Nicole Sullivan
Nicole Sullivan
Nicole Sullivan in 2010


Nicole Julianne Sullivan


(1970-04-21) April 21, 1970 (age 48)


Manhattan, New York, U.S.


Actress, Comedienne

Years active


Character on King of Queens.

Holly Shumpert in 50 episodes, 2001-2007

Nicole Julianne Sullivan (born April 21, 1970) appeared as Holly Shumpert, a friend of Doug and Carrie Heffernan, for five seasons (2001–2005, 2007) on the CBS sitcom The King of Queens. A talented actress, comedian and voice-over artist. Sullivan is also well known for her six seasons (1995–2001) on the sketch comedy series MADtv.


She has played a recurring character on the NBC-TV sitcom series Scrubs and Let it Shine Disney Channel Original Movie provided the voice for the villainous Shego in Disney's Kim Possible. She had recurring voice roles on Family Guy and voiced "Franny Robinson" in Disney's Meet the Robinsons. From 2008 to 2009, Sullivan starred and was the lead of her own Lifetime television series Rita Rocks. Currently, she voices Marlene in series The Penguins of Madagascar. Sullivan also currently appears as Jules's (Courteney Cox) therapist Lynn Mettler, on the comedy Cougar Town. More previously she acted as Lyla in the Disney channel original movie Let it Shine.

Early lifeEdit

Sullivan was born in Manhattan, New York, the daughter of Edward C. Sullivan, a New York State assemblyman.[1] She took dance classes at age 7 and performed in Off Broadway and Broadway productions with the First All-Children's Theatre. Sullivan's mother, a business woman, and her father, who represented Manhattan's 69th Assembly District in the New York State Assembly from 1977 to 2002, moved the family upstate toMiddleburgh, New York, in 1982. During high school, Nicole was class treasurer throughout her junior year. She played soccer in high school, recorded statistics for the boys’ basketball team and was a member of student council.

After graduating from Middleburgh in 1987,[2] she attended Northwestern University as a theatre major. She studied William Shakespeare, Harold Pinter, Anton Chekhov, Henrik Ibsen and Greek tragedied, while working two jobs to pay her way through college and writing plays and sketches for the student theatre. Sullivan spent her junior year in London, studying at the British American Drama Academy and became a member of the Greenwich Shakespeare Company. Sullivan graduated from Northwestern with honors, and then moved to Los Angeles before getting sporadic guest-starring roles.



Sullivan was among the original cast members on MADtv when it premiered in 1995. She created numerous characters; her most popular was the mean-spirited Vancome Lady. Sullivan's other characters included X-News reporter Amy, dimwitted Antonia, Eracists leader Debbie, News at 6's Diane Lawyer-Trabajo (pronounced "trebalyo"), racist country music singer Darlene McBride, and Latina bimbo Lida Rosario. Sullivan appeared with fellow MADtv castmember Michael McDonald in a MADtv sketch about making an audition tape to appear on Law & Order that mocked their acting prowess; she later guest-starred in the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode "Contact". Sullivan was featured in the Nov/Dec 2009 issue of Making Music Magazine.[3]


Sullivan's impersonations included Britney Spears, Drew Barrymore, Justin Timberlake, Hillary Clinton, Mary-Kate Olsen, Jennifer Aniston, Nancy Reagan, Meg Ryan, Celine Dion, Melanie Griffith, Jenna Elfman, Uma Thurman, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kim Cattrall, Beth Broderick, Anne Robinson, Helen Hunt, Edie Falco (as Carmela Soprano from The Sopranos), Emma "Baby Spice" Bunton, and Lucille Ball (as Lucy Ricardo in a trio of I Love Lucy parodies), and Julia Louis-Dreyfua.

Voice acting projectsEdit

Sullivan was originally cast as Turanga Leela, one of the main characters in the animated series Futurama, which premiered in 1999.[4] Due to a casting change, Katey Sagal was instead given the role before the series even aired.[5]


  1. Nicole Sullivan Biography (1970–) at accessed 2011-07-03.
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  3. Features – Garage Groove, accessed 2011-07-03.
  4. IGN Interviews Billy West, by Ken P. 2005-08-22 accessed 2005-08-22.
  5. ‘Futurama’-Rama: Welcome Back to the World of Tomorrow, by Dave Itzkoff for The New York Times (, June 24, 2010, accessed 2010-07-08.