Brooke Smith (actress)

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Brooke Smith
Born (1967-05-22) May 22, 1967 (age 54)
New York City, U.S.
Years active1988–present
Steve Lubensky
(m. 1999)

Brooke Smith (born May 22, 1967) is an American actress, known for her roles as Dr. Erica Hahn on the ABC medical drama series Grey's Anatomy , as Sheriff Jane Greene on the A&E horror series Bates Motel , and as Catherine Martin in the 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs, along with roles in several movies and guest starring and recurring appearances in many television shows including, most recently, Big Sky and Them.


Early life

Smith was born in New York City. Her father, Eugene "Gene" Smith, worked as a publisher, and her mother, publicist Lois Eileen Smith (née Wollenweber), had worked with Robert Redford and other actors and directors. [2] [3]


Smith has appeared in numerous films, including The Moderns (1988), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), The Night We Never Met (1993), Mr. Wonderful (1993), Vanya on 42nd Street (1994), Last Summer in the Hamptons (1995), Trees Lounge (1996), Kansas City (1996), The Broken Giant (1997), Random Hearts (1999), Series 7: The Contenders (2001), Bad Company (2002), Melinda and Melinda (2004), Iron Jawed Angels (2004), Shooting Vegetarians (2005), In Her Shoes (2005), The Namesake (2006), and Interstellar (2014).

She appeared as a guest star on the sixth season of Crossing Jordan as Dr. Kate Switzer, as one of Claire Fisher's art teachers on Six Feet Under , and on Weeds as the ex-wife of Peter Scottson, the late husband of main character Nancy Botwin.[ citation needed ]

Smith originated the role of Andrea in the pilot of the ABC drama series Dirty Sexy Money , but was replaced by Sheryl Lee after becoming a series regular on Grey's Anatomy . [4] On November 3, 2008, Smith told Entertainment Weekly that her character was being written out of Grey's Anatomy, stating that she was "really, really shocked," and suggested that network executives' discomfort with her character's lesbian relationship might be the reason for her ousting. However, Shonda Rhimes, the show's creator, said that Smith was dismissed from the series because the writers did not find that the "magic and chemistry" that Smith's character had with Sara Ramirez's character, Callie Torres, would sustain in the long run. [5]

Smith has also had roles on Homicide: Life on the Street , Law & Order: Special Victims Unit , Law & Order: Criminal Intent , Law & Order , Criminal Minds and The Hunger .[ citation needed ] In 2012, Smith also appeared in the American Horror Story: Asylum episode "The Coat Hanger". In 2015, she appeared as Frances Simpson on the Showtime drama series Ray Donovan .

In 2016, Smith appeared in the recurring role of Sheriff Jane Greene in the fifth and final season of A&E's Bates Motel , a prequel series to director Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 horror classic Psycho . [6]

In 2019, Smith portrayed Dara, a counselor assigned to a young rape victim, in Episode 7 of Unbelievable . It was released on September 13 on Netflix.[ citation needed ]

In 2020, she began a recurring role on the ABC series Big Sky.

Personal life


Smith married Russian cinematographer Steve Lubensky on January 6, 1999. [7] Their daughter, Fanny Grace Lubensky, was born in New York City. [8] [9] In May 2008, the couple adopted a baby girl, Lucy Dinknesh Lubensky, from Ethiopia. [10] The family lives in New York's Upper West Side, [1] and in Beachwood Canyon, Los Angeles. [8] She was once roommates with singer Jeff Buckley [11]


On August 27, 2008, Smith spoke at an "Open the Debates" rally in Denver, Colorado, opposing the Commission on Presidential Debates exclusion of third party candidates from the nationally televised presidential debates, and in support of Independent Presidential candidate Ralph Nader. [12]



