Actress and singer Miriam Shor was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and at sixth months old moved to Venice, Italy where her academic father was teaching and studying. It was there her love of theatre started when she saw her first opera at the age of two. She began doing plays in high school, and went on to be among the first people to receive a BFA from the theatre program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor as well as a BA in English. After graduation she moved to New York City to pursue a career in the theatre.
Shor currently stars alongside Sutton Foster in the hit TV Land series "Younger" from "Sex and the City" creator Darren Star. Shor plays Diana Trout, head of marketing at the show's fictional publishing house, for which she earned a 2018 Critics Choice Award nomination for best supporting actress in a comedy series. She also made her directorial debut to critical acclaim. The show returned for its sixth season this June. In 2018, Shor appeared in the final season of FX's "The Americans." She portrayed a bedridden cancer patient and wife of a nuclear arms negotiator, and earned a 2018 SAG Award nomination alongside the ensemble cast.
On the film side, Shor will next be seen leading the cast of "Magic Hour," a comedy written and directed by Jacqueline Christy, and executive produced by Jose Rivera ("The Motorcycle Diaries"). Shor stars as Harriet, a long-suffering housewife who has a midlife crisis and decides to finally live out her dream of going to film school. Shor also recently wrapped the Netflix drama "Lost Girls" opposite Amy Ryan, Gabriel Byrne, Lola Kirke and Thomasin McKenzie. Directed by Oscar nominee Liz Garbus, the film is based on the book Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery by Robert Kolker and depicts the harrowing true story of a mother searching for her missing daughter on Long Island.
In the early 1990s Shor landed a variety of roles in many off-Broadway productions, the most successful of which was the rock musical "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" by John Cameron Mitchell, where she played drag queen, Yitzhak. In 2001 she starred in the musical's critically successful film adaptation and in 2002 received an Outfest Screen Idol Award for her portrayal of Yitzhak. She also lent her voice to the film's GRAMMY-nominated soundtrack. Having gone back to her theatre roots many times, Shor has worked with a range of renowned artists such as Stephen Sondheim, Terrence McNally and Lanford Wilson as well as many young, up and coming writers. In 2016, Shor co-starred in the Public Theater's "extraordinarily moving drama" (The New York Times) "Sweat" by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage, which received a Tony nomination for best play.
In addition to "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," Shor has appeared in more than a dozen films throughout her career, including Mary Stuart Masterson's drama "Cake Eaters," the comedy "Bedazzled" with Brendan Fraser and Elizabeth Hurley and "Puerto Ricans in Paris" alongside Luis Guzman and Edgar Garcia.
Shor's television credits include playing Cricket Caruth-Reilly, a strong-willed business woman with an apparently perfect marriage, on ABC's 2012 comedy series "GCB" alongside Leslie Bibb, Kristin
Chenoweth and Annie Potts, as well as: "Then Came You," "Inside Schwartz," "Big Day" and "Swingtown." She also appeared on the first and third season of the FX drama "Damages," the HBO miniseries "Mildred Pierce," and as the dogged reporter "Mandy Post" in the fourth, fifth and sixth seasons of the "The Good Wife." Her guest star credits include "High Maintenance," "Broad City," Mysteries of Laura," "Becker," "The West Wing," "My Name Is Earl," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" and "Bored to Death."
Miriam speaks fluent Italian, having grown up splitting her time between Detroit, Michigan and first Venice, then Torino, Italy. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Manhattan. She also loves to travel, but having established her status as a true New Yorker, hates driving.