A Shakespearean-trained actress, Ginnifer Goodwin made a name for herself on some of television's more unusual and creative series. Goodwin was barely out of her teens when she landed a supporting rol...
Memphis, Tennessee, USA
|Porn 'n Chicken||Actor||Maya||7|
|Once Upon a Time||Actor||Mary Margaret Blanchard/ Snow White||7|
|Ed||2003 1999 - 2003||Actor||Diane||20037|
|Love You, Mean it with Whitney Cummings||2012 2011 - 2012||Actor||n/a||20127|
|Legends of Bikini Bottom||2010 2009 - 2010||Voice||n/a||20106|
|Birds of America||2007||Actor||Ida||20077|
|Killing Kennedy||2013 2012 - 2013||Actor||First Lady Jackie Kennedy||20137|
|Jimmy Kimmel Live||2013 2001 - 2013||Actor||Guest||20137|
|Robot Chicken||2013 2003 - 2013||Voice||n/a||20136|
|Walk the Line||2005||Actor||Vivian Cash||20057|
|Big Love||2010 2004 - 2010||Actor||Margene Henrickson||20107|
|Love Comes to the Executioner||2013||Actor||Dori Dumchovic||20137|
|The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards||2012 2011 - 2012||Presenter||n/a||1|
|Ramona and Beezus||2010||Actor||Aunt Bea||20107|
|SpongeBob SquarePants||2011 1998 - 2011||Voice||Lead Mermaid||20116|
|Day Zero||2008||Actor||Molly Rifkin||20087|
|He's Just Not That Into You||2009||Actor||Gigi||20097|
|Win a Date With Tad Hamilton!||2004||Actor||Cathy Feely||20047|
|A Single Man||2009||Actor||Mrs Strunk||20097|
|Mona Lisa Smile||2003||Actor||Connie Baker||20037|
|In the Land of Women||2007||Actor||Janey||20077|
|The 38th Annual People's Choice Awards||2011 2010 - 2011||Presenter||n/a||1|
|The 45th Annual CMA Awards||2011 2010 - 2011||Presenter||n/a||1|
|Take Me Home Tonight||2011||Actor||Banky||20117|
|Co-starred with Kate Hudson and Egglesfield in the romantic comedy "Something Borrowed"|
|Landed feature film debut in "Mona Lisa Smile" opposite Julia Roberts and Kirsten Dunst|
|Played Kate Bosworth's friend in "Win a Date with Tad Hamilton"|
|Made television debut as Diane Snyder on the NBC series "Ed"|
|Co-starred with Selena Gomez and Joey King in "Ramona and Beezus," based on Beverly Cleary's popular children's book series|
|Cast as Snow White/Mary Margaret Blanchard on ABC's fairy tale-themed "Once Upon A Time"|
|Appeared on an episode of NBC's crime drama Law & Order|
|Joined an ensemble cast for the feature adaptation of the bestselling book "He's Just Not That Into You"|
|Played the part of Maya in Comedy Central's first original movie "Porn 'n Chicken"|
|Co-starred with Colin Firth in Tom Ford's directorial debut "A Single Man"|
|Portrayed the first wife of country music legend Johnny Cash (Joaquin Phoenix) in the biopic "Walk the Line"|
|Cast as the youngest of Bill Paxton's three wives on the HBO drama "Big Love"|
Goodwin was born May 22, 1978, and raised in Memphis, TN. Her father had been a musician and studio owner in one of the industry's landmark cities. It was no surprise that Goodwin grew up with her eye on the stage; albeit, her interest was in acting. A self-described "Shakespeare nerd," Goodwin fell in love with "Romeo and Juliet" in the fifth grade and remained dedicated to acting all through school and on into Boston University, where she performed constantly in student films and in college and regional stage productions. Goodwin was given the Excellence in Acting: Professional Promise Award by the Bette Davis Foundation and graduated in 2001 with a BFA degree in acting. Heading to England, Goodwin furthered her studies at Stratford-Upon-Avon's Shakespeare Institute before earning an Acting Shakespeare Certificate from London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. While in London, she appeared onstage as Joan of Arc, Ophelia in "Hamlet" and Jessica in "The Merchant of Venice."
