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Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

This is a list of winners and nominees of the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. In early Primetime Emmy Award ceremonies, the supporting categories were not always genre, or even gender, specific. Beginning with the 22nd Primetime Emmy Awards, supporting actresses in drama have competed alone. However, these dramatic performances often included actresses from miniseries, telefilms, and guest performers competing against main cast competitors. Such instances are marked below:

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Awarded for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama of Series
Country United States
Presented by Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
First awarded 1954
Currently held by Ann Dowd,
The Handmaid's Tale (2017)
Website emmys.com

Contents

Winners and nominationsEdit

1950sEdit

Year Actress Role Program Network
19531954
(6th)
[note 1]
Vivian Vance Ethel Mertz I Love Lucy CBS
Bea Benaderet Blanche Morton The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show CBS
Ruth Gilbert Max The Milton Berle Show NBC
Marion Lorne Mrs. Gurney Mister Peepers
Audrey Meadows Alice Kramden The Jackie Gleason Show CBS
19541955
(7th)
[note 1]
Audrey Meadows Alice Kramden The Jackie Gleason Show CBS
Bea Benaderet Blanche Morton The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show CBS
Jean Hagen Margaret Williams Make Room for Daddy ABC
Marion Lorne Mrs. Gurney Mister Peepers NBC
Vivian Vance Ethel Mertz I Love Lucy CBS
19551956
(8th)
[note 1]
Nanette Fabray Various Characters Caesar's Hour NBC
Ann B. Davis Charmaine Schultz The Bob Cummings Show CBS
Jean Hagen Margaret Williams Make Room for Daddy ABC
Audrey Meadows Alice Kramden The Honeymooners CBS
Thelma Ritter # Aggie Hurley The Catered Affair NBC
19561957
(9th)
[note 1]
Pat Carroll Various Characters Caesar's Hour NBC
Ann B. Davis Charmaine Schultz The Bob Cummings Show CBS
Audrey Meadows Alice Kramden The Jackie Gleason Show
Mildred Natwick # Madame Arcati Blithe Spirit
Vivian Vance Ethel Mertz I Love Lucy
19571958
(10th)
[note 1]
Ann B. Davis Charmaine Schultz The Bob Cummings Show CBS
Pat Carroll Various Characters Caesar's Hour NBC
Verna Felton Hilda Crocker December Bride CBS
Marion Lorne Myrtle Banford Sally
Vivian Vance Ethel Mertz I Love Lucy
19581959
(11th)
Barbara Hale Della Street Perry Mason CBS
Lola Albright Edie Hart Peter Gunn NBC
Amanda Blake Kitty Gunsmoke CBS
Hope Emerson Mother Peter Gunn NBC

1960sEdit

Year Actress Role Program Network
19591960
(12th)
No Award
19601961
(13th)
[note 1]
Don Knotts Dep. Barney Fife The Andy Griffith Show CBS
Abby Dalton Lt. Martha Hale Hennesey CBS
Barbara Hale Della Street Perry Mason
19611962
(14th)
[note 1]
Pamela Brown # The Duchess of Kent Victoria Regina NBC
Jeanne Cooper § Anna Medalle Ben Casey ABC
Colleen Dewhurst # Gertrude Hart Focus NBC
Joan Hackett § Ellen Parker Ben Casey ABC
Mary Wickes Maxfield The Gertrude Berg Show CBS
19621963
(15th)
[note 1]
Glenda Farrell § Martha Morrison Ben Casey ABC
Davey Davison § Laura Hunter The Eleventh Hour NBC
Nancy Malone Libby Kingston Naked City ABC
Rose Marie Sally Rogers The Dick Van Dyke Show CBS
Kate Reid # Queen Victoria The Invincible Mr. Disraeli NBC
19631964
(16th)
[note 1]
Ruth White # Shelagh Mangan Little Moon of Alban NBC
Martine Bartlett § Miranda Ledoux Porter Arrest and Trial ABC
Anjanette Comer § Annabelle Selinsky
Rose Marie Sally Rogers The Dick Van Dyke Show CBS
Claudia McNeil § Mrs. Hill The Doctors and the Nurses
19641965
(17th)
No Award
19651966
(18th)
Lee Grant Stella Chernak Peyton Place ABC
Diane Baker # Rachel Brown Inherit the Wind NBC
Pamela Franklin # Betsy Balcombe Eagle in a Cage
Jeanette Nolan § Helen Robinson I Spy
19661967
(19th)
Agnes Moorehead § Emma Valentine The Wild Wild West CBS
Tina Chen # Vietnamese Girl The Final War of Olly Winter CBS
Ruth Warrick Hannah Cord Peyton Place ABC
19671968
(20th)
Barbara Anderson Officer Eve Whitfield Ironside NBC
Linda Cristal Victoria Cannon The High Chaparral NBC
Tessie O'Shea # Tessie O'Toole The Strange Case of
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
ABC
19681969
(21st)
[note 1]
Susan Saint James Peggy Maxwell The Name of the Game NBC
Barbara Anderson Officer Eve Whitfield Ironside NBC
Agnes Moorehead Endora Bewitched ABC

