Rachel Brosnahan is best known for roles in the film Beautiful Creatures (2013), and the television series House of Cards, Manhattan, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Brosnahan won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in Television Musical or Comedy for her performance in the latter series.
Years active 2009–present
Born: December 15, 1990, 29 years and 3 months, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US
Eye color Blue
Hair color Dark Brown
Height 5ft 1 (155 cm)
Measurement 35-25-36 inch (91.44 – 63.5 – 91.44 cm)
Bra size 32D
Education Highland Park High School
Alma mater New York University
Carol Brosnahan (mother)
Kate Spade (aunt)
Andy Spade (uncle)
Brosnahan father worked in children publishing. Her mother, Carol, is British. From the age of four, Brosnahan was raised in Highland Park, Illinois. She has a younger brother and sister. She is the niece of the handbag designer Kate Spade.
She attended Wayne Thomas Elementary School, and then Northwood Junior High School. She performed in musical theater during junior high school and high school. At Highland Park High School, she was on the wrestling team for two years and was a snowboarding instructor. When Brosnahan was 16, she took a class with Carole Dibo, director of Wilmette Actors Training Center and now Brosnahan manager. She graduated from there in 2008, and graduated from the Tisch School of the Arts in 2012.
Brosnahan was cast in her first movie role as Lisa in the Michael Bay-produced horror movie The Unborn while she was still in high school. During college, she performed in single episodes of television series such as Gossip Girl, The Good Wife, Grey Anatomy, and In Treatment.
After college, she began landing recurring roles in series such as The Blacklist (2014), the short-lived Black Box (2014), and House of Cards (2013–15) which brought her career prominence, including an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series in 2015. Initially booked for two episodes and five lines, she caught the eye of showrunner Beau Willimon, and was soon developed into a major character. Brosnahan also played Abby Isaacs for two seasons on the television drama Manhattan.
She first appeared on stage in 2009 in Up at Steppenwolf Theatre followed by her Broadway debut in The Big Knife with Roundabout Theatre Company in 2013. In 2016 she played Desdemona in Othello at New York Theatre Workshop opposite David Oyelowo and Daniel Craig.
She was cast as the lead role and title character of the Amazon Video series, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which premiered in 2017. Her performance earned her a Golden Globe for Best Actress.
Brosnahan has twice completed the Live Below the Line challenge
First film The Unborn (2009)
First TV show Mercy (2010)
Rachel Brosnahan, who plays high school dropout-turned-prostitute Rachel Posner in House of Cards, knew from a young age that she wanted to be an actress. The Illinois native worked hard to pursue her dream, and Hollywood is noticing her effort.
She Was in ‘Beautiful Creatures’
Brosnahan was in this high school witch-themed film with Zoey Deutch and Alice Englert, pictured above.
The 2013 fantasy film was based on a young adult novel of the same name by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.
She Graduated From NYU Tisch School of the Arts
After graduating from NYU Tisch Drama School in May of 2012, she moved to L.A. for pilot season and was cast in Beautiful Creatures.
She Made Her Broadway Debut in 2013
In 2013, she starred in the first-ever revival of The Big Knife as Dixie Evans, a Hollywood starlet.
She dished to Broadway.com about her being the youngest in the cast:
I’m the youngest member of the cast by quite a lot, so it been a lot of listening and observing.
Acting alongside Bobby Cannavale each night was a dream for the young starlet.
Bobby is Bobby. He a god. The idea of working with him was intimidating, but he a big kid at heart, and so kind.