Phyllis Somerville

Phyllis Somerville

Highest Rated: 93% Diane (2018)

Lowest Rated: 15% Swimfan (2002)

Birthday: Dec 12, 1943

Birthplace: Iowa City, Iowa, USA

Character actress Phyllis Somerville worked primarily on stage for the first half of her four-decade career before her appearance in the Oscar-nominated "Little Children" (2006) transformed her into a much-sought-after performer in film and television. Cast frequently as motherly figures with a wrinkle of complexity to their makeup, Somerville began acting on screen in the early '80s, but did not find her breakout role until "Children," which cast her as the mother of Jackie Earle Haley's accused sexual predator. Her enormously sympathetic turn won critical praise and brought her to the attention of filmmakers ranging from David Fincher, who cast her in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (2008) and his "House of Cards" (Netflix, 2013- ) remake, as well as Chan-wook Park ("Stoker," 2013). Though a latecomer to widespread fame, Phyllis Somerville's inherent talent underscored her status as one of the more dependable players in any age range.

Highest rated movies

Diane Arthur
The Sleepy Time Gal
Little Children
Forgetting the Girl
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Mighty Macs




36% 73% Poms Helen (Character) $13.6M 2019
93% 69% Diane Ina (Character) $339.4K 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Detours Annie Delaney (Character) - 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Stuff Ginger (Character) - 2015
40% No Score Yet 3rd Street Blackout Susan Sussman (Character) - 2015
70% 60% Stoker Mrs. McGarrick (Character) $1.7M 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Surviving Family Mary Giaccone (Character) - 2012
75% 59% Forgetting the Girl Ruby (Character) - 2012
30% 57% A Bird of the Air Ivy Campbell (Character) $10.2K 2011
No Score Yet 44% Weakness Lenore (Character) - 2010
47% 64% The Mighty Macs Sister Sister (Character) $1.9M 2009
71% 80% The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Grandma Fuller (Character) $127.5M 2008
28% 28% Lucky You Pawnbroker (Character) $5.8M 2007
79% 82% Little Children May McGorvey (Character) $5.5M 2006
15% 32% Swimfan Aunt Gretchen (Character) $28.6M 2002
82% 53% The Sleepy Time Gal Rebecca's Adoptive Mother (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Better Living Nellie (Character) $1.4K 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Above Freezing Unknown (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Trouble on the Corner Crazy Woman (Character) - 1997
89% 77% Arthur Saleslady (Character) - 1981


No Score Yet 79% Madam Secretary Gloria Paley (Guest Star) 2018
33% 87% Impastor Esther Strumble (Guest Star) 2016
93% 91% The Good Wife Louise Nolfi (Guest Star) 2015
No Score Yet 77% The Night Shift Marilyn Capshaw (Guest Star) 2015
No Score Yet 88% Blue Bloods Beth Del Rio (Guest Star) 2015
91% 80% The Blacklist Skye Kincaid (Guest Star) 2014
95% 89% Elementary Miriam Berg (Guest Star) 2013
No Score Yet 61% Unforgettable Ruth (Guest Star) 2013
55% 80% The Big C Marlene (Character) 2010-2013
77% 76% House of Cards Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
90% 77% Fringe Alice Merchant (Guest Star) 2011
No Score Yet 63% CSI: Miami Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
No Score Yet 50% Life on Mars Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
No Score Yet 84% Law & Order: Criminal Intent Unknown (Guest Star) 2002 2004
78% 89% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mrs. Moss (Guest Star) 2001
70% 82% Sex and the City Gertrude Morgan (Guest Star) 1998
83% 83% NYPD Blue Dorothy Russell (Guest Star) 1995-1996
No Score Yet 96% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 1990-1991