Sarah Steele

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Sarah Steele
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Sarah Steele at the Septimius Awards in 2022
Sarah Jane Steele

(1988-09-16) September 16, 1988 (age 34)
EducationColumbia University (BA)
Years active2003–present

Sarah Jane Steele (born September 16, 1988) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Marissa Gold on the CBS legal drama series The Good Wife (2011–2016) and its CBS All Access spinoff series The Good Fight (2017–2022).

Sarah Steele Septimius Awards 2022

Early life[edit]

Steele was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her mother, Katherine A. High, is a hematology oncology physician at the University of Pennsylvania, and her father, George Steele, is an internal medicine physician specializing in nutrition who was on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.[1][2][3] Steele graduated with the class of 2006 from The Episcopal Academy, a private school in southeast Pennsylvania. She graduated from Columbia University in 2011 with a B.A. in English.[4][5]


Steele had her breakout role as Bernice in the 2004 comedy drama film Spanglish. Steele went on to appear in an episode of the crime drama series Law & Order; the dark comedy film Mr. Gibb, which co-stars Hayden Panettiere, Tim Daly and Dan Hedaya; and the drama film Margaret, which co-stars Matt Damon, Matthew Broderick, Anna Paquin, Mark Ruffalo, and Allison Janney.

Steele appeared in the Off-Broadway production of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, which ran in September 2006 to December 2006 at the Acorn Theater. From 2007 to 2008, she appeared in the Off-Broadway play Speech & Debate. From January to March 2012 she appeared in the Off-Broadway play Russian Transport at the Acorn Theatre, playing the role of Mira. In late 2014, Steele made her Broadway debut in The Country House by Donald Margulies, playing the granddaughter, Susie, opposite Blythe Danner. In 2015, she appeared in the play The Humans, first Off-Broadway and then on Broadway.[6] She has also appeared in other Off-Broadway and regional productions.

In 2009, Steele appeared on Gossip Girl as Kira Abernathy, Jenny Humphrey's rival at Cotillion and Eric van der Woodsen's friend.[7][8] Steele appeared in three episodes of The Good Wife in 2011 as Marissa Gold, the daughter of Eli Gold (Alan Cumming). She reprised the role from 2014 to 2016 in the show's later seasons, appearing in a total of 22 episodes. She went on to reprise the role of Marissa Gold in the Good Wife spinoff series The Good Fight, which premiered on CBS All Access in 2017.[9]



Year Title Role Notes
2004 Spanglish Bernice "Bernie" Clasky
2006 Mr. Gibb Amber Jinx
2008 Man Maggie Short film
2008 The Lucky Ones Girl with Jacket
2008 Old Days Carla Short film
2009 My Father's Will Nancy Curtis
2010 Please Give Abby
2010 Monkeywrench Girl Short film
2011 Margaret Becky
2012 Last Kind Words Katie
2013 The To Do List Wendy
2013 Song One iPod Autograph Girl
2014 The Mend Sarah
2014 Relics Shelley Short film
2014 Adult Beginners Sarah
2014 All Relative Beth
2014 Symposium Ellie Short film
2014 Stag Francesca Short film
2016 The Homeless Billionaire Nancy Curtis
2017 Speech & Debate Diwata Jones
2017 Permission Stevie
2018 Ask for Jane Donna
2020 Viena and the Fantomes Loona
2023 You Hurt My Feelings Frankie


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Law & Order Katie White Episode: "Cost of Capital"
2008 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Tessa Nobile Episode: "Legacy"
2009 Gossip Girl Kira Abernathy 2 episodes
2011–2016 The Good Wife Marissa Gold 22 episodes
2011 Harry's Law Sela Vinson Episode: "Queen of Snark"
2013 Lady Business Jackie Episode: "The Intern"
2013 Blue Bloods Rebecca Episode: "Men in Black"
2013 Nurse Jackie Hannah Cohen 2 episodes
2014 Girls Rebecca Episode: "Flo"
2016 Bull Ellen Huff Episode: "Unambiguous"
2017–2022 The Good Fight Marissa Gold Main role; 58 episodes
2020–2022 The Accidental Wolf Shelly Episode: "Dean"
2022 Would I Lie to You? Herself Episode: "Allowance PowerPoint"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result
2004 Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Performance by Youth in a Leading or Supporting Role - Female Spanglish Won
2005 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actress Nominated
2010 Gotham Awards Best Ensemble Performance Please Give Nominated
2011 Dorian Awards Rising Star of the Year Nominated
Independent Spirit Awards Robert Altman Award Won


  1. ^ King, Susan (2004-12-26). "Growing into her biggest film role". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-08-02.
  2. ^ Healy, Patrick (June 28, 2012). "Sarah Steele, Star of LCT3's 'Slowgirl'". The New York Times.
  3. ^ "Archives -". Retrieved 19 February 2017.
  4. ^ Kaufman, Joanne (2015-11-06). "In Search of Dim Sum With 'The Good Wife' Actress Sarah Steele". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-10-18.
  5. ^ "Alumni in the News: September 12, 2022". Columbia College Today. 2022-09-12. Retrieved 2022-10-22.
  6. ^ "Sarah Steele Off-Broadway", accessed September 16, 2016
  7. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: 'The Good Fight' Star Sarah Steele Says Goodbye to Teenage Roles With 'Speech & Debate'". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved 2019-10-18.
  8. ^ "'Gossip Girl' exclusive: Nate's hot cuz returns!". Retrieved 2019-10-18.
  9. ^ "Sarah Steele Talks Growing Up on 'The Good Fight' and Playing the "Anti-Kalinda"". The Hollywood Reporter. 24 March 2017. Retrieved 2019-10-18.

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