Nancy Lee Grahn is an Emmy-winning actress, currently starring as “Alexis Davis” on ABC’s General Hospital.
Training under acting greats Sanford Meisner and Bill Esper in New York City, Nancy began her career in theater. She transitioned to a contract role on One Life to Live before eventually moving to the west coast to continue her career in television with guest-starring appearances in more than a dozen top-rated prime time shows.
For eight years, Nancy portrayed attorney “Julia Wainwright,” a role she originated on NBC’s innovative soap Santa Barbara. Her work earned her the 1989 Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, along with critical acclaim and a dedicated fan-base. Following the conclusion of that show, Nancy returned to prime time with guest-starring and recurring appearances in shows such as Models, Inc.; Steven Bochco’s Murder One; Melrose Place; and, 7th Heaven.
Presently, Nancy portrays General Hospital attorney “Alexis Davis.” During her time at GH, Nancy has been Emmy-nominated six times – three times for Outstanding Supporting Actress (2000, 2011, & 2012) and three times for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (2003, 2004, & 2005).
Next, Nancy is set to launch Back Talk, a new web series for UCBcomedy.com, the Upright Citizens Brigade online comedy channel. The show will poke fun at what happens behind the scenes at women’s talk shows such as The View and The Talk.
In addition to acting, Nancy has also guest-hosted ABC’s The View and co-hosted SOAPnet’s Soap Talk talk show, as well as co-hosting the Emmy-nominated SOAPnet Reveals ABC Soap Secrets.
Nancy was born on April 28, the second of three daughters, to Barbara and Robert Grahn. She grew up in Skokie, Illinois, and still returns regularly to spend time with her family and friends. Nancy is a devoted single-mom to daughter Kate, the great joy of her life.
Nancy is also a tireless campaigner for the political and social causes she supports. She founded “Daytime for Choice” in 1989, focusing on the protection of Roe v. Wade — work she has continued through the present, including speaking engagements during President Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. Nancy champions a wide range of women’s and children’s issues, devoting her time, efforts, and voice to the causes she holds dear.