Janel Moloney

Janel Moloney Biography

Janel Wallace Moloney (born October 3, 1969) is an American actress. She played Donnatella "Donna" Moss on the television series The West Wing, a role for which she received Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series nominations in 2002 and 2004.

Personal life

Born in Woodland Hills, California, Moloney is the niece of actress Christine Ebersole, and attended the acting conservatory at SUNY Purchase. During the 2004 U.S. Presidential campaign, Moloney was an active supporter of John Kerry's presidential campaign and made public appearances on its behalf. On February 14, 2010, in New York, Moloney became the mother of a boy, Julian Francis Zarvos, whose father is composer Marcelo Zarvos.



Her early work included television guest roles on ER, Sports Night, The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. and Murder, She Wrote. In 1999, Moloney became a recurring guest star on The West Wing as Donna Moss, assistant and love interest to Deputy White House Chief of Staff Josh Lyman (Bradley Whitford). Moloney was originally credited only as a guest star, but she appeared in every episode of the first season. From the second season onward, Moloney was listed in the main credits. Moloney has received two Emmy Award nominations, one in 2002 and one in 2004, for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama.

Moloney appeared in the television film Bang Bang You're Dead with Thomas Cavanagh and Randy Harrison, which was first broadcast on October 13, 2002 on Showtime. She played the part of Amber Frey in the made-for-TV movie Amber Frey: Witness for the Prosecution, broadcast May 25, 2005 on CBS. In 2007, Moloney played Dana Chase, who has a relationship with Tommy Caffee (Jason Clarke) in six episodes of the 2nd season of Brotherhood.

In 2008, Moloney appeared in one episode ("It's a Wonderful Lie") of House M.D.. In 2008, she guest-starred in an episode of 30 Rock. Moloney appeared in the 3rd installment of the Lstudio.com Web Series Puppy Love.

In 2009, she appeared in the US series Life on Mars as Professor Pat Olsen in the episode "Revenge of the Broken Jaw". She also appeared in the episode "Faithfully" of Law & Order: Criminal Intent as Allison Wyler.


In 2007, Moloney made her Off-Broadway stage debut as Theresa in the Playwrights Horizons production 100 Saints You Should Know, written by Kate Fodor and directed by Ethan McSweeny. She appeared in the Off-Broadway play Love, Loss, and What I Wore in September through October 2, 2011.


Moloney starred in the 2010 feature film Armless, as Anna. She made a brief appearance as Earlene in the 1995 Walter Hill directed western Wild Bill, and appears in the 2013 film Concussion.



Year Title Role Notes
1991 To Save a Child Janelle Lowry TV movie
1991 ...And Then She Was Gone Mary TV movie
1992 Double Edge Jen TV movie
1993 Dream Lover Alice Keller
1995 Safe Hairdresser
1995 Wild Bill Earlene
1997 ''Til There Was You Beebee, Age 25
1998 Desperate Measures Sarah Davis
1998 The Souler Opposite Thea Douglas
2002 Bang Bang You're Dead Ellie Milford
2005 Just Pray Cheryl Lawson
2005 Amber Frey: Witness for the Prosecution Amber Frey TV movie
2010 Armless Anna
2013 Concussion Pru
2013 Half the Perfect World Gina
2013 Stay Then Go Marion Baird


Year Title Role Notes
1987 Roomies Punk Co-Ed Episode: "The One That Got Away"
1993 The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. Mary Sims Episode: "Pirates!"
1993 Bakersfield P.D. Sarah Episode: "Lucky 13"
1995 ER Mrs. Nancy Larson Episode: "The Birthday Party"
1995 Murder, She Wrote Maria Corbin Episode: "Unwilling Witness"
1996 High Incident Bridesmaid McManus Episode: "Till Death Do Us Part"
1998 Sports Night Monica Brazelton Episode: "The Six Southern Gentlemen of Tennessee"
1999-2006 The West Wing Donna Moss 149 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2001, 2002)
Nominated " Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2002, 2004)
Nominated " Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2003-2006)
2007 Brotherhood Dana Chase 5 episodes
2008 House Maggie Episode: "It's a Wonderful Lie"
2008 30 Rock Jessica Speyer Episode: "Reunion"
2009 Captain Cook's Extraordinary Atlas Marion Malloy TV Pilot
2009 Life on Mars Pat Olsen Episode: "Revenge of Broken Jaw"
2009 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Allison Wyler Episode: "Faithfully"

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