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Rebecca Sara Newton (born July 4, 1978) is an American actress, known for her roles as Amanda Tanen on Ugly Betty and Quinn Garvey on How I Met Your Mother.

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Newton at the 4th Annual Norma Jean Gala in March 2015
Rebecca Sara Newton

(1978-07-04) July 4, 1978 (age 41)
Alma materUniversity of Pennsylvania (B.A.)
Years active2001–present
RelativesMatt Newton (brother)
Stephanie Chase (maternal aunt)
Bruce Chase (maternal grandfather)

Early lifeEdit

Newton was born in New Haven, Connecticut to Jennifer Newton, daughter of composer and arranger Bruce Chase and violinist Fannie (née Paschell) Chase. She is of English and Czech descent.

She began performing musicals and plays at local theaters, and studied at the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated with a B.A. in European History.

After graduation, Newton then moved to New York City and landed several roles in television commercials for such companies as the Olive Garden.[1] Newton also appeared in a PSA video about the dangers of drinking for Human Relations Media, called "Keg Party."


Newton portrayed the character Amanda Tanen in the ABC comedy-drama series Ugly Betty from 2006 to 2010. With co-star Michael Urie, Newton co-hosted the official Ugly Betty podcast. She also starred in's web series Mode After Hours opposite Urie. Ugly Betty was canceled in 2010 after four seasons.[2]

In late 2009, Newton performed at a New York City Center Encores! presentation of the Gershwin musical Girl Crazy, which was directed by Jerry Zaks. She portrayed Molly Gray and performed opposite real-life husband Chris Diamantopoulos.[3]

Newton starred in the television series Love Bites in 2011. The hour-long romantic comedy was created by executive producer Cindy Chupack, who worked on Sex and the City.[4] NBC announced the pick up of the series in May 2010.[5] However, with Newton announcing her pregnancy, co-star Jordana Spiro contractually obligated to stay with her other show, My Boys (which was later cancelled), and Chupack's desire to leave the show, Love Bites was pushed back to midseason.[6][7] Love Bites was ultimately aired in July 2011 on NBC and was cancelled after its first-season order of episodes was burned off.[8] In November 2011, Newton was cast on CBS's How I Met Your Mother as Quinn Garvey, a love interest for Neil Patrick Harris's character Barney Stinson where she played a stripper.[9] In 2013, Newton starred in the midseason Fox comedy series The Goodwin Games.[10] In 2018 Newton began appearing in a recurring role on the HBO TV series Divorce, playing Jackie Giannopolis, the new girlfriend of Thomas Haden Church's character.

On September 13, 2019, it was announced that Newton will once again team up with Urie on a sitcom project for CBS and Warner Bros. Television called Fun, for which both will co-star and co-executive produce with creator Michael Patrick King and fellow Ugly Betty showrunners Tracy Poust and Jon Kinnally.[11]

Personal lifeEdit

Newton met her husband, actor Chris Diamantopoulos, in a subway station in New York and they married on May 12, 2005.[1] It was announced on July 1, 2010 that Newton and Diamantopolous were expecting their first child.[12][13] She gave birth to a boy in early November 2010[14] and a girl in early 2014.[15]

Her older brother, Matt Newton, is also an actor.[16] He played the recurring role of Marc St. James' boyfriend Troy in the fourth and final season of Ugly Betty. Her mother, Jennifer, is an award-winning artist,[17] and her aunt, Stephanie Chase, is a classical violinist.[18]



Year Title Role Notes
2004 P.S. Rebecca
2007 August Rush Jennifer
2019 Otherhood Andrea


