Virginia Madsen

Highest Rated: 97% Sideways (2004)
Birthday: Sep 11, 1961
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Although she garnered some attention at the outset of her Hollywood career, Virginia Madsen found her star eclipsed in the 1990s by her older brother Michael's jolting, thuggish performances for director Quentin Tarantino. After landing a plum role in the acclaimed 2004 indie Sideways, however, Madsen was showered with the kind of praise she'd been denied for nearly two decades in the business.A native of the Chicago suburbs and the daughter of a PBS documentarian, Madsen learned her trade in city theater productions and summer performance camps. She made her way to Hollywood in the early '80s with her then-fiancé/fellow performer Billy Campbell. Making an inauspicious debut at the age of 19 as Andrew McCarthy's would-be first-time conquest in the teen sex comedy Class, she would go on to more noteworthy roles in director David Lynch's sci-fi epic Dune and the slick but heartfelt romantic comedy Electric Dreams (both 1984). The rest of the decade wouldn't be quite as kind, as Madsen shuffled from part to part, appearing in a supporting capacity in both ambitious arthouse fare (1987's Slamdance) and forgettable Hollywood comedies (1988's Hot to Trot and Mr. North, the latter of which sparked a relationship with -- and three-year marriage to -- director Danny Huston). The beginning of the next decade fared somewhat better for Madsen. After a memorably brassy turn opposite Don Johnson in Dennis Hopper's steamy, seamy The Hot Spot (1990), she raked in some box-office cash in the minor horror hit Candyman (1992). Small performances in the high-profile, prestige pics Ghosts of Mississippi and The Rainmaker notwithstanding, Madsen all but disappeared from the late-'90s feature marketplace, as most of her films were either made for television or delivered directly to video-store rental shelves. Finding a more receptive outlet on weekly TV, Madsen snagged prominent recurring roles on NBC's Frasier and American Dreams around the turn of the century.But it was writer/director Alexander Payne's low-budget character study Sideways that had Madsen clamoring for the ever-elusive "role of a lifetime." Payne was mostly unfamiliar with the actress' work, but her audition for the part of Maya -- a weary, contemplative divorcée with a fine-tuned taste for wine -- convinced him that she was the perfect complement to lead performer Paul Giamatti's high-strung sad sack Miles. Toning down her Hollywood glamour for the film, Madsen turned the small part into something of a revelation, and as reviewers showered praise upon the film in late 2004, the actress hauled in a truckload of awards from critics' groups as well as Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actress.Although Madsen lost the Oscar bid to Cate Blanchett, high-profile offers rolled in after her Sideways coup. Early in 2006, she played Beth Stanfield, the wife of Harrison Ford's technology executive Jack Stanfield, in Richard Loncraine's disappointing hostage thriller Firewall; that summer, she also claimed an enigmatic part as a beguiling angel of death in Robert Altman's swan song, A Prairie Home Companion. Madsen began 2007 with two supporting turns in the same February weekend: in Michael Polish's The Astronaut Farmer, a quirky drama about a retired NASA astronaut turned farmer (Billy Bob Thornton) who builds a spacecraft in his barn; and in the higher-profile supernatural thriller The Number 23, playing wife to an unraveling Jim Carrey.


