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Cristin Milioti
Milioti in July 2014
Born (1985-08-16) August 16, 1985 (age 38)
Years active2000s–present

Cristin Milioti (born August 16, 1985)[1] is an American actress. She is known for playing Tracy McConnell in the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother from 2013 to 2014, and for her work in theater productions such as That Face, Stunning, and the Tony Award-winning musical Once, for which she won a Grammy Award and was nominated for a Tony Award. She has also played Teresa Petrillo Belfort in the 2013 film The Wolf of Wall Street, Sarah Wilder in the 2020 film Palm Springs, Betsy Solverson in the second season of the FX crime series Fargo (2015), Hazel Green in the HBO Max comedy series Made for Love (2021–2022), and Emma in the Peacock black comedy mystery series The Resort (2022).

Early life


Milioti was born and raised in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.[2][3] She is of Italian descent, and calls her family "Olive Garden Italian".[4] In middle school, she found her love of acting at Long Lake Camp for the Arts in Long Lake, New York.[5] She graduated in 2003 from Cherry Hill High School East, where she began performing in school plays.[6] She took acting classes at New York University, but dropped out during her sophomore year.[7][8] Milioti admitted that she was "wildly unhappy there" and dropped out as a result.[7]


Milioti strumming a ukulele onstage
Milioti playing ukulele in 2013.

Milioti's first acting roles were bit parts in national advertising campaign ads, notably one for the Ford Edge.[9] She also appeared in television programs such as The Sopranos 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.[10] In 2010, she starred in That Face,[11] and was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actress for her work in Stunning.[12]

In 2012, she received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Girl in Once, a musical in which she performed from 2011 to 2013.[13] Of her performance, Ben Brantley of the New York Times wrote: "It’s not easy playing a winsome life force with a foreign accent. But Ms. Milioti has mastered the assignment brilliantly. She brings a new confidence to her portrayal, and an enhanced mixture of wit and wisdom, which suggests a maturity in youth, a fatalism hard won during an Eastern European childhood. And together she and Mr. Kazee exude a chemistry that is all the more achingly real for being so subdued."[14] 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".[15] 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 titular Mother, appearing for the first time in the season eight finale titled "Something New", and was promoted to a series regular for the show's ninth and final season.[16] Milioti portrayed Jordan Belfort's first wife, Teresa Petrillo, in the 2013 Martin Scorsese film The Wolf of Wall Street.[17] In February 2014, she was cast as Zelda, the female lead on NBC's comedy A to Z which premiered that October and aired for one season of 13 episodes.[18] 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. In 2017, Milioti appeared in the fourth season of the sci-fi anthology show Black Mirror in the episode "USS Callister" as Nanette Cole, a newly employed game developer whose digital recreation becomes trapped in a virtual simulator game.[19]

In 2020, Milioti starred in the sci-fi/comedy Palm Springs, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and on Hulu in July.[20] In 2021, she starred in the HBO Max dark comedy series Made for Love as the entrapped wife of a tech billionaire from whom she runs away.[21]

In 2024, Milioti is set to star as Sofia Falcone in the Max spin-off miniseries of The Batman titled The Penguin, opposite Colin Farrell.[22][23]

Personal life


Milioti has an adopted mixed-breed West Highland White Terrier dog named Rupert.[24][25] In February 2021, Milioti worked with PETA in a video featuring Rupert which advocated for adopting a dog over purchasing one from breeders.[26][27]


Year Title Album Notes Ref.
2012 "If You Want Me" Once: A New Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
"The Hill"
"Falling Slowly (Reprise)" Duet with Steve Kazee and the Once Ensemble
2014 "La Vie En Rose" How I Met Your Mother (Original Television Soundtrack) [28]
2016 "Changes" Lazarus (Original Cast Recording)
"Absolute Beginners" Duet with Michael C. Hall, Michael Esper, Sophia Anne Caruso and Krystina Alabado
"Always Crashing in the Same Car"
2018 "Delete Delete" #DARKDAZE With Boots and Run the Jewels [29]
2021 "715 Creeks" Non-album single Bon Iver cover [30]

