Paula Newsome

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Paula Newsome
Alma materWebster University
Years active1991–present

Paula Newsome is an American actress. In 2021, she appeared in the crime television series CSI: Vegas,[1] as well as the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Spider-Man: No Way Home.

Early life

Newsome grew up in Chicago and is a graduate of Morgan Park Academy. She received a bachelor's degree from Webster University’s Conservatory of Theater Arts.[2]


Newsome began having an interest in acting as a child performing in community theater, before moving to New York City. While in New York, she was cast in a number of Broadway productions.[3] She made her big screen debut appearing in a supporting role in the 1992 comedy film Straight Talk starring Dolly Parton.[4] She went on to guest star in a number of notable television series, include Chicago Hope, Law & Order, Ally McBeal, Dharma & Greg, NYPD Blue, ER, Heroes, and Criminal Minds.

Newsome was a regular cast member in a number of short-lived television series. First, she co-starred alongside Mark Feuerstein and Lauren Graham in the NBC sitcom Conrad Bloom (1998). In 2003, she appeared in the NBC legal drama The Lyon's Den starring Rob Lowe. From 2007 to 2008, she starred alongside Angie Harmon, Laura Harris and Aubrey Dollar in the ABC police drama Women's Murder Club playing medical examiner Claire Washburn.[5] The following years, she returned to playing guest-starring roles, appearing on The New Adventures of Old Christine, Bones, Parenthood, FlashForward,[6] Drop Dead Diva, Grey's Anatomy, Suits, Castle, and most notably How to Get Away with Murder opposite Viola Davis, for which she received positive reviews.[7] She also had recurring roles on City of Angels, NCIS, and Suburgatory.[8] In 2018 she appeared as Detective Moss in the first season of HBO's Barry.[2] In 2019, Newsome appeared in 7 episodes of Chicago Med as Caroline Charles, ex-wife of Dr. Daniel Charles, Chief of Psychiatry, and mother of Robin Charles.

In film, Newsome has appeared in Guess Who (2005), Little Miss Sunshine (2006), Reign Over Me (2007), Things We Lost in the Fire (2007), Thinspiration (2014), Black or White (2014) and Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021).[9]



Year Title Role Notes
1992 Straight Talk Ellen
2005 Guess Who Darlene
2006 Little Miss Sunshine Linda
2007 Reign Over Me Melanie
Things We Lost in the Fire Diane
2014 Black or White Judge Margaret Cummins
2021 Spider-Man: No Way Home MIT Assistant Vice Chancellor


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Keeper of the City Receptionist Television film
1996 Swift Justice Ada Pierce 1 episode
1998 Law & Order Carol Mallon 1 episode
Conrad Bloom Faye Reynolds Main role, 13 episodes
1999 Chicago Hope Michelle Corwin / Kathy Stalworth 2 episodes
Ally McBeal Phyllis Butters 1 episode
2000 Dharma & Greg Charlene 1 episode
ER Rehab Receptionist Margaret 1 episode
City of Angels Dr. Helen Chanley 3 episodes
2001 First Years Alyse 1 episode
Judging Amy Ms. Pitt 1 episode
2002; 2004 The Guardian Angela / James Mooney's Sister 2 episodes
2003 The Lyon's Den Kathy Wolf Recurring role, 8 episodes
2003–2004 NYPD Blue Tammy Carlyle 3 episodes
2004 Friends Stewardess 1 episode, uncredited
2005 Yes, Dear Donna 1 episode
Killer Instinct Mrs. Cavanagh 2 episodes
Night Stalker Dr. Lawrence 1 episode
Criminal Minds Detective Shea Clavin 1 episode
2007 Heroes Dr. Witherson 2 episodes
2007–2008 Women's Murder Club Dr. Claire Washburn Main role, 13 episodes
2009 The New Adventures of Old Christine Principal Diane Slater 1 episode
Bones Kelly Bissette 1 episode
2009–2013 NCIS Jackie Vance 4 episodes
2010 FlashForward Dr. Callie Langer 1 episode
Drop Dead Diva Wanda Williams 1 episode
2010–2011 Parenthood Dr. Robertson 2 episodes
2011 Grey's Anatomy Mrs. Sturgeon 1 episode
Pretty Little Liars Coach Fulton 2 episodes
Suits Lucille Jackson 1 episode
2012 1600 Penn Atlanta Weaver 1 episode
2012–2014 Suburgatory Tracy 4 episodes
2015 Cougar Town Principal Shore 1 episode
Backstrom Jill Chapin 1 episode
Castle Debbie Parker 2 episodes
2016 How to Get Away with Murder Joyce Robinson 1 episode
Code Black Margaret Wesley 1 episode
2016–2017 No Tomorrow Tyra DeNeil Fields 3 episodes
Transparent Dr. Leona Gunderson 3 episodes
2017 Doubt Talia Mendez 1 episode
2018–2019 Barry Detective Janice Moss Recurring role, 9 episodes
2019 Boomerang Victoria Jackson 2 episodes
Chicago Med Caroline Charles Recurring role, 12 episodes
2020 The Unicorn Vanessa 1 episode
The Twilight Zone Pastor Nichelle Del Rio 1 episode
2021 CSI: Vegas Maxine Roby Main role


  1. ^ CBS Fall 2021-22 Schedule: ‘NCIS’, ‘Bull’ & ‘S.W.A.T.’ On the Move, ‘FBI’ Tuesday, Reality Expansion
  2. ^ a b Wagner, Curt (7 April 2018). "Chicago stage veteran can't believe she's being wooed by the Fonz on 'Barry'". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  3. ^ An Interview with Paula Newsome (Claire, Women's Murder Club) By Rachel Thomas, Guide, Jan 14 2008.
  4. ^ The New York Times Movies
  5. ^ "Paula Newsome". Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  6. ^ FlashForward adds Paula Newsome By Jay Tomio of, October 27, 2009 at 3:44 pm
  7. ^ Team TVLine (20 February 2016). "Connor Jessup's Performance in 'American Crime' Season 2 — Shooting - TVLine". TVLine. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  8. ^ Matt Webb Mitovich (8 October 2012). "Suburgatory Season 2 — Tim Meadows, Paula Newsome as Malik's Parents - TVLine". TVLine. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  9. ^ Marvel Entertainment (August 23, 2021). Spider-Man: No Way Home - Official Teaser Trailer. Retrieved August 24, 2021 – via YouTube.

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