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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 character on the sequel series The Good Fight.

Diane Lockhart
The Good Wife & The Good Fight character
Diane Lockhart, as portrayed by Christine Baranski
First appearanceThe Good Wife:
September 22, 2009
The Good Fight:
February 19, 2017
Last appearanceThe Good Wife:
May 8, 2016
Created byRobert King and Michelle King
Portrayed byChristine Baranski
OccupationAttorney at law
SpouseKurt 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. She meets Kurt McVeigh, a Republican ballistics expert, and is instantly drawn to him, despite their political differences. She falls in love with him, with the two eventually marrying. Her father wanted her to become a senator, although her mother expected her to become a nurse, marry and have children. Although she is initially skeptical of Alicia Florrick's abilities as a lawyer when she joins the firm, Diane is mentor to her. The two become firmer friends following Will's death which affected her deeply. 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. In the first episode of The Good Fight, she loses all of her money in a Ponzi scheme and is forced out of her firm.


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.