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'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel': Rachel Brosnahan's Life Before Fame

Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Actress

Marvelous Mrs. Maisel actress, Rachel Brosnahan has won over hearts on the Amazon Prime show, but did you know she actually got her big break on the Netflix series House of Cards? Here is everything you need to know about The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel actress! 

Marvelous Mrs. Maisel actress, Rachel Brosnahan was born in Wisconsin and raised by her British mother and American father in Illinois as a child. When Rachel was in junior high school and high school she loved to participate in school musical performances, but her parents never imagined her hobby would turn into a career! 

When Rachel was 16 she took an acting class with her now manager Carole Dibo and was cast in her first film, The Unborn (2009) while she was still in high school. She continued acting while attending New York University and Tisch School of the Arts. 

Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Actress Rachel Brosnahan's Early Roles

Rachel Brosnahan in 2014

Marvelous Mrs. Maisel actress, Rachel Brosnahan has starred in episodes of many TV series such as: 

as well as acting in many Broadway plays including Up and Othello. In 2013 she landed a 2-episode role on the Netflix series House of Cards.

However, after the screenwriter fell in love with her acting, Rachel stayed on for a longer role as former prostitute "Rachel Posner". Her time on House of Cards lead her into a life of fame and to her future role on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Rachel Brosnahan on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel


In 2017 Rachel landed the role of title character "Midge Maisel", a 1950s Jewish housewife turned comedian and has been charming audiences with her independent, witty character ever since.

The show now has three seasons and shows no signs of stopping. In real life, Rachel is happily married to actor Jason Ralph and most recently appeared alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in the British film Ironbark.

Fun Facts About Rachel Brosnahan 

  • She was on her high school wrestling team for 2 years
  • She used to be a snowboarding instructor
  • She is the niece of late fashion designer Kate Spade

We just can't get enough of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel actress and look forward to season 4!