Heather Goldenhersh

Heather Goldenhersh
Born (1973-03-26) March 26, 1973
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1996–present
Spouse(s) Brían F. O'Byrne
Children 2 daughters

Heather Goldenhersh (born March 26, 1973)[1] is an American actress. She has appeared on Broadway, on television, and in feature films.

Early life

Goldenhersh was born on March 26, 1973 in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in St. Louis. She has said that she is "half-Jewish by adoption on my father's side and Greek Orthodox on my mother's side".[2] She was a fundamentalist Christian for several years, but ultimately drifted away from the faith in her mid-20s.[3]


A graduate of Juilliard, Goldenhersh made her film debut in 1996 with her role in an adaptation of Herb Gardner's I'm Not Rappaport. From then on she appeared in films such as Swallowed, The Great Gatsby and The Believer. Goldenhersh also appeared on television in Sex and the City and episodes of the Law & Order franchise. She then focused on her stage career; her 2005 Broadway debut was in Doubt, opposite Cherry Jones and Brian F. O'Byrne.

Goldenhersh was nominated for a Tony Award in 2005 for "Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play" for her role as Sister James in Doubt. She also won a Theatre World Award for that performance.

In 2006, Goldenhersh auditioned for the show The Class, a sitcom created by David Crane (one of the creators of Friends), and Jeffery Klarik (an executive producer of "Mad About You") and was cast in the part of Lina Warbler. The Class premiered in September 2006 and won a People's Choice Award for "Best New Comedy" in January 2007. The series wasn't renewed for a second season.

Personal life

Goldenhersh is married to her Doubt co-star, Irish actor, Brían F. O'Byrne.[4] The couple has two daughters together, one being born in 2008, and the other being born in 2010.



Year(s) Show/Appearance Role
2000 Sex and the City (1 episode) Jenna
2003 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (1 episode) Roseanne Connelly
2003 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1 Episode) Ellen Swanson
2006–2007 The Class (permanent role) Lina Warbler


Year Movie Role
1996 I'm Not Rappaport Strike Woman
1997 Swallowed Trina
2000 The Great Gatsby Myrtle Wilson
2000 Spin The Bottle Rachel
2001 The Believer Linda
2002 Unconditional Love Grace's Daughter
2002 Nicholas Nickleby Fanny Squeers
2003 The School of Rock Sheila
2004 The Merchant of Venice Nerissa
2004 Kinsey Martha Pomeroy
2004 Tempting Adam Kami
2005 Southern Belles Margery
2006 The Pleasure of Your Company Jane
2007 Wedding Daze Jane
2008 Leatherheads Belinda
2015 Hail, Caesar! Natalie (secretary)



Year Show Role
2005 Doubt Sister James

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Result
2005 Tony Award Best Featured Actress in a Play Nominated
2005 Theatre World Award NYC Debut Performance Winner


  1. "H Goldenhersh - United States Public Records". FamilySearch. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  2. Tallmer, Jerry (1 July 2005). "Center Stage". Playbill. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  3. Simonson, Robert (9 May 2005). "An Unconventional Trip to the Nunnery: A Chat With the Actress". The New York Sun. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  4. "Colin Farrell Takes NYC at In Bruges Film Premiere". Broadway.com. 4 February 2008. Retrieved 17 January 2015.

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