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Madeline Zima
File:Madeline Zima.jpg
Born Madeline Rose Zima
September 16, 1985 (1985-09-16) (age 24)
New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1992 – present
Official website

Madeline Rose Zima (born September 16, 1985) is an American actress. She is mostly known for her six years as Grace Sheffield on the TV Series The Nanny or more recently as Mia Lewis on the Showtime dramedy Californication and as Gretchen on Heroes. In 2009, Madeline placed #5 on FHM's 100 Sexiest Women in the World list.[1]


Early life

Zima was born in New Haven, Connecticut, to Marie and Dennis Zima. She has two younger sisters, Vanessa and Yvonne, both of whom are also actresses.[2] Her surname means "winter" in Polish and comes from her paternal grandfather who was from Poland.[3]


Zima began her career at the age of 24 months when she was chosen as a toddler to appear in a television commercial for Downy fabric softener.[4] She played the role of Grace Sheffield on the television show The Nanny for six years. Zima has become known for her work in films such as The Hand That Rocks the Cradle and having most recently appeared in the Hilary Duff film A Cinderella Story and the soon to be released films: Dimples, Looking for Sunday, Once in a Very Blue Moon and Legacy alongside Hillary Duff's sister Haylie Duff.

In 2007, Zima played Mia Cross, a sexually precocious and worldly 16-year old, on the series Californication. Zima returned for a second season of Californication in 2008 reprising her role as bratty 17-year-old Mia. In promotion of Mia's book, Fucking and Punching, Zima starred in several Californication webisodes that are featured on YouTube. In 2009, Zima joined the cast of Heroes as Gretchen, Claire Bennet's quirky bisexual roommate and tentative love interest.[5][6]

She stars as Jill in the 2009 release The Collector. [7]


Year Title Role Notes
1992 The Hand That Rocks the Cradle Emma Bartel
1993 Law & Order Samantha Silver Episode: "Extended Family"
Mr. Nanny Kate Mason
The Last Supper Holly
1993-1999 The Nanny Grace Sheffield 145 episodes
1996 JAG Cathy Gold Episode: "Sightings"
1997 'Til There Was You Gwen, Age 12
Touched by an Angel Alexandra 'Ally' Episode: "Children of the Night"
1998 The Rose Sisters
Second Chances Melinda Judd
1999 Lethal Vows Danielle Farris
Chasing Secrets JoAnn Foley (age 14)
Chicken Soup for the Soul Katie Episode: "Starlight, Star Bright"
2000 The Sandy Bottom Orchestra Rachel Green TV movie
2001 The Big Leaf Tobacco Company Girl #1
The Nightmare Room Alexis Hall Episodes: "School Spirit" and "Full Moon Halloween"
King of the Hill Various Episodes: "Kidney Boy and Hamster Girl: A Love Story" and "Bobby Goes Nuts"
Gilmore Girls Lisa Episode: "Like Mother, Like Daughter"
2003 Lucy Teen Lucy
7th Heaven Alice Miller Episode: "Go Ask Alice"
2004 A Cinderella Story Brianna
Strong Medicine Pam Episode: "Like Cures Like"
2006 Looking for Sunday Trisha
3 lbs. Cassie Mack Episode: "Lost for Words"
2007-2009 Californication Mia Cross 25 episodes
2007 Ghost Whisperer Maddy Strom Episode: "Mean Ghost"
Grey's Anatomy Marissa Episode: "Forever Young"
2008 Legacy Zoey Martin Video
Dimples Frances
Streak Stella
2009 The Collector Jill
Trance Jessica Completed
2009-present Heroes Gretchen Berg 10 episodes
2010 My Own Love Song Post-Production.
The Family Tree Mitzi Post-Production

Awards and nominations

She was nominated three times for a YoungStar Award at the YoungStar Awards, in 1995, 1997 and 1999 all of them for Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Comedy TV Series for The Nanny (1993).

She was also nominated thirteen times for a Young Artist Award at the Young Artist Awards:

  • 1993 - Best Young Actress Under Ten in a Motion Picture for The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992)
  • 1994 - Best Youth Actress Leading Role in a Motion Picture Comedy and for Outstanding Youth Ensemble in a Television Series shared with Benjamin Salisbury and Nicholle Tom both for The Nanny (1993)
  • 1995 - Best Performance by a Youth Actress as a TV Guest Star for Law & Order (1990), and Best Performance by a Youth Ensemble in a Television Series shared with Nicholle Tom and Benjamin Salisbury, Best Performance by an Actress Under Ten in a Motion Picture and Best Performance by an Actress Under Ten in a TV Series, all of them for The Nanny (1993)
  • 1996 - Best Performance by a Young Actress in a TV Comedy Series for The Nanny (1993)
  • 1998 - Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series by a Supporting Young Actress for The Nanny (1993)
  • 2001 - Best Performance in a TV Movie (Drama) by a Leading Young Actress for The Sandy Bot


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