Speaker Margo Martindale

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Three-time Emmy winner Margo Martindale is one of the world’s busiest and most acclaimed character actresses.

Currently, Margo can be seen starring opposite Cate Blanchett in FX on Hulu’s critically-acclaim Mrs. America. Recent credits include Hulu’s The Act alongside Patricia Arquette, and up against Tiffany Haddish, Melissa McCarthy, & Elizabeth Moss in the New Line feature, The Kitchen.

In the last few years, Margo was nominated for a Critics Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Audrey Bernhardt on Sneaky Pete. She also made Emmy history as the first person to win Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series two years in a row (2015 and 2016) for her role as the deadly KGB handler Claudia in The Americans. This is coming off an acclaimed major arc on CBS’ beloved The Good Wife final season, where she won the 2016 Critics Choice Television Award for her role as Willa Eastman, the cunning political strategist. She has since reprised her award-winning role on the CBS All Access spin-off The Good Fight.

On the big-screen, Margo recently appeared in Paramount’s Instant Family with Mark Wahlberg, and just premiered Blow The Man Down, an official selection of the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival.

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 of Steel Magnolias. She also received 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, August: Osage County, 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, The Hollars, Downsizingand Win Win among others. Her standout television performances include New Girl, Medium, Dexter, The Riches, Hung, A Gifted Man and The Millers.

Margo resides in New York City with her husband, Bill. They are the parents of a daughter, Maggie.

Speaking on: Master Class: Mrs America

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