Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

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Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Awarded for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Country United States
Presented by Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
First awarded 1975
Currently held by Margo Martindale,
The Americans (2016)
Official website emmys.com

This is a list of winners and nominees of the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Drama Series, Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, and Outstanding Guest Supporting Actress. These awards, like the other "Guest" awards, are not presented at the Primetime Emmy Award ceremony, but rather at the Creative Arts Emmy Award ceremony.


Winners and nominations[edit]

1970s[edit]

Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Comedy or Drama Series

Year Actress Program Role Episode Network
19741975
(27th)
Zohra Lampert Kojak Marina Sheldon "Queen of the Gypsies" CBS
Cloris Leachman The Mary Tyler Moore Show Phyllis Lindstrom "Phyllis Whips Inflation"
Shelley Winters McCloud Thelma "The Barefoot Girls of Bleecker Street" NBC
19751976
Lead
(28th)
Kathryn Walker The Adams Chronicles Abigail Adams "John Adams, Lawyer" PBS
Helen Hayes Hawaii Five-O Aunt Clara "Retire in Sunny Hawaii... Forever" CBS
Sheree North Marcus Welby, M.D. June Monica "How Do You Know What Hurts Me?" ABC
Pamela Payton-Wright The Adams Chronicles Louisa Catherine Adams "John Quincy Adams, Diplomat" PBS
Martha Raye McMillan & Wife Agatha "Greed" NBC
19751976
Supporting
(28th)
Fionnula Flanagan Rich Man, Poor Man Clothilde "Part 2" ABC
Kim Darby Rich Man, Poor Man Virginia Calderwood "Part 2" ABC
Ruth Gordon Rhoda Carlton's Mother "Kiss Your Epaulets Goodbye" CBS
Eileen Heckart The Mary Tyler Moore Show Flo Meredith "Mary's Aunt"
Kay Lenz Rich Man, Poor Man Kate Jordache "Part 8" ABC
19761977
Lead
(29th)
Beulah Bondi The Waltons Aunt Martha Corinne Walton "The Pony Cart" CBS
Susan Blakely Rich Man, Poor Man Book II Julie Prescott "Chapter 1" ABC
Madge Sinclair Roots Bell Reynolds "Part 4"
Leslie Uggams Kizzy Reynolds "Part 6"
Jessica Walter The Streets of San Francisco Maggie Jarris / Mrs. Reston / Mrs. McCluskey "Till Death Do Us Part"
19761977
Supporting
(29th)
Olivia Cole Roots Mathilda "Part 8" ABC
Sandy Duncan Roots Missy Anne Reynolds "Part 5" ABC
Eileen Heckart The Mary Tyler Moore Show Flo Meredith "Lou Proposes" CBS
Cicely Tyson Roots Binta "Part 1" ABC
Nancy Walker Rhoda Ida Morgenstern "The Separation" CBS
19771978
Lead
(30th)
Rita Moreno The Rockford Files Rita Capkovic "The Paper Palace" NBC
Patty Duke Having Babies III Leslee Wexler ABC
Kate Jackson James at 15 Robin "Pilot" NBC
Jayne Meadows Meeting of Minds Florence Nightingale "Luther, Voltaire, Plato, Nightingale" PBS
Irene Tedrow James at 15 Miss Jordan "Ducks" NBC
19771978
Supporting
(30th)
Blanche Baker Holocaust Anna Weiss "Part 1" NBC
Ellen Corby The Waltons Esther Walton "Grandma Comes Home" CBS
Jeanette Nolan The Awakening Land Granny McWhirter "Part 1" NBC
Beulah Quo Meeting of Minds Empress Tz'u-hsi "Douglass, Tz'u-Hsi, Beccaria, De Sade" PBS
Beatrice Straight The Dain Curse Alice Dain Leggett "Part 1" CBS

1980s[edit]

Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series

Year Actor/Actress Program Role Network
19851986
(38th)
John Lithgow Amazing Stories John Walters NBC
Whoopi Goldberg Moonlighting Camille ABC
Edward Herrmann St. Elsewhere Father Joseph McCabe NBC
Peggy McCay Cagney & Lacey Mrs. Carruthers CBS
James Stacy Ted Peters
19861987
(39th)
Alfre Woodard L.A. Law Adrianne Moore NBC
Steve Allen St. Elsewhere Lech Osoranski NBC
Jeanne Cooper L.A. Law Gladys Becker
Edward Herrmann St. Elsewhere Father Joseph McCabe
Jayne Meadows Olga Osoranski
19871988
(40th)
Shirley Knight thirtysomething Ruth Murdock ABC
Imogene Coca Moonlighting Clara DiPesto ABC
Lainie Kazan St. Elsewhere Frieda Fiscus NBC
Gwen Verdon Magnum, P.I. Catherine Peters CBS
Alfre Woodard St. Elsewhere Dr. Roxanne Turner NBC

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Year Actor Program Role Network
19881989
(41st)
Kay Lenz Midnight Caller Tina Cassidy NBC
Shirley Knight The Equalizer Kay CBS
Jean Simmons Murder, She Wrote Eudora McVeigh
Maureen Stapleton B.L. Stryker Auntie Sue ABC
Chloe Webb China Beach Laurette Barber
Teresa Wright Dolphin Cove Nina Rothman CBS

1990s[edit]

Year Actor Program Role Network
19891990
(42nd)
Viveca Lindfors Life Goes On Mrs. Doubcha ABC
Ruby Dee China Beach Ruby ABC
Colleen Dewhurst Road to Avonlea Marilla Cuthbert Disney Channel
Shirley Knight thirtysomething Ruth Murdoch ABC
Kay Lenz Midnight Caller Tina Cassidy NBC
19901991
(43rd)
Peggy McCay The Trials of Rosie O'Neill Irene Hayes ABC
Eileen Brennan thirtysomething Margaret Weston ABC
Colleen Dewhurst Road to Avonlea Marilla Cuthbert Disney Channel
Penny Fuller China Beach Margaret Mary McMurphy ABC
19911992
(44th)
No award
19921993
(45th)
Elaine Stritch Law & Order Lanie Stieglitz NBC
Bibi Besch Northern Exposure Jane O'Connell CBS
Rosanna Carter I'll Fly Away Eulalia Jefferson NBC
Diane Ladd Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Charlotte Cooper CBS
Gwen Verdon Homicide: Life on the Street Jessie Doohen NBC
19931994
(46th)
Faye Dunaway Columbo: It's All in the Game Lauren Staton ABC
Bonnie Bedelia Fallen Angels Sally Creighton Showtime
Stockard Channing Road to Avonlea Viola Elliott Disney Channel
Laura Dern Fallen Angels Annie Ainsley Showtime
Penny Fuller NYPD Blue Roberta Taub ABC
Marlee Matlin Picket Fences Laurie Bey CBS
19941995
(47th)
Shirley Knight NYPD Blue Agnes Cantwell ABC
Amy Brenneman NYPD Blue Janice Licalsi ABC
Rosemary Clooney ER Madame X / Mary Cavanaugh NBC
Colleen Flynn Jodi O'Brien
C. C. H. Pounder The X-Files Agent Lucy Kazdin Fox
19951996
(48th)
Amanda Plummer The Outer Limits Dr. Theresa Givens Showtime
Louise Fletcher Picket Fences Christine Bey CBS
Penny Fuller ER Mrs. Constantine NBC
Carol Kane Chicago Hope Marguerite Birch CBS
Maureen Stapleton Road to Avonlea Maggie MacPhee Disney Channel
Lily Tomlin Homicide: Life on the Street Rose Halligan NBC
19961997
(49th)
Dianne Wiest Road to Avonlea Lillian Hepworth Disney Channel
Veronica Cartwright ER Norma Houston NBC
Diane Ladd Touched by an Angel Carolyn Sellers CBS
Anne Meara Homicide: Life on the Street Donna DiGrazi NBC
Isabella Rossellini Chicago Hope Prof. Marina Giannini CBS
19971998
(50th)
Cloris Leachman Promised Land Aunt Mooster CBS
Veronica Cartwright The X-Files Cassandra Spender Fox
Swoosie Kurtz ER Tina Marie Chambliss NBC
Lili Taylor The X-Files Marty Glenn Fox
Alfre Woodard Homicide: Life on the Street Dr. Roxanne Turner NBC
19981999
(51st)
Debra Monk NYPD Blue Katie Sipowicz ABC
Veronica Cartwright The X-Files Cassandra Spender Fox
Patty Duke Touched by an Angel Nancy Williams CBS
Julia Roberts Law & Order Katrina Ludlow NBC
Marion Ross Touched by an Angel Emma CBS

