Paula Newsome
Alma materWebster University
Years active1991–present

Paula Newsome is an American actress. In 2021, she will appear in the crime television series CSI: Vegas.[1]

Early life

Newsome grew up in Chicago and is a graduate of Morgan Park Academy. She received a bachelor's degree from Webster University’s Conservatory of Theater Arts.[2]


Newsome began having an interest in acting as a child performing in community theater, before moving to New York City. While in New York, she was cast in a number of Broadway productions.[3] She made her big screen debut appearing in a supporting role in the 1992 comedy film Straight Talk starring Dolly Parton.[4] She went on to guest star in a number of notable television series, include Chicago Hope, Law & Order, Ally McBeal, Dharma & Greg, NYPD Blue, ER, Heroes, and Criminal Minds.

Newsome was regular cast member in a number of short-lived television series. First, she co-starred alongside Mark Feuerstein and Lauren Graham in the NBC sitcom Conrad Bloom (1998). In 2003, she appeared in the NBC legal drama The Lyon's Den starring Rob Lowe. From 2007 to 2008, she starred alongside Angie Harmon, Laura Harris and Aubrey Dollar in the ABC police drama Women's Murder Club playing medical examiner Claire Washburn.[5] The following years, she returned to playing guest-starring roles, appearing on The New Adventures of Old Christine, Bones, Parenthood, FlashForward,[6] Drop Dead Diva, Grey's Anatomy, Suits, Castle, and most notably How to Get Away with Murder opposite Viola Davis, for which she received positive reviews.[7] She also had the recurring roles on City of Angels, NCIS, and Suburgatory.[8] In 2018 she appeared as Detective Moss in the first season of HBO's Barry.[2]

In 2019, Newsome appeared in 7 episodes of Chicago Med as Caroline Charles, ex-wife of Dr. Daniel Charles, Chief of Psychiatry, and mother of Robin Charles.

In film, Newsome has appeared in Guess Who (2005), Little Miss Sunshine (2006), Reign Over Me (2007), Things We Lost in the Fire (2007), Thinspiration (2014) and Black or White (2014).


  1. ^ CBS Fall 2021-22 Schedule: ‘NCIS’, ‘Bull’ & ‘S.W.A.T.’ On the Move, ‘FBI’ Tuesday, Reality Expansion
  2. ^ a b Wagner, Curt (7 April 2018). "Chicago stage veteran can't believe she's being wooed by the Fonz on 'Barry'". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  3. ^ An Interview with Paula Newsome (Claire, Women's Murder Club) By Rachel Thomas, Guide, Jan 14 2008.
  4. ^ The New York Times Movies
  5. ^ "Paula Newsome". Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  6. ^ FlashForward adds Paula Newsome By Jay Tomio of, October 27, 2009 at 3:44 pm
  7. ^ Team TVLine. "Connor Jessup's Performance in 'American Crime' Season 2 — Shooting - TVLine". TVLine. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  8. ^ Matt Webb Mitovich. "Suburgatory Season 2 — Tim Meadows, Paula Newsome as Malik's Parents - TVLine". TVLine. Retrieved 23 February 2016.