Acting credits



Year Title Role Notes
2007 Greetings from the Shore Didi
2009 Year of the Carnivore Sammy Smalls
2012 Sleepwalk with Me Janet Pandamiglio
I Am Ben The Journalist
The Brass Teapot Brandi
2013 Bert and Arnie's Guide to Friendship Faye
The Wolf of Wall Street Teresa Petrillo Belfort
2014 The Occupants Lucy
2015 It Had to Be You Sonia
2017 Breakable You Maud Weller
2020 Palm Springs Sarah Wilder


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/Abby Grossman Episode: "TGS Hates Women"
Nurse Jackie Monica Episode: "...Deaf Blind Tumor Pee-Test"
2013–2014 How I Met Your Mother Tracy McConnell / The Mother Guest role (season 8), main role (season 9)
2014–2015 A to Z Zelda Vasco Main role
2015 Family Guy Becca Voice role
Episode: "Roasted Guy"
Fargo Betsy Solverson Recurring role (season 2), 9 episodes
2015–2016 The Mindy Project Whitney Recurring role, 5 episodes
2016–2018 The Venture Bros. Sirena / various voices Recurring voice role, 8 episodes
2017 Black Mirror Nanette Cole Episode: "USS Callister"
2018 No Activity Frankie Main role (season 2)
2019 Modern Love Maggie Mitchell Episode: "When the Doorman Is Your Main Man"
2020 Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet Bean Episode: "A Dark Quiet Death"
Death to 2020 Kathy Flowers Television special
2021 Ziwe Friend Episode: "55%"
The Simpsons Barb Voice role
Episode: "A Serious Flanders"
Death to 2021 Kathy Flowers Television special
2021–2022 Made for Love Hazel Green Main role
2022 The Resort Emma Reed Main role
2023 Bob's Burgers Alice Voice role
Episode: "Radio No You Didn't"
2024 The Penguin Sofia Falcone Upcoming limited series


Year Title Role Venue(s) Refs.
2006 The Lieutenant of Inishmore Mairead (understudy) Lyceum Theatre
New York City, NY
2007 Coram Boy Alice Ashbrook Imperial Theatre
New York City, NY
The Devil's Disciple Essie Irish Repertory Theatre
New York City, NY
2008 Crooked Laney
Some Americans Abroad Katie Taylor
2009 The Retributionists Dinchka Fried
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter Mick Kelly New York Theatre Workshop
New York City, NY
Stunning Lily Lincoln Center Theater
New York City, NY
2010 The Little Foxes Alexandra New York Theatre Workshop
New York City, NY
That Face Mia Manhattan Theatre Club
New York City, NY
2011 Once Girl American Repertory Theatre
Cambridge, MA
New York Theatre Workshop
New York City, NY
2012–2013 Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre
New York City, NY
2015–2016 Lazarus Elly New York Theatre Workshop
New York City, NY
2017 Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Masha Williamstown Theatre Festival
Williamstown, MA
After The Blast Anna Lincoln Center Theater
New York City, NY

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Work Result Ref.
2011 Lucille Lortel Award Outstanding Lead Actress That Face Nominated [38]
2012 Tony Award Best Actress in a Musical Once Nominated [39]
2013 Grammy Award Best Musical Theater Album Won [40]
2016 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actress in a Movie/Miniseries Fargo Nominated [41]
2018 MTV Movie & TV Award Most Frightened Performance Black Mirror Nominated [42]
2021 Critics' Choice Super Awards Best Actress in a Science Fiction/Fantasy Movie Palm Springs Won [43]
Hollywood Critics Association TV Awards Best Actress in a Streaming Series, Comedy Made for Love Nominated [44]


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