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Overview (2)

Born in Halifax, Yorkshire, England, UK
Birth NameChristine Pickles

Mini Bio (1)

Hailing from an English theatrical family, Christina Pickles is a beloved stage-trained actress who has enjoyed a rich and varied career that has allowed her to show her incredible range and great depth of character in her performances. She sets the bar for all at an entirely new height with this year's "Outstanding Actress, Short Form, Comedy or Drama, Short Form" for her critically lauded performance in "Break a Hip" earning a remarkable seventh Emmy nomination for a superior performance. Earlier, Christina earned an Emmy nod for her hilarious role on "Friends" as 'Ross' and 'Monica Geller's' mom adding to five nominations for her historic role on precedent-setting "St. Elsewhere."

Probably best known for her portrayal of "Nurse Helen Rosenthal" on the NBC hit hospital drama "St. Elsewhere" and "Judy Geller," the dysfunctional mother of Monica (Courtney Cox) and Ross (David Schwimmer), on the NBC smash comedy hit "Friends," Christina was Emmy-nominated five times for "St. Elsewhere" and once for her indelible role on "Friends."

Christina just added her seventh Emmy nomination this summer for her hilarious and touching performance as "Biz" in the short-form comedy series "Break A Hip." Guest stars and riveting performances surround her indelible character including those from Oscar winners Allison Janey, Octavia Spencer and Jim Rash as well as a laugh-out-loud turn from Peri Giipin. It was Christina five years ago that learned about the infectious storyline of "Break A Hip" and its protagonist, 'Biz,' insisting producer/director Cameron Watson turn this into the Short Form hit series you see today. It's the best in its space at a time when all of us are living longer and know a 'Biz' in our lives.

Christina trained at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London before moving to New York where she was a member of The APA Repertory Company and enjoyed a luminous career starring on and Off-Broadway. After moving to Los Angeles for "St. Elsewhere," she worked consistently in film and television establishing herself as a versatile actress able to perform both comedy and drama deftly. Film credits include "The Wedding Singer," Baz Luhrmann's "Romeo + Juliet," "Grace of My Heart," and "Legends of the Fall." As a voice-over artist, Christina can be heard in classic episodes of "The Family Guy" and as the spokesperson for Pavilions supermarket.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Monique Moss

Spouse (2)

Ian Masters (2005 - present)
Victor Lobl (1962 - 1985) ( divorced) ( 2 children)

Trivia (13)

She has a son, Oliver, and a daughter, Rebecca.
Best known for her sly, subtle digs as Elliott Gould's wife in a recurring role on the classic sitcom "Friends," the politely disapproving mother of Courteney Cox Arquette and David Schwimmer.
Broadway stage actress born in Britain who has played everything from Ibsen and Chekhov to Pirandello and Moliere in New York during the 60s. Turned to TV soaps and guest comedy roles in the mid-70s.
Naturalized U.S. citizen.
Auditioned for the role of Dr. Katharine Pulaski on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987).
Niece of actor Wilfred Pickles.
Attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London with Albert Finney and Peter O'Toole as classmates.
Aunt of actor Harry Gostelow.
Sister of actress Vivian Pickles.
Christina attended Crossley and Porter School in Halifax, Yorkshire.
Sister of Judge James Pickles.
She was awarded the 1985 Drama Logue Award for Outstanding Performance for "Undiscovered Country" at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
She was awarded the 1988 Drama Logue Award for Outstanding Performance for "Darlinghissima," in a Sundays at the Itchey Foot production at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

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