100 Talented TV Actresses

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1.
Alyson Hannigan
Alyson Hannigan was born in Washington, D.C., to Emilie (Posner), a real estate agent, and Al Hannigan, a truck driver. She began her acting career in Atlanta at the young age of 4 in commercials sponsoring such companies as McDonald's, Six Flags, and Oreos. She is a seasoned television actress veteran...
“ - for 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' and 'How I Met Your Mother' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
2.
Amy Acker
Born and raised in Dallas, Texas where she graduated Lake Highlands High School, Amy Acker is the oldest of four children; she has two sisters and one brother. An acting major at Southern Methodist University, Amy acted in several college theater productions. She appeared in various roles during the fantasy segments for the popular award-winning children's TV series Wishbone...
“ - for 'Angel' and 'Dollhouse' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
3.
Candice King
Candice Rene King (née Accola) (born May 13, 1987) is an American actress, singer and songwriter, known for portraying the role of Caroline Forbes on The CW's The Vampire Diaries. Candice King was born in Houston, Texas, the daughter of Carolyn (Clark), who was an environmental engineer before becoming a homemaker...
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4.
Kristen Bell
Actress, Frozen
Kristen Anne Bell (born 1980) is an American actress and singer. She was born and raised in Huntington Woods, Michigan, and is the daughter of Lorelei (Frygier), a nurse, and Tom Bell, a television news director. Her ancestry is Polish (mother) and German, English, Irish, and Scottish (father). Kristen found her talent in entertainment at an early age...
“ - for 'Veronica Mars' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
5.
Nora Kirkpatrick
Actress, The Office
Nora created, wrote and directed the first ever comedy series in Virtual Reality, with SNL alum Mike O'Brien, which is set to air early 2017 on Hulu. She was a founding member and accordion player for the band Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, with whom she won a Grammy in 2013. Nora starred in the film Pink Grapefruit...
“ - for 'Greek' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
6.
Julie Benz
Actress, Dexter
Julie Benz was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA on May 1, 1972. Julie's father is a Pittsburgh surgeon and her mother is a figure ice skater. The family settled in nearby Murrysville, when Julie was two, and she started ice skating at age three. She competed in the 1988 U.S. Championships in junior ice dancing with her partner David Schilling...
“ - for 'No Ordinary Family' (Also 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer', 'Angel', 'Dexter', 'Desperate Housewives' and 'Roswell') ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
7.
Juliet Landau
Actress, Ed Wood
Juliet Landau, the daughter of Martin Landau and Barbara Bain, co-starred in Tim Burton's highly acclaimed Ed Wood as "Loretta King" and starred opposite Whoopi Goldberg and Armin Mueller-Stahl in New Line Cinema's Theodore Rex as "Dr. Veronica Shade". She portrays "Drusilla" in the television dramas Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel...
“ - for 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
8.
Judy Greer
Actress, Archer
Judy Greer was born and raised outside of Detroit, Michigan, as Judith Therese Evans. She is the daughter of Mollie Ann (née Greer), a hospital administrator and former nun, and Richard Evans, a mechanical engineer. She has German, Irish, English, Welsh, and Scottish ancestry. After training for nearly ten years in classical Russian ballet...
“ - for 'Miss Guided' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
9.
Julianna Margulies
Actress, The Good Wife
Julianna Margulies was born on June 8, 1966 in Spring Valley (near New York City), as the youngest of three daughters of Francesca (Goldberg), a teacher and dancer in American Ballet, and Paul Margulies, an advertising writer and philosopher. She is of Ashkenazi Jewish heritage (from Romania, Austria...
“ - for 'The Good Wife' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
10.
Alexz Johnson
Born in 1986, Alexz Spencer Johnson grew up in a family full of talent; five older siblings, most of whom were already involved in the acting or entertainment industry. Alexz first got her start singing for local shows and radio stations and, by the time she was 12, she landed the lead role of "Annie Thelen" on Disney Channel's original series...
“ - for 'Instant Star' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
11.
Nina Dobrev
Nikolina Konstantinova Dobreva (born January 9, 1989) is a Bulgarian-Canadian actress who plays Elena Gilbert, Katherine Pierce and Amara on The Vampire Diaries and Tatia on The Originals. She is perhaps best known for her role as Mia Jones in Degrassi: The Next Generation. Dobrev has also been featured in movies...
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12.
Cobie Smulders
Amazingly, newcomer Cobie Smulders never gave much thought to acting. She was born on April 3, 1982, in Vancouver, British Columbia, to a Dutch father and an English mother. As a girl, Cobie had set her sights on becoming a doctor or a marine biologist. In fact, it wasn't until high school that Cobie started to explore acting after appearing in several school productions...
“ - for 'How I Met Your Mother' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
13.
