Wendi McLendon-CoveyBeverly Goldberg
Actor, comedian and producer Wendi McLendon-Covey is a master of comedy. With perfect timing and an indelible presence both on stage and camera, she has been captivating audiences her entire career. As fan favorite matriarch Beverly Goldberg on "The Goldbergs," New York Magazine's Vulture called her "The Greatest TV Mom of 2015" for her performance in the third season. For this role, she has been nominated for two Critics Choice awards.
On the big screen, Wendi can recently be seen in Michael Showalter's ensemble comedy, "Hello My Name Is Doris," released by Roadside Attractions on March 11, 2016. Wendi recently wrapped production on various exciting projects: Larry Charles' "Army Of One," where she stars alongside Nicolas Cage and Rainn Wilson; Scott Speer's upcoming comedy, "Status Update," alongside John Michael Higgins and Rob Riggle; and Peter Landesman's "Felt," – the eagerly awaited drama based on Mark Felt, also known as "Deep Throat," from the Watergate scandal of 1974.
Last year, Wendi was tapped to host Ellen DeGeneres' "Repeat After Me," a reality comedy show. In addition to playing master of ceremonies, she was the comedic strategy behind the guest stunts. Celebrity guests would be placed in situations to interact with everyday people in various situations (sports, restaurants, shopping, etc.), while following explicit and hilarious instructions from Wendi via an earpiece. Using her improv skills, Wendi would steer guests into gleeful chaos.
Many know Wendi from her starring role in "Bridesmaids," the 2011 groundbreaking female comedy. The ensemble cast garnered the film a SAG nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical. The film won an AFI award in 2012 for Movie of the Year. There has not been a comedy film since with this incredible amount of critical acclaim.
Wendi most recently appeared in Steve Harvey's "Think Like A Man Too," opposite Kevin Hart and Regina Hall, and before that she starred in Tyler Perry's "Single Mom's Club," with Terry Crews and Amy Smart. She also starred in Adam Sandler's Happy Madison production "Blended," opposite Sandler himself and Drew Barrymore.
True comedy fans will recognize Wendi from her five-year arc on "Reno 911," a cult classic mockumentary about law enforcement, as well as roles on "Lovespring International," "Modern Family," and "Rules Of Engagement." Wendi got her start at the world famous Groundlings Theater in Los Angeles, where she excelled at both improv and sketch comedy.
She currently resides in Los Angeles, with her husband.
An overbearing, hyper-emotional shopaholic with no sense of boundaries and a big mouth that she's not afraid to use. Her job is maintaining the house and she takes her job seriously, but she's no put upon housewife. Beverly wears the pants in the family. When Bev wants something, she'll do anything to get it. Beverly gives everything to her kids and has been there every step of the way -- PTA, orange slices at games, letting you know she's washing your dirty underpants. Just one problem: She's at the point in her life where it's time to start letting go, but she CAN'T. Beverly is realizing that once her children are out of the picture, there's not much left... so she's clinging on to what she has. Even though she fights with her husband thirteen times a day, they remain unhealthily dependent on each other. There IS love under all the bickering and their marriage somehow manages to work.