Christine Jane Baranski
is an American film, stage, and television actress who is best known for her television role as Maryann Thorpe on the CBS
. Since 2009
, she currently stars as Beverly Hofstadter
on the sitcom The Big Bang Theory
and Diane Lockhart
on the legal and political drama series The Good Wife and its spin-off The Good Fight
She played Prunella Stickler in the 2003 Disney direct-to-video film Eloise at the Plaza and reprised her role in its sequel. She portrayed the Wicked Stepmother in the 2014 Disney live-action fantasy musical film Into the Woods and Carol in Life with Mikey.