One of the entertainment industry’s most honored actresses, Christine Baranski has achieved acclaim in every medium in which she has performed. Baranski is an Emmy, two-time Tony, Screen Actors Guild, Drama Desk, and American Comedy Award winner.
A native of Buffalo, NY, Baranski attended the Juilliard School. She received her big break when cast in Tom Stoppard’s hit Broadway comedy The Real Thing, directed by Mike Nichols, for which she won a Tony Award and Drama Desk Award.
Baranski went on to earn a second Tony Award for her performance in Neil Simon’s Rumors. Also, she appeared in Boeing-Boeing, HurlyBurly, The House of Blue Leaves, The Loman Family Picnic, Regrets Only, Encores! productions of Follies, Promises, Promises, and On Your Toes, and the Kennedy Center productions of Sweeney Todd and Mame.
In addition to earning an Emmy Award for her role on the CBS comedy Cybill, Baranski received an American Comedy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy, as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy. She went on to receive three additional Emmy and three Golden Globe nominations. Also, she had a guest role on Frasier, which earned her a fifth Emmy nomination. She has appeared on multiple episodes of the CBS series The Big Bang Theory, and received four Emmy nominations for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series. Recently, she concluded seven years on the hit CBS series The Good Wife, for which she received six Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and two Critics’ Choice Television Award nominations.
Currently, Baranski stars in A Bad Moms Christmas alongside Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Susan Sarandon and Cheryl Hines. Additionally, Baranski will reprise her role as Tanya from Mamma Mia in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. The film is set to be released on July 20, 2018.
Baranski’s additional film credits include Trolls, Miss Sloane, Into the Woods, Chicago, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Bowfinger, Bulworth, Cruel Intentions, The Birdcage, Reversal of Fortune, Legal Eagles, The Ref, The Addams Family Values, Welcome to Mooseport, The Guru, 9 1/2 Weeks, and Jeffrey.
Cush Jumbo established herself as a television talent to watch after her series regular role of Lucca Quinn in the final season of the acclaimed CBS series The Good Wife. Jumbo’s additional television credits include the lead in Vera, opposite Brenda Blethyn, and the UK version of Getting On.
On stage, Jumbo last appeared as Katherina in an all female version of Taming of the Shrew at Shakespeare in The Park and at Joe’s Pub at The Public in Josephine and I, a one-woman show which she also wrote. Both productions were directed by Phyllida Lloyd. For the latter production, Jumbo was presented with the “Emerging Talent Award” at the Evening Standard Awards for her self-penned show, which originated at The Bush Theatre in the UK in July 2013, and she was also nominated for “Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre” at the Olivier Awards for her performance. Prior to that Jumbo made her Broadway debut opposite Hugh Jackman in The River.
Jumbo’s additional theater accolades include an Olivier Award nomination for her role as Marc Antony in an all female version of Julius Caesar; “Best Actress” at The Manchester Awards for A Doll’s House (Royal Exchange); and the “Ian Charleson Award” for As You Like It (Royal Exchange).
Her film roles include leads in the upcoming BBC Films City of Tiny Lights and Remainder, based on the Tom K. McCarthy novel.
Currently, Jumbo resides in New York City.
Audra McDonald is unparalleled in the breadth and versatility of her artistry as both a singer and an actress. The winner of a record-breaking six Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards, and an Emmy Award, she was named one of Time magazine’s “100 most influential people of 2015” and received a 2015 National Medal of Arts—America’s highest honor for achievement in the arts—from President Barack Obama. McDonald’s Tony-winning performances were from her roles in Carousel, Master Class, Ragtime, A Raisin in the Sun, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, the role which also served as the vehicle for her 2017 debut on London’s West End. In addition, she appeared on Broadway in The Secret Garden, Marie Christine (Tony nomination), Henry IV, 110 in the Shade (Tony nomination) and Shuffle Along, or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed. The Juilliard-trained soprano’s opera credits include La voix humaine and Send at Houston Grand Opera and Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny at Los Angeles Opera.