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Emmy Award-winning Sarah Michelle Gellar was born on April 14, 1977 in New York City, the daughter of Rosellen (Greenfield), who taught at a nursery school, and Arthur Gellar, who worked in the garment industry. Her maternal grandparents were Hungarian Jewish immigrants, and her father was also from a Jewish family...
“ - for 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
14.
Dichen Lachman
Actress, Dollhouse
Lachman is of Australian and Tibetan descent. She was born in Kathmandu and lived in Nepal until she was 7 and then soon after her family moved to Adelaide, Australia. In 2005, Lachman joined the cast of the long-running Australian soap opera Neighbours as nurse Katya Kinski. She originally auditioned for the part of Elle Robinson...
“ - for 'Dollhouse' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
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16.
Charisma Carpenter
Actress, Angel
Born July 23, 1970, in Las Vegas, Charisma Carpenter was named after an Avon perfume (a fact that did not sit well with her). She studied classical ballet from age five. Her family moved around often. As a youngster, she entered many local beauty contests, and attended Gorman High School in Las Vegas...
“ for 'Angel' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
17.
Amanda Seyfried
Actress, Mamma Mia!
Amanda Seyfried was born and raised in Allentown, Pennsylvania, to Ann (Sander), an occupational therapist, and Jack Seyfried, a pharmacist. She is of German, and some English and Scottish, ancestry. She began modeling when she was eleven, and acted in high school productions as well as taking singing lessons...
“ - for 'Veronica Mars' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
18.
Olivia Williams
Olivia Williams was born July 26, 1968 in Camden Town, London. She was educated at South Hampstead High School, an independent school for girls in Hampstead, North London, followed by Newnham College at the University of Cambridge. She graduated with a degree in English literature. She went on to study...
“ - for 'Dollhouse' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
19.
Lyndsy Fonseca
Actress, Kick-Ass
Lyndsy Marie Fonseca was born in Oakland, California, and was raised first in Alameda and then Moraga, California. Lyndsy competed in the International Modeling & Talent Association, where she was recognized as the second runner-up for "Young Miss Dancer of the Year" and was the first runner-up for "Miss Barbizon Young Miss Talent of the Year"...
“ - for 'Nikita' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
20.
Emily Deschanel
Actress, Bones
Emily Erin Deschanel (born October 11, 1976) is an American actress and producer. She is best known for starring in the Fox crime procedural comedy-drama series Bones as Dr. Temperance Brennan since 2005. Deschanel was born in Los Angeles, California, to cinematographer and director Caleb Deschanel and actress Mary Jo Deschanel (née Weir)...
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21.
Emilie de Ravin
Actress, Lost
Emilie was born on 27th December 1981, and grew up in Mount Eliza, Victoria, Australia. When she was 15, she was accepted at the highly selective Australian Ballet School in Melbourne. However, after only a year, she dropped out and undertook acting courses. Her first starring role was on the fantasy drama...
“ - for 'Lost' and 'Roswell' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
22.
Stephanie Romanov
Actress, Angel
Stephanie Romanov is an accomplished actress with many film and television credits to her name. Stephanie has held her own sharing the screen with Kevin Costner, Robin Williams, Keira Knightley, David Boreanez, Sam Worthington, Andy Griffith and Michael Murphy to name but a few. She has a broad range having starred in comedies...
“ - for 'Angel' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
23.
Eliza Dushku
Actress, True Lies
Eliza Dushku was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Judith (Rasmussen), a political science professor, and Philip R. Dushku, a teacher and administrator. Her father is Albanian and her mother is American (of Danish, Irish, English, and German descent). She was discovered at the end of a five-month search...
“ - for 'Dollhouse' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
24.
Stana Katic
Actress, Castle
Stana Katic just completed 8 seasons as Kate Beckett on Castle. The ABC hit series brought in over 10 million viewers weekly and is in the top five syndicated series in Spain, France, the UK, Italy, and Germany. In 2015, Stana completed two feature films - The Rendezvous directed by Amin Matalqa and Sister Cities based on the play by Colette Freedman...
“ - for 'Castle' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
25.
Lisa Kudrow
Hardly the dumb blonde of Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, Lisa was born in Encino, California on July 30, 1963. Her mother, Nedra S. (Stern), was a travel agent, and her father, Lee N. Kudrow, was a physician. Her parents are both from Jewish immigrant families (from Belarus, Russia, and Hungary). Lisa was raised in Tarzana and played varsity-level tennis in high school and college...
“ - for 'Friends' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
26.
Troian Bellisario
Troian Bellisario, daughter of producers Donald P. Bellisario and Deborah Pratt, made her film debut at the age of 3 in Last Rites. She made several TV and movie appearances in her teens (most of the TV appearances were in shows produced by her father) before attending the University of Southern California. She rose to worldwide prominence as Spencer in the hit TV series, Pretty Little Liars.
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27.
