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Nicole Julianne Sullivan (born April 21, 1970) is an American actress, voice artist and comedian. Sullivan is best known for her six seasons (1995–2001) on the sketch comedy series MADtv. She also played the role of Holly Shumpert for five seasons (2001–2005, 2007) on the CBS sitcom The King of Queens.

Nicole Sullivan
Sullivan in 2003
Nicole Julianne Sullivan

(1970-04-21) April 21, 1970 (age 49)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActress, voice artist, comedian
Years active1990–present
Jason Packham (m. 2006)

She has played a recurring character, Jill Tracy, on Scrubs and voiced the heroic Mira Nova in Disney/Pixar's Buzz Lightyear of Star Command and the villainous Shego in Disney's Kim Possible. She had recurring voice roles on Family Guy and voiced "Franny Robinson" in Disney's Meet the Robinsons. From 2008 to 2009, Sullivan starred in and was the lead of her own Lifetime television series Rita Rocks. From 2008 to 2013, she voiced Marlene in The Penguins of Madagascar. Sullivan played Jules' (Courteney Cox) therapist, Lynn Mettler, on the comedy Cougar Town. She portrayed Lyla in the Disney Channel original movie Let It Shine in 2012. In 2013, she starred in the short-lived Nickelodeon sitcom Wendell and Vinnie as Wilma Basset. Since 2014, she has portrayed Janine, the Johnsons' next-door neighbor, on the ABC sitcom Black-ish. Also Disjointed starring Kathy Bates.

Early lifeEdit

Sullivan was born in Manhattan. She is the daughter of Edward C. Sullivan, a New York State assemblyman.[1] She took dance classes at age 7 and performed in Off Broadway and Broadway productions with the First All-Children's Theatre. Sullivan's mother, a business woman, and her father, who represented Manhattan's 69th Assembly District in the New York State Assembly from 1977 to 2002, moved the family upstate to Middleburgh, New York, in 1982. During high school, Nicole was class treasurer throughout her junior year. She played soccer in high school, recorded statistics for the boys’ basketball team and was a member of student council.

After graduating from Middleburgh in 1987,[2] she attended Northwestern University as a theatre major. She studied William Shakespeare, Harold Pinter, Anton Chekhov, Henrik Ibsen and Greek tragedies while working two jobs to pay her way through college and writing plays and sketches for the student theatre. Sullivan spent her junior year in London, studying at the British American Drama Academy and became a member of the Greenwich Shakespeare Company. Sullivan graduated from Northwestern with honors and then moved to Los Angeles to start a television career. After appearing in commercials and sporadic guest roles on shows including Herman's Head, she was recruited to join the cast of MADtv.



Sullivan was among the original cast members on MADtv when it premiered in 1995. She created numerous characters; her most popular was the mean-spirited Vancome Lady. Sullivan's other characters included X-News reporter Amy, dimwitted Antonia, Eracists leader Debbie, News at 6's Diane Lawyer-Trabajo (pronounced "trebalyo"), racist country singer Darlene McBride, and Latina bimbo Lida. Sullivan appeared with Michael McDonald in a MADtv sketch about making an audition tape to appear on Law & Order that mocked their acting prowess; she later guest-starred in the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit season one episode "Contact". Sullivan was featured in the Nov/Dec 2009 issue of Making Music Magazine.[3]

Voice acting projectsEdit

Sullivan was originally cast as Turanga Leela, one of the main characters in the animated series Futurama but the role was recast with Katey Sagal before the show went to air.[4][5]

