known as the world's most popular TV mom from CBS’ The Big Bang Theory, stars in and EP's Night Court
Melissa Rauch continues to make her mark in the world of television, film, and stage as a talented actress, producer, and writer.
Rauch is best known for her portrayal of Bernadette Rostenkowski on America's most-watched network comedy show, THE BIG BANG THEORY which earned multiple Golden Globe and Emmy award nominations and won Critics' Choice Awards for "Best Comedy Series.” Rauch's charisma and comedic timing earned her Critics' Choice and People's Choice Award nominations. The all-star cast earned nominations for "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series" from the Screen Actors Guild for four years straight.
Rauch will star in and executive produce NIGHT COURT, a follow-up to the classic legal comedy series, which has been given a pilot order by NBC. She will star opposite John Larroquette, reprising his Emmy-winning role. Written and executive produced by Dan Rubin based on the original series created by Reinhold Weege, the multi-camera Night Court centers on unapologetic optimist judge Abby Stone (Rauch), the daughter of the late Harry Stone, who follows in her father’s footsteps as she presides over the night shift of a Manhattan arraignment court and tries to bring order to its crew of oddballs and cynics, most notably former night court prosecutor Dan Fielding (Larroquette). Melissa Rauch and Winston Rauch executive produce via their After January production company, in association with Warner Bros. Television, which was also the studio behind the original series, and Universal Television.
Rauch's impressive television career spans such shows as HBO’s TRUE BLOOD, Showtime's award-winning series BLACK MONDAY, and NBC's THE OFFICE.
Rauch starred in the comedy THE BRONZE, which she co-wrote, and executive produced with her husband Winston Rauch. The film was the official opening night film selection of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Rauch played a bitter former gymnastics bronze medalist who must fight for her local celebrity status when a new young athlete star rises in town. Variety's Ramin Setoodeh wrote, "[Rauch] delivers the best breakthrough comedic performance by an actress since Melissa McCarthy in BRIDESMAIDS." Sony Pictures Classics released the film in 2016.
Other notable film credits include Steven Soderbergh's film THE LAUNDROMAT, where she starred opposite Meryl Streep, ODE TO JOY alongside Martin Freeman, I LOVE YOU MAN with Paul Rudd, Tom DiCillo's DELIRIOUS, Matthew Weiner's ARE YOU HERE, and the box office hit ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE. Rauch also co-wrote, directed, and starred in the short film, THE CONDOM KILLER, a film noir comedic satire, an official selection of the 13th Annual Hollywood Film Festival, and The Friar's Club Comedy Film Festival.
Rauch garnered critical acclaim for her award-winning portrayal of the former President's daughter in her one-woman stage show, THE MISS EDUCATION OF JENNA BUSH, which enjoyed runs in New York City and Los Angeles and was an official selection of the HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen. The play won top honors in The New York International Fringe Festival, including "Outstanding Solo Show" and "The Audience Favorite Award." Rauch also received stellar reviews for her play, THE SECRET LUNCHES OF CHELSEA & IVANKA, which she co-wrote and starred in.