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Madeline Zima (born September 16, 1985) is an American actress. She portrayed Grace Sheffield on the CBS sitcom The Nanny (1993–1999), Mia Lewis on the Showtime comedy drama series Californication (2007–2011), and Gretchen Berg on the NBC series Heroes (2009–2010).
|Born||September 16, 1985|
New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
Zima was born in New Haven, Connecticut, the daughter of Marie and Dennis. Her surname means "winter" in Polish and comes from her maternal grandfather, who was of Polish descent. Zima has two younger sisters, Vanessa and Yvonne, both of whom are also actresses.
Zima began her career when she was two years old with an appearance in a television commercial for Downy fabric softener. From 1993 to 1999 she played the role of Grace Sheffield on the television show The Nanny throughout its six seasons. Zima, then aged 22, played Mia Lewis on the first two seasons of the series Californication and overall appeared in the series from 2007 to 2011. In promotion of the fictional book her character wrote, Fucking & Punching, Zima starred in several Californication webisodes featured on YouTube. Zima has also become known for her work in films such as The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, A Cinderella Story, Dimples, Looking for Sunday, Once in a Very Blue Moon, Legacy and The Collector.
From 2009 to 2010, Zima joined the cast of Heroes as Gretchen Berg, Claire Bennet's quirky bisexual roommate and tentative love interest. Zima appeared as a guest star on several television shows, including Law & Order, JAG, and Touched by an Angel. She also guest starred in an episode of The Vampire Diaries, and in two episodes of the 2017 Twin Peaks The Return. In 2012, she was cast in a co-starring role in the ABC drama pilot Gilded Lilys, but the series was not picked up by ABC. Zima starred in The Blondes (2019), a scripted podcast series, with her sister Yvonne. In 2020, she appeared in HBO's Perry Mason. In 2021, Zima appeared in NCIS: Hawaiʻi's fifth episode "Gaijin" as suspect Abby Nelson. In 2023, she joined Megan Fox in S.K. Dale's upcoming sci-fi thriller Subservience.
|1992||The Hand That Rocks the Cradle||Emma Bartel|
|1993||Mr. Nanny||Kate Mason|
|1997||'Til There Was You||Gwen Moss (Age 12)|
|1998||The Rose Sisters||N/A|||
|1998||Second Chances||Melinda Judd|
|2004||A Cinderella Story||Brianna|
|2006||Looking for Sunday||Trisha|
|2008||Legacy||Zoey Martin||Direct-to-video film; also known as Pretty Little Devils|
|2009||The Collector||Jill Chase|
|2010||First Dates||Kelly||Direct-to-video film|
|2011||The Family Tree||Mitzy Steinbacher|
|2011||A Monster in Paris||Maud||Voice role (English dub)|
|2012||Breaking the Girls||Alex Layton|
|2012||Crazy Kind of Love||Annie|
|2014||From A to B||Samantha|
|2015||Weepah Way for Now||Lauren|
|1993||Law & Order||Samantha Silver||Episode: "Extended Family"|
|1993–1999||The Nanny||Grace Sheffield||Main role|
|1996||JAG||Cathy Gold||Episode: "Sightings"|
|1997||Touched by an Angel||Alexandra "Ally"||Episode: "Children of the Night"|
|1999||The Secret Path||Jo Ann Foley (age 14)||Television film; also known as Chasing Secrets|
|1999||Chicken Soup for the Soul||Katie||Episode: "Starlight, Star Bright"|
|1999||Lethal Vows||Danielle Farris||Television film|
|2000||The Sandy Bottom Orchestra||Rachel Green||Television film|
|2001||The Nightmare Room||Alexis Hall||2 episodes|
|2001||King of the Hill||Susan Clemmons||Voice role; 2 episodes|
|2001||Gilmore Girls||Lisa||Episode: "Like Mother, Like Daughter"|
|2003||7th Heaven||Alice Miller||Episode: "Go Ask Alice"|
|2003||Lucy||Teen Lucille Ball||Television film|
|2004||Strong Medicine||Pam||Episode: "Like Cures Like"|
|2006||3 lbs||Cassie Mack||Episode: "Lost for Words"|