2000s[edit]

Year Actor Program Role Network
19992000
(52nd)
Beah Richards The Practice Gertrude Turner ABC
Jane Alexander Law & Order Regina Mulroney NBC
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Kathy Baker Touched by an Angel Ellen CBS
Marlee Matlin The Practice Sally Berg ABC
Tracy Pollan Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Harper Anderson NBC
20002001
(53rd)
Sally Field ER Maggie Wyczenski NBC
Kathy Baker Boston Public Meredith Peters Fox
Dana Delany Family Law Mary Sullivan CBS
Annabella Sciorra The Sopranos Gloria Trillo HBO
Jean Smart The District Sherry Regan CBS
20012002
(54th)
Patricia Clarkson Six Feet Under Sarah O'Connor HBO
Illeana Douglas Six Feet Under Angela HBO
Mary McDonnell ER Eleanor Carter NBC
Martha Plimpton Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Claire Rinato
Lili Taylor Six Feet Under Lisa Kimmel Fisher HBO
20022003
(55th)
Alfre Woodard The Practice Denise Freeman ABC
Barbara Barrie Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Paula Haggerty NBC
Kathy Bates Six Feet Under Bettina HBO
Farrah Fawcett The Guardian Mary Gressler CBS
Tovah Feldshuh Law & Order Danielle Melnick NBC
Sally Field ER Maggie Lockhart
20032004
(56th)
Sharon Stone The Practice Sheila Carlisle ABC
Louise Fletcher Joan of Arcadia Eva CBS
Marlee Matlin Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dr. Amy Solwey NBC
Betty White The Practice Catherine Piper ABC
Mare Winningham Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Sandra Blaine NBC
20042005
(57th)
Amanda Plummer Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Miranda Cole NBC
Jill Clayburgh Nip/Tuck Bobbi Broderick FX
Swoosie Kurtz Huff Madeleine Sullivan Showtime
Angela Lansbury Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Eleanor Duvall NBC
Law & Order: Trial by Jury
Cloris Leachman Joan of Arcadia Aunt Olive CBS
20052006
(58th)
Patricia Clarkson Six Feet Under Sarah O'Connor HBO
Kate Burton Grey's Anatomy Ellis Grey ABC
Joanna Cassidy Six Feet Under Margaret Chenowith HBO
Swoosie Kurtz Huff Madeleine Sullivan Showtime
Christina Ricci Grey's Anatomy Hannah Davies ABC
20062007
(59th)
Leslie Caron Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Lorraine Delmas NBC
Kate Burton Grey's Anatomy Ellis Grey ABC
Marcia Gay Harden Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dana Lewis NBC
Elizabeth Reaser Grey's Anatomy Rebecca Pope / Ava ABC
Jean Smart 24 Martha Logan Fox
20072008
(60th)
Cynthia Nixon Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Janis Donovan NBC
Ellen Burstyn Big Love Nancy Davis Dutton HBO
Diahann Carroll Grey's Anatomy Jane Burke ABC
Sharon Gless Nip/Tuck Colleen Rose FX
Anjelica Huston Medium Cynthia Keener NBC
20082009
(61st)
Ellen Burstyn Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Bernie Stabler NBC
Brenda Blethyn Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Linnie Malcolm / Caroline Cresswell NBC
Carol Burnett Birdie Sulloway
Sharon Lawrence Grey's Anatomy Robbie Stevens ABC
C. C. H. Pounder The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Andrea Curtin HBO

2010s[edit]

