Maggie Siff

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Maggie Siff
Maggie Siff Comic Con 2013 (cropped).jpg
Born (1974-06-21) June 21, 1974 (age 44)
The Bronx, New York City, New York, US
Alma materThe Bronx High School of Science
Bryn Mawr College (Undergraduate)
NYU Tisch School of the Arts (M.F.A.)
OccupationActress
Years active2004–present
Spouse(s)
Paul Ratliff (m. 2012)
Children1

Maggie Siff (born June 21, 1974) is an American actress. Her television roles have included department store heiress Rachel Menken Katz on the AMC drama Mad Men, Tara Knowles on the FX drama Sons of Anarchy, and psychiatrist Wendy Rhoades on the Showtime series Billions. She has had roles in the films Push (2009) as Teresa Stowe and Leaves of Grass (2010) as Rabbi Renannah Zimmerman. She starred in indie film A Woman, a Part (2016) as well as having a minor role in drama film One Percent More Humid (2017). She is currently the television spokesperson for the robo-advisor service, Betterment.

Early life[edit]

Siff was born in The Bronx, New York City. Her father is Jewish (from a family from Russia), and her mother is of Irish and Swedish descent; she has said that she feels "culturally Jewish".[1][2][3] She is an alumna of The Bronx High School of Science[4] and of Bryn Mawr College,[5] where she majored in English and graduated in 1996. She later completed an M.F.A. in acting at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting Program.[6][7]. Shortly after graduating, Siff also worked as a temp at a hedge fund, an experience she drew on for her role in Billions.[8]

Siff worked extensively in regional theater before acting in television. She won a Barrymore Award for Excellence in Theater in 1998 for her work in Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts at Lantern Theater Company.[6]

Career[edit]

Siff started appearing in television series in 2004. She appeared as an Alcoholics Anonymous speaker during an episode of Rescue Me in Season 2. She also had roles on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Grey's Anatomy, and Law & Order.

She played Rachel Menken Katz on the series Mad Men from 2007 to 2008, which earned her a nomination, along with the rest of the cast, for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. She also appeared in Nip/Tuck during that time, before being cast as Dr. Tara Knowles on Sons of Anarchy in 2008.

She has appeared in such films as Then She Found Me (2007) as Lily, Push as a psychic surgeon (called a Stitch) named Teresa Stowe, sent to help Nick (played by Chris Evans), Funny People (2009) as Rachel, Leaves of Grass (2010) as Rabbi Renannah Zimmerman, and Concussion (2013) as Sam Bennet. She appears in the 2016 Showtime series Billions. She starred in an independent indie film called A Woman, A Part (2016) as well as One Percent More Humid (2017).

Starting in 2018, she has been serving as the television spokesperson for Betterment, an online investment service.

Personal life[edit]

In October 2013, Siff announced that she was expecting her first child with her husband, Paul Ratliff, whom she married in 2012. Siff gave birth to a baby girl in April 2014, named Lucy.[9]

Filmography[edit]

Siff at the premiere of Push in January 2009

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Michael Clayton Attorney #1
2007 Then She Found Me Lily
2009 Push Teresa Stowe
2009 Leaves of Grass Rabbi Renannah Zimmerman
2009 Funny People Rachel
2013 Concussion Sam Bennet
2016 The 5th Wave Lisa Sullivan
2016 A Woman, a Part Anna Baskin
2016 The Sweet Life Ava
2017 One Percent More Humid Lisette

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Third Watch Cindy Episode: "Obsession"
2005 Rescue Me Young Woman at AA Episode: "Twat"
2006 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Emily McCooper Episode: "Gone"
2006 3 lbs. Lisa Kutchem Episode: "The God Spot"
2007 Grey's Anatomy Ruthie Sales Episode: "The Heart of the Matter"
2007–2015 Mad Men Rachel Menken Recurring role; 9 episodes
2007–2008 Nip/Tuck Rachel Ben Natan Guest role; 3 episodes
2008 Law & Order Attorney Mahaffey Episode: "Executioner"
2008–2013 Sons of Anarchy Tara Knowles Main role (seasons 1-6); 79 episodes
2009 Life on Mars Maria Belanger Guest role; 3 episodes
2011 A Gifted Man Lily Episode: "In Case of Letting Go"
2016–present Billions Wendy Rhoades Main role; 36 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards
Year Award Category Series Result
2008 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Mad Men Nominated
2012 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Sons of Anarchy Nominated
2014 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Sons of Anarchy Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hollywood Now: What to Watch in February and Baby News". InterfaithFamily. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Femme Retail | Heeb". Heebmagazine.com. 2009-09-08. Retrieved 2012-03-21.
  3. ^ Bloom, Nate (2008-09-03). "Interfaith Celebrities: Back to Beverly Hills". InterfaithFamily.com. Retrieved 2009-08-04.
  4. ^ "Maggie Siff / Class Year: 1992 / Brooklyn, New York" Bronx High School of Science Alumni Association Archived 2009-06-15 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Witchel, Alex (2008-06-22). "'Mad Men' Has Its Moment". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-09-11.
  6. ^ a b "Biography at Mad Men website". amctv.com. Retrieved 2008-10-26.
  7. ^ "NYU Graduate Acting Alumni". 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-01.
  8. ^ Maggie Siff interview: the Billions star on S&M scenes, psychology, and the rise of 'toxic masculinity' Daily Telegraph 5 April 2018
  9. ^ Riza Ornos (16 April 2014). ""Sons of Anarchy" Maggie Siff Welcomes Baby Girl, Season 7 Begins Weeks Before Tara's Death". International Business Times. Retrieved 30 May 2014.

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