Sullivan has voiced Marlene the Otter on The Penguins of Madagascar – a spin-off series from the successful hit movies Madagascar, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, and Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted – which aired on Nickelodeon, Shego on Kim Possible; Joan of Arc on Clone High; Mira Nova on Buzz Lightyear of Star Command; and Joan on the Family Guy episode, "I Take Thee Quagmire", along with several other one time voices on the show. Sullivan has also starred in a pilot called Me and My Needs that was rejected by ABC. She played Franny Robinson in Meet the Robinsons. Also, Sullivan was a voice actor in the Monsters, Inc. video game. She played Luna in the 2007 video game Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters. In 2012, she also provided the voice of Supergirl in Super Best Friends Forever, a series of animated shorts which aired on Cartoon Network's DC Nation block.[6] She is currently reprising the role of Supergirl in the follow-on series DC Super Hero Girls.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Sullivan is married to actor Jason Packham. They have two sons, born May 2007[8] and August 2009.[9]

Sullivan won the first edition of Celebrity Poker Showdown. Her charity was Alley Cat Allies, a nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to transforming communities to protect and improve the lives of cats, which received $100,000 as a result of her victory.



Year Title Role Notes
2000 Bar Hopping Mara
2000 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins Mira Nova
2002 The Third Wheel Sally Uncredited
2005 Guess Who Liz Klein
2005 Sesame Street's All-Star Alphabet Letter A Direct-to-DVD
2006 The Ant Bully Ant #9
2007 Meet the Robinsons Franny
2008 Superhero Movie Julia Riker
2009 Black Dynamite Patricia Nixon
2009 17 Again Naomi
2014 Eat with Me Maureen
2018 I’ll Be Next Door for Christmas Ms. James


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Herman's Head Young Woman Episode: "The Last Boy Scout"
1994 Party of Five Terry Episode: "Private Lives"
1994 Models Inc. Elaine Episode: "Of Models and Men"
1995–2001, 2003–2005, 2016 MADtv Various roles 142 episodes
1997 The Drew Carey Show Diane Pulaski Episode: "Drew Gets Married"
1997–1998 Fired Up Debbie 2 episodes
1999 Pepper Ann Tundra Woman
Episode: "Dances with Ignorance/Girl Power"
1999 Suddenly Susan Claire Teevens, Nate's Ex-wife Episode: "The Cheerleaders"
2000 Daddio Miss Lang Episode: "Of Mice and Math"
2000 Talk to Me Kat Munroe 3 episodes
2000 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Jen Caulder Episode: "Contact"
2000 Titus Carol Episode: "Tommy's Girlfriend"
2000–2001 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Mira Nova
60 episodes
2000–2002 Baby Blues Bizzy the Babysitter
13 episodes
2000–2017 Family Guy Muriel Goldman, Various characters
31 episodes
2001–2007 The King of Queens Holly Shumpert
49 episodes
1 episode
2001–2009 Scrubs Jill Tracy 6 episodes
2001 According to Jim Alicia Episode: "Andy's Girlfriend"
2002 Teamo Supremo Fabrica
Episode: "Attack of the Stuffed Stuff"
2002–2007 Kim Possible Shego
45 episodes
2002–2003 Clone High Joan of Arc / Marie Curie
13 episodes
2003 Less than Perfect Deirdre Bishop 2 episodes
2003 Rugrats Debbie / Customer
Episode: "Baby Sale/Steve"
2003 Miss Match Rachel Episode: "Addicted to Love"
2003 Stanley Farmer Julie
Episode: "Doing Like Ducks/Speedy Does It"
2004 Crank Yankers Esperanza Thomas
Episode: "Episode #2.24"
2005 Monk Janet Novak Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Kid"
2005 Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama Shego
Television movie
2005 Lilo & Stitch: The Series Shego
Episode: "Rufus"
2005 Hot Properties Chloe Reid 13 episodes
2006 Boston Legal Joan Rubin Episode: "...There's Fire!"
2006 Brandy & Mr. Whiskers Gerri
2 episodes
2007 Raines Carolyn Crumley 7 episodes
2007 My Boys Kimmie 2 episodes
2007–2009 Slacker Cats Louise
3 episodes
2008 Head Case Herself 2 episodes
2008 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Nancy Twicker Episode: "Bull"
2008 The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Miss Klotz Episode: "Let Us Entertain You"
2008–2010 The Secret Saturdays Drew Saturday
25 episodes
2008–2009 Rita Rocks Rita Clemens 40 episodes
2009 Leverage Heather Moscone Episode: "The Wedding Job"
2009 It's Me or the Dog Nicole Sullivan Episode: "Hollywood Hounds "
2009 True Jackson, VP Kreuftlva Episode: "True Parade"
2009–2015 The Penguins of Madagascar Marlene
59 episodes
2010 Numb3rs Nancy Hackett Episode: "Scratch"
2010 The Doctors Herself Guest
2010–2011 $#*! My Dad Says Bonnie 18 episodes
2012 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself Guest judge for Queens Behind Bars
2012 The Game Sadie Episode: "Let Them Eat (Cup)cake!"
2012 Super Best Friends Forever Supergirl
TV short
2012 Let It Shine Lyla The Main Manager & Stylist Of Roxie Disney Channel Original Movie
2012–2013 Cougar Town Lynn Mettler 7 episodes
2013 The Exes Melanie Episode: "My Ex-Boyfriend's Wedding"
2013 Wendell and Vinnie Wilma Baset 20 episodes
2014 The Middle Vicki Episode: "The Walk"
2014 TripTank Sarah / Caitlin 3 episodes
2014 Devious Maids Molly Episode: "The Visit"
2014 See Dad Run Brooke Episode: "See Dad Live at Five"
2014 BoJack Horseman Tracy / Fan Girl / Party Goer
3 episodes
2014–present Black-ish Janine 17 episodes
2015 Grey's Anatomy J.J. Episode: "She's Leaving Home"
2015 Bones Joanne DeMarco Episode: "The Big Beef at the Royal Diner"
2016 Mutt & Stuff Jenny Jasper Episode: "Goat in 60 Seconds!"
2016 The Thundermans Doggin Episode: "Dog Day After-School"
2016 Worst Cooks in America Celebrity Edition Herself Contestant, 2nd place
2017, 2019 Mom Leanne 2 episodes
2017 Girlboss Nathan's Mom 2 episodes
2017 The Mindy Project Dr. Witzel Episode: "A Romantical Decouplement"
2017–2018 Disjointed Maria Sherman 16 episodes
2018 Corporate Linda Lee Episode: "Remember Day"
2018 Alone Together Becky Episode: "Dog Awards"
2019 DC Super Hero Girls Kara Danvers / Supergirl
2019 Team Kaylie Principal Dana