1970sEdit

Year Actress Role Program Network
19691970
(22nd)
Gail Fisher Peggy Fair Mannix CBS
Barbara Anderson Officer Eve Whitfield Ironside NBC
Susan Saint James Peggy Maxwell The Name of the Game
19701971
(23rd)
Margaret Leighton # Gertrude Hamlet NBC
Gail Fisher Peggy Fair Mannix CBS
Susan Saint James Peggy Maxwell The Name of the Game NBC
Elena Verdugo Consuelo Lopez Marcus Welby, M.D. ABC
19711972
(24th)
Jenny Agutter # Frith The Snow Goose NBC
Gail Fisher Peggy Fair Mannix CBS
Elena Verdugo Consuelo Lopez Marcus Welby, M.D. ABC
19721973
(25th)
Ellen Corby Esther Walton The Waltons CBS
Gail Fisher Peggy Fair Mannix CBS
Nancy Walker Mildred McMillan & Wife NBC
19731974
(26th)
Joanna Miles # Laura Wingfield The Glass Menagerie ABC
Ellen Corby Esther Walton The Waltons CBS
Nancy Walker Mildred McMillan & Wife NBC
19741975
(27th)
Ellen Corby Esther Walton The Waltons CBS
Angela Baddeley Mrs. Bridges Upstairs, Downstairs PBS
Nancy Walker Mildred McMillan & Wife NBC
19751976
(28th)
Ellen Corby Esther Walton The Waltons CBS
Angela Baddeley (posthumously) Mrs. Bridges Upstairs, Downstairs PBS
Susan Howard Maggie Petrocelli Petrocelli NBC
Dorothy McGuire # Mary Jordache Rich Man, Poor Man ABC
Sada Thompson # Mary Todd Lincoln Lincoln NBC
19761977
(29th)
Kristy McNichol Letitia "Buddy" Lawrence Family ABC
Meredith Baxter Nancy Lawrence Maitland Family ABC
Ellen Corby Esther Walton The Waltons CBS
Lee Meriwether Betty Jones Barnaby Jones
Jacqueline Tong Daisy Peel Upstairs, Downstairs PBS
19771978
(30th)
Nancy Marchand Margaret Pynchon Lou Grant CBS
Meredith Baxter Nancy Lawrence Maitland Family ABC
Tovah Feldshuh # Helena Slomova Holocaust NBC
Linda Kelsey Billie Newman Lou Grant CBS
Kristy McNichol Letitia "Buddy" Lawrence Family ABC
19781979
(31st)
Kristy McNichol Letitia "Buddy" Lawrence Family ABC
Linda Kelsey Billie Newman Lou Grant CBS
Nancy Marchand Margaret Pynchon

