Constance Alice Zimmer (born October 11, 1970) is an American actress. She rose to prominence for playing Dana Gordon in the television series Entourage (2005–2011) and Claire Simms in the television series Boston Legal (2006–2007). She went on to appear in many television series, notably Love Bites (2011) and House of Cards (2013–2018).
Zimmer at the 2014 Inspiration Awards Gala
Constance Alice Zimmer
October 11, 1970
|Education||American Academy of Dramatic Arts|
(m. 1999; div. 2001)
Russ Lamoureux (m. 2010)
Early life and educationEdit
Zimmer was born in Seattle, Washington, to German migrant parents from the former East Prussia. She speaks fluent German, saying in a 2015 interview that although her parents spoke English with her as a child, she spent six weeks of every summer in Germany, with her grandmother who only spoke German. Zimmer decided to pursue a career in acting after she fell in love with the craft as a high school student. Following high school, she was accepted to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena.
Zimmer's stage career was highlighted with her award-winning portrayal in a Los Angeles production of Catholic School Girls, where she won a Dramalogue for Best Actress. After starring in several national commercials, most notably for Duracell, she started making guest appearances in such shows as Ellen, Seinfeld, The X-Files, Gideon's Crossing, and The King of Queens, as well as having recurring roles in The Wayans Bros., Hyperion Bay, and The Trouble With Normal. During that same period, she was cast in a few independent movies such as Spin Cycle, Home Room, and Warm Blooded Killers.
Zimmer eventually booked her first TV series regular role on the NBC comedy Good Morning, Miami as the lazy and burned-out office assistant, Penny Barrington. After the series was canceled, she spent the second season recurring as Sister Lilly Waters in the CBS drama, Joan of Arcadia, as well as guest-starring in episodes of NYPD Blue and Jake in Progress. Also in 2005, she acted in the short film Just Pray, directed by Tiffani Thiessen. It was accepted into the Tribeca Film Festival.
In early 2006, Zimmer was cast as Brianna, the competitive law undergrad, in the ABC crime/drama series In Justice. She joined the cast of Boston Legal, where she played associate attorney Claire Simms on the show's third season. Her character did not return in season four. Zimmer also portrayed industry powerhouse and studio executive Dana Gordon in the HBO original series Entourage from 2005 to 2011, arguably her most known role to date.
Zimmer performed in the world-premiere play, Girls Talk, alongside Brooke Shields, Andrea Bendewald, and Nicole Paggi. The play was written and directed by Roger Kumble. She also starred in the NBC summer series Love Bites as Colleen Rouscher and had a guest appearance on USA's Royal Pains, playing psychiatrist Dr. Abby Burton.
In 2014, she was cast in the series regular role of Quinn King on the Lifetime dramedy series UnREAL. The show has received critical acclaim and Zimmer's performance has garnered high praise. The series ended in July 2018 after four seasons. For her performance in the series, she won a Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
On January 5, 2008, Zimmer gave birth to a daughter, Colette Zoe, whose father is director Russ Lamoureux. On June 20, 2010, it was announced that Zimmer and Lamoureux were engaged, with the couple getting married in October of the same year.
|1998||Senseless||Zestfully Clean Woman|
|1999||Warm Blooded Killers||Vicky Portenza|
|2001||Farewell, My Love||Kyle|
|2002||Home Room||Assistant Kelly|
|2005||Just Pray||Corley James||Short film|
|2006||Damaged Goods||Angel||Short film|
|2008||Chaos Theory||Peg the Teacher|
|Run the Tide||Lola|
|2018||Burger Boss||Mother (voice)||Short film|
|2019||Wonder Woman: Bloodlines||Veronica Cale (voice)|
|1993||The Day My Parents Ran Away||Girl in line||TV movie|
|1994||Babylon 5||Young woman patient||Episode: "The Quality of Mercy"|
|1997||Quicksilver Highway||Female patient||Movie|
|Ellen||Riot Girl||Episode: "Just Coffee?"|
|Unhappily Ever After||LaVerne||Episode: "Tiffany, the Home Wrecker"|
|1998||Seinfeld||Waitress #2||Episode: "The Wizard"|
|Jenny||Kaleigh||Episode: "A Girl's Gotta Come through in a Clutch"|
