Constance Zimmer

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Constance Zimmer
Constance Zimmer 11th Annual Inspiration Awards (cropped).jpg
Zimmer at the 2014 Inspiration Awards Gala
Constance Alice Zimmer

(1970-10-11) October 11, 1970 (age 49)
EducationAmerican Academy of Dramatic Arts
Years active1993–present
Steve Johnson
(m. 1999; div. 2001)

Russ Lamoureux (m. 2010)

Constance Alice Zimmer (born October 11, 1970) is an American actress. She rose to prominence for playing Dana Gordon in the television series Entourage (2005–2011) and Claire Simms in the television series Boston Legal (2006–2007). She went on to appear in many television series, notably Love Bites (2011) and House of Cards (2013–2018).

Zimmer gained recognition for her role in the television series Unreal (2015–2018), for which she received a Critics' Choice Television Award and a Primetime Emmy Award nomination in 2016.

Early life and education[edit]

Zimmer was born in Seattle, Washington, to German migrant parents from the former East Prussia. She speaks fluent German, saying in a 2015 interview that although her parents spoke English with her as a child, she spent six weeks of every summer in Germany, with her grandmother who only spoke German.[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]


Zimmer's 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 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, 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 was canceled, 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 four. 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.

Zimmer 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]

In 2014, she was cast in the series regular role of Quinn King on the Lifetime dramedy series UnREAL.[3] The show has received critical acclaim and Zimmer's performance has garnered high praise. The series ended in July 2018 after four seasons. For her performance in the series, she won a Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

In 2015, she had a recurring role on season three of the ABC superhero series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Rosalind Price. She has been a semi-regular panelist on ABC's Match Game since 2017.

Personal life[edit]

Zimmer has been married twice. First, to special effects artist Steve Johnson, whom she met when working on a Duracell TV commercial in the late 1990s.[1]

On January 5, 2008, Zimmer gave birth to a daughter, Colette Zoe, whose father is director Russ Lamoureux.[4] On June 20, 2010, it was announced that Zimmer and Lamoureux were engaged,[5] with the couple getting married in October of the same year.[6]

Zimmer attends many celebrity benefits for charity. Among those she supports are the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Heifer International.[2]



Year Title Role Notes
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
2005 Just Pray Corley James Short film
2006 Damaged Goods Angel Short film
2007 The Hammer Nicole
2008 Chaos Theory Peg the Teacher
AmericanEast The Director
2011 Demoted Elizabeth Holland
2012 The Babymakers Mona
2015 Entourage Dana Gordon
Results Mandy
Run the Tide Lola
2018 Burger Boss Mother (voice) Short film
2019 Wonder Woman: Bloodlines Veronica Cale (voice)


Year Title Role Notes
1993 The Day My Parents Ran Away Girl in line TV movie
1994 Babylon 5 Young woman patient Episode: "The Quality of Mercy"
1997 Quicksilver Highway Female patient Movie
Ellen Riot Girl Episode: "Just Coffee?"
Unhappily Ever After LaVerne Episode: "Tiffany, the Home Wrecker"
1998 Seinfeld Waitress #2 Episode: "The Wizard"
Jenny Kaleigh Episode: "A Girl's Gotta Come through in a Clutch"
Diagnosis: Murder Lisa Blake Episode: "An Education in Murder"
Beverly Hills, 90210 Millie Episode: "Reunion"
The Wayans Bros. Vanessa 2 episodes
Felicity Girl Episode: "The Last Stand"
The King of Queens Jenny Episode: "Fixer Upper"
1998–1999 Hyperion Bay Unknown 2 episodes
1999 Chicago Hope Dana Episode: "A Goy and His Dog"
2000 The X-Files Phoebe Episode: "First Person Shooter"
Rude Awakening Sandi Episode: "Star 80 Proof"
Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction Mary Episode: "The Find"
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"
FreakyLinks Tori Spangler Episode: "Subject: The Stone Room"
The Fighting Fitzgeralds Beth 5 episodes
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
2003 Mystery Woman Cassie Tilman / Cassie Thomas (in end credits) Movie
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"
Cupid Hallie Butler Episode: "The Great Right Hope"
The New Adventures of Old Christine Amy Hunter 2 episodes
2005–2011 Entourage Dana Gordon 21 episodes
2011 Love Bites Colleen Rouscher 7 episodes
Royal Pains Dr. Abby Burton Episode: "A Little Art, A Little Science"
2013 Grey's Anatomy Dr. Alana Cahill 5 episodes
The Newsroom Taylor Warren 5 episodes
2016, 2018
House of Cards Janine Skorsky 19 episodes
2014 Hot in Cleveland Lilly Episode: "Stayin' Alive"
2015–2017 Transformers: Robots in Disguise Strongarm, Filch (voices) Series regular
2015–2018 UnREAL Quinn King Series regular
2015 Complications Dr. Laster 2 episodes
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Rosalind Price 8 episodes
2016 Maron Lindsey Episode: "Step 1"
Better Things Herself Episode: "Sam/Pilot"
BoJack Horseman Skinny Gina/Lindsey 3 episodes
2017 Angie Tribeca Detective Goldstein Episode: "Hey, I'm Solvin' Here!"
2017–2018 Match Game Panelist 6 episodes
2018 RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars Herself Episode: "The Bitchelor"
Mom Professor Stevens Episode: "Ambulance chasers and a Babbling Brook"
2018–2019 A Million Little Things Jeri Huntington 3 episodes
2019–2020 Shameless Claudia Nicolo 5 episodes
2020 Condor Robin Larkin 6 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2008 14th Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (shared with the others)
Boston Legal
2016 6th Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
5th BTVA Voice Acting Awards Best Vocal Ensemble in a New Television Series (shared with the others)
Transformers: Robots in Disguise
20th OFTA Television Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
14th Gold Derby Awards Best Drama Supporting Actress Nominated
68th Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
7th Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
2017 6th BTVA Voice Acting Awards Best Vocal Ensemble in a Television Series (shared with the others)
Transformers: Robots in Disguise


  1. ^ a b "Episode 609 - Constance Zimmer". WTF with Marc Maron. Retrieved July 6, 2015. (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Biography". Constance Zimmer official website. Archived from the original on July 30, 2012. Retrieved September 29, 2013.
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 2, 2014). "Constance Zimmer To Star In New Lifetime Series Un-Real". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 22, 2016.
  4. ^ "Entourage's Constance Zimmer welcomes baby girl". People. January 17, 2008. Retrieved September 29, 2013.
  5. ^ "Entourage star Constance Zimmer engaged". TV Guide. June 20, 2010. Retrieved September 29, 2013.
  6. ^ "Constance Zimmer of Entourage gets married". People. October 12, 2010. Retrieved September 29, 2013.

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