Janel Moloney, was born and raised in Woodland Hills, California.
She is the daugther of two hair-dressers named John and Judy, and has two older siblings (Lance, who is a contractor, and Meegan, an attorney) and a twin sister, called Carey, a nurse.
She studied ballet for ten years, but continued to work at acting.
She studied acting briefly at the State University New York-Purchase, but soon returned to Los Angeles to begin s. Her acting teacher Roy London is known as her biggest inspiration.
She guest-starred on the tv series Sports Night where she was introduced to Sports Night (and The West Wing) executive producers Aaron Sorkin and Thomas Schlamme.
From 1999 until 2006 she portrayed Senior Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff, Donatella Moss on Sorkin's show The West Wing.
She was an Emmy Award nominee in 2004 and 2005.
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