|Born||Madeline Rose Zima
September 16, 1985
New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
|Relatives||Vanessa Zima (younger sister)
Yvonne Zima (younger sister)
Madeline Rose Zima (born September 16, 1985) is an American actress. She is best known for portraying Grace Sheffield on the series The Nanny (1993–1999), Mia Lewis on the Showtime comedy drama series Californication (2007–2011), and Gretchen Berg on Heroes (2009–2010).
Zima was born in New Haven, Connecticut, the daughter of Marie and Dennis Zima. Her surname means "winter" in Polish and comes from her maternal grandfather, who was from Poland. Zima has two younger sisters, Vanessa and Yvonne, both of whom are also actresses.
Zima began her career when she was two years old, after she was chosen as a child to appear in a television commercial for Downy fabric softener. She played the role of Grace Sheffield on the television show The Nanny for six years. Zima has become known for her work in films such as The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, A Cinderella Story, Dimples, Looking for Sunday, Once in a Very Blue Moon and Legacy.
In 2007, Zima played Mia Lewis, a sexually precocious and conniving 16-year old, on the series Californication. Zima returned for a second season of Californication in 2008. In promotion of Mia's book, Fucking & Punching, Zima starred in several Californication webisodes that are featured on YouTube. In 2009, Zima joined the cast of Heroes as Gretchen Berg, Claire Bennet's quirky bisexual roommate and tentative love interest.
|1992||Hand That Rocks the Cradle, TheThe Hand That Rocks the Cradle||Emma Bartel|
|1993||Mr. Nanny||Kate Mason|
|1993||Last Supper, TheThe Last Supper||Holly||Short film|
|1997||'Til There Was You||Gwen (Age 12)|
|1998||Rose Sisters, TheThe Rose Sisters|
|1998||Second Chances||Melinda Judd|
|1999||Chasing Secrets||Jo Ann Foley||Television film|
|1999||Lethal Vows||Danielle Farris||Television film|
|2000||Sandy Bottom Orchestra, TheThe Sandy Bottom Orchestra||Rachel Green||Television film|
|2001||Big Leaf Tobacco Company, TheThe Big Leaf Tobacco Company||Girl #1||Short film|
|2003||Lucy||Teen Lucille Ball||Television film|
|2004||Cinderella Story, AA Cinderella Story||Brianna|
|2006||Looking for Sunday||Trisha|
|2008||5 or Die||Amelia||Short film|
|2009||Collector, TheThe Collector||Jill Chase|
|2010||My Own Love Song||Billie||Television film, Lifetime Movies|
|2011||Family Tree, TheThe Family Tree||Mitzy Steinbacher|
|2012||Breaking the Girls||Alex Layton|
|2012||Crazy Kind of Love||Annie|
|1993||Law & Order||Samantha Silver||Episode: "Extended Family"|
|1993-1999||Nanny, TheThe Nanny||Grace Sheffield||146 episodes|
|1996||JAG||Cathy Gold||Episode: "Sightings"|
|1997||Touched by an Angel||Alexandra "Ally"||Episode: "Children of the Night"|
|1999||Chicken Soup for the Soul||Katie||Episode: "Starlight, Star Bright"|
|2001||Nightmare Room, TheThe Nightmare Room||Alexis Hall||2 episodes|
|2001||King of the Hill||Voice
|2001||Gilmore Girls||Lisa||Episode: "Like Mother, Like Daughter"|
|2003||7th Heaven||Alice Miller||Episode: "Go Ask Alice"|
|2004||Strong Medicine||Pam||Episode: "Like Cures Like"|
|2006||3 lbs||Cassie Mack||Episode: "Lost for Words"|
|2007||Ghost Whisperer||Maddy Strom||Episode: "Mean Ghost"|
|2007||Grey's Anatomy||Marissa||Episode: "Forever Young"|
|2007-2011||Californication||Mia Lewis||28 episodes|
|2009-2010||Heroes||Gretchen Berg||11 episodes|
|2010||My Boys||Ashley||Episode: "Be a Man!"|
|2011||Royal Pains||Toby Thompson||Episode: "Me First"|
|2012||Vampire Diaries, TheThe Vampire Diaries||Charlotte||Episode: "We'll Always Have Bourbon Street"|
|2013||Betas||Jordan Alexis||8 Episodes|
Awards and nominations
She was nominated three times for a YoungStar Award at the YoungStar Awards, in 1995, 1997 and 1999 all of them for Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Comedy TV Series for The Nanny (1993).
She was also nominated thirteen times for a Young Artist Award at the Young Artist Awards:
- 1993 – Best Young Actress Under Ten in a Motion Picture for The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992)
- 1994 – Best Youth Actress Leading Role in a Motion Picture Comedy and for Outstanding Youth Ensemble in a Television Series shared with Benjamin Salisbury and Nicholle Tom both for The Nanny (1993)
- 1995 – Best Performance by a Youth Actress as a TV Guest Star for Law & Order (1990), and Best Performance by a Youth Ensemble in a Television Series shared with Nicholle Tom and Benjamin Salisbury, Best Performance by an Actress Under Ten in a Motion Picture and Best Performance by an Actress Under Ten in a TV Series, all of them for The Nanny (1993)
- 1996 – Best Performance by a Young Actress in a TV Comedy Series for The Nanny (1993)
- 1998 – Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series by a Supporting Young Actress for The Nanny (1993)
- 2001 – Best Performance in a TV Movie (Drama) by a Leading Young Actress for The Sandy Bottom Orchestra
- "FHM's 100 Sexiest Women 2009".
- "Interview: Californication's Madeline Zima is 'Haute'". Archived from the original on September 19, 2008. Retrieved December 20, 2007. "Madeline Zima: "[...] my grandfather on my mom's side was Polish. It means 'winter.' Zima comes from that; it's my mother's maiden name.""
- "Madeline Zima on zima-sisters.net". Retrieved February 14, 2007.
- "'Hand' Keeps 5-Year-Old's Career Rocking". January 20, 1992. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
- Andreeva, Nellie. "Zima joins Heroes for recurring role". Hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved June 3, 2009.[dead link]
- Nellie Andreeva (February 10, 2012). "Blythe Danner, Sarah Bolger & Madeline Zima Cast In ABC Pilot ‘Gilded Lilys’". Deadline.com. Retrieved March 9, 2012.
- "The Vampire Diaries". We'll Always Have Bourbon Street Cast & Crew. TV.com. December 6, 2012. Retrieved July 24, 2014.