Emmy® winner Margo Martindale is one of the world’s busiest and most acclaimed character actresses. She 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 series, 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 dubbed it “the television performance of the year!” Martindale can also be seen as Claudia on FX’s The Americans.
On Broadway, Martindale received a Tony Award nomination for her riveting portrayal of Big Mama in the revival of Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
A native of Jacksonville, Texas, she began her career on the New York stage creating such iconic roles as Truvy in the original production of Steel Magnolias. This brought her to the attention of Hollywood and appearances in some of the most notable films of the past two decades.
Moviegoers will recognize her work in Million Dollar Baby, Dead Man Walking, Nobody’s Fool, Lorenzo’s Oil, The Hours, Practical Magic, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Hannah Montana: The Movie, Secretariat, Paris, Je T’Aime and Win Win among others. In 2013, filmgoers shall see her in the highly anticipated films, Bluebird, Beautiful Creatures with Emily Rossum and Jeremy Irons and August: Osage County with Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and Chris Cooper. Her recent television credits include stand out performances on A Gifted Man, Medium, Dexter, The Riches and Hung.
Martindale resides in New York City with her husband, Bill. They are the parents of a daughter, Maggie.