Martha Rodgers

Played by Susan Sullivan


Castle’s mother, Martha Rodgers, is a former Broadway actress who never quite made it as big as she thinks. But that hasn’t stopped her from seeking whatever spotlight she can. Despite being swindled out of her savings by an ex-husband, and being forced to move in with her son and granddaughter Alexis, Martha is happy to keep family close by. She’s always there to point Castle in the right direction…or whichever direction she thinks is right. She may not have all the right answers but Martha stands by her family with loyalty, love and usually a glass of wine. These days, Martha is hard at work putting together an acting school where she can impart her formidable thespian skills and shower students with her unique outlook on life.


Two-time Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Susan Sullivan is well known to television audiences for her starring roles in the long running hits Dharma & Greg and Falcon Crest. She has also made numerous guest appearances, including in Two and a Half Men, The Nine and Judging Amy.

Born in New York, Sullivan attended Hofstra University on a drama scholarship. On Broadway she starred in Jimmy Shine, opposite Dustin Hoffman, and in The Beauty Part. Off Broadway she played the leads in The Fourth Wall and Buffalo Gal. She toured with the L.A. Theatre Works production of The Pentagon Papers. Her extensive list of regional theater credits includes Fifth of July at the Mark Taper Forum and the National Touring Company's production of Uncle Vanya, as well as The Three Sisters. Sullivan also appeared in Twelfth Night, Macbeth and The Winter's Tale for PBS. She is a member of both the Matrix and Antaeus Theatre companies in Los Angeles.

In addition to her series roles, Sullivan has starred in numerous features and made-for-television movies, including My Best Friend's Wedding, The Incredible Hulk, Midway, A Perfect Stranger and Rich Man, Poor Man.

A founding member of the Celebrity Action Council at the Los Angeles Mission, Sullivan has served on the Board of the Felice Foundation and been a spokesperson for the National Hospice Foundation and Save the Children.

Sullivan is bi-coastal and shares her life with noted psychologist and author Dr. Connell Cowan and a couple of finicky feline friends.