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Voice role Notes
2000 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Mira Nova
2002 Kim Possible: Revenge of Monkey Fist Shego
2006 Kim Possible: What's the Switch? Shego
2007 Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters Luna, Computer
2007 Meet the Robinsons Franny
2009 FusionFall Drew Saturday
2011 Penguins of Madagascar: Dr. Blowhole Returns - Again Marlene


  1. ^ "Nicole Sullivan Biography (1970–)". April 21, 1970. Retrieved July 3, 2011.
  2. ^ [1] Archived June 19, 2004, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Features – Garage Groove". Archived from the original on July 14, 2011. Retrieved July 3, 2011.
  4. ^ Ken P. (August 22, 2005). "IGN Interviews Billy West". Retrieved August 22, 2005.
  5. ^ Itzkoff, David (June 24, 2010). "'Futurama'-Rama: Welcome Back to the World of Tomorrow". The New York Times. Retrieved July 8, 2010.
  6. ^ "MTV Geek – Interview: Becoming 'Super Best Friends Forever' With Lauren Faust". March 2, 2012. Retrieved November 4, 2012.
  7. ^ Barr, Calvin (February 15, 2019). ""DC Super Hero Girls": Sweet Justice Trailer Previews Cartoon Network Series". Screen Rant.
  8. ^ "Nicole Sullivan welcomes a son". People. May 13, 2007. Retrieved October 21, 2019.
  9. ^ "Meet Beckett Edward Packham!". People. August 31, 2009. Retrieved October 21, 2019.

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