Donna Murphy is an American film, stage, and television actress and singer. She is well known for several roles such as Carla Tyrell on NBC's Law and Order. She also played Juliette Simone in the 2000 teen drama film, Center Stage, Ruth Sherwood in the 2003 film, Wonderful Town, and Rosalie Octavius in Spider-Man 2.​

For Disney, she voiced Mother Gothel, in the highly successful 2010 Disney animated film, Tangled, and reprised the role in most of the character's appearances, including the video game of the same name, the episodes "What the Hair?!" and "Rapunzeltopia" of the television series and Kingdom Hearts III.

She also played Angela Forrester in the ABC TV show, Resurrection and Rebecca Sherman in Quantico.

Disney Roles



  • Murphy was praised for her abilities to give a sweet and seemingly innocent voice to such a vile and sinister villain, which is seldom found in other actors and actresses. She was also praised for her vocal work in "Mother Knows Best". So far, this is one of Murphy's largest and most critically acclaimed roles.
  • Similar to her character Mother Gothel. the place she lives is in Corona. but in New York City. the namesake is the Kingdom where her character steals baby Rapunzel.
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