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Winsome Brown is a writer and Obie-award winning character actor whose work has received critical acclaim from The New York Times, The Scotsman, Variety, LA Weekly, and others. She is known for her ability to portray strong and charismatic women (Hillary Clinton, Virginia Woolf, Lysistrata, Lady Macbeth) and be both funny and heartbreaking at the same time. This past season, she was a recurring Guest Star on Supergirl, playing a Kryptonian Witch. In the upcoming season of Elementary, she Guest Stars opposite Lucy Liu and Johnny Lee Miller as the wife of a Queens cop whose son is accused of domestic terrorism.

Winsome is a chameleon. She has been privileged to work with some great directors of screen and stage: Jonathan Demme, Spike Lee, André Gregory, Irina Brook, Jay Scheib, Chris Terrio among others. She is adept with languages and accents, and while her red hair and Irish heritage often get her cast as an Irish or Englishwoman, she is equally suited to playing regional Canadian and American, Southern, and rural characters.

A Toronto native, Winsome has lived and worked in New York, Los Angeles, Vancouver, and Toronto, as well as in Europe. Her latest solo play Hit the Body Alarm debuted at the Performing Garage in New York City. Her autobiographical solo play This is Mary Brown debuted at La MaMa and the Edinburgh Fringe in 2015. Film/TV: Supergirl, Elementary, A Master Builder (dir. Jonathan Demme); Wetlands (dir. Emmanuele Della Valle); Holy New York (dir. Sonya Goddy) Heights (Merchant/Ivory dir. Chris Terrio); Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Nightfall with David Carradine, For Your Love, Shadows Choose Their Horrors (NY FilmFest, dir. Jenn Reeves)., improv spot with Spike Lee. Stage: Macbeth (Lady Macbeth) and Midsummer Night’s Dream (Titania) with Shakespeare on The Sound; The Burial at Thebes (Irish Rep); Gertrude Stein (Target Margin’s Stein Lab); Irina Brook’s Shakespeare’s Sister; Hillary Clinton in the opera Women: The War Within (Baryshnikov Arts Centre). André Gregory and Wallace Shawn’s The Master Builder. Heather Woodbury’s Obie award winning Tale of 2Cities: An American Joyride on Multiple Tracks, (UCLA Live/PS 122).

Winsome enjoys voiceover work tremendously. She studies with the incredible voiceover artists Erica Schroeder (animation & commercial) and Oliver Wyman (narration). She has narrated 15 films, including work by Nick Kurzon,  Joanna Lipper, Ronaldo Facchinetti, Dusan Makavejev, and Victor Buhler.

Winsome received her undergrad from Harvard College and has studied acting at Shakespeare & Company, with Bob Krakower, Manhattan Film Institute, The Odin Teatret, The Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski & Thomas Richards, and others. She can do a million accents, sometimes does standup comedy, and is really fun.

Winsome has written a couple of TV pilots and is repped by Matt Snow at Paradigm in in LA.


“Ms. Brown is engrossing. She’s a spiky actress and an unaccommodating one, who prefers to needle audience members rather than oblige them. Confronted with forbidden fruit, you know she’d take an audacious bite.” The New York Times

★★★★ “Warm and funny. Beautiful. Inspiring.” The Scotsman

★★★★★ “A very special piece of writing and a virtuosic piece of acting.” Broadway Baby, Scotland

“Brings the audience to tears. Magic.” Tribeca Trib.

“Winsome Brown is outstanding as Virginia Woolf.” New York Review of Books

 “Lovely. Poignant, Affecting.” The New York Times