September 11, 1961
59 years old
5 ft 5 in | 165 cm
37-25-36 in | 94-63.5-91 cm
54 kg | 119 lbs
8 US | 38.5 EU
Virginia Gayle Madsen was born in Chicago, Illinois, United States, on September 11, 1961, is an American actress.
Young Virginia Madsen began her professional acting career, at the age of 22.
She made her big screen debut in comedy drama film Class (1983) in role as Lisa.
She got her television debut in PBS anthology series American Playhouse (1984) in episode "A Matter of Principle", in role as Lou Ellen Purdy.
Her breakthrough performance came as Maya Randall in comedy drama road movie Sideways (2004).
The Devil's Light (2021) horror thriller in role as Dr. Peters, opposite Nicholas Ralph and Colin Salmon
American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story (2021) drama in role as Sue Warner, with Zachary Levi and Anna Paquin
She won the Saturn Award for Best Actress for her role as Helen Lyle in supernatural horror film Candyman (1992).
She was nominated for the Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Maya Randall in comedy drama road movie Sideways (2004).
She was nominated for the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast for her performance as Dangerous Woman in A Prairie Home Companion (2006).
Candyman (1992) slasher opposite Xander Berkeley, Tony Todd and Kasi Lemmons
The Prophecy (1995) horror thriller with Christopher Walken, Elias Koteas and Eric Stoltz
Ghosts of Mississippi (1996) drama opposite Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg and James Woods
The Hot Spot (1990) neo-noir thriller with Don Johnson, Jennifer Connelly and Charles Martin Smith
Highlander II: The Quickening (1991) science fiction opposite Christopher Lambert, Michael Ironside and Sean Connery
Electric Dreams (1984) science fiction romantic comedy with Lenny Von Dohlen and Maxwell Caulfield
The Number 23 (2007) thriller opposite Jim Carrey, Logan Lerman and Danny Huston
Firewall (2006) action thriller with Harrison Ford, Paul Bettany and Carly Schroeder
The Astronaut Farmer (2006) drama opposite Billy Bob Thornton, Bruce Dern and Max Thieriot
Red Riding Hood (2011) romance horror with Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman and Billy Burke
Joy (2015) biographical comedy drama opposite Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper
Better Watch Out (2016) psychological horror with Olivia DeJonge, Levi Miller and Ed Oxenbould
Her Smell (2018) drama opposite Elisabeth Moss, Cara Delevingne and Dan Stevens
Mussolini: The Untold Story (1985) biographical drama miniseries in role as Claretta Petacci
Moonlighting (1989) ABC comedy drama series in role as Annie Charnock
Frasier (1998) NBC sitcom in role as Cassandra Stone
American Dreams (2002-2003) NBC drama series in role as Rebecca Sandstrom
Smith (2006-2007) CBS drama series in role as Hope Stevens
Monk (2009) comedy drama detective mystery television series in role as T.K. Jensen
Scoundrels (2010) ABC comedy drama series in role as Cheryl West
The Event (2011) NBC science fiction action series in role as Catherine Lewis
Hell on Wheels (2012) AMC Western series in role as Mrs. Hannah Durant
Witches of East End (2013-2014) Lifetime drama series in role as Penelope Gardiner
American Gothic (2016) CBS mystery drama series in role as Madeline Hawthorne
Designated Survivor (2016-2017) political thriller drama television series in role as Kimble Hookstraten
The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair (2018) Epix mystery drama miniseries in role as Tamara Quinn
Swamp Thing (2019) superhero horror series in role as Maria Sunderland
Attended the New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois.
Studied at Ted Liss Acting Studio in Chicago and Harand Camp Adult Theater Seminar in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
Has older brother, Michael and sister, Cheryl.
Has Danish, Irish, English, Scottish and German ancestry.
Her left eye is part brown and part green and her right eye is green.
Featured in music video for Kenny Loggins "I'm Free (Heaven Helps the Man)" (1984).
Formed her own film production company, Title IX Productions in 2008.
She voiced Queen Hippolyta in animated superhero film Wonder Woman (2009).
She started dating actor Nick Holmes in 2011, the couple got married in 2020.
She dated Billy Campbell (1981-1988).
Has been in relationship with Antonio Sabato Jr. (1993-1998), they have one son, Jack Sabato.
She was married to actor and director Danny Huston (1989-1992).