Becki Newton

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Becki Newton
Becky Newton 2007.jpg
Newton attending Los Angeles Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios, Culver City, CA on March 18, 2007
Born Rebecca Sara Newton
(1978-07-04) July 4, 1978 (age 35)
New Haven, Connecticut
Alma mater University of Pennsylvania
Occupation Actress
Years active 2001–present
Spouse(s) Chris Diamantopoulos (m. 2005)
Children 1
Relatives Jennifer (mother)
Matt Newton (brother)

Rebecca Sara "Becki" Newton (born July 4, 1978) is an American actress best known for her roles as Amanda Tanen on the television series Ugly Betty and Quinn on How I Met Your Mother.


Early life and education[edit]

Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Becki Newton was raised in Guilford, Connecticut. She is of English and Czech descent[citation needed] and began performing musicals and plays at local theaters, and studied at the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated with a B.A. in European History. At Penn, Newton was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority.

After graduation, Newton then moved to New York City and landed several roles in television commercials for such companies as the Olive Garden.[1]


Newton portrayed the character Amanda Tanen in the comedy-drama series Ugly Betty from 2006 to 2010. With co-star Michael Urie, Newton co-hosted the Official Ugly Betty Podcast. She also appeared in's Mode After Hours webisode series. Ugly Betty was canceled in 2010 after four successful seasons allowing the show to receive a proper series finale.[2]

In late 2009, Newton performed at a New York City Center Encores! presentation of the Gershwin musical Girl Crazy, which was directed by Jerry Zaks. She portrayed Molly Gray and performed opposite real-life husband Chris Diamantopoulos.[3]

Newton starred in the television series Love Bites. The hour-long romantic comedy was created by executive producer Cindy Chupack, who worked on Sex and the City.[4] NBC announced the pick up of the series in May 2010.[5] However, with Newton announcing her pregnancy, co-star Jordana Spiro contractually obligated to stay with her other show My Boys (which was later cancelled) and Chupack's desire to leave the show, Love Bites was pushed back to midseason.[6][7] Love Bites aired in summer 2011 on NBC and was cancelled after eight episodes.[8] In November 2011, Newton was cast on CBS's How I Met Your Mother as Quinn, a love interest for Neil Patrick Harris's character Barney Stinson.[9] In 2013, Newton starred in the Fox mid-season TV series The Goodwin Games.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Newton met her husband, Chris Diamantopoulos, in a subway station in New York, and they married on 12 May 2005.[1] It was announced on July 1, 2010 that Newton and Diamantopolous were expecting their first child.[11][12] She gave birth to a son in early Nov 2010.[13]

Her older brother, Matt Newton, is also an actor.[14] He guest starred as the boyfriend of Ugly Betty character Marc St. James. Her mother, Jennifer, is an award-winning artist,[15] and her aunt, Stephanie Chase[16] is a classical violinist.


Year Film Role Notes
2001 Burly TV Host Variety show
2003 Cold Case Young Melanie Whitley Episode: "Look Again"
2003–2004 Guiding Light Fantasy Daughter
2004 Men's Room, TheThe Men's Room Lily Unsold NBC pilot
2004 Dave Sheridan Show, TheThe Dave Sheridan Show Erin Unsold WB pilot
2004 P.S. Rebecca
2004 American Dreams Mindy 3 episodes
2004 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Colleen Heaton Episode: "Weak"
2005 Charmed "Glamoured" Piper Halliwell Episode: "Something Wicca This Way Goes...?"
2006–2010 Ugly Betty Amanda Tanen
Young Fey Sommers
Main cast
Nominated–Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
2007-2014 American Dad! Blonde hoe (voice)
Mrs. Hannigan (voice)
Margie (voice)
Episode: "When a Stan Loves a Woman"
Episode: "I Can't Stan You"
Episode: "Introducing The Naughty Stewardesses"
2007 August Rush Jennifer
2008–2009 Mode After Hours Amanda Tanen Web series
2011 Homegrown Eileen Unsold CBS pilot
2011 Love Bites Annie Matopoulos Main cast
2012–2013 How I Met Your Mother[17] Quinn Garvey 10 episodes
2013 The Goodwin Games Chloe Goodwin Main cast
2014 Weird Loners Caryn Main cast


  1. ^ a b Rosenblum, Emma (November 16, 2008). "Pretty Becki". New York Magazine. 
  2. ^ Oldenburg, Ann (January 27, 2010). "'Ugly Betty' canceled by ABC". USA Today. Gannett Co., Inc. Retrieved April 17, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Girl Crazy (in Concert)". 2009-11-20. Retrieved 2011-11-17. 
  4. ^ Ausiello, Michael (February 21, 2010). "Pilot Intel: Becki Newton finds 'Love' on NBC". Ausiello Files. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 17, 2010. 
  5. ^ "NBC Picks Up Three New Series for the 2010-11 Season with 'The Event', 'Outsourced', and 'Love Bites'". The Futon Critic. May 7, 2010. Retrieved May 13, 2010. 
  6. ^ "BREAKING: 'Love Bites' replaced by 'The Apprentice'" from Variety (July 1, 2010)
  7. ^ "‘Love Bites’ Replaced By ‘The Apprentice’" from TV By The Numbers (July 1, 2010)
  8. ^ Lee, Stephan (2011-07-20). "Love Bites cancelled | Inside TV |". Retrieved 2011-11-17. 
  9. ^ "How I Met Your Mother Exclusive: Ugly Betty's Becki Newton to Romance Barney!". 2011-11-16. Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  10. ^ "The Goodwin Games Exclusive: Ugly Betty's Becki Newton to star in Upcoming Fox TV series". 2012-05-16. Retrieved 2012-05-16. 
  11. ^ Jones, Brent (July 1, 2010). "Becki Newton's pregnancy shuffles NBC fall schedule". USA Today. Gannett Co Inc. Retrieved July 1, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Rep: Becki Newton is Pregnant!". 
  13. ^ "Actress Becki Newton Welcomes Son!". US Magazine. December 9, 2010. Retrieved December 22, 2010. 
  14. ^ Biography of Matt Newton
  15. ^ Salibury, Vanita (December 12, 2008). "Chris Diamantopoulos Self-Medicates With Tostitos". New York Magazine. The New York Times. Retrieved April 17, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Stephanie Chase Trivia". Official website. Retrieved April 17, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Becki Newton Guest Role In CBS Comedy Pilot –". CBS. Feb 13, 2012. 

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