Highest Rated Movies



62% Burn Your Maps Victoria 2019
84% Her Smell Ania Adamcyzk 2019
95% 1985 Eileen 2018
88% Better Watch Out Deandra 2017
No Score Yet Burning Bodhi Naomi $3.8K 2016
60% Joy Terry $42.6M 2015
No Score Yet Dead Rising: Watchtower Maggie 2015
54% Walter Karen Benjamin 2015
63% All The Wilderness Abigail Charm 2015
No Score Yet Lost Boy Laura Harris 2015
25% Jake Squared Beth $2.2K 2014
36% The Hot Flashes Clementine Winks 2013
No Score Yet Anna Nicole Actor 2013
No Score Yet Crazy Kind Of Love Augusta 2013
No Score Yet Anna Nicole Virgie 2013
No Score Yet The Last Keepers Abigail Carver 2013
30% The Magic of Belle Isle Charlotte O'Neil $66.9K 2012
0% Father of Invention Lorraine 2011
10% Red Riding Hood Suzette $37.3M 2011
20% Amelia Actor $14.2M 2009
17% The Haunting in Connecticut Sara Campbell $55.4M 2009
82% Wonder Woman Hippolyta 2009
No Score Yet I Know a Woman Like That Executive Producer Actor 2009
29% Ripple Effect Sherry Executive Producer 2008
35% Diminished Capacity Charlotte 2008
No Score Yet Being Michael Madsen Actor 2007
No Score Yet Cutlass Actor 2007
8% The Number 23 Agatha Sparrow/Fabrizia $35.1M 2007
58% The Astronaut Farmer Audrey Farmer $11M 2006
82% A Prairie Home Companion Dangerous Woman 2006
No Score Yet Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild The Beast 2006
18% Firewall Beth Stanfield $48.7M 2006
No Score Yet Scooby-Doo! Where's My Mummy? Actor 2005
97% Sideways Maya $71.5M 2004
No Score Yet Brave New Girl Wanda Lovell 2004
20% Almost Salinas Clare 2003
No Score Yet Tempted Emma Burke 2003
No Score Yet Nobody Knows Anything Actor 2003
No Score Yet Artworks Emma Becker 2002
No Score Yet Lying In Wait Vera Miller 2002
40% American Gun Penny 2002
No Score Yet Just Ask My Children Brenda Kniffen 2001
40% Crossfire Trail Anne Rodney 2001
16% The Haunting Jane 1999
No Score Yet Full Disclosure Actor 1999
No Score Yet The Florentine Molly 1999
No Score Yet After Sex Traci 1999
No Score Yet Ambushed Lucy 1998
No Score Yet John Grisham's The Rainmaker Jackie Lemancyzk 1997
83% The Rainmaker Jackie Lemancyzk 1997
34% Suicide Kings Actor 1997
No Score Yet Apocalypse Watch Actor 1997
43% Ghosts of Mississippi Dixie DeLaughter 1996
No Score Yet Just Your Luck Kim 1996
43% The Prophecy Katherine 1995
No Score Yet Blue Tiger Gena 1995
No Score Yet Bitter Vengeance Annie 1994
No Score Yet Linda Linda Cowley 1993
No Score Yet Caroline at Midnight Prince 1993
74% Candyman Helen Lyle 1992
No Score Yet A Murderous Affair: The Carolyn Warmus Story Carolyn Warmus 1992
No Score Yet Becoming Colette Polaire Sorel 1992
0% Highlander 2: The Quickening Louise 1991
No Score Yet Love Kills Rebecca Bishop 1991
No Score Yet Victim of Love Carla Simmons 1991
71% The Hot Spot Dolly Harshaw 1990
No Score Yet Ironclads Betty Stuart 1990
No Score Yet Heart of Dixie Delia June Curry 1989
No Score Yet Third Degree Burn Anne Scholes 1989
No Score Yet Gotham Rachel Carlyle 1988
43% Mr. North Sally Boffin 1988
0% Hot to Trot Allison Rowe 1988
20% Slam Dance Yolanda 1987
No Score Yet Zombie High Andrea 1987
No Score Yet Long Gone Dixie Lee Boxx 1987
40% Modern Girls Kelly 1986
No Score Yet Fire with Fire Lisa Taylor 1986
No Score Yet Mussolini: The Untold Story Claretta 1985
33% Creator Barbara Spencer 1985
No Score Yet The Hearst and Davies Affair Marion Davies 1985
54% Dune Princess Irulan 1984
No Score Yet American Playhouse Lou Ellen 1984
44% Electric Dreams Madeline Robistat 1984
25% Class Lisa 1983


94% Swamp Thing
Maria Sunderland
  • 2019
97% Elementary
  • 2019
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair
Tamara Quinn
  • 2018
72% Designated Survivor
Kimble Hookstraten Congresswoman Kimble Hookstraten
  • 2017
  • 2016
58% American Gothic
Madeline Hawthorne
  • 2016
No Score Yet Dog Whisperer With Cesar Millan: Family Edition
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Talk
  • 2016
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Beth Rollins
  • 2015
73% Hell on Wheels
Hannah Durant
  • 2012
67% The Event
Catherine Lewis
  • 2011
90% Monk
Trudy 'T. K.' Jensen T.K. Jensen
  • 2009
50% Smith
Hope Stevens
  • 2007
  • 2006
96% Justice League Unlimited
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet CSI: Miami
Krista Walker
  • 2003
No Score Yet American Dreams
Rebecca Sandstrom
  • 2003
  • 2002
No Score Yet Boomtown
Erika Ashland
  • 2003
  • 2002
95% Justice League
Voice Dr. Sarah Corwin
  • 2002
No Score Yet The Practice
Marsha Ellison
  • 2001
94% Frasier
Guest Cassandra
  • 1999
77% Star Trek: Voyager
  • 1998
97% Moonlighting
Annie Charnock
  • 1989
No Score Yet American Playhouse
Lou Ellen
  • 1984
  • 1983