Dana Delany made her mark as army nurse Colleen McMurphy on ABC-TV’s critically acclaimed series China Beach, for which she received two Emmy Awards and four nominations for Best Dramatic Actress. Delany is currently co-starring with Ron Perlman in the Amazon series drama Hand of God which returned for a second season on March 10. From 2011-2013, Delany starred as medical examiner Dr. Megan Hunt in the ABC drama Body of Proof.
Following her graduation from Wesleyan University, Dana, a Stamford, Connecticut native, went to New York where she soon debuted on Broadway in Hugh Leonard’s A Life. Critical acclaim in a number of off-Broadway productions including Nicholas Kazan’s Blood Moon led to her arrival in Los Angeles for the west coast production of the controversial drama. Additional theatre credits include Translations, Much Ado About Nothing, opposite Billy Campbell at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, and the Pulitzer prize-winning play Dinner With Friends, alternating roles in NY, LA and Boston. In 2007 Dana appeared in Neil Labute’s Things We Said Today at the EST marathon in New York. Most recently Dana starred in Beau Willimon’s The Parisian Woman at the South Coast Repertory directed by Pam MacKinnon and she currently appears as hotel manager Maxine in ART’s rendition of Tennessee Williams’ The Night of the Iguana.
Dana has appeared in numerous films including Tombstone (1993), Housesitter (1992), Fly Away Home (1996), Light Sleeper (1992) and the animated film Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993). For three seasons, Dana portrayed Katherine Mayfair on the hit ABC series Desperate Housewives. Other television credits include Fox’s Pasadena, and NBC’s Kidnapped opposite Timothy Hutton. Episodic work includes Family Law, for which she received an Emmy Award nomination for outstanding guest actress in a drama series.
Television movies/limited series include: True Women (1997), Wild Palms and For Hope (1996), in which she played a woman suffering from Scleroderma, directed by Bob Saget, and Choices of the Heart: The Margaret Sanger Story (1995). Dana produced and starred in the ABC telefilm Final Jeopardy (2001) based on New York sex-crimes prosecutor Linda Fairstein’s novel. Last fall she appeared in the French mini-series Une Chance de Trop, based on Harlan Coben’s novel No Second Chance which can now be seen on Netflix.
Since 1996, Dana has provided voice-over work as Lois Lane on the WB’s animated series Superman, The Batman/Superman Adventures, Justice League, and The Batman.
With a strong belief in the importance of supporting writers who have a unique voice, Dana serves on the boards of New York Stage and Film and the Ojai Playwrights Conference.