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 mater Northwestern University
Occupation Actress
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Alastair Duncan
 (m. 1990; div. 2009)
Children 3

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]

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Indecency Celeste Television film
1994 French Intensive Rachel Short film
1994 Moment of Truth: Caught in the Crossfire Agt. Alex King Television film
1994 Junior Casitas Madres Receptionist
1995 Without Evidence Liz Godlove
1995 If Someone Had Known Officer Linda Reed
1997 Santa Fe Jane
1998 Enemy of the State Emily Reynolds
2000 Lost Souls Sally Prescott
2001 Nobody's Baby Stormy
2002 Treading Water The Actress
2003 Twelve Mile Road Leah Television film
2011 Red State Travis' Mother
2012 Little Red Wagon Laurie Bonner
2012 Secrets of Eden Detective Catherine Benincasa Television film
2012 Sassy Pants June Pruitt

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Quantum Leap Liz Episode: "The Play's the Thing"
1992–93 Down the Shore Arden 29 episodes
1993 Seinfeld Amy Episode: "The Glasses"
1994 Missing Persons Ellie Keogh Episode: "My Beautiful Son Is O.K..."
1994 NYPD Blue Kimmy 2 episodes
1995–96 Murder One Melissa Griotte 3 episodes
1996 Chicago Hope Megan Stanard Episode: "Sexual Perversity in Chicago Hope"
1996 The Lazarus Man The Journal Episode: "The Journal"
1996 Men Behaving Badly Michelle Episode: "Babies Having Babies"
1996 The Big Easy Evie Episode: "Snake Dance"
1997 Sleepwalkers Angie Gilpin Episode: "Night Terrors"
1997–2002 The Practice Jean Ward 10 episodes
1999 ER Ekabo's Lawyer Episode: "Point of Origin"
1999 The Drew Carey Show Kelly Walker Episode: "Drew's Reunion"
1999 Judging Amy Emily Noble Episode: "Presumed Innocent"
2000 Bull Miss Coyle Episode: "A Beautiful Lie"
2001 The Guardian Meghan Barstow 2 episodes
2002 Yes, Dear Jessica Episode: "Kim's New Nanny"
2003 Dragnet Dr. Louise Nottingham 2 episodes
2003 The O'Keefes Phyllis Episode: "Pilot"
2003 L.A. Confidential N/A Unsold TV pilot
2003 Wild Card Janell Morgan Episode: "The Cheese Stands Alone"
2003 The Lyon's Den Elizabeth Hopper Episode: "Blood"
2003 Miss Match Maureen Weston Episode: "Kate in Ex-tasy"
2003 Miracles Rebecca Webb Episode: "You Are My Sunshine"
2004 NYPD 2069 Natalie Franco Unsold TV pilot
2004 The D.A. Shelly Ward Episode: "The People vs. Sergius Kovinsky"
2004 Six Feet Under Madeline Episode: "Parallel Play"
2005–06 Deadwood Martha Bullock 24 episodes
2007 Boston Legal Attorney Susan Bixby Episode: "Nuts"
2008–13 Breaking Bad Skyler White 61 episodes
2010 Law & Order Marielle Di Napoli Episode: "Love Eternal"
2010 Lie to Me Jenkins Episode: "Dirty Loyal"
2014 The Mindy Project Sheila Hamilton Episode: "Girl Crush"
2014 Gracepoint Detective Ellie Miller Upcoming series

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain Ariel/Azimuth the Planer/DeJoule the Energist Voice
1999 Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver Ariel Voice
2001 Soul Reaver 2 Ariel Voice
2003 Legacy of Kain: Defiance Ariel Voice

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result
2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Deadwood Nominated
2010 Saturn Awards Best Actress on Television Breaking Bad Nominated
2012 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Milano International Film Festival Awards Best Supporting Actress Sassy Pants Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Breaking Bad Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2013 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Monte-Carlo Television Festival Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Won
Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actress on Television Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2014 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Won
Saturn Awards Best Actress on Television Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Won

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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