Laila Robins

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Laila Robins
Born (1959-03-14) March 14, 1959 (age 60)
EducationUniversity of Wisconsin, Eau Claire (BA)
Yale University (MFA)
Years active1987–present
Partner(s)Robert Cuccioli (2000-present)

Laila Robins (born March 14, 1959) is an American stage, film and television actress. She has appeared in films including Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987), Live Nude Girls (1995), True Crime (1999), She's Lost Control (2014), and Eye in the Sky (2015). Her television credits include regular roles on Gabriel's Fire, Homeland, and Murder in the First.

Life and career[edit]

Robins was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, the daughter of Latvian American parents[1] Brigita (née Švarcs) and Jānis, whose surname was originally spelled Robiņš. Her father was a research chemist. Robins has three sisters.[2] She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire and attended the Yale School of Drama, earning a master of fine arts. Robins has been in a relationship with the actor Robert Cuccioli since 2000. They co-starred in Macbeth at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey; he was Macbeth, and she was Lady Macbeth.[3][4]


Robins appeared as Lady Utterword in the Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of George Bernard Shaw's Heartbreak House (2006). Robins' other Broadway appearances were Frozen by Bryony Lavery (2004), The Herbal Bed by Peter Whelan (1998), and The Real Thing by Tom Stoppard (1985), directed by Mike Nichols. (Robins succeeded actress Glenn Close in the role).

Robins has appeared Off-Broadway in Sore Throats by Howard Brenton, The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare, Mrs. Klein by Nicholas Wright (in which she also toured with Uta Hagen) (1995–1996), Burnt Piano by Justin Fleming and The Film Society by Jon Robin Baitz, among others.

In 1997, she starred in the Fiftieth Anniversary production of A Streetcar Named Desire at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. Robins also appeared as Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis in 2002. In 2000, she was cast opposite Richard Thomas in the stage revival of Tiny Alice. Robins is also a frequent performer at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, where she has starred in Macbeth, Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard.

Charles Isherwood, critic for The New York Times, assessed her stage work as Ariadne in George Bernard Shaw's Heartbreak House (2006). Robins played opposite Swoosie Kurtz, and Isherwood described both as such: "...this expert comic actress [Kurtz] may not fit the textbook definition of siren, as Hesione is called, but she may just be the most seductive woman on a New York stage right now...unless that nod goes to Ms. Robins, who locates the essence of her character's shallow allure in a languid, liquid strut and a smile both entrancing and devouring".[5]

Robins has won or been nominated for several awards for her work including the Actors' Equity Foundation Joe A. Callaway Award (1995), for The Merchant of Venice,[6] the 2012 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Ensemble for Sweet and Sad,[7] the Lucille Lortel Award nominations for Outstanding Featured Actress (2004) for Frozen[8] and Outstanding Lead Actress (2007) for Sore Throats,[9] the 1997 Joseph Jefferson Award Best Actress for A Streetcar Named Desire at The Steppenwolf Theatre,[10] the Helen Hayes Award nomination, 1997 Supporting Performer, Non-Resident Production for Mrs. Klein,[11] and the Drama League Award.[12]



Year Title Role Notes
1987 Planes, Trains and Automobiles Susan Page
1987 A Walk on the Moon Marty Ellis
1989 An Innocent Man Kate Rainwood
1990 Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael Elizabeth Zaks
1995 Live Nude Girls Rachel
1996 Female Perversions Emma
1997 The Blood Oranges Catherine
1999 True Crime Patricia Findley
1999 Oxygen Frances Hannon
2000 Drop Back Ten Viv
2001 The Loneliness of Animals Annabella Short film
2002 Searching for Paradise Barbara Mattei
2003 Happy End Irene
2004 Jailbait Mother
2006 Slippery Slope Michaela Stark
2006 Things That Hang from Trees Miss Millie
2006 A Broken Sole Passenger
2006 The Good Shepherd Toddy Allen
2008 August Ottmar Peevo
2008 The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond Mrs. Fenstermaker
2009 Welcome to Academia Deborah
2010 Multiple Sarcasms Lauren
2012 The Letter Dr. Tynan
2013 Blumenthal Cheryl
2013 Concussion Woman #3
2014 She's Lost Control Irene
2015 Grey Lady The Duchess
2015 Valeria Shirley Short film
2015 Eye in the Sky Jillian Goldman
2016 A Woman, a Part Bernadette
2017 Island Zero Maggie
2017 Impossible Monsters Dean Gaslow
2018 The Rest of Us Dean Patterson


