About: Acting Career

 
 
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Acting Career

Alicia Witt has had a three-decade long career, starting with her acting debut as Alia in David Lynch's classic ‘Dune’. Alicia received rave reviews for her role as Paula in Season Six of AMC’s critically acclaimed series The Walking Dead. Witt also appeared on Season 4 of ABC’s hit drama series Nashville as country star Autumn Chase. Witt was most recently seen on Fox’s The Exorcist. Other recent credits include the Emmy-award winning Showtime series ‘House of Lies’ opposite Don Cheadle; DirecTv series ‘The Kingdom’, the hit CBS show ‘Elementary’, and TNT series ‘The Librarians’. Witt is also well known to Hallmark audiences for her annual Christmas movies; her latest, which she co-wrote and is producing, is due for Christmas 2018. She can also be seen this fall in Season 2 of anthology series Lore, on Amazon. 

In 2014, Alicia joined the 5th Season of Emmy-award winning FX series ‘Justified’ with Timothy Olyphant. Alicia played Wendy Crowe, the smart and sexy paralegal sister of crime lord Daryl Crowe (Michael Rapaport) who takes matters into her own hands to bring him to justice in the Season 5 finale. On stage, she most recently appeared at the Geffen Playhouse in the Los Angeles debut of Tony-nominated Neil Labute play ‘reasons to be pretty’. In 2013, Alicia appeared opposite Peter Bogdanovich and Cheryl Hines in the independent family dramedy 'Cold Turkey', in a performance which NY Daily News critic David Edelstein hailed as one of the best of 2013. Also released in 2013 was the film 'I Do', which had a nationwide theatrical release after screening at 25 festivals worldwide and winning 10 awards. Alicia has two songs featured in this film as well. 

Other recent credits include the 2012 Samuel Goldwyn film 'Cowgirls n Angels', with James Cromwell, and Seasons 4 and 5 of the Emmy award winning Friday Night Lights on NBC. Alicia starred opposite Al Pacino in the 2008 feature film '88 Minutes' for director Jon Avnet. That same year she played Detective Nola Falacci opposite Chris Noth on NBC’s 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' for half a season, taking over for Julianne Nicholson while she was on maternity leave. 

Other roles include Paramount’s 'Last Holiday' with Queen Latifah and Timothy Hutton, and New Line’s critically acclaimed film ‘The Upside of Anger’, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, opposite Joan Allen & Kevin Costner. She also starred in Warner Bros’ hit romantic comedy, 'Two Weeks Notice', opposite Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock. Witt appeared on-stage in fall 2006 at London’s Royal Court Theatre in Terry Johnson’s 'Piano/Forte'. She made her West End debut with Neil LaBute's 'The Shape of Things'. She was also seen on stage in 'Dissonance' at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. In April 2015, Alicia took the stage at the Gramercy Theatre for the 24 Hour Musicals off Broadway, for the 4th time.

In 1994, Witt appeared in the critically acclaimed 'Fun', which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. The film, directed by Rafal Zielinski, depicts a tale of two disturbed young girls whose quest for fun leads them to murder. Witt received the “Special Jury Recognition” Award at Sundance and a nomination for an Independent Spirit Award. In 1998, she starred in Columbia Tristar’s hit horror movie, 'Urban Legend'. On television, Witt starred for four seasons as Cybill Shepherd's daughter Zoey on the hit CBS sitcom ‘Cybill’. She also guest starred on the phenomenally successful HBO series, ‘The Sopranos’, and the Emmy award winning ‘Ally McBeal’, in which she sang with Randy Newman. Witt combined her acting talents with her skills as a pianist in the romantic comedy, 'Playing Mona Lisa'. 

Alicia made her directorial debut with the short film 'Belinda’s Swan Song', which she also wrote. The film premiered at the 2006 Rhode Island International Film Festival and was screened at 9 additional festivals around the world, including the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival. 

She also appeared in 'Mr. Holland’s Opus', opposite Richard Dreyfuss, as clarinet player Gertrude, as well as 'Four Rooms' (Miramax) with Tim Roth, Madonna, and Lili Taylor, and directed by Quentin Tarantino, Allison Anders, Robert Rodriguez, and Alexandre Rockwell. She was also seen in the John Waters film 'Cecil B. Demented', with Stephen Dorff and Melanie Griffith, as well as director Cameron Crowe’s 'Vanilla Sky', opposite Tom Cruise. Other film credits include 'Bongwater' opposite Luke Wilson; Mike Figgis’ 'Liebstraum'; 'Bodies, Rest and Motion', starring Tim Roth and Bridget Fonda; ‘Peep World’ with Sarah Silverman, Michael C. Hall and Rainn Wilson; and critically acclaimed short ‘The Pond’ with David Morse.