Anna Baryshnikov

Anna Baryshnikov
Anna Katerina Baryshnikov [1]

(1992-05-22) May 22, 1992 (age 28)
Alma mater Northwestern University
Occupation Actress
Years active 2014–present
Parent(s) Mikhail Baryshnikov
Lisa Rinehart
Relatives Shura Baryshnikov (half-sister)

Anna Katerina Baryshnikov (born May 22, 1992) is an American actress. She had her breakout role as Sandy in the 2016 film Manchester by the Sea as well as being a series regular in the CBS sitcom Superior Donuts in its first season.[2]

Early life

Baryshnikov is the daughter of Russian American ballet dancer and actor Mikhail Baryshnikov and former ballet dancer Lisa Rinehart.[3] As a young girl, Baryshnikov tried taking beginner's ballet classes but decided she was unsuited for discipline, as she was too hyperactive and talkative when she was supposed to be focused at the barre.[4] Her elder half-sister, from her father's relationship with actress Jessica Lange, is dancer Shura Baryshnikov. Anna grew up in Palisades, New York, and attended school in New York City.[3]


Baryshnikov began acting at age 6 in a children's theater production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, portraying Peaseblossom, a handmaiden to fairy queen Titania. After graduating from Northwestern University in 2014, she began acting professionally on various television series, including Doll & Em on HBO.[5] Her parents were initially hesitant about her career choice before becoming supportive.[6]

Baryshnikov's most prominent role to date was in the 2016 critically acclaimed drama Manchester by the Sea, alongside Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams. Her character, Sandy, is a girlfriend of Patrick Chandler, portrayed by Lucas Hedges.[3] She practiced her character's Boston accent by working with a dialect coach and going to Boston-area malls to hear how local teenage girls really spoke.[4]

She starred as grad student Maya in the CBS series Superior Donuts, based on the play of the same name by Tracy Letts.[7][8] The series, which debuted in February 2017, was renewed for a second season by CBS,[9] but Baryshnikov's character does not appear in the second season, with Maya having completed her thesis towards the end of Season 1.

In 2017, she appeared in the Broadway production of the play Time and the Conways.[10]

In 2018, she appeared in drama film The Kindergarten Teacher.

On September 26, 2018, Baryshnikov was cast in the lead role of Lavinia Norcross Dickinson in Apple TV+ series Dickinson, alongside Hailee Steinfeld.[11]


Year Title Role Director Notes
2016 Wiener-Dog Tara Todd Solondz
2016 Manchester by the Sea Sandy Kenneth Lonergan Nominated—Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated—Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
2018 The Kindergarten Teacher Meghan Sara Colangelo
Year Title Role Notes
2015 The Mysteries of Laura Tracy Dunn Episode: "The Mystery of the Deemed Dealer"
2015 Doll & Em Journalist Episode #2.5
2015 Blue Bloods Jenny Strong Episode: "With Friends Like These"
2016 Model Woman Jill Weitz pilot
2016 I Shudder Hallie TV movie
2016 Good Girls Revolt Kathy 3 episodes
2017 Superior Donuts Maya Regular role (Season 1 only)
Adaptation of the play
2019–present Dickinson Lavinia Dickinson Regular role


  1. ^ "Mikhail Baryshnikov". Turner Classic Movies.
  2. ^ Swartz, Tracy (May 4, 2017). "How Anna Baryshnikov's Northwestern education helped shape her 'Superior Donuts' role". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Roso, Katherine Cusumano (November 16, 2016). "Anna Baryshnikov Is Ready to Be a Leading Lady". W Magazine. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Anna Baryshnikov Had To Be Talked Out Of Attending Prom At 22". The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. CBS. April 29, 2017. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
  5. ^ Shia, Jonathan (July 26, 2016). "Anna Baryshnikov". Interview Magazine. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  6. ^ Adams, Cindy (October 4, 2016). "Proud papa Mikhail Baryshnikov supports daughter at premiere". Page Six. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
  7. ^ Scharf, Lindzi (January 25, 2016). "Sundance 2016: Five Minutes With Anna Baryshnikov". Women's Wear Daily. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  8. ^ Balasundar, Gautam (November 21, 2016). "Anna Baryshnikov Breaks Out in Manchester by the Sea". The Last Magazine. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  9. ^ Aslanian, Emily (May 8, 2017). "'Superior Donuts' Star Jermaine Fowler Takes Our Blind Donut Taste Test (VIDEO)". TV Insider. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
  10. ^ Lee, Ashley (August 8, 2017). "Anna Camp to Join Elizabeth McGovern in Broadway's 'Time and the Conways'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  11. ^ Petski, Denise (September 26, 2018). "'Dickinson': Toby Huss, Anna Baryshnikov, Ella Hunt & Adrian Enscoe Cast In Apple Comedy Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 26, 2018.

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