Hairspray Live

Prudy Pingleton

Played by Andrea Martin

Actor Bio

Andrea Martin plays Prudy Pingleton in NBC’s upcoming production of "Hairspray Live!," set for Wednesday, December 7 at 8/7c.

Prudy Pingleton is Penny Pingleton’s (Ariana Grande) overprotective and often closed-minded mother who doesn’t approve of her daughter being best friends with a rebel like Tracy Turnblad.

Martin has received more Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations as a featured actress in a musical than any other actress. She most recently won both awards for the 2013 production of "Pippin." Beginning with "My Favorite Year" in 1993, for which she won both awards as well, Martin has also been Tony nominated for "Young Frankenstein," "Oklahoma!," "Candide" and "Noises Off."

For her work on the iconic Canadian-based comedy series "SCTV," Martin won two Emmy Awards for writing and received an Emmy nomination for Best Actress in a Variety Series. Her additional television credits include "My Big Fat Greek Life," "Nurse Jackie" and "Difficult People." She is the recipient of three American Comedy Award nominations for several cable specials, including her own "Andrea Martin Together Again" for Showtime.

Her many film credits include "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" and its sequel, "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," "Wag the Dog" and "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb."

Martin is set to co-star in NBC’s midseason comedy "Great News," in which she plays an overbearing mother who rejoins the workforce as an intern at a news network to be close with her daughter. The series comes from Emmy-winning writer Tracey Wigfield and Emmy-winning "30 Rock" executive producers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock.

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