Academy Award and Golden Globe Nominated Actress
A cool, classic beauty, with a vibrant blonde mane and an exuberant flair for the dramatic, Virginia Madsen is one of Hollywood’s most versatile and unique actresses to date. Not only did she receive amazing reviews for her Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated performance in Alexander Payne’s hit film, SIDEWAYS, but this Independent Spirit Award-winning actress has an illustrious resume of roles alongside the most notable and respected actors in the business.
Virginia is currently wrapped on the EPIX miniseries THE TRUTH ABOUT THE HARRY QUEBERT AFFAIR opposite Patrick Dempsey. Virginia can most recently be seen in season one of the CBS drama, AMERICAN GOTHIC, created by Corinne Brinkerhoff. She also recently wrapped shooting recurring roles on CBS’ ELEMENTARY, and the new ABC hit drama, DESIGNATED SURVIVOR.
In film, she recently wrapped production on the independent film 1985 for director Yen Tan. Virginia can be seen opposite Jennifer Lawrence, Robert DeNiro and Bradley Cooper in the 2015 feature, JOY directed by David O. Russell. Prior to that, she appeared in the Crackle feature DEAD RISING directed by Zach Lipovsky. Other recent credits include the independent features BURNING BODHI directed by Matthew McDuffie and A CHANGE OF HEART directed by Kenny Ortega in addition to appearing on the Lifetime series WITCHES OF EAST END. Virginia also starred in the Magnolia feature, THE MAGIC OF BELLE ISLE, directed by Rob Reiner opposite Morgan Freeman, as well as in the independent features THE HOT FLASHES alongside Brooke Shields, Daryl Hannah, and Wanda Sykes, CRAZY KIND OF LOVE directed by Sarah Siegel-Magness, and TNT’s HORNET’S NEST this past year. Virginia stars opposite Kevin Spacey in the indie comedy FATHER OF INVENTION directed by Trent Cooper, released in 2010 and she starred in RED RIDING HOOD, released in 2011. She also starred in the Lions Gate thriller THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT in March 2009 and the independent features THE WILDERNESS OF JAMES written and directed by Michael James Johnson, JAKE SQUARED directed by Howard Goldberg and WALTER directed by Anna Mastro.
On the TV side, Virginia appeared in the Lifetime Television feature THE ANNA NICOLE SMITH STORY, AMC’s HELL ON WHEELS, and can also be seen starring on ABC’s comedic drama series SCOUNDRELS based on the New Zealand series “Outrageous Fortune” alongside David James Elliott. She was previously on USA’s final season of MONK alongside Tony Shalhoub.
Her other films include starring roles opposite Harrison Ford in the action thriller FIREWALL, Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline in Robert Altman’s last film, A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION, and Forest Whitaker in the existential drama THE RIPPLE EFFECT. She also starred opposite Jim Carrey in New Line’s 2007 psychological thriller THE NUMBER 23, directed by Joel Schumacher, as well as opposite Billy Bob Thornton in the 2006 comedy THE ASTRONAUT FARMER. In 2008, she starred in the Sundance hit DIMINISHED CAPACITY alongside Matthew Broderick and Alan Alda for IFC.
Virginia’s other notable credits include Francis Ford Coppola’s THE RAINMAKER with Matt Damon in 1997, the cult classic CANDYMAN with Kasi Lemmons, HOT SPOT directed by Dennis Hopper, HBO’s first feature LONG GONE and David Lynch’s DUNE. Virginia’s versatility was seen in the independent film, ALMOST SALINAS, opposite John Mahoney and in AMERICAN GUN, opposite Academy Award winner James Coburn.