Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

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Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Awarded for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Country United States
Presented by Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Currently held by Allison Janney,
Masters of Sex (2014)
Official website http://www.emmys.com/

This is a list of winners of the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Drama Series, Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, and Outstanding Guest Supporting Actress. These awards, like the other 'Guest' Awards, are not presented at the Primetime Emmy Award show, but rather at the Creative Arts Emmy Award show.


Superlatives[edit]

Superlative Lead Actress - Drama Series Supporting Actress - Drama Series Guest Actress - Drama Series Overall
Actress with most awards Michael Learned, Tyne Daly 4 Nancy Marchand 4 Shirley Knight, Alfre Woodard, Amanda Plummer,
Patricia Clarkson
2 Tyne Daly 6
Actress with most nominations Angela Lansbury 12 Tyne Daly 8 Alfre Woodard 4 Tyne Daly 14
Actress with most nominations
without ever winning
Angela Lansbury 12 Barbara Bosson 6 Penny Fuller,
Veronica Cartwright,
Swoosie Kurtz, Marlee Matlin, Jean Smart
3 Angela Lansbury 13
Television program with most wins Cagney & Lacey 6 Lou Grant 4 Law & Order:
Special Victims Unit
5 The Waltons 7
Television program with most nominations Cagney & Lacey,
Murder, She Wrote
12 Hill Street Blues 13 Law & Order:
Special Victims Unit
15 ER, Law & Order:
Special Victims Unit
23
Television program with most nominations without ever winning Murder, She Wrote 12 L.A. Law 10 St. Elsewhere 5 Mad Men 15

Award winners and nominations[edit]

1970s[edit]

1980s[edit]

Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series

Year Actor Program Role Network
1985-1986
(38th)
John Lithgow Amazing Stories John Walters NBC
Whoopi Goldberg Moonlighting Camille ABC
Edward Herrmann St. Elsewhere Father Joseph McCabe NBC
Peggy McCay Cagney & Lacey Mrs. Carruthers CBS
James Stacy Ted Peters
1986-1987
(39th)
Alfre Woodard L.A. Law Adrianne Moore NBC
Steve Allen St. Elsewhere Lech Osoranski NBC
Jeanne Cooper L.A. Law Gladys Becker
Edward Herrmann St. Elsewhere Father Joseph McCabe
Jayne Meadows Olga Osoranski
1987-1988
(40th)
Shirley Knight thirtysomething Ruth Murdock ABC
Imogene Coca Moonlighting Clara DiPesto ABC
Lainie Kazan St. Elsewhere Frieda Fiscus NBC
Gwen Verdon Magnum, P.I. Catherine Peters CBS
Alfre Woodard St. Elsewhere Dr. Roxanne Turner NBC

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Year Actor Program Role Network
1988-1989
(41st)
Kay Lenz Midnight Caller Tina Cassidy NBC
Shirley Knight The Equalizer Kay CBS
Jean Simmons Murder, She Wrote Eudora McVeigh
Maureen Stapleton B.L. Stryker Auntie Sue ABC
Chloe Webb China Beach Laurette Barber
Teresa Wright Dolphin Cove Nina Rothman CBS

1990s[edit]

