Donna Lynne Champlin
Donna Lynne Champlin
|Born||January 21, 1971|
Rochester, New York, U.S.
|Education||Carnegie Mellon University (BFA)|
|Occupation||Actress, dancer, singer|
Donna Lynne Champlin (born January 21, 1971) is an American actress, dancer and singer from New York City. She is best known for playing Paula Proctor on The CW comedy-drama series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
Champlin was born in Rochester, New York, to a technical writer mother and a scientist father. She participated in various lessons, theatre productions, and national and international competitions throughout her childhood, in voice, piano, flute, theatre and dance.
Champlin went on to study musical theatre at Carnegie Mellon University, graduating with her BFA in 1993, and studied abroad as a 1992 Advanced Acting Scholar in Shakespeare and Chekhov at the University of Oxford. In 1992 she won the Princess Grace Foundation Award in Theatre. While still in college, she performed as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz with Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera.
Champlin took on the title role of Very Warm for May, her Broadway debut in James Joyce's The Dead, then By Jeeves, Hollywood Arms, Sweeney Todd, Billy Elliot the Musical, and The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, for which she won the 2007 Obie Award. Other credits include: No, No Nanette, Very Good Eddie, First Lady Suite, Harold and Maude, My Life With Albertine, Bloomer Girl, and Jolson. She also performed with Len Cariou in the Simply Sondheim inaugural concert which celebrated the opening of the Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts.
Champlin's awards include the 2007 OBIE award, the Princess Grace Award, the title of National Tap Dance Champion four consecutive times, and she has received grants from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, The Anna Sosenko Trust, and has received The Charlie Willard Memorial Grant.
Champlin's film and television credits include The Dark Half, the 2000 and 2006 Annual Tony Awards, The View, Law & Order, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, and Live with Regis and Kelly. From 2015 to 2019, she starred in the role of Paula Proctor in The CW comedy-drama series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
Champlin released a solo album entitled Old Friends, performs a one-woman show entitled Finishing the Hat, and teaches acting at the Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Hartford, and New York University.
|2001||By Jeeves||Honoria Glossop||TV Movie|
|2008–2010||Law & Order||Sergeant Angelyne Robinson / CSU Det. Halpern||2 episodes|
|2011–2014||Submissions Only||Kim Gifford||6 episodes|
|2014||The Good Wife||Myra Weymouth||Episode: "Oppo Research"|
|2015||Younger||Lori||Episode: "I'm with Stupid"|
|2015–2019||Crazy Ex-Girlfriend||Paula Proctor||Main character, 62 episodes|
|2018||Another Period||Hortense Bellacourt||Main character, 6 episodes|
|2020||The Good Fight||Mrs. Feldman||Episode: "The Gang Discovers Who Killed Jeffrey Epstein"|
|1993||The Dark Half||Babysitter||Uncredited|
|2008||The Audition||Monitor||Short film|
|2009||My Father's Will||Sandra|
|2014||Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)||Broadway Lady|
|2019||Yes, God, Yes||Mrs. Veda|
|2020||Feel the Beat||Barb|
|2000||James Joyce's The Dead||Mary Jane Morkan, Miss Molly Ivors (understudy)||Broadway|
|Mary Jane Morkan||Tour|
|2001||By Jeeves||Honoria Glossop||Broadway|
|2002||Hollywood Arms||Older Helen||Broadway|
|2003||My Life with Albertine||Grandmother||Off-Broadway|
|2005–2006||Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street||Adolpho Pirelli||Broadway|
|2008–2012||Billy Elliot the Musical||Dead Mum (understudy), Ensemble||Broadway|
|2010||See Rock City & Other Destinations||Dead Mum (understudy), Ensemble||Off-Broadway|
Awards and nominations
|2007||Obie Award||Performance||The Dark at the Top of the Stairs||Won|
|2008||NYMF Award for Excellence||Outstanding Performance||Love Jerry||Won|
|2013||Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Ensemble Performance||Working: A Musical||Won|
|2017||Gracie Awards||Outstanding Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Comedy or Musical||Crazy Ex-Girlfriend||Won|
- www.donnalynnechamplin.com Archived July 10, 2011, at the Wayback Machine Donna Lynne Champlin (Retrieved March 9, 2011.)
- Broadway actress Donna Lynne Champlin discusses acting, her upcoming performances in WMU's 'Late Night Broadway Simon A. Thalmann, December 1, 2010, Michigan Live LLC.
- Donna Lynne Champlin – Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (Retrieved March 9, 2011.)
- "Princess Grace Award Winners". Princess Grace Foundation-USA. Retrieved September 18, 2019.
- A Chat with Donna Lynne Champlin 2004/01/08 Heather Colon-Smith, January 8, 2004, BroadwayWorld.com
- Donna Lynne Champlin Biography ((?)-) NetIndustries, LLC.
- Donna Lynne champlin Theatre Credits BroadwayWorld.com (Retrieved March 9, 2011.)