1980sEdit

Year Actress Role Program Network
19791980
(32nd)
Nancy Marchand Margaret Pynchon Lou Grant CBS
Nina Foch § Mrs. Polk Lou Grant CBS
Linda Kelsey Billie Newman
Jessica Walter Melanie McIntyre Trapper John, M.D.
19801981
(33rd)
Nancy Marchand Margaret Pynchon Lou Grant CBS
Barbara Barrie Evelyn Stroller Breaking Away ABC
Barbara Bosson Fay Furillo Hill Street Blues NBC
Linda Kelsey Billie Newman Lou Grant CBS
Betty Thomas Sgt. Lucille Bates Hill Street Blues NBC
19811982
(34th)
Nancy Marchand Margaret Pynchon Lou Grant CBS
Barbara Bosson Fay Furillo Hill Street Blues NBC
Julie Harris Lilimae Clements Knots Landing CBS
Linda Kelsey Billie Newman Lou Grant
Betty Thomas Sgt. Lucille Bates Hill Street Blues NBC
19821983
(35th)
Doris Roberts § Cora St. Elsewhere NBC
Barbara Bosson Fay Furillo Hill Street Blues NBC
Christina Pickles Nurse Helen Rosenthal St. Elsewhere
Madge Sinclair Nurse Ernestine Shoop Trapper John, M.D. CBS
Betty Thomas Sgt. Lucille Bates Hill Street Blues NBC
19831984
(36th)
Alfre Woodard § Doris Robson Hill Street Blues NBC
Barbara Bosson Fay Furillo Hill Street Blues NBC
Piper Laurie § Fran Singleton St. Elsewhere
Madge Sinclair Nurse Ernestine Shoop Trapper John, M.D. CBS
Betty Thomas Sgt. Lucille Bates Hill Street Blues NBC
19841985
(37th)
Betty Thomas Sgt. Lucille Bates Hill Street Blues NBC
Barbara Bosson Fay Furillo Hill Street Blues NBC
Christina Pickles Nurse Helen Rosenthal St. Elsewhere
Doris Roberts Mildred Krebs Remington Steele
Madge Sinclair Nurse Ernestine Shoop Trapper John, M.D. CBS
19851986
(38th)
Bonnie Bartlett Ellen Craig St. Elsewhere NBC
Allyce Beasley Agnes DiPesto Moonlighting ABC
Christina Pickles Nurse Helen Rosenthal St. Elsewhere NBC
Betty Thomas Sgt. Lucille Bates Hill Street Blues
19861987
(39th)
Bonnie Bartlett Ellen Craig St. Elsewhere NBC
Allyce Beasley Agnes DiPesto Moonlighting ABC
Christina Pickles Nurse Helen Rosenthal St. Elsewhere NBC
Susan Ruttan Roxanne Melman L.A. Law
Betty Thomas Sgt. Lucille Bates Hill Street Blues
19871988
(40th)
Patricia Wettig Nancy Krieger Weston thirtysomething ABC
Bonnie Bartlett Ellen Craig St. Elsewhere NBC
Polly Draper Ellyn Warren thirtysomething ABC
Christina Pickles Nurse Helen Rosenthal St. Elsewhere NBC
Susan Ruttan Roxanne Melman L.A. Law
19881989
(41st)
Melanie Mayron Melissa Steadman thirtysomething ABC
Michele Greene Abby Perkins L.A. Law NBC
Lois Nettleton Joanne St. John In the Heat of the Night
Amanda Plummer Alice Hackett L.A. Law
Susan Ruttan Roxanne Melman

1990sEdit

Year Actress Role Program Network
19891990
(42nd)
Marg Helgenberger Karen "K.C." Koloski China Beach ABC
Sherilyn Fenn Audrey Horne Twin Peaks ABC
Melanie Mayron Melissa Steadman thirtysomething
Diana Muldaur Rosalind Shays L.A. Law NBC
Susan Ruttan Roxanne Melman
19901991
(43rd)
Madge Sinclair Empress Josephine Gabriel's Fire ABC
Marg Helgenberger Karen "K.C." Koloski China Beach ABC
Piper Laurie Catherine Martell Twin Peaks
Melanie Mayron Melissa Steadman thirtysomething
Diana Muldaur Rosalind Shays L.A. Law NBC
19911992
(44th)
Valerie Mahaffey § Eve Northern Exposure CBS
Mary Alice Marguerite Peck I'll Fly Away NBC
Barbara Barrie § Mrs. Bream Law & Order
Conchata Ferrell Susan Bloom L.A. Law
Cynthia Geary Shelly Tambo Northern Exposure CBS
Marg Helgenberger Karen "K.C." Koloski China Beach ABC
Kay Lenz Maggie Zombro Reasonable Doubts NBC
19921993
(45th)
Mary Alice Marguerite Peck I'll Fly Away NBC
Cynthia Geary Shelly Tambo Northern Exposure CBS
Kay Lenz Maggie Zombro Reasonable Doubts NBC
Kellie Martin Rebecca Thatcher Life Goes On ABC
Peg Phillips Ruth-Anne Miller Northern Exposure CBS
19931994
(46th)
Leigh Taylor-Young Rachel Harris Picket Fences CBS
Amy Brenneman Janice Licalsi NYPD Blue ABC
Jill Eikenberry Ann Kelsey L.A. Law NBC
Sharon Lawrence Sylvia Costas NYPD Blue ABC
Gail O'Grady Donna Abandando
19941995
(47th)
Julianna Margulies Carol Hathaway ER NBC
Barbara Babcock Dorothy Jennings Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman CBS
Tyne Daly Alice Henderson Christy
Sharon Lawrence Sylvia Costas NYPD Blue ABC
Gail O'Grady Donna Abandando
19951996
(48th)
Tyne Daly Alice Henderson Christy CBS
Barbara Bosson Miriam Grasso Murder One ABC
Sharon Lawrence Sylvia Costas NYPD Blue
Julianna Margulies Carol Hathaway ER NBC
Gail O'Grady Donna Abandando NYPD Blue ABC
19961997
(49th)
Kim Delaney Diane Russell NYPD Blue ABC
Laura Innes Kerry Weaver ER NBC
C. C. H. Pounder Angela Hicks
Della Reese Tess Touched by an Angel CBS
Gloria Reuben Jeanie Boulet ER NBC
19971998
(50th)
Camryn Manheim Ellenor Frutt The Practice ABC
Kim Delaney Diane Russell NYPD Blue ABC
Laura Innes Kerry Weaver ER NBC
Della Reese Tess Touched by an Angel CBS
Gloria Reuben Jeanie Boulet ER NBC
19981999
(51st)
Holland Taylor Roberta Kittleson The Practice ABC
Lara Flynn Boyle Helen Gamble The Practice ABC
Kim Delaney Diane Russell NYPD Blue
Camryn Manheim Ellenor Frutt The Practice
Nancy Marchand Livia Soprano The Sopranos HBO

