Anna Gunn as Skyler White
A prominent actress on both stage and screen, Anna Gunn has portrayed a vast array of complex and powerful characters throughout her career. Anna can currently be seen as Skyler White on AMC's Emmy Award-winning series Breaking Bad, garnering considerable critical acclaim. "The scenes between Bryan Cranston and Anna Gunn are reminiscent of the truly great acting done by James Gandolfini and Edie Falco in The Sopranos," said Tim Goodman of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Gunn has moved between television, film, and theatre with much ease. In 2004, she landed her breakout television role, playing Martha Bullock on HBO's seminal show, Deadwood. Gunn's association with Deadwood creator David Milch began early on when she first worked with him on his hit drama NYPD Blue, giving a memorable performance as Kimmy, a junkie longing to escape New York to swim with the dolphins. Gunn made such an indelible impression on Milch, that almost nine years later she became the template for the pivotal and complex character of Martha. Another major recurring role for Gunn was on David E. Kelley's The Practice, delivering a notable turn as ADA Jean Ward opposite Dylan McDermott and Lara Flynn Boyle. Her extensive television credits also include starring roles in several made for TV movies and major guest starring appearances on such shows as Six Feet Under, ER, Boston Legal, Law & Order and Seinfeld.
Highlights of Gunn's feature film work include the dark comedy, Nobody's Baby, in which she starred with Gary Oldman and Mary Steenburgen; the film premiered at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. In 1998, she played opposite Jon Voight in Tony Scott's summer blockbuster, Enemy of the State. Her first starring role was in 1995's independent thriller, Without Evidence, along side Angelina Jolie. Gunn was recently in Kevin Smith's Red State. Her upcoming films include Sassy Pants and Little Red Wagon.
Gunn is also a highly regarded and much sought after actress of the stage. In early 2009 she created the leading role of photojournalist Sarah Goodwin in Donald Margulies' world premiere production of Time Stands Still, directed by Daniel Sullivan at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. The LA Times said of her complex performance, "The play belongs to Gunn, who renders Sarah's internal wounds as vividly and unsentimentally as her external injuries." In 1999 she starred as Isabella in Measure for Measure at the Ahmanson Theatre helmed by the famed director Sir Peter Hall. In 1997, Gunn was brought east to make her Broadway debut alongside Roger Rees in The Rehearsal at the Roundabout Theater. Before that she played on the LA circuit, including the 1995 American premiere of Hysteria directed by Phyllida Lloyd at the Mark Taper Forum. Before settling in Los Angeles, Gunn built an impressive background performing on stage in Chicago. She received exceptional reviews in Uncommon Ground at the Northlight Theatre, and playing opposite Jeremy Piven in Keith Reddin's Peacekeeper at the American Blues Theatre. She even landed her first professional acting role, playing Lucy Lockit in the critically acclaimed production of The Beggar's Opera at the Court Theatre while still an undergraduate at Northwestern University. In late 2011, Gunn immersed herself in the role of Marie Curie for Alan Alda's world premiere of Radiance: The Passion of Marie Curie, directed by Daniel Sullivan at the Geffen Playhouse and received rave reviews. LA Times theater critic Charles McNulty said of Gunn's striking performance, "a haunting resonance as when Gunn, whose Polish accent and stricken demeanor can't help invoking Meryl Streep's performance in Sophie's Choice."
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