Tracey Ullman

Actor, Singer, Writer
A multi-faceted comedienne who created a vast array of characters, Tracey Ullman was one of the most celebrated and consistently funny performers of her day. After achieving success on television and in music in her ... Read more »
Born: 12/30/1959 in Buckinghamshire, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (74)

How I Met Your Mother 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Into the Woods 2014 (Movie)

Jack's Mother (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

The 34th Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

Real Time with Bill Maher 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Tracey Ullman's State of the Union 1992 - 1993, 1997 - 2000, 2007 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Carol Burnett: A Woman of Character 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tale of Despereaux 2008 (Movie)

Voice of Miggery Snow (Actor)

I Could Never Be Your Woman 2007 (Movie)

Mother Nature (Actor)

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride 2005 (Movie)

Voice of Nell Van Dort/Hildegarde (Actor)

Tracey Ullman: Live & Exposed 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Tracey Ullman: Tracey's Best Bits 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

A Dirty Shame 2004 (Movie)

Sylvia Stickles (Actor)

Will & Grace 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Searching for Debra Winger 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Tracey Ullman in The Trailer tales 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Tracey Ullman's Visible Panty Lines 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Little Lulu Show 1995 - 2001 (TV Show)

Voice

Ally McBeal 1992 - 1993, 1997 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Panic 2000 (Movie)

Martha (Actor)

Small Time Crooks 2000 (Movie)

Frenchy Winkler (Actor)

The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 13th Annual American Comedy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Tracey Takes On... 1995 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

12th Annual American Comedy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 19th Annual CableACE Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Tracey Takes On... The Best of III 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 18th Annual CableACE Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1996 Emmy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rodman World Tour 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Best of Tracey Takes On... 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrate Storytelling With Tracey Ullman 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 16th Annual CableACE Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Women of the Night IV Hosted by Tracey Ullman 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Bullets Over Broadway 1994 (Movie)

Eden Brent (Actor)

I'll Do Anything 1994 (Movie)

Beth Hobbs (Actor)

Prêt-à-Porter 1994 (Movie)

Nina Scant--Editor of (Actor)

Tracey Ullman Takes on New York 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Tracey Ullman: A Class Act 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Happily Ever After 1993 (Movie)

of Thunderella (Voice)

Household Saints 1993 (Movie)

Catherine Falconetti (Actor)

Love & War 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

Robin Hood: Men in Tights 1993 (Movie)

Latrine (Actor)

The Full Wax 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Puss in Boots 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 6th Annual American Comedy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Simpsons 1991 (Tv Show)

Voice

America's Dance Honors 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

I Love You to Death 1990 (Movie)

Rosalie Boca (Actor)

The 41st Annual Emmy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 4th Annual American Comedy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tracey Ullman Show 1986 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

I, Martin Short, Goes Hollywood 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Tracey Ullman Backstage 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief II 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2nd Annual American Comedy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 39th Annual Emmy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 40th Annual Emmy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Jumpin' Jack Flash 1986 (Movie)

Fiona (Actor)

Plenty 1985 (Movie)

Alice Park (Actor)

Give My Regards to Broad Street 1984 (Movie)

Sadra (Actor)

Mackenzie 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The Young Visitors 1983 (Movie)

(Actor)

Once Upon a Mattress (TV Show)

Actor
Music (2)

The End of the Tour 2015 (Movie)

("They Don't Know") (Song Performer)

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride 2005 (Movie)

("According To Plan") (Song Performer)
Writer (1)

Tracey Ullman in The Trailer tales 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Writer
Producer (1)

Tracey Ullman in The Trailer tales 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Director (1)

Tracey Ullman in The Trailer tales 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Director
Other (2)

Flushed Away 2006 (Movie)

Creative Consultant (Consultant)

Danger in the Jet Stream 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Research

Biography

A multi-faceted comedienne who created a vast array of characters, Tracey Ullman was one of the most celebrated and consistently funny performers of her day. After achieving success on television and in music in her native England, Ullman came to the United States and established herself as a top-notch comic actor with deadly funny, on-target satire of all manner of social, political and pop culture issues on her breakthrough series, "The Tracey Ullman Show" (Fox, 1987-1990). Among her multiple personalities was an aging hippie disc jockey, Summer Storm; the lovelorn spinster Kay; and a suicide prone chorine. Ullman utilized her training by having her characters routinely burst into elaborate song-and-dance routines - one of the show's several hallmarks. Over the years, she rode the wave of her popularity into numerous features films, including a memorable performance in Woody Allen's "Small Time Crooks" (2000), while continuing to rack up Emmy awards with numerous cable series and specials like "Tracey Takes On " (HBO, 1995-99) and "Tracey Ullman's State of the Union" (Showtime, 2008), both of which confirmed her status as one of the funniest and most popular comic actors of her generation.