Year Actor Program Role Network
1989-1990
(42nd)
Viveca Lindfors Life Goes On Mrs. Doubcha ABC
Ruby Dee China Beach Ruby ABC
Colleen Dewhurst Road to Avonlea Marilla Cuthbert Disney Channel
Shirley Knight thirtysomething Ruth Murdoch ABC
Kay Lenz Midnight Caller Tina Cassidy NBC
1990-1991
(43rd)
Peggy McCay The Trials of Rosie O'Neill Irene Hayes ABC
Eileen Brennan thirtysomething Margaret Weston ABC
Colleen Dewhurst Road to Avonlea Marilla Cuthbert Disney Channel
Penny Fuller China Beach Margaret Mary McMurphy ABC
1991-1992
(44th)
No award
1992-1993
(45th)
Elaine Stritch Law & Order Lanie Stieglitz NBC
Bibi Besch Northern Exposure Jane O'Connell CBS
Rosanna Carter I'll Fly Away Eulalia Jefferson NBC
Diane Ladd Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Charlotte Cooper CBS
Gwen Verdon Homicide: Life on the Street Jessie Doohen NBC
1993-1994
(46th)
Faye Dunaway Columbo: It's All in the Game Lauren Staton ABC
Bonnie Bedelia Fallen Angels Sally Creighton Showtime
Stockard Channing Road to Avonlea Viola Elliott Disney Channel
Laura Dern Fallen Angels Annie Ainsley Showtime
Penny Fuller NYPD Blue Roberta Taub ABC
Marlee Matlin Picket Fences Laurie Bey CBS
1994-1995
(47th)
Shirley Knight NYPD Blue Agnes Cantwell ABC
Amy Brenneman NYPD Blue Janice Licalsi ABC
Rosemary Clooney ER Madame X / Mary Cavanaugh NBC
Colleen Flynn Jodi O'Brien
CCH Pounder The X-Files Agent Lucy Kazdin Fox
1995-1996
(48th)
Amanda Plummer The Outer Limits Dr. Theresa Givens Showtime
Louise Fletcher Picket Fences Christine Bey CBS
Penny Fuller ER Mrs. Constantine NBC
Carol Kane Chicago Hope Marguerite Birch CBS
Maureen Stapleton Road to Avonlea Maggie MacPhee Disney Channel
Lily Tomlin Homicide: Life on the Street Rose Halligan NBC
1996-1997
(49th)
Dianne Wiest Road to Avonlea Lillian Hepworth Disney Channel
Veronica Cartwright ER Norma Houston NBC
Diane Ladd Touched by an Angel Carolyn Sellers CBS
Anne Meara Homicide: Life on the Street Donna DiGrazi NBC
Isabella Rossellini Chicago Hope Prof. Marina Giannini CBS
1997-1998
(50th)
Cloris Leachman Promised Land Aunt Mooster CBS
Veronica Cartwright The X-Files Cassandra Spender Fox
Swoosie Kurtz ER Tina Marie Chambliss NBC
Lili Taylor The X-Files Marty Glenn Fox
Alfre Woodard Homicide: Life on the Street Dr. Roxanne Turner NBC
1998-1999
(51st)
Debra Monk NYPD Blue Katie Sipowicz ABC
Veronica Cartwright The X-Files Cassandra Spender Fox
Patty Duke Touched by an Angel Nancy Williams CBS
Julia Roberts Law & Order Katrina Ludlow NBC
Marion Ross Touched by an Angel Emma CBS

2000s[edit]

