In The CW’s critically acclaimed comedy “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” Donna Lynne Champlin plays Paula, the nosy, head paralegal at the law firm Rebecca joins in West Covina who is Rebecca’s best friend and worst enabler.
A native of Rochester, New York, Champlin has been performing since her very first tap solo in a local variety show at the age of four. At a young age, Champlin won the prestigious Princess Grace Award from The Princess Grace Foundation, the Presidential Scholar in the Arts Grant from The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, The Anna Sosenko Trust, The Charlie Willard Memorial Grant and the title of National Tap Dance Champion for four consecutive years from the Dance Educators of America.
Champlin graduated with high honors from the prestigious Musical Theater Program at Carnegie Mellon University. She then made her New York Debut at Carnegie Hall starring in the concert version of Very Warm for May. This was followed by James Joyce’s The Dead, Alan Ayckbourn/Andrew Lloyd Webber’s By Jeeves as well as working with Carol Burnett and Hal Prince in Hollywood Arms. In 2006, Champlin starred in the Broadway revival of Sweeney Todd and in 2009 joined the Broadway company of Billy Elliott while simultaneously recording and producing her award-winning vocal debut album Old Friends.
Off Broadway, her performance as Cora Flood in the production of The Dark At The Top of the Stairs, earned her the prestigious 2007 OBIE award. Champlin went on to win the 2011 Drama Desk Award for her performance as Woman #3 in Working, The Musical at the Prospect Theater and the NYMF Award for Outstanding Performance in not one but three productions, namely Flight of the Lawnchair Man, Love Jerry and Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
Champlin most recently played Hortensio in the critically acclaimed, all-female Taming of the Shrew at Shakespeare in the Park’s The Delacourt. She also performed off-Broadway in the critically acclaimed play The Qualms.
Her film credits include Birdman, My Father’s Will, The Audition, The Dark Half, By Jeeves and “Sweet Surrender.” Television credits include The Good Wife, Younger,Mother’s Day, Law And Order and Law and Order: SVU.
Champlin is married to actor Andrew Arrow and they live their crazy, bi-coastal lives with their five year old son, Charlie.