Constance Zimmer

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Constance Zimmer
Constance Zimmer 11th Annual Inspiration Awards (cropped).jpg
Zimmer at the 11th Annual Inspiration Awards Gala on May 30, 2014
Born (1970-10-11) October 11, 1970 (age 43)
Seattle, Washington, United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 1993–present
Spouse(s) Russ Lamoureux (2010–present)
Children 1 daughter

A. Constance Zimmer (born October 11, 1970) is an American actress perhaps best known for her role as Dana Gordon in HBO's Entourage and as Claire Simms on the critically acclaimed ABC legal comedy-drama Boston Legal. She also starred on NBC's short-lived series Love Bites. She currently stars in the Netflix Original Series House of Cards.

Early life[edit]

Zimmer was born in Seattle, Washington, to Ingrid Mueller and Gunter Zimmer.[citation needed] She has German ancestry.[1] Zimmer decided to pursue a career in acting after she fell in love with the craft as a high school student.[2] Following high school, she was accepted to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena.[2] After finishing there, she continued to study with Stella Adler and Arthur Mendoza.[citation needed] Between acting projects, Zimmer earned a living as a professional fundraiser for charitable foundations such as AIDS Project Los Angeles, Tuesday's Child, and The American Cinematheque.[citation needed]


Her stage career was highlighted with her award-winning portrayal in a Los Angeles production of Catholic School Girls, where she won a Dramalogue for Best Actress.[2] After starring in several national commercials,[2] most notably for Duracell, she started making guest appearances in such shows as the comedy Ellen, Seinfeld, The X-Files, Gideon's Crossing, and The King of Queens,[2] as well as having recurring roles in The Wayans Bros., Hyperion Bay, and The Trouble With Normal. During that same period, she was cast in a few independent movies such as Spin Cycle,[2] Home Room, and Warm Blooded Killers.[2]

Zimmer eventually booked her first TV series regular role on the NBC comedy Good Morning, Miami as the lazy and burned-out office assistant, Penny Barrington. After the series got cancelled, she spent the second season recurring as Sister Lilly Waters in the CBS drama, Joan of Arcadia, as well as guest-starring in episodes of NYPD Blue and Jake in Progress.[citation needed] Also in 2005, she acted in the short film Just Pray, directed by Tiffani Thiessen.[2] It was accepted into the Tribeca Film Festival.

In early 2006, Zimmer was cast as Brianna, the competitive law undergrad, in the ABC crime/drama series In Justice. She joined the cast of Boston Legal, where she played associate attorney Claire Simms on the show's third season. Her character did not return in season 4. Zimmer also portrayed industry powerhouse and studio executive Dana Gordon in the HBO original series Entourage from 2005 to 2011, arguably her most known role to date.

More recently, she performed in the world-premiere play, Girls Talk, alongside Brooke Shields, Andrea Bendewald, and Nicole Paggi.[citation needed] The play was written and directed by Roger Kumble. She also starred in the NBC summer series Love Bites as Colleen Rouscher and had a guest appearance on USA’s Royal Pains, playing psychiatrist Dr. Abby Burton.[2]

Personal life[edit]

On January 5, 2008, Zimmer gave birth to daughter, Colette Zoe.[3] The father is Zimmer's partner, Russ Lamoureux. On June 20, 2010, it was announced that Zimmer and Lamoureux were engaged[4] with the couple getting married in October of the same year.[5]

Zimmer is an involved AIDS activist and attends many celebrity benefits for charity.[citation needed] Among those she supports are the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Heifer International.[2] She has also become a partner in the store opening of House of Petro Zillia in Los Angeles.[citation needed]