Year Actress Program Role Episode Network
20092010
(62nd)
Ann-Margret Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Rita Wills "Bedtime" NBC
Shirley Jones The Cleaner Lola Zellman "Does Everybody Have a Drink?" A&E
Elizabeth Mitchell Lost Dr. Juliet Burke "The End" ABC
Mary Kay Place Big Love Adaleen Grant "The Mighty and Strong" HBO
Sissy Spacek Marilyn Densham "End of Days"
Lily Tomlin Damages Marilyn Tobin "Your Secrets Are Safe" FX
20102011
(63rd)
Loretta Devine Grey's Anatomy Adele Webber "This Is How We Do It" ABC
Cara Buono Mad Men Dr. Faye Miller "Chinese Wall" AMC
Joan Cusack Shameless Sheila Jackson "Frank Gallagher: Loving Husband, Devoted Father" Showtime
Randee Heller Mad Men Ida Blankenship "The Beautiful Girls" AMC
Mary McDonnell The Closer Sharon Raydor "Help Wanted" TNT
Julia Stiles Dexter Lumen Pierce "In the Beginning" Showtime
Alfre Woodard True Blood Ruby Jean Reynolds "Night of the Sun" HBO
20112012
(64th)
Martha Plimpton The Good Wife Patti Nyholm "The Dream Team" CBS
Joan Cusack Shameless Sheila Jackson "Can I Have a Mother?" Showtime
Loretta Devine Grey's Anatomy Adele Webber "If Only You Were Lonely" ABC
Julia Ormond Mad Men Marie Calvet "The Phantom" AMC
Jean Smart Harry's Law Roseanna Remmick "The Rematch" NBC
Uma Thurman Smash Rebecca Duvall "Tech"
20122013
(65th)
Carrie Preston The Good Wife Elsbeth Tascioni "Je Ne Sais What?" CBS
Linda Cardellini Mad Men Sylvia Rosen "Man with a Plan" AMC
Joan Cusack Shameless Sheila Jackson "A Long Way From Home" Showtime
Jane Fonda The Newsroom Leona Lansing "The 112th Congress" HBO
Margo Martindale The Americans Claudia "The Colonel" FX
Diana Rigg Game of Thrones Lady Olenna Tyrell "And Now His Watch Is Ended" HBO
20132014
(66th)
Allison Janney Masters of Sex Margaret Scully "Brave New World" Showtime
Kate Burton Scandal Vice President Sally Langston "A Door Marked Exit" ABC
Jane Fonda The Newsroom Leona Lansing "Red Team III" HBO
Kate Mara House of Cards Zoe Barnes "Chapter 14" Netflix
Margo Martindale The Americans Claudia "Behind the Red Door" FX
Diana Rigg Game of Thrones Lady Olenna Tyrell "The Lion and the Rose" HBO
20142015
(67th)
Margo Martindale The Americans Claudia "I Am Abassin Zadran" FX
Khandi Alexander Scandal Maya Pope "Where the Sun Don't Shine" ABC
Rachel Brosnahan House of Cards Rachel Posner "Chapter 39" Netflix
Allison Janney Masters of Sex Margaret Scully "Parallax" Showtime
Diana Rigg Game of Thrones Lady Olenna Tyrell "The Gift" HBO
Cicely Tyson How to Get Away with Murder Ophelia Hartness "Mama's Here Now" ABC
20152016
(68th)[1]
Margo Martindale The Americans Claudia "The Magic of David Copperfield V: The Statue of Liberty Disappears" FX
Ellen Burstyn House of Cards Elizabeth Hale "Chapter 41" Netflix
Allison Janney Masters of Sex Margaret Scully "Matters of Gravity" Showtime
Laurie Metcalf Horace and Pete Sarah Marsh "Episode 3" louisck.net
Molly Parker House of Cards Jackie Sharp "Chapter 45" Netflix
Carrie Preston The Good Wife Elsbeth Tascioni "Targets" CBS

Multiple awards[edit]

2 awards

Multiple nominations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nominees/Winners". Retrieved July 14, 2016.