2000sEdit

Year Actress Role Program Network
19992000
(52nd)
Allison Janney C. J. Cregg The West Wing NBC
Stockard Channing Abbey Bartlet The West Wing NBC
Tyne Daly Maxine Gray Judging Amy CBS
Nancy Marchand (posthumously) Livia Soprano The Sopranos HBO
Holland Taylor Roberta Kittleson The Practice ABC
20002001
(53rd)
Allison Janney C. J. Cregg The West Wing NBC
Stockard Channing Abbey Bartlet The West Wing NBC
Tyne Daly Maxine Gray Judging Amy CBS
Maura Tierney Abby Lockhart ER NBC
Aida Turturro Janice Soprano The Sopranos HBO
20012002
(54th)
Stockard Channing Abbey Bartlet The West Wing NBC
Lauren Ambrose Claire Fisher Six Feet Under HBO
Tyne Daly Maxine Gray Judging Amy CBS
Janel Moloney Donna Moss The West Wing NBC
Mary-Louise Parker Amy Gardner
20022003
(55th)
Tyne Daly Maxine Gray Judging Amy CBS
Lauren Ambrose Claire Fisher Six Feet Under HBO
Stockard Channing Abbey Bartlet The West Wing NBC
Rachel Griffiths Brenda Chenowith Six Feet Under HBO
Lena Olin Irina Derevko Alias ABC
20032004
(56th)
Drea de Matteo Adriana La Cerva The Sopranos HBO
Stockard Channing Abbey Bartlet The West Wing NBC
Tyne Daly Maxine Gray Judging Amy CBS
Janel Moloney Donna Moss The West Wing NBC
Robin Weigert Calamity Jane Deadwood HBO
20042005
(57th)
Blythe Danner Isabelle "Izzy" Huffstodt Huff Showtime
Stockard Channing Abbey Bartlet The West Wing NBC
Tyne Daly Maxine Gray Judging Amy CBS
Sandra Oh Dr. Cristina Yang Grey's Anatomy ABC
C. C. H. Pounder Claudette Wyms The Shield FX
20052006
(58th)
Blythe Danner Isabelle "Izzy" Huffstodt Huff Showtime
Candice Bergen Shirley Schmidt Boston Legal ABC
Sandra Oh Dr. Cristina Yang Grey's Anatomy
Jean Smart Martha Logan 24 Fox
Chandra Wilson Dr. Miranda Bailey Grey's Anatomy ABC
20062007
(59th)
Katherine Heigl Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens Grey's Anatomy ABC
Lorraine Bracco Dr. Jennifer Melfi The Sopranos HBO
Rachel Griffiths Sarah Walker Brothers & Sisters ABC
Sandra Oh Dr. Cristina Yang Grey's Anatomy
Aida Turturro Janice Soprano The Sopranos HBO
Chandra Wilson Dr. Miranda Bailey Grey's Anatomy ABC
20072008
(60th)
Dianne Wiest Dr. Gina Toll In Treatment HBO
Candice Bergen Shirley Schmidt Boston Legal ABC
Rachel Griffiths Sarah Walker Brothers & Sisters
Sandra Oh Dr. Cristina Yang Grey's Anatomy
Chandra Wilson Dr. Miranda Bailey
20082009
(61st)
Cherry Jones Allison Taylor 24 Fox
Rose Byrne Ellen Parsons Damages FX
Hope Davis Mia Nesky In Treatment HBO
Sandra Oh Dr. Cristina Yang Grey's Anatomy ABC
Dianne Wiest Dr. Gina Toll In Treatment HBO
Chandra Wilson Dr. Miranda Bailey Grey's Anatomy ABC

