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Margo Martindale

Claudia

Emmy® winner Margo Martindale is one of the world’s busiest and most acclaimed character actresses. She currently stars in the CBS comedy series, The Millers (returning to CBS October 3), opposite Will Arnett and Beau Bridges, as well as the hit FX cold war spy series, The Americans , as the deadly KGB handler “Claudia,” for which she has received two Emmy nominations in the Outstanding Guest Actress category.

On the big screen, Margo was recently seen in Heaven Is For Real with Greg Kinnear, and earlier this year in The Weinstein Company’s film adaptation of Tracy Lett’s Pulitzer Prize winning play August: Osage County alongside Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts.

Margo received the 2011 Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her tour de force performance as “Mags Bennett,” the diabolical matriarch on the FX drama, Justified. The role also earned her the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and a 2011 Television Critics Association Award nomination for Individual Achievement in Drama. USA Today described her performance as “smart, chilling, amusing, convincing and unfailingly entertaining,” and The Huffington Post called it “the television performance of the year!”

A native of Jacksonville, Texas, she began on the New York stage originating the iconic role of “Truvy” in the first Broadway production ofSteel Magnolias. She also recieved a Tony nomination for her portrayal of “Big Mama” in the 2004 revival of Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

Moviegoers will recognize her work in Million Dollar Baby, Secretariat, Dead Man Walking, Nobody’s Fool, Lorenzo’s Oil, The Hours, Practical Magic, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Hannah Montana: The Movie, Paris, Je T’aime, Beautiful Creatures, and Win Win among others. Her standout television performances include New Girl, Medium, Dexter, The Riches, Hung and A Gifted Man.

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series