Relationships

Allan McKeown Executive Producer

Husband
Married Dec. 27, 1983

Mabel McKeown Executive Producer

Daughter
Born April 1, 1986; father, Allan McKeown

Johnny McKeown Executive Producer

Son
Born Aug. 6, 1991; father, Allan McKeown

Antony Ullman

Father
Born in Poland; sold furniture, booked travel, brokered marriages, and translated among the émigré Polish community in England; had been a Polish soldier who was evacuated from Dunkirk in 1940 Died of a heart attack at age 50 when Ullman was six; at the time of the heart attack, he had been reading daughter a bedtime story

Dorin Ullman

Mother
British; of Roma heritage

Patty Ullman

Sister
Older

EDUCATION

Italia Conti Academy

Britain's oldest theatre arts training school; enrolled at age 12 and dropped out at age 16, when she began finding jobs as a dancer

Milestones

2008

Returned to television for Showtime’s "Tracey Ullman's State of the Union"; earned a SAG nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy Series

2007

Played ‘Mother Nature’ in Amy Heckerling’s "I Could Never Be Your Woman"

2006

Recounted her music days in the BBC Four documentary series, "If It Ain't Stiff"

2005

Played Princess Winnifred oppossite Carol Burnett's villainous Queen Aggravain in ABC's "Once Upon a Mattress"

2005

Voiced Nell Van Dort/Hildegarde in Tim Burton's animated feature "Corpse Bride"

2005

Returned to HBO with a special of her autobiographical one-woman stage show "Tracey Ullman: Live and Exposed"

2004

Co-starred in the John Waters comedy "A Dirty Shame" with Johnny Knoxville and Selma Blair

2003

Returned to HBO for the special "Tracey Ullman in the Trailer Tales" featuring the character 'Ruby Romaine' from her HBO comedy series "Tracey Takes On"

2001

Hosted the fall talk show "Tracey Ullman's Visible Panty Lines" on the Oxygen cable channel

2000

Starred in the Woody Allen comedy "Small Time Crooks"

1998

Played recurring role of Dr. Tracey, an unorthodox therapist on Fox's "Ally McBeal"

1996

Starred (also wrote and executive produced) in the critically acclaimed HBO series "Tracey Takes On ..."

1993

Created and starred (also wrote and executive produced) in the HBO specials, "Tracey Ullman: A Class Act" and "Tracey Takes on New York"

1991

Broadway debut, "The Big Love"

1990

NY stage debut in "The Taming of the Shrew" opposite Morgan Freeman

1990

American film debut, "I Love You to Death" co-starring Kevin Kline, River Phoenix and Joan Plowright

1987

US TV debut, "The Tracey Ullman Show" (FOX) playing a variety of characters; co-created with producer James L. Brooks; show also spawned "The Simpsons," which was featured in simple cartoon shorts (created by cartoonist Matt Groening)

1985

Film acting debut, "Plenty"

1985

Played gold digger, Candice Valentine on the ITV sitcom "Girls on Top"; left after one season

1984

Film debut, "Give My Regards to Broad Street"

1983

Signed with the legendary punk label Stiff Records; released her first hit "Breakaway" and the international hit cover version of label-mate Kirsty MacColl's "They Don't Know"

1983

TV debut, "Three of a Kind" (BBC)

Joined Second Generation dance troupe in England; appeared with them on TV variety programs

Appeared in several West End musicals, "Grease" and "The Rocky Horror Show"

Made professional stage debut as a dancer in the Berlin production of "Gigi" at age 16

First non-musical stage role in "Talent"

Bonus Trivia

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Her Web site may be found at www.purpleskirt.com.

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"Ullman has an almost disquieting way of vanishing into the people she portrays." - James Kaplan in Vanity Fair magazine, March 1991

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In 1992 Ullman filed a lawsuit against Twentieth Century Fox over profits from the later half hour incarnation of "The Simpsons" (FOX) for $2.5 million of the estimated $50,000,000 in profits reaped from merchandising. "The Simpsons" (FOX) was used between sketches on "The Tracey Ullman Show" (FOX), in segments lasting as long as three minutes, from 1987 through 1989. Ullman claimed her contract gave her 10 percent of the net receipts of series characters created by other artists. A settlement was reached whereby Ullman would receive a portion of the profits made from the show, although no amount was ever publicly disclosed.

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"I don't get any of that sex symbol recognition where they want to tear my panties off. In England everyone thinks I'm their nutty cousin." - Ullman quoted in London's Evening Standard, Feb. 16, 2000

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"I don't want to be the pretty girl. I just want to dress up and look terrible on TV," Ullman says of the quirky characters she plays on "Tracey Ullman's State of the Union," her new sketch-comedy series on Showtime. "You know, I've always wanted to be the ugly stepsister or the person with the problem." - from CNN.com, March 28, 2008

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"We've always had a great tradition of political satire in England," says Ullman, who has retained her British citizenship. "Now there's so much more satire in America than when I first moved here."I like that Americans can laugh at themselves more ... And now I want to join in, now that you've got problems," she jokes, referring to the state of the union's economy. "Now, as an American citizen, I can join the discussion and I won't end up in Guantanamo Bay." - from CNN.com, March 28, 2008

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