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JESSE TYLER FERGUSON (Leo Bloom) currently stars as Mitchell Pritchett on the Emmy-winning ABC comedy Modern Family. In its first two seasons, the show has earned two Emmys for Outstanding Comedy Series, a Golden Globe for Outstanding Comedy Series, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. Ferguson has also received two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. No stranger to television, Ferguson received rave reviews and was honored by The Hollywood Reporter in 2006 as one of Ten to Watch for his role on the CBS ensemble sitcom The Class. His additional television credits include Do Not Disturb and Ugly Betty. Film credits include Untraceable and Wonderful World.
The theater has always been Ferguson’s first love. He attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC and made his Broadway debut at the age of 21 as Chip in George C. Wolfe’s revival of On The Town. He later went on to originate the role of Leaf Coneybear in the Tony-winning Broadway musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (“Outstanding Ensemble Performance” winner, Drama Desk Awards, 2005; “Distinguished Performance” nominee, Drama League Awards, 2005). He has worked extensively with The New York Public Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park in such notable productions as The Merchant of Venice, A Winter’s Tale, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (“Distinguished Performance” nominee, Drama League Awards, 2008), where he performed alongside Al Pacino, Jesse L. Martin, Martha Plimpton, and Lily Rabe. Other theater credits include world premieres of Christopher Shinn’s Where Do We Live and Michael John LaChiusa’s Little Fish.
Ferguson is also an advocate and active supporter of the Human Rights Campaign. In 2011, he was honored with the HRC’s Media Award, which recognizes an individual for establishing a positive, increased awareness of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues in the media. Ferguson currently resides in Los Angeles.