1988 The Moderns Abigail
1989 See You in the Morning Additional voice
1991 The Silence of the Lambs Catherine Martin
1993 The Night We Never Met Catha
1993 The Pickle 1st A.D.
1993 Mr. Wonderful Jan
1994 Vanya on 42nd Street Sonya3rd Place—Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
3rd Place—National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
1995 Last Summer in the Hamptons Lois Garfield
1996 Trees Lounge Tina
1996 Kansas City Babe Flynn
1997 The Broken Giant Rosemary Smith
1998Remembering SexJennifer Sharp
1999 Random Hearts Sarah
2000Eventual WifeSusan
2001 Series 7: The Contenders Dawn Lagarto
2001 The Man Who Wasn't There Sobbing Prisoner
2002For Earth BelowDede
2002 Bad Company Officer Swanson
2004 Melinda and Melinda Cassie
2004 Iron Jawed Angels Mabel Vernon
2005Shooting VegetariansThe Chicken Man
2005 In Her Shoes Amy
2006 The Namesake Sally
2010 A Little Help Kathy Helms
2010 Fair Game Diana
2010 The Aspern Papers Tita Bordereau
2013 Labor Day Evelyn
2014 Interstellar Nurse
2015Road HardCarol
2015 Day Out of Days Annabel
2016The Call of Charlie DianeShort film
2016Broken Links Diane
2017 To the Bone Olive
2017The Angry RiverKatherine AlseaShort film
2018 Dude Lorraine
2018Blood Clots Diane
2019 Bombshell Irena Brigante


1988 The Equalizer RisaEpisode: "A Dance on the Dark Side"
1996–2005 Law & Order Margot Bell2 episodes
1997 The Larry Sanders Show Tonya BaileyEpisode: "Make a Wish"
1998Remembering SexJennifer SharpTelevision film
1999 Homicide: Life on the Street Josephine PittEpisode: "Truth Will Out"
1998–1999 The Hunger Lee Cooper2 episodes
2001 Big Apple Lois Mooney3 episodes
2001 100 Centre Street Lynn HoffmanEpisode: "Bottlecaps"
2002 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Tessa RankinEpisode: "Phantom"
2004 Six Feet Under Carolyn Pope3 episodes
2006 Heist Sarah4 episodes
2007 Crossing Jordan Dr. Kate Switzer13 episodes
2007 Law & Order Ms. KurlandEpisode: "Captive"
2007 Dirty Sexy Money Andrea SmithsonEpisode: "Pilot"
2007 Weeds Valerie Scottson4 episodes
2006–2008 Grey's Anatomy Dr. Erica Hahn 25 episodes
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance

by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

2010 Criminal Minds Barbara LynchEpisode: "Mosley Lane"
2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Delia Wilson3 episodes
2012 American Horror Story: Asylum Dr. GardnerEpisode: "The Coat Hanger"
2013 Graceland Marianne O'ConnorEpisode: "Pilot"
2013–2015 Ray Donovan Frances Simpson13 episodes
2016 Nashville Jackie HudsonEpisode: "It's Sure Gonna Hurt"
2016 Stitchers Dr. Naomi BurkeEpisode: "The Two Deaths of Jamie B."
2017 Hand of God Lesley LevayEpisode: "I See That Now"
2017 Bosch Captain Ellen Lewis5 episodes
2017 Bates Motel Sheriff Jane Greene6 episodes
2018 Supergirl Jacqueline Nimball Episode: "Schott Through the Heart"
2018 The Crossing Diana3 episodes
2018 The Good Doctor Sybil MeeksEpisode: ''Tough Titmouse''
2018 Chicago Med Amber YoungEpisode: "Death Do Us Part"
2019 Project Blue Book Sara DowningEpisode: "The Flatwoods Monster "
2019 The Act MyraEpisode: "Stay Inside"
2019 The Good Fight Zelda RayeEpisode: "The One with the Celebrity Divorce"
2019 Unbelievable Dara KaplanEpisode #1.7
2020 Chris Watts: Confessions of a Killer Tammy LeeTelevision film
2020 Big Sky Merilee LegarskiRecurring role, 8 episodes
2021 FBI: Most Wanted Flora Matthews1 episode
2021 Them Helen KoistraRecurring role, 4 episodes

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