Anna Gunn

Anna Gunn (born August 11, 1968) is an American actress, best known for her role as Skyler White on the AMC drama series Breaking Bad, for which she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2013 and 2014.

    Early life

    Anna Gunn was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, to Shana, an interior designer, and Clem, who worked in real estate. She graduated from Santa Fe Preparatory School in 1986. She attended Northwestern University, where she majored in theater and graduated in 1990. During fall of 1988, Gunn spent a semester abroad to study at the British American Drama Academy.

    Career

    Gunn is known for her role as Skyler White in the AMC drama series Breaking Bad, starring Bryan Cranston. In 2012, 2013 and 2014, she was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her performance in that show, and subsequently won in 2013 and 2014. In August 2013, she wrote an op-ed piece for The New York Times examining the public dislike directed toward her character.

    Gunn played a recurring role as Assistant District Attorney Jean Ward on the ABC series The Practice from 1997 to 2002, and was a regular as Martha Bullock on HBO's Deadwood from 2005 to 2006. She appeared on Seinfeld in the episode "The Glasses", in the Six Feet Under episode "Parallel Play", and on the first season of Murder One.

    Gunn provided the voice for Ariel in the Legacy of Kain series of video games. She also appeared in the Quantum Leap episode "The Play's The Thing". In 2011, she played a lead role in the Lifetime movie Secrets of Eden, opposite John Stamos. Her other film credits include Without Evidence, Enemy of the State, Treading Water, Twelve Mile Road, and Red State.

    In February 2013, the cable network Bravo announced Gunn would star in a television pilot for a one-hour drama, Rita, based on a Danish TV series about a private-school teacher and mother. The Fox TV Studios pilot was to be written by Krista Vernoff and directed by Miguel Arteta.

    In 2014, Gunn starred Off-Broadway with Billy Magnussen in Sex With Strangers, directed by David Schwimmer at Second Stage Theatre.

    Personal life

    Gunn and her ex-husband, actor and real estate broker Alastair Duncan, have two daughters, Eila Rose and Emma.

    Filmography

    Film

    Year Title Role Notes
    1994 French Intensive Rachel Short film
    1994 Junior Casitas Madres Receptionist
    1995 Without Evidence Liz Godlove
    1995 If Someone Had Known Officer Linda Reed
    1997 Santa Fe Jane
    1998 Enemy of the State Emily Reynolds
    2000 Lost Souls Sally Prescott
    2001 Nobody's Baby Stormy
    2002 Treading Water The Actress
    2011 Red State Travis' Mother
    2012 Little Red Wagon Laurie Bonner
    2012 Sassy Pants June Pruitt

    Television

    Year Title Role Notes
    1992 Quantum Leap Liz Episode: "The Play's the Thing"
    1992 Indecency Celeste Television film
    1992–93 Down the Shore Arden 29 episodes
    1993 Seinfeld Amy Episode: "The Glasses"
    1994 Missing Persons Ellie Keogh Episode: "My Beautiful Son Is O.K..."
    1994 NYPD Blue Kimmy 2 episodes
    1994 Moment of Truth: Caught in the Crossfire Agt. Alex King Television film
    1995–96 Murder One Melissa Griotte 3 episodes
    1996 Chicago Hope Megan Stanard Episode: "Sexual Perversity in Chicago Hope"
    1996 The Lazarus Man The Journal Episode: "The Journal"
    1996 Men Behaving Badly Michelle Episode: "Babies Having Babies"
    1996 The Big Easy Evie Episode: "Snake Dance"
    1997 Sleepwalkers Angie Gilpin Episode: "Night Terrors"
    1997–2002 The Practice Jean Ward 10 episodes
    1999 ER Ekabo's Lawyer Episode: "Point of Origin"
    1999 The Drew Carey Show Kelly Walker Episode: "Drew's Reunion"
    1999 Judging Amy Emily Noble Episode: "Presumed Innocent"
    2000 Bull Miss Coyle Episode: "A Beautiful Lie"
    2001 The Guardian Meghan Barstow 2 episodes
    2002 Yes, Dear Jessica Episode: "Kim's New Nanny"
    2003 Dragnet Dr. Louise Nottingham 2 episodes
    2003 The O'Keefes Phyllis Episode: "Pilot"
    2003 L.A. Confidential N/A Unsold TV pilot
    2003 Wild Card Janell Morgan Episode: "The Cheese Stands Alone"
    2003 The Lyon's Den Elizabeth Hopper Episode: "Blood"
    2003 Miss Match Maureen Weston Episode: "Kate in Ex-tasy"
    2003 Miracles Rebecca Webb Episode: "You Are My Sunshine"
    2003 Twelve Mile Road Leah Television film
    2004 NYPD 2069 Natalie Franco Unsold TV pilot
    2004 The D.A. Shelly Ward Episode: "The People vs. Sergius Kovinsky"
    2004 Six Feet Under Madeline Episode: "Parallel Play"
    2005–06 Deadwood Martha Bullock 21 episodes
    2007 Boston Legal Attorney Susan Bixby Episode: "Nuts"
    2008–13 Breaking Bad Skyler White 61 episodes
    2010 Law & Order Marielle Di Napoli Episode: "Love Eternal"
    2010 Lie to Me Jenkins Episode: "Dirty Loyal"
    2012 Secrets of Eden Detective Catherine Benincasa Television film
    2014 The Mindy Project Sheila Hamilton Episode: "Girl Crush"
    2014 Gracepoint Detective Ellie Miller 10 episodes
    2015 Criminal Minds Special Agent Lily Lambert Episode: "Beyond Borders"
    2015 Portlandia Glynis Brooks Episode: "House for Sale"

    Video games

    Year Title Role Notes
    1996 Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain Ariel/Azimuth the Planer/DeJoule the Energist Voice
    1999 Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver Ariel Voice
    2001 Soul Reaver 2 Ariel Voice
    2003 Legacy of Kain: Defiance Ariel Voice

    Awards and nominations

    Year Association Category Work Result
    2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Deadwood Nominated
    2010 Saturn Awards Best Actress on Television Breaking Bad Nominated
    2012 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
    Milan Film Festival Awards Best Supporting Actress Sassy Pants Nominated
    Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Breaking Bad Nominated
    Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
    2013 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
    Golden Nymph Award Outstanding Actress — Drama Series Nominated
    Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Won
    Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
    Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actress on Television Nominated
    Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
    2014 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
    Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Won
    Saturn Awards Best Actress on Television Nominated
    Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
    Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Won

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