2010sEdit

Year Actress Role Program Network
20092010
(62nd)
[1]
Archie Panjabi Kalinda Sharma The Good Wife CBS
Christine Baranski Diane Lockhart The Good Wife CBS
Rose Byrne Ellen Parsons Damages FX
Sharon Gless Madeline Westen Burn Notice USA
Christina Hendricks Joan Harris Mad Men AMC
Elisabeth Moss Peggy Olson
20102011
(63rd)
[2]
Margo Martindale Mags Bennett Justified FX
Christine Baranski Diane Lockhart The Good Wife CBS
Michelle Forbes Mitch Larsen The Killing AMC
Christina Hendricks Joan Harris Mad Men
Kelly Macdonald Margaret Schroeder Boardwalk Empire HBO
Archie Panjabi Kalinda Sharma The Good Wife CBS
20112012
(64th)
[3]
Maggie Smith Violet Crawley Downton Abbey PBS
Christine Baranski Diane Lockhart The Good Wife CBS
Joanne Froggatt Anna Bates Downton Abbey PBS
Anna Gunn Skyler White Breaking Bad AMC
Christina Hendricks Joan Harris Mad Men
Archie Panjabi Kalinda Sharma The Good Wife CBS
20122013
(65th)
[4]
Anna Gunn Skyler White Breaking Bad AMC
Morena Baccarin Jessica Brody Homeland Showtime
Christine Baranski Diane Lockhart The Good Wife CBS
Emilia Clarke Daenerys Targaryen Game of Thrones HBO
Christina Hendricks Joan Harris Mad Men AMC
Maggie Smith Violet Crawley Downton Abbey PBS
20132014
(66th)
[5]
Anna Gunn Skyler White Breaking Bad AMC
Christine Baranski Diane Lockhart The Good Wife CBS
Joanne Froggatt Anna Bates Downton Abbey PBS
Lena Headey Cersei Lannister Game of Thrones HBO
Christina Hendricks Joan Harris Mad Men AMC
Maggie Smith Violet Crawley Downton Abbey PBS
20142015
(67th)
[6]
Uzo Aduba Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren Orange Is the New Black Netflix
Christine Baranski Diane Lockhart The Good Wife CBS
Emilia Clarke Daenerys Targaryen Game of Thrones HBO
Joanne Froggatt Anna Bates Downton Abbey PBS
Lena Headey Cersei Lannister Game of Thrones HBO
Christina Hendricks Joan Harris Mad Men AMC
20152016
(68th)
[7]
Maggie Smith Violet Crawley Downton Abbey PBS
Emilia Clarke Daenerys Targaryen Game of Thrones HBO
Lena Headey Cersei Lannister
Maura Tierney Helen Solloway The Affair Showtime
Maisie Williams Arya Stark Game of Thrones HBO
Constance Zimmer Quinn King UnREAL Lifetime
20162017
(69th)
[8]
Ann Dowd Aunt Lydia The Handmaid's Tale Hulu
Uzo Aduba Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren Orange Is the New Black Netflix
Millie Bobby Brown Eleven / Jane Ives Stranger Things
Chrissy Metz Kate Pearson This Is Us NBC
Thandie Newton Maeve Millay Westworld HBO
Samira Wiley Moira The Handmaid's Tale Hulu

Multiple awardsEdit

Multiple nominationsEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Early Emmy ceremonies did not have genre specific acting categories

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit