by Neil Patrick Harris.

Finneran played the role of Miss Hannigan in the 2012 Broadway revival of the musical Annie.[22] She left the role in May 2013 to pursue a TV pilot.

Finneran returned to Broadway in 2015 to star in Terrence McNally's It's Only a Play as Julia Budder.

Personal life

Finneran and actor Darren Goldstein married on August 22, 2010;[3] the couple have two children.[23]



Year Title Role Notes
1990 Night of the Living Dead Judy Rose Larson
1998 You've Got Mail Maureen
1999 Liberty Heights Mrs. Johnson
2002 Death to Smoochy Woman in Crowd Uncredited
2005 Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous Head Bar Patron Uncredited
2005 Bewitched Sheila Wyatt
2006 Broken Bridges Patsi
2007 Firehouse Dog Felicity Hammer
2007 Walk the Talk Linda
2007 Staten Island Mrs. Dickenson
2009 Baby on Board Sylvia Chambers
2011 Company Amy Filmed production
2013 Movie 43 Angie Segment: "The Catch"
2020 Freaky Coral Kessler


Year Title Role Notes
1990 Super Force Allison Episode: "Prisoners of Love"
1998 Sex and the City Ellen Episode: "Models and Mortals"
1999 All My Children Nurse 1 episode
1999 Frasier Poppy Delafield 2 episodes
2001 Oz Patricia Galson Episode: "Famous Last Words"
2002 Bram & Alice Kate 8 episodes
2004 Wonderfalls Sharon Tyler 13 episodes
2005–2006 The Inside Special Agent Melody Sim 13 episodes
2007 Drive Becca Freeman Episode: "Let the Games Begin"
2009 Royal Pains Julie Kingsley Episode: "The Honeymoon's Over"
2010 Mercy Roxanne Flegenheimer Episode: "Wake Up, Bill"
2010 Damages Actress Episode: "All That Crap About Your Family"
2011–2013 I Hate My Teenage Daughter Nikki Miller 13 episodes
2013–2014 The Michael J. Fox Show Leigh Henry 22 episodes
2015 Elementary Barbara Conway Episode: "Seed Money"
2015–2017 Bloodline Belle Rayburn 27 episodes
2017–2020 Brockmire Lucy Brockmire 9 episodes
2018 The Looming Tower Sheri 4 episodes
2018 Murphy Brown Christy Shepherd Episode: "The Girl Who Cried About Wolf"
2019 The Good Fight Valerie Peyser Episode: "The One Where Diane Joins the Resistance"
2019 Blindspot Sheryl Meeks Episode: "Coder to Killer"
2019 Why Women Kill Naomi Harte 8 episodes
2022 B Positive Natalie Episode: "S'mores, Elvis and a Cubano"
2022 The Gilded Age Anne Morris 6 episodes
2022 The Blacklist Mary Sutton Episode: "Eva Mason (No. 181)"
2023 Up Here Joan 8 episodes
2023 Secret Invasion Rosa Dalton 5 episodes


  1. ^ Katie Finneran at the Internet Broadway Database
  2. ^ Katie Finneran awards at the Internet Broadway Database
  3. ^ a b Schwartz, Paula. "Vows: Katie Finneran and Darren Goldstein", The New York Times, August 27, 2010; print edition page ST13, August 29, 2010
  4. ^ a b c Marks, Peter. "Theater; The Magic Moment When a Part Becomes a Triumph" The New York Times, December 16, 2001
  5. ^ HB Studio Alumni
  6. ^ Fox Broadcasting Company Archived 2011-05-20 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "The Michael J. Fox Show."
  8. ^ Petski, Denise (5 April 2019). "'Why Women Kill': Katie Finneran To Recur In CBS All Access Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  9. ^ "There are so many Broadway actors in 'The Gilded Age,' it's like being at the Tony Awards". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2022-02-18.
  10. ^ Brantley, Ben. "Theater Review; A Lone Woman in the Forest? Is This a Neil Simon Play?", The New York Times, November 7, 1997
  11. ^ "Cabaret, 1998 (see replacement cast)", InternetBroadwayDatabase, accessed July 30, 2012
  12. ^ Brantley, Ben. "Theater Review; Bottoms Up To Illusions" The New York Times, April 9, 1999
  13. ^ "Noises Off Listing" Internet Broadway Database
  14. ^ Isherwood, Charles. "Theater Review. 'Pig Farm' Offers Louts and Buffoons, American Style", The New York Times, June 28, 2006
  15. ^ Isherwood, Charles. "Theater Review . 'Love, Loss, And What I Wore'", The New York Times, October 2, 2009
  16. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Love, Loss, and What I Wore, with Rotating Cast, Opens Off-Broadway Oct. 1" Archived 2012-06-30 at the Wayback Machine, Playbill, October 1, 2009
  17. ^ Hetrick, Adam. "Finneran Subs for Chenoweth in Love, Loss", Playbill, November 18, 2009
  18. ^ Blank, Matthew. "PHOTO CALL: Love, Loss, and What I Wore Nov. 18-Dec. 13 Cast" Archived 2010-01-11 at the Wayback Machine, Playbill, Nov 19, 2009
  19. ^ "LoveLossOnStage.com see cast lists" Archived 2011-08-07 at the Wayback Machine Lovelossonstage.com, accessed January 30, 2012
  20. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Katie Finneran Departs Promises Oct. 10", Playbill, October 10, 2010
  21. ^ "Tony Award Winners Honor Hollywood Vets: Full List of Winners", zimbio.com
  22. ^ "Breaking News: Two-Time Tony Award Winner Katie Finneran is Miss Hannigan in 'Annie!'" broadwayworld.com, May 25, 2012
  23. ^ "Katie Finneran's Baby Has Arrived", BroadwayWorld.com, February 5, 2011