“If you have approachability, people will root for you.” Nicole Sullivan
Actress and comedienne Nicole Sullivan, who performed both on and off-Broadway as a child, garnered recognition as one of the original cast members on FOX’s sketch comedy show “MADtv,” where she stayed for ten years (1995-2005). On the show, she created numerous characters, including the mean-spirited Vancome Lady.
During her hefty stint with the show, she also played recurring roles in "Scrubs," as Jill Tracy (2001-2007) and "The King of Queens," as Holly Shumpert (2001–2005, 2007). She also starred in two short-lived TV series, the comedy "Talk to Me" (2000) and the Lifetime ensemble comedy series "Hot Properties" (2005; alongside Gail O'Grady and Sofía Vergara). In 2007, she co-starred with Jeff Goldblum and Matt Craven in the NBC crime drama television series, "Raines," as Carolyn Crumley.
As a voice actress, Nicole has lent her voice to Princess Mira Nova in "Buzz Lightyear of Star Command" (2000-2001) and to various characters (2000-2006) in "Family Guy." She also voiced Joan of Arc in the MTV animated sitcom "Clone High" (2002-2003) and Dr. Drakken's sidekick Shego in "Kim Possible" (2002-2007).
On the big screen, she could be seen in the films "Say You'll Be Mine" (1999), "The Third Wheel" (2002), "Guess Who" (2005), "Meet the Robinsons" (2007; voice) and "Superhero Movie" (2008).
Sullivan was the first champion of the “Celebrity Poker Showdown” (2003) match-up on Bravo and donated the $100,000 she won to her favorite charity, “Alley Cat Allies.”
Next, her voice will be heard in an upcoming animated TV series called "Slacker Cats." She will also play the title role in a new pilot called "Rita Rocks."
More personally, the 5' 6" natural blonde with blue eyes has been married to actor Jason Packham since 2006 and has one son with him.
“Structure is important and I'm very realistic, to a fault. I don't sugar-coat anything.” Nicole Sullivan
Childhood and Family:
Daughter to Edward C. Sullivan (a politician) and Madonna Sullivan (an antiques dealer), Nicole Julianne Sullivan was born on April 21, 1970, in New York, New York. She, alongside her sister Jennifer Sullivan, moved with the family upstate to Middleburgh, New York, in 1982. She is of Irish, Swedish, Norwegian and German ancestry.
Young Nicole did so well academically that she skipped a grade in middle school. Nicole, who is interested in politics, attended Middleburgh High School in upstate New York where she was treasurer during her junior year and later was elected senior class president. She also played soccer and recorded statistics for the boys’ basketball team. She graduated as the class valedictorian in 1987.
Taking dance classes at the age of seven, Nicole performed in Off Broadway and Broadway productions with the First All-Children’s Theatre. She appeared as Mavis on Broadway in “Ennui” and as Barb on Broadway in “Faith.”
After high school, she majored in theatre at Northwestern University, in Evanston, Illinois. She also worked as a playwright and sketch writer for the student theatre to earn money for college.
Nicole spent her junior year in London studying at the British American Drama Academy and became a member of the Greenwich Shakespeare Company. In 1991, she graduated from Northwestern with honors and headed to Los Angeles to begin performing comedy at local clubs and theaters before landing a position as a regular in the series "Mad TV" (1995).
In 2006, Nicole married actor Jason Packham. They have one son named Dashel Pierce Packham who was born on May 12, 2007.
Nicole, whose favorite food combo is Diet Coke and Doritos, is afraid of heights and wears contact lenses for myopia. She has two cats, Madeleine and Cece (has appeared in an episode of “MADtv”), and two dogs, Jackson and Yoohoo. She is good friends with her “Clone High” co-star Christa Miller-Lawrence and Sarah Chalke.
“If you want to be an actor, you need to learn how to act first, even in sketch comedy.” Nicole Sullivan
Having worked as a playwright and sketch writer for the student theatre to earn money for college, Nicole Sullivan began performing comedy at local clubs and theaters in Los Angeles following her graduation in 1991. She also landed sporadic guest-starring roles in such shows as FOX’s sitcom "Herman's Head," CBS’ mystery/medical/crime drama television series starring Dick Van Dyke, "Diagnosis Murder," FOX’s teen drama "Party of Five," and FOX’s short-lived primetime soap opera "Models Inc."
