Gunn at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con International
August 11, 1968|
Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.
|Alma mater||Northwestern University|
|Spouse(s)||Alastair Duncan (m. 1990; div. 2009)|
Anna Gunn (born August 11, 1968) is an American actress, best known for her role as Skyler White on the AMC drama series Breaking Bad, for which she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2013 and 2014.
Anna Gunn was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the daughter of Sharon Anna Kathryn "Shana" (Peters), an interior designer, and Clemens Earl Gunn, Jr., who worked in real estate. She graduated from Santa Fe Preparatory School in 1986. She attended Northwestern University, where she majored in theater and graduated in 1990. During fall of 1988, Gunn spent a semester abroad to study at the British American Drama Academy.
Gunn is known for her role as Skyler White in the AMC drama series Breaking Bad, starring Bryan Cranston. In 2012, 2013 and 2014, she was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her performance in that show, and subsequently won in 2013 and 2014. In August 2013, she wrote an op-ed piece for The New York Times examining the public dislike directed toward her character.
Gunn played a recurring role as Assistant District Attorney Jean Ward on the ABC series The Practice from 1997 to 2002, and was a regular as Martha Bullock on HBO's Deadwood from 2005 to 2006. She appeared on Seinfeld in the episode "The Glasses", in the Six Feet Under episode "Parallel Play", and on the first season of Murder One.
Gunn provided the voice for Ariel in the Legacy of Kain series of video games. She also appeared in the Quantum Leap episode "The Play's The Thing". In 2011, she played a lead role in the Lifetime movie Secrets of Eden, opposite John Stamos. Her other film credits include Without Evidence, Enemy of the State, Treading Water, Twelve Mile Road, and Red State.
In February 2013, the cable network Bravo announced Gunn would star in a television pilot for a one-hour drama, Rita, based on a Danish TV series about a private-school teacher and mother. The Fox TV Studios pilot was to be written by Krista Vernoff and directed by Miguel Arteta.
|1994||French Intensive||Rachel||Short film|
|1994||Junior||Casitas Madres Receptionist|
|1995||Without Evidence||Liz Godlove|
|1995||If Someone Had Known||Officer Linda Reed|
|1998||Enemy of the State||Emily Reynolds|
|2000||Lost Souls||Sally Prescott|
|2002||Treading Water||The Actress|
|2011||Red State||Travis' Mother|
|2012||Little Red Wagon||Laurie Bonner|
|2012||Sassy Pants||June Pruitt|
|2016||Sully||Dr. Elizabeth Davis|
|1992||Quantum Leap||Liz||Episode: "The Play's the Thing"|
|1992–93||Down the Shore||Arden||29 episodes|
|1993||Seinfeld||Amy||Episode: "The Glasses"|
|1994||Missing Persons||Ellie Keogh||Episode: "My Beautiful Son Is O.K..."|
|1994||NYPD Blue||Kimmy||2 episodes|
|1994||Moment of Truth: Caught in the Crossfire||Agt. Alex King||Television film|
|1995–96||Murder One||Melissa Griotte||3 episodes|
|1996||Chicago Hope||Megan Stanard||Episode: "Sexual Perversity in Chicago Hope"|
|1996||The Lazarus Man||The Journal||Episode: "The Journal"|
|1996||Men Behaving Badly||Michelle||Episode: "Babies Having Babies"|
|1996||The Big Easy||Evie||Episode: "Snake Dance"|
|1997||Sleepwalkers||Angie Gilpin||Episode: "Night Terrors"|
|1997–2002||The Practice||Jean Ward||10 episodes|
|1999||ER||Ekabo's Lawyer||Episode: "Point of Origin"|
|1999||The Drew Carey Show||Kelly Walker||Episode: "Drew's Reunion"|
|1999||Judging Amy||Emily Noble||Episode: "Presumed Innocent"|
|2000||Bull||Miss Coyle||Episode: "A Beautiful Lie"|
|2001||The Guardian||Meghan Barstow||2 episodes|