|Diagnosis: Murder||Lisa Blake||Episode: "An Education in Murder"|
|Beverly Hills, 90210||Millie||Episode: "Reunion"|
|The Wayans Bros.||Vanessa||2 episodes|
|Felicity||Girl||Episode: "The Last Stand"|
|The King of Queens||Jenny||Episode: "Fixer Upper"|
|1998–1999||Hyperion Bay||Unknown||2 episodes|
|1999||Chicago Hope||Dana||Episode: "A Goy and His Dog"|
|2000||The X-Files||Phoebe||Episode: "First Person Shooter"|
|Rude Awakening||Sandi||Episode: "Star 80 Proof"|
|Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction||Mary||Episode: "The Find"|
|2000–2001||The Trouble with Normal||Kristen||4 episodes|
|2001||Gideon's Crossing||Jessica Kagen||Episode: "Dr. Cherry Must Be Stopped"|
|FreakyLinks||Tori Spangler||Episode: "Subject: The Stone Room"|
|The Fighting Fitzgeralds||Beth||5 episodes|
|Philly||Pamela Tommasino||Episode: "Blown Away"|
|2002||My Guide to Becoming a Rock Star||Siobahn! Ross||3 episodes|
|2002–2004||Good Morning, Miami||Penelope "Penny" Barnes Barrington||40 episodes|
|2003||Mystery Woman||Cassie Tilman / Cassie Thomas (in end credits)||Movie|
|2004||NYPD Blue||Zoe Prentiss||Episode: "Dress for Success"|
|2004–2005||Joan of Arcadia||Sister Lilly Watters||11 episodes|
|2005||Jake in Progress||Greta||Episode: "Henry Porter and the Coitus Interruptus"|
|2005–2006||Out of Practice||Naomi||2 episodes|
|2006||In Justice||Brianna||13 episodes|
|2006–2007||Boston Legal||Claire Simms||23 episodes|
|2007||Notes from the Underbelly||Kelly||Episode: "Oleander"|
|2009||Pushing Daisies||Coco Juniper||Episode: "Window Dressed to Kill"|
|Cupid||Hallie Butler||Episode: "The Great Right Hope"|
|The New Adventures of Old Christine||Amy Hunter||2 episodes|
|2005–2011||Entourage||Dana Gordon||21 episodes|
|2011||Love Bites||Colleen Rouscher||7 episodes|
|Royal Pains||Dr. Abby Burton||Episode: "A Little Art, A Little Science"|
|2013||Grey's Anatomy||Dr. Alana Cahill||5 episodes|
|The Newsroom||Taylor Warren||5 episodes|
|House of Cards||Janine Skorsky||19 episodes|
|2014||Hot in Cleveland||Lilly||Episode: "Stayin' Alive"|
|2015-2017||Transformers: Robots in Disguise||Strongarm, Filch (voices)||Series regular|
|2015–2018||UnREAL||Quinn King||Series regular|
|2015||Complications||Dr. Laster||2 episodes|
|Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.||Rosalind Price||8 episodes|
|2016||Maron||Lindsey||Episode: "Step 1"|
|Better Things||Herself||Episode: "Sam/Pilot"|
|BoJack Horseman||Skinny Gina/Lindsey||3 episodes|
|2017||Angie Tribeca||Detective Goldstein||Episode: "Hey, I'm Solvin' Here!"|
|2017–2018||Match Game||Panelist||6 episodes|
|2018||RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars||Herself||Episode: "The Bitchelor"|
|Mom||Professor Stevens||Episode: "Ambulance chasers and a Babbling Brook"|
|2018-present||A Million Little Things||Jeri Huntington||3 episodes|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2008||14th Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (shared with the others)||Nominated|
|2016||6th Critics' Choice Television Awards||Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||Won|
|5th BTVA Voice Acting Awards||Best Vocal Ensemble in a New Television Series (shared with the others)||Won|
|20th OFTA Television Awards||Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||Nominated|
|14th Gold Derby Awards||Best Drama Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|68th Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||Nominated|
|7th Critics' Choice Television Awards||Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||Nominated|
|2017||6th BTVA Voice Acting Awards||Best Vocal Ensemble in a Television Series (shared with the others)||Nominated|
- "Episode 609 - Constance Zimmer". WTF with Marc Maron. Retrieved July 6, 2015. (subscription required)
- "Biography". Constance Zimmer official website. Archived from the original on July 30, 2012. Retrieved September 29, 2013.
- Andreeva, Nellie (June 2, 2014). "Constance Zimmer To Star In New Lifetime Series Un-Real". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 22, 2016.
- "Entourage's Constance Zimmer welcomes baby girl". People. January 17, 2008. Retrieved September 29, 2013.
- "Entourage star Constance Zimmer engaged". TV Guide. June 20, 2010. Retrieved September 29, 2013.
- "Constance Zimmer of Entourage gets married". People. October 12, 2010. Retrieved September 29, 2013.