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Burly TV Herself Host
2003 Cold Case Melanie Whitley (1976) Episode: "Look Again"
2003–2004 Guiding Light Fantasy daughter Unknown episodes
2004 American Dreams Mindy 3 episodes
2004 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Colleen Heaton Episode: "Weak"
2005 Charmed "Glamoured" Piper Halliwell Episode: "Something Wicca This Way Goes...?"
2006–2010 Ugly Betty Amanda Tanen Main cast; 85 episodes
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
2007 Ugly Betty Ruthie Episode: "Sofia's Choice"
2007 American Dad! Blonde hoe (voice) Episode: "When a Stan Loves a Woman"
2007 American Dad! Mrs. Hannigan (voice) Episode: "I Can't Stan You"
2007–2008 Ugly Betty Young Fey Sommers 2 episodes
2011 Love Bites Annie Matopoulos Main cast; 6 episodes
2012–2013 How I Met Your Mother Quinn Garvey 10 episodes
2013 The Goodwin Games Chloe Goodwin Main cast; 7 episodes
2014 Mickey Mouse Cruise ship waitress (voice) Episode: "Flipperboobootosis"
2014 American Dad! Margie (voice) Episode: "Introducing the Naughty Stewardesses"
2015 Weird Loners Caryn Goldfarb Main cast; 6 episodes
2018–2019 Divorce Jackie Giannopolis Recurring role (Season 2), Main role (season 3)
2018–2019 Tell Me a Story Katrina Thorn Recurring (Season 1)
2020 Fun Role TBA Series regular/co-producer; in development


Year Title Role Notes
2008–2009 Mode After Hours Amanda Tanen 19 episodes

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Awards Category Nominated work Result
2007 Screen Actors Guild Award Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Ugly Betty Nominated
2008 Nominated
Ewwy Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
2009 Glamour Awards Glamour Award for Comedy Actress Won[19]
Ewwy Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
2013 OFTA Awards Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series How I Met Your Mother Nominated


  1. ^ a b Rosenblum, Emma (November 16, 2008). "Pretty Becki". New York Magazine.
  2. ^ Oldenburg, Ann (January 27, 2010). "'Ugly Betty' canceled by ABC". USA Today. Gannett Co., Inc. Retrieved April 17, 2010.
  3. ^ "Girl Crazy (in Concert)". 2009-11-20. Retrieved 2011-11-17.
  4. ^ Ausiello, Michael (February 21, 2010). "Pilot Intel: Becki Newton finds 'Love' on NBC". Ausiello Files. Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on February 24, 2010. Retrieved April 17, 2010.
  5. ^ "NBC Picks Up Three New Series for the 2010-11 Season with 'The Event', 'Outsourced', and 'Love Bites'". The Futon Critic. May 7, 2010. Retrieved May 13, 2010.
  6. ^ "BREAKING: 'Love Bites' replaced by 'The Apprentice'" from Variety (July 1, 2010)
  7. ^ "'Love Bites' Replaced By 'The Apprentice'" from TV By The Numbers (July 1, 2010)
  8. ^ Lee, Stephan (2011-07-20). "Love Bites cancelled". Retrieved 2011-11-17.
  9. ^ "How I Met Your Mother Exclusive: Ugly Betty's Becki Newton to Romance Barney!". 2011-11-16. Retrieved 2011-11-18.
  10. ^ "The Goodwin Games Exclusive: Ugly Betty's Becki Newton to star in Upcoming Fox TV series". 2012-05-16. Retrieved 2012-05-16.
  11. ^ "Michael Urie, Becki Newton to Star in Michael Patrick King CBS Comedy" from The Hollywood Reporter (September 13, 2019)
  12. ^ Jones, Brent (July 1, 2010). "Becki Newton's pregnancy shuffles NBC fall schedule". USA Today. Gannett Co Inc. Retrieved July 1, 2010.
  13. ^ "Rep: Becki Newton is Pregnant!".
  14. ^ "Actress Becki Newton Welcomes Son!". US Magazine. December 9, 2010. Retrieved December 22, 2010.
  15. ^ "Becki Newton: What's In My Bag?". Us Weekly.
  16. ^ Biography of Matt Newton
  17. ^ Salibury, Vanita (December 12, 2008). "Chris Diamantopoulos Self-Medicates With Tostitos". New York Magazine. The New York Times. Retrieved April 17, 2010.
  18. ^ "Trivia about Stephanie Chase, violinist". Archived from the original on September 2, 2013. Retrieved July 5, 2014.
  19. ^ Duck, Charlotte (2 June 2009). "Glamour Award Winners 2009". Glamour. Archived from the original on 29 May 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2012.

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