On television, she was seen by millions as the Mother Abbess in NBC’s The Sound of Music Live! and played Dr. Naomi Bennett on ABC’s Private Practice. She won an Emmy Award for her role as host of PBS’s Live From Lincoln Center and has received nominations for Wit, A Raisin in the Sun, and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill.
On film, she has appeared in Seven Servants, The Object of My Affection, Cradle Will Rock, It Runs in the Family, The Best Thief in the World, She Got Problems, Rampart, Ricki and the Flash, Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast, and the movie-musical Hello Again. An exclusive recording artist for Nonesuch Records, she has released five solo albums for the label. McDonald also maintains a major career as a concert artist, regularly appearing on the great stages of the world and with leading international orchestras.
In addition to The Good Fight, Sarah Steele is starring on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning play The Humans. After scoring one of the coveted lead roles in the James L. Brooks film Spanglish in 2004, Steele has appeared in numerous stage, film, and television projects. In 2014, she made her Broadway debut in The Country House, directed by Dan Sullivan. Previously, she played the role of Susie in performances at the Geffen Theatre, for which she received an Ovation Award nomination for Lead Actress in a Play.
Steele’s additional theater credits include the off-Broadway productions of Slowgirl, Russian Transport, All-American, Speech and Debate, The Netflix Plays, and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Also, she has appeared in a number of regional theater productions, including Not Waving (Williamstown Theater Festival).
Steele’s film credits include The Untitled Gerardo Naranjo Project, Trouble Dolls, Brother’s Keeper, The Mend, Song One, The To-Do List, Please Give, Margaret, Last Kind Words, and Man (short).
In addition to The Good Wife, Steele’s television credits include Girls, Nurse Jackie, Blue Bloods, Harry’s Law, Gossip Girl, and Law & Order.
Currently, she resides in Brooklyn, New York.
Michael Boatman is an actor of great versatility. He is perhaps best known for his six year run on the hit comedy series Spin City for which he received two NAACP Image Awards, while simultaneously doing double duty as sports agent Stanley Babson on the HBO series Arli$$. Most recently, Boatman completed a recurring role on Madam Secretary. Prior to that he did double duty as a series regular on Nickelodeon’s Instant Mom, opposite Tia Mowry, and recurred as Charlie Sheen’s best friend on the FX series Anger Management. In addition, he had a recurring role on CBS’ The Good Wife.
Boatman was born in Colorado Springs and grew up in Chicago as the oldest of three children. He studied theater at Western Illinois University, playing major roles in plays ranging from Purlie Victorious to The Seagull and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He performed at the Kennedy Center in the Irene Ryan National Competition, for which he won the Best Supporting Actor award. After graduating, Boatman was cast as Motown in the film Hamburger Hill. It was there that he met lifelong friends Steven Weber and Don Cheadle. Shortly after, he moved to Los Angeles where he starred in the award-winning ABC drama China Beach. Following that series run, he starred in Muscle opposite Alan Ruck and then moved on to the much-loved series Spin City for six seasons. Over the years, Boatman has recurred on shows such as The Larry Sanders Show, Living Single, The Jackie Thomas Show, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Sherri opposite Sherri Shepherd. Boatman has appeared in numerous movies for television, including In the Line of Duty: Street War, the PBS special The Trial of Bernard Goetz, and ABC’s Once Upon a Mattress.
Boatman’s feature films include the lead role of J.J. Johnson in The Glass Shield, Woman Thou Art Loosed, Bad Parents, Peacemaker, and Sidney Lumet’s Running on Empty, among others. His theater work includes Master Harold and the Boys at the Roundabout Theatre Company on Broadway starring opposite Danny Glover, The Glass Menagerie in San Francisco, and Tiny Mommy at Playwright’s Horizons. Most recently, Boatman starred in San Diego’s Old Globe production of Robin Hood!
