Jul. 4th, 1978
New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Becki Newton's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2007 - August Rush
Guest TV Roles
Herself - Judge
Mrs. Hannigan (Voiced)
Young Melanie Whitley
Rebecca Sara "Becki" Newton (born July 4, 1978) is an American actress best known for her roles as Amanda Tanen on the television series Ugly Betty and Quinn on How I Met Your Mother.
Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Becki Newton was raised in Guilford, Connecticut. She is of English and Czech descent and began performing musicals and plays at local theaters, and studied at the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated with a B.A. in European History. At Penn, Newton was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority.
After graduation, Newton then moved to New York City and landed several roles in television commercials for such companies as the Olive Garden.
Newton portrayed the character Amanda Tanen in the comedy-drama series Ugly Betty from 2006 to 2010. With co-star 'Michael Urie', Newton co-hosted the Official Ugly Betty Podcast. She also appeared in ABC.com's Mode After Hours webisode series. Ugly Betty was canceled in 2010 after four successful seasons allowing the show to receive a proper series finale.
In late 2009, Newton performed at a New York City Center Encores! presentation of the Gershwin musical Girl Crazy, which was directed by Jerry Zaks. She portrayed Molly Gray and performed opposite real-life husband 'Chris Diamantopoulos'.
Newton starred in the television series Love Bites. The hour-long romantic comedy was created by executive producer Cindy Chupack, who worked on Sex and the City. NBC announced the pick up of the series in May 2010. However, with Newton announcing her pregnancy, co-star 'Jordana Spiro' contractually obligated to stay with her other show My Boys (which was later cancelled) and Chupack's desire to leave the show, Love Bites was pushed back to midseason. Love Bites aired in summer 2011 on NBC and was cancelled after eight episodes. In November 2011, Newton was cast on CBS's How I Met Your Mother as Quinn, a love interest for Neil Patrick Harris's character Barney Stinson. In 2013, Newton starred in the Fox mid-season TV series The Goodwin Games.
Newton met her husband, Chris Diamantopoulos, in a subway station in New York, and they married (May 12, 2005). It was announced on July 1, 2010 that Newton and Diamantopolous were expecting their first child. She gave birth to a son in early Nov 2010.
Her older brother, Matt Newton, is also an actor. He guest starred as the boyfriend of Ugly Betty character Marc St. James. Her mother, Jennifer, is an award-winning artist, and her aunt, Stephanie Chase is a classical violinist.
- Brother 'Matt Newton (I)' (qv) is also an actor.
- Met her husband, 'Chris Diamantopoulos' (qv), on the subway.
- Speaks Spanish, German, and Greek.
- First job after arriving in New York City was as a waitress at the Times Square Brewery.