Cynthia Nixon is an Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award-winner, who has been acting professionally for forty years. A lifelong new Yorker, she has been a longtime activist for better funding for public schools, abortion rights and LGBTQ equality. This year Cynthia ran for Governor of New York State. Her campaign successfully placed issues of racial, economic and gender inequality front and center. Despite refusing all corporate donations and being outspent 10 to one by her dynastic, establishment opponent, Cynthia received half a million votes, the most votes ever for a Democratic primary challenger in New York. Read More
Cynthia made her film debut at 12 in LITTLE DARLINGS, and her Broadway debut at 14 in “The Philadelphia Story,” for which she won a Theatre World Award.
In 2017, Nixon won her second Tony Award for her role as Birdie in Lillian Hellman’s play “The Little Foxes.”
Nixon also appeared last year in Marc Webb’s THE ONLY LIVING BOY opposite Jeff Bridges and Pierce Brosnan. Prior to that, she portrayed Emily Dickinson in the Terence Davies’ biopic A QUIET PASSION
. Nixon co-starred in Josh Mond’s JAMES WHITE, a performance that earned Nixon an Independent Spirit Award nomination.
On television, Nixon starred as Nancy Reagan in the film adaptation of Bill O’Reilly’s book KILLING REAGAN for National Geographic Channel. Her performance earned her a Critics’ Choice Award nomination. Nixon guest-starred on Showtime’s THE AFFAIR as well as in Comedy Central’s BROAD CITY. Nixon also starred in in Nikole Beckwith’s STOCKHOLM, PENNSYLVANIA, for which she received a Critics’ Choice Television Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie or Limited Series.
In 2015, Cynthia directed two plays that ran simultaneously. The first was New Group’s “Steve,” about a group of middle aged gay friends struggling with their newly-won civil rights. The second was “MotherStruck!,” a one woman play written by and starring Jamaican spoken word poet Staceyann Chin at The Culture Project.
In 2014 she appeared on Broadway in Sam Gold’s production of “The Real Thing” playing the mother of the character she created on Broadway thirty years before. In 2014, Cynthia made her directorial debut with Joel Johnson’s “Rasheeda Speaking,” which received Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations.
In 1984 she famously juggled two roles on Broadway – in the first and third act of David Rabe’s “Hurlyburly” and in the second act of Tom Stoppard’s “The Real Thing,” both directed by Mike Nichols. Also around that time, she appeared as Mozart’s terrified maid-turned-informant in the Oscar-winning film “Amadeus.”
Nixon has appeared in plays and films by such varied and distinguished directors as Sidney Lumet, Alan J Pakula, Milos Forman and Robert Altman. Cynthia starred as Miranda Hobbes in HBO’s celebrated series SEX AND THE CITY
, a role that garnered her the first of her two Emmy Awards. She then went on to co-star in the two wildly successful SEX AND THE CITY
Nixon earned her first of four Tony Award nominations for her work in “Indiscretions” in 1995. She has appeared in over 40 plays, 13 on Broadway, including Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America”, the Roundabout’s revival of “The Women” (directed by Scott Elliott) and David Lindsay-Abaire’s “Rabbit Hole”, a role for which she won a Tony Award. In 2012 she played Vivian Bearing in Margaret Edson’s “Wit,” for which she was again Tony-nominated. Cynthia was awarded the 2009 Best Spoken Word Grammy for her recording of Al Gore’s AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH.
Nixon lives in New York City, with her wife Christine Marinoni. They have three children: Sam, Charlie and Max.