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Maura Tierney Biography

Birth Name:
Maura Lynn Tierney
Birth Place:
Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Fast Facts

  • Caught the acting bug after competing in a high-school drama festival
  • Her father, Joseph, was a long-time Boston City Council president and a mayoral candidate
  • After small roles in both TV and film, got her big break in 1995 on the NBC comedy NewsRadio
  • Starred in the 2001 film Scotland, Pa
  • , a comedic adaptation of Macbeth directed by then-husband Billy Morrissette
  • Named the champion of Bravo's 2004 Celebrity Poker Showdown, a show hosted by NewsRadio costar Dave Foley
  • Became an ordained minister and officiated at ER castmate Parminder Nagra's 2009 wedding
  • Filmed the 2009 pilot episode of the NBC dramedy Parenthood, but left the project to receive treatment for breast cancer; Lauren Graham replaced her in the role


  • 2016Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2001Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2000Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated