Dana Delany has always sought out characters who will challenge her. That quest led her to the role of Army nurse Colleen McMurphy in the ABC drama China Beach, a heroic young woman who worked in the blood-soaked trenches of the 510th Evac Hospital in Vietnam. The role brought her two Emmys (in 1989 and 1992) and, in turn, launched her on a lifetime mission to find meaning in her work. Currently that pursuit has her co-starring as Colonel Eisa Turnbull on the new CBS series The Code, which debuts on Tuesday, April 9th.
Over the course of her career, Delany has taken on a number of high-profile television roles, from playing a brilliant medical examiner in ABC’s Body of Proof to starring as Katherine Mayfair on ABC’s Desperate Housewives to starring opposite Ron Perlman in the Amazon Studios drama Hand of God. She has also been the voice of Lois Lane on the animated series Superman, The Batman/Superman Adventures, Justice League and Batman.
In addition to her two Emmys, Delany has been nominated for three other Emmys, two for China Beach and the third for the CBS drama Family Law. She got her start in the theater, but soon segued into television with roles in Moonlighting and Magnum, P.I. She has also appeared in the feature films Tombstone (1993), Housesitter (1992), Fly Away Home (1996), Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993) and Light Sleeper (1992).
Delany’s recent stage work includes the American Repertory Theater’s production of The Night of the Iguana in Boston as well as the MCC Theater production of Jen Silverman’s unpredictable comedy, Collective Rage: A Play in Five Betties.
Dana also serves on the boards of New York Stage and Film and the Ojai Playwrights Conference.