Year Film Role Notes
1993 The Day My Parents Ran Away Girl in line TV movie
1997 Quicksilver Highway Female patient TV movie
1998 Senseless Zestfully Clean Woman
1999 Warm Blooded Killers Vicky Portenza
2000 Spin Cycle Echo
2001 Farewell, My Love Kyle
2002 Home Room Assistant Kelly
2003 Mystery Woman Cassie Tilman / Cassie Thomas (in end credits) TV movie
2005 Just Pray Corley James Short film
2006 Damaged Goods Angel Short film
2007 The Hammer Nicole
2008 Chaos Theory Peg the Teacher
2008 AmericanEast The Director
2011 Demoted Elizabeth Holland
2012 The Babymakers Mona
2015 Entourage Dana Gordon Filming
2015 Run the Tide Lola


Year Film Role Notes
1994 Babylon 5 Young woman patient Episode: The Quality of Mercy
1997 Ellen Riot Girl Episode: Just Coffee?
1997 Unhappily Ever After LaVerne Episode: Tiffany, the Home Wrecker
1998 Seinfeld Waitress #2 Episode: The Wizard
1998 Jenny Kaleigh Episode: A Girl’s Gotta Come through in a Clutch
1998 Diagnosis: Murder Lisa Blake Episode: An Education in Murder
1998 Beverly Hills, 90210 Millie Episode: Reunion
1998 The Wayans Bros. Vanessa 2 episodes
1998 Felicity Girl Episode: The Last Stand
1998 The King of Queens Jenny Episode: Fixer Upper
1998–1999 Hyperion Bay 2 episodes
1999 Chicago Hope Dana Episode: A Goy and his Dog
2000 The X-Files Phoebe Episode: First Person Shooter
2000 Rude Awakening Sandi Episode: Star 80 Proof
2000 Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction Mary Episode: The Find
2000 Providence Megan 2 episodes
2000–2001 The Trouble With Normal Kristen 4 episodes
2001 Gideon's Crossing Jessica Kagen Episode: Dr. Cherry Must Be Stopped
2001 FreakyLinks Tori Spangler Episode: Subject: The Stone Room
2001 The Fighting Fitzgeralds Beth 5 episodes
2001 Philly Pamela Tommasino Episode: Blown Away
2002 My Guide to Becoming a Rock Star Siobahn! Ross 3 episodes
2002–2004 Good Morning, Miami Penelope "Penny" Barnes Barrington 40 episodes
2004 NYPD Blue Zoe Prentiss Episode: Dress for Success
2004–2005 Joan of Arcadia Sister Lilly Watters 11 episodes
2005 Jake in Progress Greta Episode: Henry Porter and the Coitus Interruptus
2005–2006 Out of Practice Naomi 2 episodes
2006 In Justice Brianna 13 episodes
2006–2007 Boston Legal Claire Simms 23 episodes
2007 Notes from the Underbelly Kelly Episode: Oleander
2009 Pushing Daisies Coco Juniper Episode: Window Dressed to Kill
2009 Cupid Hallie Butler Episode: The Great Right Hope
2009 The New Adventures of Old Christine Amy Hunter 2 episodes
2005–2011 Entourage Dana Gordon 21 episodes
2011 Love Bites Colleen Rouscher 7 episodes
2011 Royal Pains Dr. Abby Burton Episode: A Little Art, A Little Science
2013 Grey's Anatomy Dr. Alana Cahill 5 episodes
2013 The Newsroom Taylor Warren 5 episodes
2013–present House of Cards Janine Skorsky 9 episodes
2014 Hot In Cleveland Lilly 1 episode
2015 Transformers: Robots in Disguise (2015 TV series) Strongarm (voice) Series regular


  1. ^ "Entourage in the East Village". New York Post. August 11, 2011. Retrieved September 29, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Biography". Constance Zimmer official website. Retrieved September 29, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Entourage’s Constance Zimmer welcomes baby girl". People. January 17, 2008. Retrieved September 29, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Entourage star Constance Zimmer engaged". TV Guide. June 20, 2010. Retrieved September 29, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Constance Zimmer of Entourage gets married". People. October 12, 2010. Retrieved September 29, 2013. 

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