Cristin Milioti

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Cristin Milioti
Cristin Milioti July 13, 2014 (cropped).jpg
Milioti at NBCUniversal's 2014 TCA Press Tour
Born (1985-08-16) August 16, 1985 (age 31)
Cherry Hill, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 2006–present

Cristin Milioti (born August 16, 1985) is an American actress and singer. She is known for her work in Broadway theatre productions such as That Face, Stunning, and the Tony Award-winning musical Once. She is also known for playing Tracy McConnell on the sitcom How I Met Your Mother from 2013 to 2014, and Teresa Petrillo Belfort in the 2013 film The Wolf of Wall Street. She has won a Grammy Award and has been nominated for a Tony Award.

Early life[edit]

Milioti was born and raised in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.[1] She is of Italian descent, but calls her family "Olive Garden Italian".[2] In middle school, she found her love of acting at Long Lake Camp for the Arts in New York City.[3] She attended Cherry Hill High School East, graduating in 2003. She took acting classes at New York University, but dropped out during her freshman year.[4] However, she is listed in the university's advertising.[5]


Milioti's first acting roles were bit parts in national advertising campaign ads, notably one for the Ford Edge.[6] She also appeared in television programs such as 30 Rock and films such as Greetings from the Shore. Milioti is also known for her stage performances. In 2007, she appeared on Broadway as Alice Ashbrook in Helen Edmundson's award-winning adaptation of Jamila Gavin's novel Coram Boy.[7] She was the 2010 star of That Face,[8] receiving a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress for her work in Stunning.[9] In 2012, she received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical for her work in Once, a play in which she had performed from 2011 to 2013.[10] Her Once performance, with fellow principal soloist Steve Kazee, earned the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. She also read aloud a short story for the 2011 This American Life episode "Adventure".[11] In 2012 she appeared on several songs of Glen Hansard's debut album Rhythm and Repose.

In 2013, Milioti was cast in the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother as the title Mother (credited as "The Girl with the Yellow Umbrella", identified as Tracy McConnell in the series finale), appearing for the first time in the season eight finale titled "Something New", and was promoted to a series regular for the series' ninth and final season. [12] Milioti portrayed Jordan Belfort's (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) first wife, Teresa Petrillo, in the 2013 Martin Scorsese film The Wolf of Wall Street.[13] In February 2014, she was cast as Zelda, the female lead on NBC's comedy pilot A to Z.[14] In 2015 she co-starred on the second season of FX's Fargo as Betsy Solverson, the cancer-stricken wife of state trooper Lou Solverson and mother of future deputy Molly Solverson.


Milioti at Joe's Pub in New York, 2013


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Greetings from the Shore Didi
2009 Year of the Carnivore Sammy Smalls
2011 Ashley Cristin Short film
2012 Sleepwalk with Me Janet Pandamiglio
2012 I Am Ben The Journalist
2012 The Brass Teapot Brandi
2013 Bert and Arnie's Guide to Friendship Faye
2013 The Wolf of Wall Street Teresa Petrillo Belfort
2014 The Occupants Lucy
2016 Breakable You Maud Weller


Year Title Role Notes
2006 3 lbs Megan Rafferty Episode: "Bad Boys"
2006–2007 The Sopranos Catherine Sacrimoni 3 episodes
2009 The Unusuals Sketch Artist 2 episodes
2010 The Good Wife Onya Eggertson Episode: "Taking Control"
2011 30 Rock Abby Flynn Episode: "TGS Hates Women"
2011 Nurse Jackie Monica Episode: "...Deaf Blind Tumor Pee-Test"
2013–2014 How I Met Your Mother Tracy McConnell / The Mother 14 episodes
2014–2015 A to Z Zelda Vasco 13 episodes
2015–2016 The Mindy Project Whitney 5 episodes
2015 Family Guy Becca (voice) Episode: "Roasted Guy"
2015 Fargo Betsy Solverson 9 episodes
2016 The Venture Bros. Sirena (voice) 2 episodes


Year Title Role Venue(s)
2006 The Lieutenant of Inishmore Mairead Understudy
Lyceum Theatre
2007 Coram Boy[15] Alice Ashbrook Imperial Theatre
2007 The Devil's Disciple Essie Irish Repertory Theatre
2008 Crooked Laney
2008 Some Americans Abroad Katie Taylor
2009 The Heart is a Lonely Hunter Mick Kelly New York Theatre Workshop
2009 Stunning Lily Lincoln Center Theater
2010 The Little Foxes Alexandra New York Theatre Workshop
2010 That Face Mia Manhattan Theatre Club
2011–13 Once Girl American Repertory Theatre
New York Theatre Workshop
Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre
2015–16 Lazarus Elly New York Theatre Workshop

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result Ref.
2011 Lucille Lortel Awards Outstanding Lead Actress That Face Nominated [16]
2012 Tony Awards Best Actress in a Musical Once Nominated [17]
2013 Grammy Awards Best Musical Theater Album Once Won [18]
2016 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Movie/Miniseries Fargo Nominated [19]


  1. ^ Kaufman, Joanne (May 3, 2012). "A Cultural Conversation With Cristin Milioti: There Once Was a Girl", The Wall Street Journal, p. D4.
  2. ^ "How I Met Your Mother's Cristin Milioti Reveals She Was Almost Arrested Because of Her "Drunk Personality"". EOnline. 14 February 2014. Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  3. ^ Goldblatt, Henry. "'How I Met Your Mother': Meet The Mother, Cristin Milioti, for the first time – Exclusive". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Adam B. Vary. "The Mother On "How I Met Your Mother" Explains Everything You Need To Know About Her". Retrieved 2014-03-16. 
  5. ^ HIMYM Podcast: Season 9, episode 5
  6. ^ "Ford Edge – Same City Better View (Milioti is in the back seat, gazing out the vehicle's sunroof)". Retrieved 2013-05-19. 
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  8. ^ Terry Teachout, A Commanding Debut, Wall Street Journal, 21 May 2010, p. W5
  9. ^ Cox, Gordon (April 5, 2010). "Lortel Award nominations announced". Variety. 
  10. ^ "Tony Awards Nominations: Actress (Musical)". Gold Derby. 
  11. ^ "#448: Adventure!". This American Life. Retrieved 2013-12-11. 
  12. ^ Rorke, Robert (2013-05-14). "'How I Met Your Mother' finally reveals mom's identity". Retrieved 2013-05-19. 
  13. ^ "Tony Award Nominee Cristin Milioti Weds DiCaprio In Scorsese's Wolf Of Wall Street". Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  14. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (12 February 2014). "Cristin Milioti Tapped As Co-Lead For NBC Comedy Pilot 'A To Z'". Deadline. Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
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  16. ^ "2010 Nominations and Recipients". 
  17. ^ "Once, Clybourne Park, Porgy and Bess, Audra McDonald, Salesman Win 2012 Tony Awards". Playbill. 
  18. ^ "Past Winners Search". Grammy.Com. 
  19. ^ "'Mad Max,' 'Fargo' Top Critics' Choice Nominations". Critics' Choice Awards. December 14, 2015. Retrieved December 14, 2015. 

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