American actress Ellen Dolan was born on October 16, 1955 in Monticello, Iowa. She took a theater degree at the University of Iowa, later earning her master’s degree in theater at the same university. She also trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. She began acting in 1980, first appearing on productions staged at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater. She has since played roles in the productions of Cat on a Hit Tin Roof, How the Other Half Loves, and The Nerd. She’s also started the theater group The Studio Three Group in New York City.
Dolan, however, is more known for her roles on daytime television. She first joined the daytime soap Guiding Light in 1982, playing the role of Maureen Reardon, the daughter of Bea Reardon (Lee Lawson). Her character eventually married Ed Bauer (Peter Simon). She left the show in 1986.
Three years later, Dolan had a short stint in the daytime soap Another World, before joining the cast of another daytime soap, As the World Turns. She took on the role of Margo Montgomery Hughes, a character she inherited from Hillary B. Smith. Her character was married to Tom Hughes (Scott Holmes), and their pairing enjoyed supercouple status. This role led to a Daytime Emmy nomination in 1993.
Dolan also starred in several prime time television shows. She appeared in television movies such as Mother’s Day, Mothers, Daughters and Lovers and Dancing with Danger. She also played guest roles in Walker, Texas Ranger and Angel Falls.