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Diane Lockhart is a character of CBS television series The Good Wife and is portrayed by Christine Baranski, who has received positive reviews for her performance,[1] such as being nominated for six consecutive Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.[2] The character returned as the main protagonist on the sequel series The Good Fight.

Diane Lockhart
The Good Wife & The Good Fight character
Diane Lockhart, as portrayed by Christine Baranski
First appearance The Good Wife:
September 22, 2009
The Good Fight:
February 19, 2017
Last appearance The Good Wife:
May 8, 2016
Created by Robert King and Michelle King
Portrayed by Christine Baranski
Gender Female
Occupation Attorney at law
Spouse(s) Kurt McVeigh


A senior partner at her law firm, Diane is a liberal champion of women's causes. She speaks fluent French and seems to have an active social life. Among her paramours is Kurt McVeigh, a firearms expert and conservative Republican, whom Diane is drawn to despite their political opposites and her dislike of guns, and they eventually marry. Although she is initially skeptical of Alicia Florrick's abilities as a lawyer when she joins the firm, Diane becomes a sort of mentor to her. But she is a mentor at a distance, and her support often comes by way of cryptic advice that only points Alicia in the right direction. She does not hesitate to tell anyone when she thinks they are wrong. Diane is often torn between supporting Alicia and Cary Agos when the two are in competition.


Baranski reprised her role in the spinoff, The Good Fight, along with Cush Jumbo reprising her role as Lucca Quinn. Unlike The Good Wife, the series airs on CBS All Access instead of the CBS network (although the pilot episode was broadcast on the network).[3]

Like the parent series, Diane is a central character of the show. The series revolves around Diane's young goddaughter and legal colleague, who is the daughter of her wealthy college roommate, and who has a troubled family life.[4] Diane runs into trouble of her own in the spinoff series, as she is portrayed talking with her husband about divorce, and has lost much of her fortune in a Ponzi scheme connected with her goddaughter's family.


  1. ^ VILKOMERSON, SARA. "Here's why Diane Lockhart is the best character on 'The Good Wife'". Retrieved 3 April 2016. 
  2. ^ "Christine Baranski". Retrieved 3 April 2016. 
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 18, 2016). "'The Good Wife' Spinoff A Go At CBS All Access". Retrieved July 10, 2016. 
  4. ^ Ward, Rachel. "The Good Wife spin-off: Christine Baranski to star, plus all you need to know about the new show". Retrieved 10 July 2016.