Returning to Boston, Goodwin starred in such productions as "Dead End" and "As You Like It" at the Huntington Theatre. New York City was the next logical destination for the seasoned young stage actress, whose screen career promptly took off with a guest role on "Law & Order" (NBC, 1990-2010) and a recurring character on NBC's quirky hour-long comedy "Ed," where she played a cynical high school student. Now a steadily working actress, Goodwin began to explore feature films with a starring role in Comedy Central's first original movie, "Porn 'n Chicken" (2002), where she banked on her brainy image to portray a Yale student dedicated to beer, fried chicken and porn. In a significantly classier outing, Goodwin more than held her own alongside Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst and Marcia Gay Harden in "Mona Lisa Smile" (2003), portraying a Wellesley College student whose love life is sabotaged by a mean-spirited friend.
Having been pegged as a natural for "quirky best friend" supporting roles, Goodwin was cast in the romantic comedy "Win a Date With Tad Hamilton!" (2004), playing the daring gal pal of a sweet supermarket checkout girl (Kate Bosworth). The charmer did not fare as well at the box office as might have been expected, but Goodwin was no worse for wear due to her scene-stealing character. Goodwin graduated from young adult fare the following year with an appearance in director James Mangold's biopic "Walk the Line" (2005), where she delivered a particularly strong performance as the long-suffering first wife of country music singer Johnny Cash (Joaquin Phoenix), who succumbed to booze and pills and eventually left his wife and small children for fellow performer, June Carter (Reese Witherspoon).
Goodwin returned to the small screen, first lending her voice to the popular offbeat animated series "Robot Chicken" (Cartoon Network, 2005), then landing a cast role on "Big Love," HBO's series about one man's battle with modern-day polygamy. In the Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated drama, Goodwin played the youngest of three wives married to a hardware store owner (Bill Paxton), whose agreeable nature makes her the favorite of her husband but causes friction with her two "sisters" (Jeanne Tripplehorn and Chloe Sevigny). Goodwin had a starring role in the dark indie comedy "Love Comes to the Executioner" (2006) as well as played the wife of an attorney (Chris Klein) called to serve in the military in the futuristic flop "Day Zero" (2006). The working relationship also sparked a real-life romance between the two, who dated for two years.
In between shooting seasons of "Big Love," Goodwin maintained a presence on the big screen. Her co-starring role as a Bohemian artist in the family dramedy "Birds of America" (2008) was little-seen outside of its Sundance premiere, but she hit mainstream theaters in "He's Just Not That Into You" (2009). In the collection of dating vignettes based on the humorous self-help tome by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo, Goodwin joined an all-star cast including Drew Barrymore, Scarlett Johansson, and Jennifer Aniston to play one of a number of lovelorn ladies who need help interpreting signals from the opposite sex. The same year, she took a leading role in the screen adaptation of Christopher Isherwood's novel "A Single Man" (2009), playing a suburban mom in disagreement with her conservative husband (Colin Firth) over their sexually ambiguous neighbor (Nicholas Hoult). She went on to play a single New York attorney carrying on with her best friend's fiancé (Colin Egglesfield) in the critically mauled romantic comedy "Something Borrowed" (2011). Back on the small screen, Goodwin starred as Mary Margaret Blanchard - a.k.a. Snow White - on the popular fantasy drama "Once Upon a Time" (ABC, 2011- ), which also starred Jennifer Morrison as a bounty hunter in a fictional New England town that happens to be the gateway to the fabled Enchanted Forest.
|Joshua Dallas||Companion||Met while co-starring on ABC's "Once Upon a Time" (2011)|
|Tim Goodwin||Father||Formerly owned and operated a recording studio; divorced from Ginnifer's mother|
|Linda Goodwin||Mother||Divorced from Ginnifer's father|
|Chris Klein||Companion||Dated from 2006-2008; no longer together|
|London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art|
|Lausanne Collegiate School|
|Royal Academy of Dramatic Art|
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