Miriam Shor

Miriam Shor

Highest Rated: 92% Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)

Lowest Rated: 8% That's What She Said (2012)

Birthday: Jul 25, 1971

Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Few performers ever get to recreate a signature stage role on film, but Miriam Shor was among the lucky ones when she was tapped to play the Croatian-born aspiring drag queen Yitzhak in the feature film "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" (2001). As with her acclaimed stage take on the part, many were duped into believing that this attractive brunette was really a man. Although born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Miriam Shor spent her formative years in Italy where her academic father was teaching and studying. Even after her parents' divorce, she divided her time between Detroit, Michigan (where her mother settled) and Venice, Italy (where her father was living). Around age 12, Shor watched her older sister in a high school production of "Hello, Dolly!" and found her calling. Active in the arts in high school, she was among the first people in the newly formed BFA theater program at the University of Michigan. Even before her junior year, Shor scored her union card when she was cast in an Equity production of "A Man for All Seasons" in Connecticut. Like many, she headed for the Big Apple after graduating college. Unlike most struggling actors, Shor didn't have to fall back on waiting tables; in fact, within days of her arrival in NYC, she landed a spot in the chorus of a touring edition of "Fiddler on the Roof" starring Theodore Bikel. In 1994, she hooked up with composer Stephen Trask and actor John Cameron Mitchell and debuted as Yitzhak in workshops of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." Playing a male with desires to be a drag queen who ends up married to the titular frontwoman for a rock band, Shor landed a gift of a part. Most audience members who saw the show in its various incarnations could not believe that it was actually a woman playing the long-haired, bearded, embittered roadie/backup singer. She remained with the project through its various incarnations, including a triumphal 1998 Off-Broadway opening and the 2001 feature adaptation. As if to prove she wasn't just a one-character wonder, though, Shor found work in films and TV. She offered a fine comic turn as the leading lady's college roommate in the Sundance-screened "Let It Snow/Snow Day" (2000) and made her TV series debut as the irreverent sidekick to a woman involved with a much younger man in the short-lived ABC sitcom "Then Came You" (also 2000). Shor was cast as a sultry hostess in the remake of "Bedazzled" and made a second attempt at TV stardom as the title character's confidante and potential love interest in "Inside Schwartz" (NBC, 2001). Despite mixed reviews (most of which praised the actress' work), that series was cancelled after only nine airings. Undoubtedly, Shor would eventually find a role equal to that of Yitzhak, whether it be on stage or screen.

Highest rated movies

Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Snow Days
The Midnight Sky
5 Flights Up
Puerto Ricans in Paris
That's What She Said




No Score Yet No Score Yet Magic Hour Harriet Peterson (Character) - 2021
49% 26% The Midnight Sky Mitchell's Wife (Character) - 2020
33% 36% Puerto Ricans in Paris Sergeant Nora (Character) $90.9K 2015
46% 43% 5 Flights Up Cool Lady (Character) $1.0M 2014
8% 31% That's What She Said Rhoda (Character) - 2012
82% 67% Lbs. Lara Griffin (Character) $27.3K 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet Whether You Like it or Not: The Story of Hedwig Unknown (Character) - 2003
92% 93% Hedwig and the Angry Inch Yitzhak (Character) $3.0M 2001
50% 42% Bedazzled Penthouse Hostess/Dan/Esteban/Beach Jock/Sportscaster (Character) $37.9M 2000
53% 63% Snow Days Beth (Character) $20.6K 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Flushed Stephanie (Character) $935 1999


98% 75% Younger Diana Trout (Character) 2015-2019
96% 93% The Americans Erica Haskard (Guest Star) 2018
98% 80% High Maintenance Unknown (Guest Star) 2018
94% 75% Royal Pains Fanny Todd (Guest Star) 2012 2016
95% 89% Elementary Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
93% 91% The Good Wife Mandy Post (Guest Star) 2012-2015
42% 67% GCB Cricket Caruth-Reilly (Character) 2012
43% 100% Swingtown Janet Thompson (Character) 2008
No Score Yet 84% Law & Order: Criminal Intent Rebecca Slater (Guest Star) 2007
50% No Score Yet Big Day Becca Hopkins (Character) 2006-2007
82% 89% My Name Is Earl Gwen Waters (Guest Star) 2006
33% No Score Yet Married to the Kellys Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
10% No Score Yet Then Came You Cheryl Sominsky (Character) 2000
No Score Yet 100% Becker Unknown (Guest Star) 2000