The Minnesota-born actress Brooke Elliott worked hard to break into stardom. Meet the gorgeous actress behind ditzy "Jane Bingum" on Drop Dead Diva.
Drop Dead Diva: Brooke Elliott
Brooke Elliott was raised in Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Illinois, eventually settling in Michigan. She acted while she was in school, appearing in several plays like Richard III and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Elliott went on to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Musical Theater Performance from Western Michigan University. While in school, brave and bold Brooke even worked as a waitress at a 1950s-themed restaurant that required her to dance on tables multiple times a shift!
The actress was highly active and was a member of the stage combat theatre group Babes With Blades that landed her roles in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Heathers, and The Miracle Worker. Brooke went on tour for the Beauty and the Beast and was in the original touring cast of Wicked with American Idol star Adam Lambert!
She quickly grew in popularity, landing a spot in Mel Gibson's comedy What Women Want and in a Law & Order spin-off before she scored the starring role in Lifetime's Drop Dead Diva. Brooke portrayed vapid and shallow aspiring model "Deb Dobkins" who is killed in a car crash and returns in the body of "Jane Bingum".
Brooke Elliott as "Jane Bingum"
Brooke brilliantly played her complicated character, a selfish woman taking on the life of a plus-sized caring lawyer who selflessly gave her life for someone else. Brooke essentially had to take on two characters in one! The Los Angeles Times praised Brooke as "a stage actress with fabulous comic timing and enormous dramatic flexibility."
Drop Dead Diva skyrocketed in popularity, running for 6 addictive seasons and featured countless celebrity guest appearances! Clay Aiken, Lance Bass, Kathy Griffin, Kim Kardashian, Mario Lopez, Joan Rivers, and many others were featured on the series but Brooke told Glamour she was most star-struck when Liza Minelli, Delta Burke, and Rosie O'Donnell all worked in one episode with her!
Brooke has continued her stage performances and starred in the Netflix series Dolly Parton's Heartstrings and now has a starring role in Sweet Magnolias as "Dana Sue Sullivan". The dramatic Netflix series centers 3 friends since childhood, tackling the heavy burden of adulthood together.
Sweet Magnolias has just been renewed for a second season and we cannot wait to watch! Brooke Elliott is an incredible talent so whatever she is a part of is guaranteed to be great!