|2007||Ghost Whisperer||Maddy Strom||Episode: "Mean Ghost"|
|2007||Grey's Anatomy||Marissa||Episode: "Forever Young"|
|2007–2011||Californication||Mia Lewis||Main role (seasons 1–2), 28 episodes|
|2009–2010||Heroes||Gretchen Berg||Recurring role, 11 episodes|
|2010||My Boys||Ashley||Episode: "Be a Man!"|
|2010||My Own Love Song||Billie||Television film (Lifetime)|
|2011||Royal Pains||Toby Thompson||Episode: "Me First"|
|2012||The Vampire Diaries||Charlotte||Episode: "We'll Always Have Bourbon Street"|
|2013||Gilded Lilys||Abigail||Unsold television pilot|
|2013–2014||Betas||Jordan Alexis||Recurring role, 6 episodes|
|2015||Grimm||Emily Troyer||Episode: "Maiden Quest"|
|2015||Agent X||Brenda Pelton / Molly||Episode: "Truth, Lies and Consequences"|
|2016||I Am Watching You||Nora||Television film|
|2017||Twin Peaks||Tracey Barberato||Episodes: "Part 1", "Part 2"|
|2019||You||Rachel||Episode: "Farewell, My Bunny"|
|2020||Good Girls||Lila||Episodes: "Nana", "Incentive"|
|2020||Perry Mason||Velma Fuller||Episode: "Chapter One"|
|2021||NCIS: Hawaii||Abby Nelson||Episode: "Gaijin"|
|2022||Doom Patrol||Space Case||Recurring role (season 4)|
Awards and nominationsEdit
Zima was nominated three times for a YoungStar Award, in 1995, 1997 and 1999, all for Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Comedy TV Series for The Nanny.
She was also nominated 13 times for a Young Artist Award:
- 1993 – Best Young Actress Under Ten in a Motion Picture for The Hand That Rocks the Cradle
- 1994 – Best Youth Actress Leading Role in a Motion Picture Comedy and for Outstanding Youth Ensemble in a Television Series, shared with Benjamin Salisbury and Nicholle Tom, both for The Nanny
- 1995 – Best Performance by a Youth Actress as a TV Guest Star for Law & Order, and Best Performance by a Youth Ensemble in a Television Series shared with Nicholle Tom and Benjamin Salisbury, Best Performance by an Actress Under Ten in a Motion Picture and Best Performance by an Actress Under Ten in a TV Series, all of them for The Nanny
- 1996 – Best Performance by a Young Actress in a TV Comedy Series for The Nanny
- 1998 – Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series by a Supporting Young Actress for The Nanny
- 2001 – Best Performance in a TV Movie (Drama) by a Leading Young Actress for The Sandy Bottom Orchestra
- ^ "FHM's 100 Sexiest Women 2009". FHM. Archived from the original on July 7, 2009.
- ^ "Interview: Californication's Madeline Zima is 'Haute'". Fancast.com. Archived from the original on September 19, 2008. Retrieved December 20, 2007.
Madeline Zima: "[...] my grandfather on my mom's side was Polish. It means 'winter.'. Zima comes from that; it's my mother's maiden name."
- ^ "Madeline Zima". Zima-sisters.net. Archived from the original on July 24, 2011. Retrieved February 14, 2007.
- ^ "'Hand' Keeps 5-Year-Old's Career Rocking". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. January 20, 1992. p. 29.
- ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Zima joins Heroes for recurring role". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on June 6, 2009. Retrieved June 3, 2009.
- ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 10, 2012). "Blythe Danner, Sarah Bolger & Madeline Zima Cast In ABC Pilot 'Gilded Lilys'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 9, 2012.
- ^ "5 Reasons We're Excited For 'The Blondes' Podcast!". Villain Media. June 12, 2019. Retrieved June 27, 2019.
- ^ Wiseman, Andreas (January 9, 2023). "'Californication' Star Madeline Zima Among Cast To Join Megan Fox & Michele Morrone In 'Subservience'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 9, 2023.
- ^ Burlingame, Russ (September 23, 2022). "Doom Patrol Adds Madeline Zima as Casey Brinke". Comicbook.com. Retrieved October 15, 2022.