Virginia Madsen is an American actress who played the role of Penelope on Witches of East End.


A cool, classic beauty with a vibrant blonde mane and an exuberant flair for the dramatic, Virginia Madsen is one of Hollywood’s most versatile and unique actresses. Not only did she receive amazing reviews for her Academy Award®- and Golden Globe®-nominated performance in Alexander Payne’s hit film "Sideways," but this Independent Spirit Award-winning actress has an illustrious resume of roles alongside the most notable and respected actors in the business.

This past year, Madsen filmed AMC’s "Hell on Wheels" and the independent feature "The Wilderness of James," the NBC pilot "Hatfields & McCoys," and also starred in the feature, "The Magic of Belle Isle," directed by Rob Reiner, opposite Morgan Freeman. She also recently starred in the independent features "The Hot Flashes," alongside Brooke Shields, Daryl Hannah and Wanda Sykes; "Crazy Kind of Love" and TNT’s "Hornet’s Nest." Madsen’s other films include starring roles opposite Harrison Ford in the action thriller "Firewall," Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline in Robert Altman’s last film, "A Prairie Home Companion," and Forest Whitaker in the existential drama "The Ripple Effect." She also starred opposite Jim Carrey in New Line’s 2007 psychological thriller "The Number 23," directed by Joel Schumacher.

Madsen lives in Los Angeles with her teenage son. Her mother is the Emmy® Award-winning Elaine Madsen, and her brother is the gifted actor, Michael Madsen.


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  • She is good friends with Rachel Boston, whom she met on the set of Scoundrels in 2010.