Ellen Barkin


Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress Ellen Barkin joins Ryan Murphy's "The New Normal," as Nana, an opinionated woman who has no problem speaking her mind.

Barkin's diverse body of work spans theater, film and television with roles ranging from abusive mothers to sultry femme fatales.

Barkin has had an illustrious acting career comprised of over 50 films that include Sam Levinson's Sundance winner "Another Happy Day," Cam Archer's "Shit Year," Steven Soderbergh's "Ocean's 13," Todd Solondz' "Palindromes," Antoine Fuqua's "Brooklyn's Finest," "This Boy's Life" opposite Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio, Spike Lee's "She Hate Me," Tony Scott's "The Fan" opposite Robert De Niro, Walter Hill's "Johnny Handsome" and "Wild Bill" opposite Jeff Bridges, "Sea of Love" opposite Al Pacino, "Drop Dead Gorgeous," Terry Gilliam's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," Mike Newell's "Into the West," Bob Rafelson's "Man Trouble" opposite Jack Nicholson, John Turturro's "Mac," Jim McBride's "The Big Easy" opposite Dennis Quaid, Blake Edwards' "Switch," Jim Jarmusch's "Down by Law," Bruce Beresford's "Tender Mercies" opposite Robert Duvall and Sydney Lumet's "Daniel." Her first film and breakout performance was in Barry Levinson's iconic film "Diner."

In 2011, Barkin received the prestigious Tony Award for her performance in George C. Wolfe's Broadway production of Larry Kramer's award-winning play "The Normal Heart." Her critically lauded performance also garnered her an Outer Critics Circle Award, a Theatre World Award and a Drama Desk Award, among others. Barkin received a Best Actress Emmy Award for her performance in Oprah Winfrey's "Before Women Had Wings." She has been twice nominated for a Golden Globe Award.

Behind the camera, Barkin is also an accomplished producer whose films include "Letters to Juliet," starring Amanda Seyfried and Vanessa Redgrave, as well as Sam Levinson's "Another Happy Day," in which she also stars alongside Ellen Burstyn and Demi Moore.

Barkin, a Bronx native, currently resides in New York City.