Sullivan got her big break in 1995 when she was selected as one of the original cast members on FOX’s sketch comedy show “MADtv.” During her ten-year tenure with the show, Sullivan created a number of characters, most notably the mean-spirited Vancome Lady. Her other characters included X-News reporter Amy, dimwitted Antonia, News at 6's Diane Lawyer-Trabajo, fictional country singer Darlene McBride, insulting audience member Judith, and Latina bimbo Lida. She also impersonated various celebrities, including Britney Spears, Drew Barrymore, Justin Timberlake, Hillary Clinton, Meg Ryan, Celine Dion, Melanie Griffith, and Sarah Michelle Gellar.
Sullivan ventured to films and could be seen in the 24-minute short comedy "Fairfax Fandango" (1997), the independent romantic comedy "Say You'll Be Mine" (1999) and Jordan Brady's romantic comedy film starring Luke Wilson, Denise Richards, and Jay Lacopo, "The Third Wheel" (2002). She also appeared in Kevin Rodney Sullivan's loose remake of the award-winning 1967 film "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," "Guess Who" (2005; starring Bernie Mac, Ashton Kutcher, and Zoë Saldaña), Barry Shurchin's indie comedy "Barry Dingle" (2005; starring Barry Shurchin) and Jason Winer's 15-minute short comedy "The Adventures of Big Handsome Guy and His Little Friend" (2005).
“It's a lot easier, I think, to be an actor in a movie than to spin a joke on a sitcom.” Nicole Sullivan
Besides displaying her comic talent on “MADtv,” Sullivan also lent her voice to Princess Mira Nova, a rookie ranger and heir to the Tangean throne, in the ABC animated science fiction adventure series "Buzz Lightyear of Star Command" (2000-2001), and to various characters (2000-2006) on the FOX animated television series "Family Guy." She voiced Joan of Arc in the MTV animated sitcom "Clone High" (2002-2003) and Dr. Drakken's sidekick Shego in the Disney animated television series "Kim Possible" (2002-2007). She was originally cast as Leela in the FOX/Comedy Central Emmy Award-winning animated sitcom "Futurama," but was replaced by Katey Sagal.
She also had recurring roles in the NBC Emmy and Peabody Award winning American situation comedy "Scrubs" (2001-2007) and in the CBS Emmy nominated sitcom "The King of Queens," as Holly Shumpert (2001–2005, 2007). She also starred in two short-lived TV series, the comedy "Talk to Me" (2000) and the Lifetime ensemble comedy series "Hot Properties" (2005; alongside Gail O'Grady and Sofía Vergara), as Chloe Reid, a down to earth lady with a terrible memory problem who relies on self-help books for personal advice.
During this time, she also acted in a string of made-for-television movies, including "Bar Hopping" (2000), "Me & My Needs" (2001), "The Way She Moves" (2001), "Dexter Prep" (2002), "My Sister's Keeper" (2002) and "A Baby Blues Christmas Special" (2002). She also guest starred in such shows as "The Drew Carey Show," "Fired Up," "Suddenly Susan," "Daddio," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Baby Blues," "Titus," "According to Jim," "Less Than Perfect," "Miss Match," "Crank Yankers," "Monk," "Lilo & Stitch: The Series," "American Dad," "Boston Legal," "Brandy & Mr. Whiskers" and "My Boys."
2007 saw Sullivan provide her voice to Wilbur’s friendly mother, Franny, in Steve Anderson's computer-animated film, "Meet the Robinsons," and co-star as Carolyn Crumley, opposite Jeff Goldblum and Matt Craven, in the NBC crime drama television series "Raines."
Most recently, in 2008, Sullivan could be seen in an episode of the Emmy Award-winning CBS crime/cop drama series "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and appeared in "Superhero Movie," Craig Mazin's comedy film that spoofs the superhero genre.
Sullivan will soon complete a new animated/comedy TV series called "Slacker Cats" and is currently working on an upcoming pilot titled "Rita Rocks," in which she portrays the title role of a frazzled working mother who forms a garage band with her neighbor and a female postal worker.
“I thought that somehow your life would be much different when you're famous and it's not. You just buy more stuff.” Nicole Sullivan