Cristin Milioti

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Cristin Milioti
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Milioti in July 2014
Born (1985-08-16) August 16, 1985 (age 35)
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active2006–present

Cristin Milioti (born August 16, 1985) is an American actress and singer. She is best known for playing the Mother on the sitcom How I Met Your Mother from 2013 to 2014, and for her work in theater productions such as That Face , Stunning, and the Tony Award-winning musical Once , for which she won a Grammy Award and was nominated for a Tony Award. She has also played Teresa Petrillo Belfort in the 2013 film The Wolf of Wall Street , Betsy Solverson in the second season of Fargo (2015), and Sarah in the 2020 film Palm Springs opposite Andy Samberg.


Early life

Milioti was born on August 16, 1985, in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. [1] She is of Italian descent, and calls her family "Olive Garden Italian." [2] In middle school, she found her love of acting at Long Lake Camp for the Arts in Long Lake, New York. [3] She graduated in 2003 from Cherry Hill High School East, where she began performing in school plays. [4] She took acting classes at New York University, but dropped out during her freshman year. [5] [6]


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Milioti playing ukulele in 2013

Milioti's first acting roles were bit parts in national advertising campaign ads, notably one for the Ford Edge. [7] She also appeared in television programs such as 30 Rock and films such as Greetings from the Shore . Milioti is also known for her stage performances. In 2007, she appeared on Broadway as Alice Ashbrook in Helen Edmundson's award-winning adaptation of Jamila Gavin's novel Coram Boy . [8] She was the 2010 star of That Face , [9] receiving a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress for her work in Stunning. [10] In 2012, she received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical for her work in Once , a play in which she had performed from 2011 to 2013. [11] Her Once performance, with fellow principal soloist Steve Kazee, earned the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. She also read aloud a short story for the 2011 This American Life episode "Adventure". [12] In 2012 she appeared on several songs of Glen Hansard's debut album Rhythm and Repose .

In 2013, Milioti was cast in the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother as the titular Mother, appearing for the first time in the season eight finale titled "Something New", and was promoted to a series regular for the show's ninth and final season. [13] Milioti portrayed Jordan Belfort's (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) first wife, Teresa Petrillo, in the 2013 Martin Scorsese film The Wolf of Wall Street. [14] In February 2014, she was cast as Zelda, the female lead on NBC's comedy A to Z which premiered that October and aired for one season of 13 episodes. [15] In 2015, she co-starred on the second season of FX's Fargo as Betsy Solverson, the cancer-stricken wife of state trooper Lou Solverson and mother of future deputy Molly Solverson. In 2017, Milioti appeared in the fourth season of the sci-fi anthology show Black Mirror as Nanette Cole in the episode "USS Callister".

In 2020, Milioti starred in the critically acclaimed sci-fi/comedy Palm Springs , which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and on Hulu in July. [16]


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Milioti singing at Joe's Pub in New York City in 2013


2007 Greetings from the Shore Didi
2009 Year of the Carnivore Sammy Smalls
2011AshleyCristinShort film
2012 Sleepwalk with Me Janet Pandamiglio
2012I Am BenThe Journalist
2012 The Brass Teapot Brandi
2013 Bert and Arnie's Guide to Friendship Faye
2013 The Wolf of Wall Street Teresa Petrillo Belfort
2014The OccupantsLucy
2015It Had to Be YouSonia
2017 Breakable You Maud Weller
2020 Palm Springs Sarah Wilder


2006 3 lbs Megan RaffertyEpisode: "Bad Boys"
2006–07 The Sopranos Catherine Sacrimoni 3 episodes
2009 The Unusuals Sketch Artist2 episodes
2010 The Good Wife Onya EggertsonEpisode: "Taking Control"
2011 30 Rock Abby Flynn/Abby GrossmanEpisode: "TGS Hates Women"
2011 Nurse Jackie MonicaEpisode: "...Deaf Blind Tumor Pee-Test"
2013–14 How I Met Your Mother Tracy McConnell / The Mother 14 episodes
2014–15 A to Z Zelda Vasco13 episodes
2015–16 The Mindy Project Whitney5 episodes
2015 Family Guy Becca (voice)Episode: "Roasted Guy"
2015 Fargo Betsy Solverson9 episodes
2016–18 The Venture Bros. Sirena / various (voice)8 episodes
2017 Black Mirror Nanette ColeEpisode: "USS Callister"
2018 No Activity Frankie8 episodes
2019 Modern Love Maggie Mitchell2 episodes
2020 Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet BeanEpisode: "A Dark Quiet Death"
2020 Death to 2020 Kathy FlowersTelevision special
2021 Made for Love Hazel GreenMain cast, upcoming series


2006 The Lieutenant of Inishmore Mairead (Understudy) Lyceum Theatre
2007 Coram Boy [8] Alice Ashbrook Imperial Theatre
2007 The Devil's Disciple Essie Irish Repertory Theatre
2008Some Americans AbroadKatie Taylor
2009 The Retributionists
2009 The Heart is a Lonely Hunter Mick Kelly New York Theatre Workshop
2009StunningLily Lincoln Center Theater
2010 The Little Foxes AlexandraNew York Theatre Workshop
2010 That Face Mia Manhattan Theatre Club
2011 Once [17] Girl American Repertory Theatre
New York Theatre Workshop
2012–13 Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre
2015–16 Lazarus Elly New York Theatre Workshop
2017After The BlastAnna Lincoln Center Theater

Awards and nominations

2011 Lucille Lortel Award Outstanding Lead ActressThat FaceNominated [18]
2012 Tony Award Best Actress in a Musical OnceNominated [19]
2013 Grammy Award Best Musical Theater Album OnceWon [20]
2016 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actress in a Movie/Miniseries FargoNominated [21]
2018 MTV Movie & TV Award Most Frightened Performance Black MirrorNominated [22]
2021 Critics' Choice Super Awards Best Actress in a Science Fiction/Fantasy MoviePalm SpringsWon [23]

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