Year Actor Program Role Network
1999-2000
(52nd)
Beah Richards The Practice Gertrude Turner ABC
Jane Alexander Law & Order Regina Mulroney NBC
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Kathy Baker Touched by an Angel Ellen CBS
Marlee Matlin The Practice Sally Berg ABC
Tracy Pollan Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Harper Anderson NBC
2000-2001
(53rd)
Sally Field ER Maggie Wyczenski NBC
Kathy Baker Boston Public Meredith Peters Fox
Dana Delany Family Law Mary Sullivan CBS
Annabella Sciorra The Sopranos Gloria Trillo HBO
Jean Smart The District Sherry Regan CBS
2001-2002
(54th)
Patricia Clarkson Six Feet Under Sarah O'Connor HBO
Illeana Douglas Six Feet Under Angela HBO
Mary McDonnell ER Eleanor Carter NBC
Martha Plimpton Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Claire Rinato
Lili Taylor Six Feet Under Lisa Kimmel Fisher HBO
2002-2003
(55th)
Alfre Woodard The Practice Denise Freeman ABC
Barbara Barrie Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Paula Haggerty NBC
Kathy Bates Six Feet Under Bettina HBO
Farrah Fawcett The Guardian Mary Gressler CBS
Tovah Feldshuh Law & Order Danielle Melnick NBC
Sally Field ER Maggie Lockhart
2003-2004
(56th)
Sharon Stone The Practice Sheila Carlisle ABC
Louise Fletcher Joan of Arcadia Eva CBS
Marlee Matlin Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dr. Amy Solwey NBC
Betty White The Practice Catherine Piper ABC
Mare Winningham Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Sandra Blaine NBC
2004-2005
(57th)
Amanda Plummer Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Miranda Cole NBC
Jill Clayburgh Nip/Tuck Bobbi Broderick FX
Swoosie Kurtz Huff Madeleine Sullivan Showtime
Angela Lansbury Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Eleanor Duvall NBC
Law & Order: Trial by Jury
Cloris Leachman Joan of Arcadia Aunt Olive CBS
2005-2006
(58th)
Patricia Clarkson Six Feet Under Sarah O'Connor HBO
Kate Burton Grey's Anatomy Ellis Grey ABC
Joanna Cassidy Six Feet Under Margaret Chenowith HBO
Swoosie Kurtz Huff Madeleine Sullivan Showtime
Christina Ricci Grey's Anatomy Hannah Davies ABC
2006-2007
(59th)
Leslie Caron Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Lorraine Delmas NBC
Kate Burton Grey's Anatomy Ellis Grey ABC
Marcia Gay Harden Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dana Lewis NBC
Elizabeth Reaser Grey's Anatomy Rebecca Pope / Ava ABC
Jean Smart 24 Martha Logan Fox
2007-2008
(60th)
Cynthia Nixon Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Janis Donovan NBC
Ellen Burstyn Big Love Nancy Davis Dutton HBO
Diahann Carroll Grey's Anatomy Jane Burke ABC
Sharon Gless Nip/Tuck Colleen Rose FX
Anjelica Huston Medium Cynthia Keener NBC
2008-2009
(61st)
Ellen Burstyn Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Bernie Stabler NBC
Brenda Blethyn Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Linnie Malcolm / Caroline Cresswell NBC
Carol Burnett Birdie Sulloway
Sharon Lawrence Grey's Anatomy Robbie Stevens ABC
CCH Pounder The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Andrea Curtin HBO

2010s[edit]

Year Actor Program Role Network
2009-2010
(62nd)
Ann-Margret Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Rita Wills NBC
Shirley Jones The Cleaner Lola Zellman A&E
Elizabeth Mitchell Lost Dr. Juliet Burke ABC
Mary Kay Place Big Love Adaleen Grant HBO
Sissy Spacek Marilyn Densham
Lily Tomlin Damages Marilyn Tobin FX
2010-2011
(63rd)
Loretta Devine Grey's Anatomy Adele Webber ABC
Cara Buono Mad Men Dr. Faye Miller AMC
Joan Cusack Shameless Sheila Jackson Showtime
Randee Heller Mad Men Ida Blankenship AMC
Mary McDonnell The Closer Capt. Sharon Raydor TNT
Julia Stiles Dexter Lumen Pierce Showtime
Alfre Woodard True Blood Ruby Jean Reynolds HBO
2011-2012
(64th)
Martha Plimpton The Good Wife Patti Nyholm CBS
Joan Cusack Shameless Sheila Jackson Showtime
Loretta Devine Grey's Anatomy Adele Webber ABC
Julia Ormond Mad Men Marie Calvet AMC
Jean Smart Harry's Law Roseanna Remmick NBC
Uma Thurman Smash Rebecca Duvall
2012-2013
(65th)
Carrie Preston The Good Wife Elsbeth Tascioni CBS
Linda Cardellini Mad Men Sylvia Rosen AMC
Joan Cusack Shameless Sheila Jackson Showtime
Jane Fonda The Newsroom Leona Lansing HBO
Margo Martindale The Americans Claudia FX
Diana Rigg Game of Thrones Lady Olenna Tyrell HBO
2013-2014
(66th)
Allison Janney Masters of Sex Margaret Scully Showtime
Kate Burton Scandal Vice President Sally Langston ABC
Jane Fonda The Newsroom Leona Lansing HBO
Kate Mara House of Cards Zoe Barnes Netflix
Margo Martindale The Americans Claudia FX
Diana Rigg Game of Thrones Lady Olenna Tyrell HBO

Multiple winners[edit]

2 wins

Multiple nominations[edit]

2 nominations

3 nominations

4 nominations