Nyambi Nyambi starred alongside Billy Gardell and Melissa McCarthy in Mike & Molly for its entire six seasons, and had recurring roles on PBS’s Mercy Street and American Koko, a digital series for ABC Digital and Viola Davis’ production company, JuVee Productions.
Nyambi participated in New York City’s Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park productions of The Merchant of Venice and The Winter’s Tale alongside cast members that included Al Pacino and Ruben Santiago-Hudson. His other theater credits include the first Broadway revival of August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, the role of Caliban in Classic Stage Company’s The Tempest opposite Mandy Patinkin and various other productions for theaters that include The Classical Theatre of Harlem and the Williamstown Theater Festival. Also, he is a proud member of the Labyrinth Theatre Company based in New York City.
Nyambi is a first generation Nigerian-American, born on the campus of the University of Oklahoma. Nyambi earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bucknell University before earning his Masters of Fine Arts from the Graduate Acting Program at New York University. He played four years of Division 1 basketball for Bucknell and made the ESPN Dick Vitale All-Name Team honoring the best names in college basketball. Post-college, Nyambi took on the role of coach and led basketball teams at teen camps for several years. Currently, when not acting, Nyambi is focused on his work with Danai Gurira (star of The Walking Dead and Black Panther) where he is on the board for Almasi Collaborative Arts, an organization dedicated to developing emerging African artists.
Nyambi, a comic book aficionado and avid gamer, writes and draws in his spare time and currently has two published works as an author. He contributed a poem to the Eisner Award-winning graphic novel Love is Love, which continues to donate all proceeds to various charities in honor of the victims and their families of the Orlando Pulse shooting. Most recently, Image Comics published a comic he wrote in collaboration with his sisters for the award-winning series Bitch Planet.
Delroy Lindo’s extensive acting career includes memorable roles in films such as David Mamet’s Heist and as Mr. Rose in The Cider House Rules. Most recently, he appeared in the films Point Break, Battlecreek, and Shakespeare’s Cymbeline. He garnered critical acclaim for his role as Rodney in Spike Lee’s drama Clockers, and worked with Lee on Crooklyn and Malcolm X, earning an NAACP Image Award nomination for his portrayal of West Indian Archie. Other notable film credits include Wondrous Oblivion, The Core, The Last Castle, Domino, The One, Gone in 60 Seconds, Ransom (“Best Supporting Actor” NAACP Image Award nomination), A Life Less Ordinary, Get Shorty, Feeling Minnesota, Romeo Must Die, Devil’s Advocate, This Christmas (also as executive producer), and Pixar’s UP!
On television, Lindo starred in the series Believe, from executive producers J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuaron, Kidnapped, and The Chicago Code. He appeared to critical acclaim in the CBS television movie Profoundly Normal and the Showtime film Strange Justice as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, for which he won a Peabody Award. Also, Lindo was featured in HBO’s Lackawanna Blues and in Soul of the Game as baseball legend Satchel Paige, and appeared in the film Glory & Honor, where he played Arctic Explorer Matthew Henson. Also for television, he produced and directed documentary interview films featuring Spike Lee, Charles Burnett, and Joan Chen.
On Broadway, Lindo appeared as Herald Loomis in August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, receiving Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations, and Master Harold and the Boys (Broadway & National Tour). Also, he played Walter Lee in the Kennedy Center and Los Angeles productions of A Raisin in the Sun (Helen Hayes Award nomination and NAACP Image Award, “Best Actor”).
Off-Broadway, he appeared in The Exonerated, and played Bynum in Joe Turner’s Come and Gone at the Young Vic Theatre in London. Lindo directed the plays Blue Door and Joe Turner’s Come and Gone to critical acclaim at the Berkeley Repertory Theater and won a Los Angeles Theater Weekly Award (2006) for directing Medal of Honor Rag.
Lindo has an honorary doctorate in Arts and Humanities from Virginia Union University, a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (cum laude) from San Francisco State University (2004), and a master’s degree from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study (2014).