Year Title Role Notes
1988 The Equalizer Cindy Claussen "The Last Campaign"
1989 Dream Breakers Phoebe TV film
1990-1991 Gabriel's Fire Victoria Heller Main role
1992 Trial: The Price of Passion Charm Blackburn TV film
1995 The Wright Verdicts Rachel "Unlucky Star"
1996 Law & Order Diana Hawthorne "Trophy"
1997 Nothing Sacred Jeanne Cole "House of Rage"
1998 Law & Order Liann Crosby "Venom"
1999 Spenser: Small Vices Rita Fiore TV film
1999 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Ellen Travis "A Single Life"
1999–2001 The Sopranos Young Livia Soprano "Down Neck", "Fortunate Son"
2000 Third Watch Sharon Reiner "Journey to the Himalayas"
2001 Witchblade Dominique Boucher "Conundrum", "Diplopia"
2001 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Kit Sternman "Enemy Within"
2004 Sex and the City Audra Clark "The Cold War"
2006 The Book of Daniel Nora Paxton 4
2009 30 Rock Gloria Baird "St. Valentine's Day"
2009 All My Children Claire Williams 3 episodes
2009 In Treatment Tammy Meswick Recurring role
2009–2010 Bored to Death Priscilla Antrem Recurring role
2010 God in America Anne Hutchinson "A New Adam/A New Eden"
2010 The Good Wife Paige Burchfield "Bad Girls"
2011 Too Big to Fail Christine Lagarde TV film
2011 Blue Bloods Mrs. Lee "Friendly Fire"
2011 Person of Interest Anja Kohl "Foe"
2012 Dark Horse Miranda Teras TV film
2013 Onion News Empire Helena Zweibel TV film
2014 The Money Ruth Castman TV film
2014 That Hopey Changey Thing Marian Apple TV film
2014 Sweet and Sad Marian Apple TV miniseries
2014 Regular Singing Marian Apple TV miniseries
2014 Homeland Martha Boyd Regular role
2015 Murder in the First Jamie Nelson Main role (season 2)
2016–2017 Quantico General Katherine Richards Recurring role
2018 Deception Special Agent Deakins Series regular
2018 New Amsterdam Mrs. Ryland "Every Last Minute"
2019 The Blacklist Katarina Rostova "Robert Diaz"
2019 The Handmaid's Tale Pamela Joy "Useful"
2019 The Boys Grace Mallory "You Found Me"


  • The Real Thing (1985)...Annie (Replacement); Plymouth Theatre (Broadway)
  • Summer and Smoke (1986)...Alma Winemiller; Williamstown Theatre Festival (Williamstown, MA)
  • Bloody Poetry (1987)...Mary Shelley; Manhattan Theatre Club (Off-Broadway)
  • The Film Society (1988)...Nan Sinclair; Second Stage Theatre/McGinn-Cazale Theatre (Off-Broadway)
  • The Lady from the Sea (1988)...Cast; Baltimore Center Stage (Baltimore, MD)
  • Maids of Honor (1990)...Monica Bowlin; WPA Theatre (Off-Broadway)
  • The Extra Man (1992)...Laura; Manhattan Theatre Club (Off-Broadway)
  • The Women (1993)...Cast; Hartford Stage Company (Hartford, CT)
  • The Merchant of Venice (1995)... Portia; Joseph Papp Public Theater/Anspacher Theatre (Off-Broadway)
  • Mrs. Klein (1996)...Melitta; National Tour
  • Mrs. Klein (1995)... Melitta; Lucille Lortel Theatre (Off-Broadway)
  • Skylight (1997)...Kyra Hollis; Mark Taper Forum (Los Angeles, CA)
  • A Streetcar Named Desire (1997)...Blanche du Bois; Steppenwolf Theatre Company (Chicago, IL)
  • The Herbal Bed (1998)...Susanna Hall; Eugene O'Neill Theatre (Broadway)
  • Fool for Love (1999)...May; McCarter Theatre (Princeton, NJ)
  • Tiny Alice (2000)...Cast; Second Stage Theatre (Off-Broadway)
  • Hedda Gabler (2000)... Hedda Gabler; Guthrie Theater (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Burnt Piano (2001) ...Karen; HB Playwrights Theatre (Off-Broadway)
  • Three Sisters (2001)...Masha; New Jersey Shakespeare Theatre (Madison, NJ)
  • Antony and Cleopatra (2002)...Cleopatra; Guthrie Theater (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Resurrection Blues (2002)...Emily; Guthrie Theater (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Fiction (2003)...Linda; McCarter Theatre (Princeton, NJ)
  • King John (2003)... Constance; New Jersey Shakespeare Theater (Madison, NJ)
  • Macbeth (2004)...Lady Macbeth; The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (Madison, NJ)
  • Frozen (2004)...Agnetha; Circle in the Square Theatre (Broadway)
  • Frozen (2004)... Agnetha; MCC Theater (Off-Broadway)
  • Heartbreak House (2006)...Lady Utterwood; American Airlines Theatre (Broadway)[13]
  • A Street Car Named Desire (2008) The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (Madison, NJ)
  • Noises Off (2009) The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (Madison, NJ)
  • The Dance of Death (2013) The Red Bull Theater (New York, NY)
  • The Lion in Winter (2016) Guthrie Theatre (Minneapolis, MN)


  1. ^ `Summer' star Robins has deep state roots,; accessed March 27, 2015.
  2. ^ Laila Robins profile,; accessed March 27, 2015.
  3. ^ Simonson, Robert. "Robins and Cuccioli Play Marrieds in Dietz Premiere, Fiction in NJ March 28" Archived 2012-10-21 at the Wayback Machine., March 28, 2003, accessed April 29, 2011
  4. ^ Saltzman, Simon. Macbeth. CurtainUp, 2004, accessed April 29, 2011; see also Nash, Margo. "Jersey Footlights". The New York Times, March 30, 2003, accessed April 29, 2011.
  5. ^ "THEATER REVIEW; British Gentry, Fiddling While the Abyss Looms" October 12, 2006, The New York Times
  6. ^ The Merchant of Venice, accessed September 23, 2016
  7. ^ Sweet and Sad, accessed September 23, 2016
  8. ^ Frozen, accessed September 23, 2016
  9. ^ Sore Throats, accessed September 23, 2016
  10. ^ "Laila Robins Details", accessed September 23, 2016
  11. ^ Rose, Lloyd. "Arena Stage Tops Hayes Nominations" The Washington Post, March 20, 1997
  12. ^ "Drama League". Retrieved 2018-04-30.
  13. ^ Laila Robins, Star File: Buzz

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