|2002||Yes, Dear||Jessica||Episode: "Kim's New Nanny"|
|2003||Dragnet||Dr. Louise Nottingham||2 episodes|
|2003||The O'Keefes||Phyllis||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2003||L.A. Confidential||N/A||Unsold TV pilot|
|2003||Wild Card||Janell Morgan||Episode: "The Cheese Stands Alone"|
|2003||The Lyon's Den||Elizabeth Hopper||Episode: "Blood"|
|2003||Miss Match||Maureen Weston||Episode: "Kate in Ex-tasy"|
|2003||Miracles||Rebecca Webb||Episode: "You Are My Sunshine"|
|2003||Twelve Mile Road||Leah||Television film|
|2004||NYPD 2069||Natalie Franco||Unsold TV pilot|
|2004||The D.A.||Shelly Ward||Episode: "The People vs. Sergius Kovinsky"|
|2004||Six Feet Under||Madeline||Episode: "Parallel Play"|
|2005–06||Deadwood||Martha Bullock||21 episodes|
|2007||Boston Legal||Attorney Susan Bixby||Episode: "Nuts"|
|2008–13||Breaking Bad||Skyler White||61 episodes|
|2010||Law & Order||Marielle Di Napoli||Episode: "Love Eternal"|
|2010||Lie to Me||Jenkins||Episode: "Dirty Loyal"|
|2012||Secrets of Eden||Detective Catherine Benincasa||Television film|
|2014||The Mindy Project||Sheila Hamilton||Episode: "Girl Crush"|
|2014||Gracepoint||Detective Ellie Miller||10 episodes|
|2015||Criminal Minds||Special Agent Lily Lambert||Episode: "Beyond Borders"|
|2015||Portlandia||Glynis Brooks||Episode: "House for Sale"|
|1996||Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain||Ariel/Azimuth the Planer/DeJoule the Energist||Voice|
|1999||Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver||Ariel||Voice|
|2001||Soul Reaver 2||Ariel||Voice|
|2003||Legacy of Kain: Defiance||Ariel||Voice|
Awards and nominations
- "Anna Gunn: Biography". TVGuide.com. Retrieved April 11, 2013.
- Dougherty, Margot (March 2014). "Anna Gunn: From 'Breaking Bad' to Breakthrough Star". MORE Magazine. Archived from the original on September 9, 2014. Retrieved August 23, 2014.
- Oliveira, Adele (May 31, 2013). "Santa Fe Prep graduation: 'Our choices are ours'". The Santa Fe New Mexican. Retrieved August 23, 2014.
- LaMagna, Maria (April 8, 2010). "Q&A: 'Breaking Bad' star reflects on NU memories". The Daily Northwestern. Retrieved August 23, 2014.
- "'Breaking Bad' star Anna Gunn (LTP Fall 1998) won an emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a drama. Congrats!". Facebook. October 1, 2013. Retrieved August 23, 2014.
- Rice, Lynette (July 19, 2012). "Emmys 2012: And the nominees are...". Entertainment Weekly.
- Gunn, Anna (August 23, 2013). "I Have a Character Issue". The New York Times. Retrieved August 26, 2013.
- "Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain - Credits". Allgame. Retrieved 2013-03-25.
- "Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver - Credits". Allgame. Retrieved 2008-10-29.
- "Soul Reaver 2 - Credits". Allgame. Retrieved 2008-10-29.
- "Legacy of Kain: Defiance - Credits". Allgame. Retrieved 2008-10-29.
- "About the Movie Secrets of Eden". Lifetime.
- Andreeva, Nellie (February 1, 2013). "Anna Gunn To Star In Bravo Drama Pilot 'Rita'". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2013-11-30.
- Isherwood, Charles (July 30, 2014). "Between the Sheets: Anna Gunn and Billy Magnussen Star in 'Sex With Strangers'". The New York Times. Retrieved May 6, 2015.
- McNary, Dace. "Anna Gunn Starring in Female-Driven Wall Street Movie". Retrieved 18 January 2016.
- Chang, Justin. "Sundance Film Festival Unveils 2016 Competition, Next Films". Retrieved 18 January 2016.
- Carpenter, Cassie (October 17, 2013). "Son of a Gunn! Breaking Bad's Walt Jr reunites with on-screen mother Anna on the red carpet". Daily Mail. UK. Retrieved 2013-11-30.
- "Deadwood's Anna Gunn Has a Girl". People. September 14, 2006. Retrieved March 21, 2013.