Donna Lynne Champlin

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Donna Lynne Champlin
Background information
Born (1971-01-21) January 21, 1971 (age 47)
Rochester, New York, U.S.
Occupation(s)Actress, Dancer, Singer
InstrumentsVocals, Piano, Flute, Accordion
Years active1975–present

Donna Lynne Champlin (born January 21, 1971) is an American actress from New York City. She is best known for playing Paula Proctor on The CW comedy-drama series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

Early life[edit]

Champlin was born in Rochester, New York, to a technical writer mother and a scientist father.[1] She participated in various lessons, theatre productions, and national and international competitions throughout her childhood, in voice, piano, flute, theatre and dance.[2][3][4]

Champlin went on to study musical theatre at Carnegie Mellon University, graduating with her BFA in 1993, and as a 1992 Advanced Acting Scholar in Shakespeare and Chekhov at the University of Oxford. While still in college, she performed as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz with Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera.[2][5]


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.[2][3][6][7]

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.[2][4]

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. As of 2015, Donna has starred in the role of Paula Proctor in The CW comedy-drama series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.[2]

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.[2][3]

Personal life[edit]

Champlin married actor Andrew Arrow in 2010 and they have one child.[2][3][4][6]



Year Title Role Notes
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–present Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Paula Proctor Main character, 44 episodes
2018 Another Period Hortense Bellacourt Main character


Year Title Role Notes
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
2017 Downsizing Leisureland Administrator


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  2. ^ a b c d e f g Archived July 10, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. Donna Lynne Champlin (Retrieved 9 March 2011.)
  3. ^ a b c d Broadway actress Donna Lynne Champlin discusses acting, her upcoming performances in WMU's 'Late Night Broadway Simon A. Thalmann, 1 December 2010, Michigan Live LLC.
  4. ^ a b c Donna Lynne Champlin - Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (Retrieved 9 March 2011.)
  5. ^ A Chat with Donna Lynne Champlin 2004/01/08 Heather Colon-Smith, 8 January 2004,
  6. ^ a b Donna Lynne Champlin Biography ((?)-) NetIndustries, LLC.
  7. ^ Donna Lynne champlin Theatre Credits (Retrieved 9 March 2011.)

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