|Born||Madeline Rose Zima
September 16, 1985
New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
Madeline Rose Zima (born September 16, 1985) is an American actress. She is best known for her six years as Grace Sheffield on the TV series The Nanny (1993–1999) or more recently as Mia Lewis on the Showtime comedy-drama Californication (2007–present) and as Gretchen Berg on Heroes (2009–2010).
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. Her surname means "winter" in Polish and comes from her maternal grandfather, who was from Poland.
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. 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, A Cinderella Story, Dimples, Looking for Sunday, Once in a Very Blue Moon and Legacy.
In 2007, Zima played Mia Lewis, a sexually precocious and conniving 16-year old, on the series Californication. Zima returned for a second season of Californication in 2008. In promotion of Mia's book, Fucking & Punching, Zima starred in several Californication webisodes that are featured on YouTube. In 2009, Zima joined the cast of Heroes as Gretchen Berg, Claire Bennet's quirky bisexual roommate and tentative love interest.
|1992||The Hand That Rocks the Cradle||Emma Bartel|
|1993||The Nanny||Grace Sheffield|
|1993||The Last Supper||Holly||Short film|
|1997||'Til There Was You||Gwen, age 12|
|1998||The Rose Sisters|
|1998||Second Chances||Melinda Judd|
|2001||The Big Leaf Tobacco Company||Girl #1||Short film|
|2004||A Cinderella Story||Brianna|
|2006||Looking for Sunday||Trisha|
|2009||The Collector||Jill Chase|
|2011||The Family Tree||Mitzy Steinbacher|
|2012||Breaking the Girls||Alex Layton|
|2012||Crazy Kind of Love||Annie|
|1993||Law & Order||Samantha Silver||Episode: "Extended Family"|
|1993-1999||The Nanny||Grace Sheffield||Regular role (147 episodes)|
|1996||JAG||Cathy Gold||Episode: "Sightings"|
|1997||Touched by an Angel||Alexandra 'Ally'||Episode: "Children of the Night"|
|1999||Chasing Secrets||Jo Ann Foley (age 14)||TV film|
|1999||Chicken Soup for the Soul||Katie||Episode: "Starlight, Star Bright"|
|1999||Lethal Vows||Danielle Farris||TV film|
|2000||The Sandy Bottom Orchestra||Rachel Green||TV film|
|2001||The Nightmare Room||Alexis Hall||Episodes: "School Spirit", "Full Moon Halloween"|
|2001||King of the Hill||(voice)||Episodes: "Kidney Boy and Hamster Girl: A Love Story", "Bobby Goes Nuts"|
|2001||Gilmore Girls||Lisa||Episode: "Like Mother, Like Daughter"|
|2003||Lucy||Teen Lucille Ball||TV film|
|2003||7th Heaven||Alice Miller||Episode: "Go Ask Alice"|
|2004||Strong Medicine||Pam||Episode: "Like Cures Like"|
|2006||3 lbs||Cassie Mack||Episode: "Lost for Words"|
|2007||Ghost Whisperer||Maddy Strom||Episode: "Mean Ghost"|
|2007||Grey's Anatomy||Marissa||Episode: "Forever Young"|
|2007-2011||Californication||Mia Lewis||Recurring role (28 episodes)|
|2008||5 or Die||Amelia||TV short|
|2009-2010||Heroes||Gretchen Berg||Recurring role (11 episodes)|
|2010||My Boys||Ashley||Episode: "Be a Man!"|
|2011||Royal Pains||Toby Thompson||Episode: "Me First"|
|2012||The Vampire Diaries||Charlotte||Episode: "We'll Always Have Bourbon Street"|
|2013||Gilded Lillys||TV series, in 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 Bottom Orchestra
- "FHM's 100 Sexiest Women 2009".
- "Madeline Zima on zima-sisters.net". Retrieved 2007-02-14.
- "Interview: Californication's Madeline Zima is 'Haute'". Archived from the original on September 19, 2008. Retrieved 2007-12-20. "Madeline Zima: "[...] my grandfather on my mom's side was Polish. It means 'winter.' Zima comes from that; it's my mother's maiden name.""
- "'Hand' Keeps 5-Year-Old's Career Rocking". January 20, 1992. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
- Andreeva, Nellie. "Zima joins Heroes for recurring role". Hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved 2009-06-03.[dead link]
- Nellie Andreeva (February 10, 2012). "Blythe Danner, Sarah Bolger & Madeline Zima Cast In ABC Pilot ‘Gilded Lilys’". Deadline.com. Retrieved March 9, 2012.