Gwyneth Kate Paltrow, born September 27, 1972,[1] is an American actress, singer and food writer. She is known for her roles in Seven, Emma, Great Expectations, Shakespeare in Love, Iron Man (plus Iron Man 2 and 3), and she guest starred as Holly Holliday on Glee between 2010 and 2011. She won the 2011 Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy for her role as Holly Holliday.

Personal life


Paltrow was born in Los Angeles, California to Blythe Danner, an actress, and Bruce Paltrow, late producer and director.[1] Her father was Jewish and her mother Christian. She has a younger brother, Jake, and is half-cousin of actress Katherine Moennig, and second cousin of former U.S. congress woman Gabrielle Giffords. 

Paltrow was raised in Santa Monica, where she attended Crossroads School, before enrolling in the Spence School, a private girls' school in New York City. Later, she briefly studied anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, before dropping out to act.

Paltrow married Coldplay lead vocalist, Chris Martin, on December 5, 2003 in Los Angeles, California.[2] They have a daughter, Apple Blythe Alison (born 14 May 2004),[3] and a son, Moses Bruce Anthony (born April 2006).[4] Paltrow announced, in March 2014, that she and Martin would separate after 10 years of marriage.[5] The divorce became finalized in July 2016.

Paltrow was reportedly (as of August 2014) in a relationship with Glee's co-creator Brad Falchuk[6]; it was confirmed when the couple announced their engagement on January 8, 2018.[7] The couple married in September 2018.[8]

She is also the face of American fashion brand Coach, owner of the lifestyle company and author of the cookbook My Father's Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family & Togetherness.

Paltrow was named People's "World's Most Beautiful Woman" in 2013.[9]


She made her acting debut on stage in 1990 and started appearing in films in 1991. Paltrow won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her work in the film Shakespeare in Love (1998). Recently she has played the role of Virginia "Pepper" Potts in Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3 and The Avengers. She is also known for her roles in films like Emma (1996), The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), Shallow Hal (2001), and Proof (2005).

On Glee

In the Season One episode Throwdown, Finn mentions Gwyneth Paltrow and that she named her child Apple to Quinn in Spanish class when they were discussing baby names, which Quinn didn't want to do.

Paltrow appears in the episodes The Substitute, Sexy, and A Night of Neglect as Holly Holliday, a laid back and cool substitute teacher who helps some Glee kids with their problems.

Paltrow reprized her role as Holly in the 100th episode of Glee.[10] It was a two part episode that aired on March 18 and 25.[10]


Paltrow launched goop, a lifestyle company, in 2008. She announced that she was taking a break from acting to focus on goop 24/7 in 2016.[11]


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Shout Rebecca
Hook Young Wendy Darling
1992 Cruel Doubt Angela Pritchard TV movie
1993 Flesh and Bone Ginnie
Malice Paula Bell
Deadly Relations Carol Ann Fagot Applegarth Holland TV movie
1994 Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle Paula Hunt
1995 Moonlight and Valentino Lucy Trager
Seven Tracy Mills also credited as Se7en
Jefferson in Paris Patsy Jefferson
Higher Learning Student uncredited
1996 Emma Emma Woodhouse
The Pallbearer Julie DeMarco
Hard Eight Clementine
1998 Shakespeare in Love Viola De Lesseps
A Perfect Murder Emily Bradford Taylor
Hush Helen Baring
Great Expectations Estella
Sliding Doors Helen
1999 The Talented Mr. Ripley Marge Sherwood
2000 Bounce Abby Janello
Duets Liv
2001 Shallow Hal Rosemary
The Royal Tenenbaums Margot Tenenbaum
The Anniversary Party Skye Davidson
2002 Possession Maud Bailey
2003 Sylvia Sylvia Plath
View from the Top Donna Jensen
2004 Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow Polly Perkins
2005 Proof Catherine
2006 Running with Scissors Hope Finch
Love and Other Disasters Hollywood Jacks
Infamous Kitty Dean
2007 The Good Night Dora Shaller
2008 Two Lovers Michelle Rausch
Iron Man Pepper Potts
2010 Glee Holly Holliday ("The Substitute," "Sexy," "A Night of Neglect," "100" and "New Directions"; 2010 - 2011; 2014)
Country Strong Kelly Canter
Iron Man 2 Pepper Potts
2011 Contagion Beth Emhoff
2012 Thanks for Sharing Phoebe
The New Normal Abby ("Pilot" and uncredited)
The Avengers Pepper Potts
2013 Iron Man 3 Pepper Potts
2014 Web Therapy Maya Ganesh ("Call in the Light" and "Arguing in Agreement")
2015 Mortdecai Johanna
2016 33 días Dora Maar


Official Account



Gwyneth Paltrow winning an Oscar® for "Shakespeare in Love"

Gwyneth Paltrow winning an Oscar® for "Shakespeare in Love"

Gwyneth Paltrow on Her Sheer Dress

Gwyneth Paltrow on Her Sheer Dress

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