Becki Newton

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Becki Newton
Becki Newton 4th Annual Norma Jean Gala (cropped).jpg
Newton at the 4th Annual Norma Jean Gala in March 2015
Born Rebecca Sara Newton
(1978-07-04) July 4, 1978 (age 37)
New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
Alma mater University of Pennsylvania
Occupation Actress
Years active 2001–present
Spouse(s) Chris Diamantopoulos (m. 2005)
Children 2
Relatives Jennifer Newton (mother)
Matt Newton (brother)

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


Early life and education[edit]

Newton was born in New Haven, Connecticut. She is of English and Czech descent.[citation needed] Her maternal grandfather was composer and arranger Bruce Chase. She 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.

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 ABC comedy-drama series Ugly Betty from 2006 to 2010. With co-star Michael Urie, Newton co-hosted the official Ugly Betty podcast. She also starred in's web series Mode After Hours opposite Urie. Her performance attracted extremely positive reviews from critics and Amanda was arguably one of, if not the most popular character on the show, mainly due to her comical personality. Ugly Betty was canceled in 2010 after four 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 in 2011. 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 July 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 Garvey, a love interest for Neil Patrick Harris's character Barney Stinson where she played a stripper.[9] In 2013, Newton starred in the midseason Fox comedy series The Goodwin Games.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Newton met her husband, actor Chris Diamantopoulos, in a subway station in New York, and they married on May 12, 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 November 2010[13] and a daughter in early 2014.[14]

Her older brother, Matt Newton, is also an actor.[15] He played the recurring role of Marc St. James' boyfriend Troy in the fourth and final season of Ugly Betty. Her mother, Jennifer, is an award-winning artist,[16] and her aunt, Stephanie Chase, is a classical violinist.[17]


Year Title Role
2004 P.S. Rebecca
2007 August Rush Jennifer
Year Title Role Notes
2001 Burly TV Herself Host
2003 Cold Case Young Melanie Whitley Episode: "Look Again"
2003–04 Guiding Light Fantasy daughter Unknown episodes
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...?"
2006–10 Ugly Betty Amanda Tanen Main cast; 85 episodes
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
2007 Ugly Betty Ruthie Episode: "Sofia's Choice"
2007 American Dad! Blonde hoe Voice; episode: "When a Stan Loves a Woman"
2007 American Dad! Mrs. Hannigan Voice; episode: "I Can't Stan You"
2007–08 Ugly Betty Young Fey Sommers 2 episodes
2011 Love Bites Annie Matopoulos Main cast; 6 episodes
2012–13 How I Met Your Mother Quinn Garvey 10 episodes
2013 Goodwin Games, TheThe Goodwin Games Chloe Goodwin Main cast; 7 episodes
2014 Mickey Mouse Cruise Ship Waitress Voice; episode: "Flipperboobootosis"
2014 American Dad! Margie Voice; episode: "Introducing the Naughty Stewardesses"
2015 Weird Loners Caryn Goldfarb Main cast; 6 episodes
Year Title Role Notes
2008–09 Mode After Hours Amanda Tanen 19 episodes


  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". 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. ^
  15. ^ Biography of Matt Newton
  16. ^ Salibury, Vanita (December 12, 2008). "Chris Diamantopoulos Self-Medicates With Tostitos". New York Magazine. The New York Times. Retrieved April 17, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Trivia about Stephanie Chase, violinist". Archived from the original on September 3, 2013. Retrieved July 5, 2014. 

External links[edit]