Drea de Matteo is one of the actors of A Million Little Things, portraying the role of Barbara Nelson.


Early lifeEdit

Not much is known about de Matteo' early life. She is of Italian descent and was born on January 19, 1972 in Whitestone, Queens, New York. Her mother, Donna, is a playwright and playwriting teacher, and her father, Albert, is a furniture manufacturer who was owner and CEO of Avery Boardman and Carlyle. She grew up in a Roman Catholic family.

After graduating from the Loyola School, de Matteo studied at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, originally hoping to become a director, not an actress.


De Matteo has appeared in several films including Swordfish, Deuces Wild, The Perfect You, Prey for Rock & Roll and the 2005 remake of John Carpenter's 1976 action film Assault on Precinct 13. She had the starring role in Abel Ferrara's R Xmas for which she received some very positive reviews.

De Matteo's role in The Sopranos was one of her earliest, helping to launch her career. In 2004, she won an Emmy for Best Supporting Actress (Drama) for her role as Adriana on the fifth season of the series, and was nominated for a Golden Globe the same year, for the same role.

From 2004 to 2006, de Matteo portrayed Joey Tribbiani's sister Gina in the Friends spin-off Joey. The show was cancelled after two seasons.

De Matteo played the role of Wendy Case in the FX original series Sons of Anarchy. The pilot episode aired September 3, 2008, and De Matteo continued making regular appearances into the series' sixth season. She was promoted to a series regular for the seventh and final season.

De Matteo played Angie Bolen, the mother of the Bolen family, on season 6 of the ABC show Desperate Housewives. She officially left the series at the season 6 finale in 2010, due to personal reasons.

De Matteo played the stepmother of Steve Wilde, the main character of the FOX comedy Running Wilde, appearing in Season 1, Episode 9. De Matteo co-starred as Krissi Cates in the film adaptation of Dark Places (2015), with Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Nicholas Hoult. In 2015, she was cast as Det. Tess Nazario in the NBC drama series Shades of Blue, starring alongside Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta. It premiered on January 7, 2016, and concluded on August 19, 2018.

In 2019, de Matteo was cast as Barbara Nelson on A Million Little Things.[1]


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