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Allison Janney

The incredibly versatile Allison Janney has taken her place among a select group of actors who combine a leading lady’s profile with a character actor’s art of performance.

Currently starring alongside Anna Faris in the CBS/Chuck Lorre sitcom MOM, Janney’s latest feature work includes Jason Bateman’s directorial debut BAD WORDS, TRUST ME for director/actor Clark Gregg, and the Dreamworks animated film MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN. Due to be released is TAMMY, with Melissa McCarthy, DAYS AND NIGHTS, from Christian Camargo and THE REWRITE, with Hugh Grant. Janney previously appeared in THE WAY WAY BACK, with Steve Carell and Toni Collette; THE ORANGES, with Catherine Keener; LIBERAL ARTS, with Josh Radnor and STRUCK BY LIGHTNING with Chris Colfer. She co-starred in the Academy Award® nominated film THE HELP, the cast of which won Ensemble awards from the Screen Actors Guild®, National Board of Review, and the Broadcast Film Critics Association.


Janney has delighted audiences with outstanding performances in the Oscar-winning ensemble hit JUNO and in the movie version of the Tony Award winning play HAIRSPRAY. For her role in Todd Solondz's film "LIFE DURING WARTIME, she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress by the Spirit Awards. She also appeared in Sam Mendes’ AWAY WE GO, the comedy STRANGERS WITH CANDY, was heard as the voice of Gladys in Dreamworks’ animated film OVER THE HEDGE, as well as Peach in FINDING NEMO.


Janney received another Spirit Award nomination for her work in the independent feature OUR VERY OWN, and starred opposite Meryl Streep in THE HOURS, which received a SAG Award nomination for Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture. Other feature credits include the Academy Award winning film AMERICAN BEAUTY (for which she won a SAG Award for Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture) as well as NURSE BETTY, HOW TO DEAL, DROP DEAD GORGEOUS, 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU, PRIMARY COLORS, THE ICE STORM, SIX DAYS SEVEN NIGHTS, THE OBJECT OF MY AFFECTION, and BIG NIGHT.


Throughout her career Janney has made a handful of memorable guest-star appearances on television, but she is renowned for her starring role in the acclaimed NBC series THE WEST WING, where she won a remarkable four Emmy Awards and four SAG Awards for her portrayal of White House Press Secretary CJ Cregg.


While a freshman studying acting at Kenyon College in Ohio, Janney auditioned for Paul Newman and got the part. Soon after, Newman and his wife Joanne Woodward suggested she study at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. She followed their advice and went on to make her Broadway debut in Noel Coward’s PRESENT LAUGHTER for which she earned the Outer Critics Circle Award and Clarence Derwent Award.  She also appeared in Arthur Miller’s A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE, receiving her first Tony Award nomination and winning the Outer Critics Circle Award. Janney was last seen on Broadway in the musical 9 TO 5, for which she earned a Tony nomination and won the Drama Desk Award.

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