Hailing from Memphis, Tennessee, Ginnifer Goodwin has quickly found a home in Hollywood. With effusive talent, she shined in the Oscar-nominated biopic Walk the Line as Johnny Cash's first wife, opposite Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon. She was most recently seen in HBO's critically acclaimed series Big Love, opposite Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Chloe Sevigny and produced by Tom Hanks' Playtone Productions. In 2011 Goodwin performed in an industry reading of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Beth Henley's comedy, The Miss Firecracker Contest, directed by Judith Ivey and featuring Christopher Burns, Louis Cancelmi, Lauren Cohn, Mary Catherine Garrison and Ronica Reddick.
More recent films include Something Borrowed, opposite Kate Hudson and based on the bestselling novel by Emily Giffin;Ramona and Beezus; Tom Ford's directorial debut, A Single Man, alongside Julianne Moore and Colin Firth; He's Just Not That Into You, with Drew Barrymore and Jennifer Anniston; Jonathan Kasdan's In the Land of Women; and the independent films Day Zero, with Chris Klein and Elijah Wood, and Birds of America, with Matthew Perry and Hilary Swank.
Goodwin is a classically trained actress who holds a BFA in acting from Boston University. In 1997 she studied in England at Stratford-Upon-Avon's Shakespeare Institute, in conjunction with the Royal Shakespeare Company. The following year she earned an Acting Shakespeare Certificate at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She returned to England in 2000 to attend the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. During her senior year at Boston University, Goodwin performed in a number of student films and several college and local stage productions. She was presented with the Excellence in Acting: Professional Promise Award by the Bette Davis Foundation and graduated with honors.
Moving to New York City following graduation, Goodwin landed a guest role on an episode of Law & Order. In 2001 she joined the cast of the comedy series Ed, playing the bookishly cynical Diane Snyder. She also starred in Comedy Central's telefilmPorn 'N Chicken. Her breakthrough role came in her first feature film, Mike Newell's Mona Lisa Smile, in which she co-starred with Julia Roberts and Kirsten Dunst. Soon after, she starred in Robert Luketic's romantic comedy, Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!, with Josh Duhamel, Kate Bosworth and Topher Grace.
Goodwin currently resides in Los Angeles.