Dilshad Vadsaria
Actress, Greek
Dilshad Vadsaria was born in Karachi, Pakistan, of Portuguese and Indian descent. She moved with her family to the US at the age of six and spent her childhood in various parts of the country, including Chicago, Richmond (Virginia) and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She eventually moved to New York to study acting...
“ - for 'Greek' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
28.
April Matson
Actress, Kyle XY
April Matson (born March 13th 1981, California) is an American actress, best known (as of July 2006) for the ABC Family cable television network series, Kyle XY, which will also air on the ABC broadcast network. She was also featured on the Fox network television series, Quintuplets, alongside Andy Richter, and in the 2005 film short, Forsaken...
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29.
Jaimie Alexander
Jaimie Alexander was born in Greenville, South Carolina, but moved with her family to Grapevine, Texas, when she was four years old. She took theatre classes in grade school as a hobby but was kicked out in high school because she could not sing, and so she took up sports instead. At age 17 she substituted for a friend at a meeting with a scouting agency and she met her manager...
“ - for 'Kyle XY' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
30.
Katie McGrath
Irish actress Katie McGrath did not intend to make a career for herself in the acting profession, studying History at Trinity College, Dublin. Upon graduating, she became interested in fashion journalism and worked for lifestyle and fashion magazine, Image. After this, her mother's best friend, an assistant director...
“ - for 'Merlin' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
31.
Angel Coulby
Actress, Merlin
Angel Coulby is an English actress. She made her television debut in the BBC comedy 'Orrible. She is best known for portraying the character of Queen Guinevere "Gwen" Pendragon in the BBC fantasy series Merlin. Angel grew up in north London, Finsbury Park, but moved to Edinburgh to attend the Queen Margaret University where she studied acting...
“ - for 'Merlin' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
32.
Kaya Scodelario
Actress, Moon
Kaya Rose Scodelario was born in Haywards Heath, Sussex, England, to a Brazilian mother, Katia (Scodelario), and an English father, Roger Humphrey. Her surname comes from her mother's Italian grandfather. Thanks to her mother, Kaya grew up fluent in Brazilian Portuguese, as well as English. At the age of fourteen...
“ - for 'Skins' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
33.
Amber Stevens West
Stevens was born in Los Angeles, California. She is the daughter of actor and radio announcer Shadoe Stevens, and former model Beverly Cunningham. She has a younger sister named Chyna Stevens (Chyna Rose Stevens). She is a graduate of Beverly Hills High School. Her father is Caucasian (of Norwegian, German, English, and Dutch descent) and her mother is African-American (and part-Comanche).
“ - for 'Greek' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
34.
Megan Mullally
Actress, Will & Grace
Megan is an only child born in Los Angeles, California. Her mother, Martha, was a model, and her father, Carter Mullally Jr., was a contract player for Paramount. Megan first entered Northwestern University intending to study acting, but switched to English literature. However, she still ended up starring in several campus musicals...
“ - for 'Will & Grace' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
35.
Julie Gonzalo
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Gonzalo moved to Miami, Florida when she was 8 years old. Her first acting role came when she was 20 and she made a few TV appearances during the early 2000s, as well as appearing in some high profile movies (including Freaky Friday) but her breakthrough role came in 2006 when she won the role of Parker Lee in Veronica Mars...
“ - for 'Eli Stone' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
36.
Kim Cattrall
Kim Victoria Cattrall was born on August 21, 1956 in Mossley Hill, Liverpool, England to Gladys Shane (Baugh), a secretary, and Dennis Cattrall, a construction engineer. At the age of three months, her family emigrated to Canada, where a large number of her films have been made. At age 11, she returned to her native country and studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art...
“ - for 'Sex & the City' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
37.
Rachel Bilson
Actress, Hart of Dixie
Rachel Bilson was born in Los Angeles, to Janice (Stango), a sex therapist, and Danny Bilson. Her father is Ashkenazi Jewish and her mother is of Italian descent. She began acting while still at Notre Dame High School. She graduated high school in 1999 and went to Grossmont College but dropped out after a year and was encouraged to pursue a career in acting by her father...
“ - for 'The OC' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
38.
Evangeline Lilly
Actress, Lost
Evangeline Lilly, born in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta in 1979, was discovered on the streets of Kelowna, British Columbia by the famous Ford modeling agency. Although she initially decided to pass on a modeling career, she went ahead and signed with Ford anyway, to help pay for her University of British Columbia tuition and expenses.
“ - for 'Lost' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
39.
Anna Paquin
Actress, The Piano
Anna Paquin is the first millennial to have received an Academy Award nomination for acting, and the first to win. She was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, in 1982, to Mary (Brophy), an English teacher from Wellington, New Zealand, and Brian Paquin, a Canadian phys-ed teacher. Anna moved to her mother's native country when she was four years old...
“ - for 'True Blood' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
40.
Deborah Ann Woll
Actress, Daredevil
Deborah was born in 1985, in Brooklyn, New York, from Irish and German heritage. She took acting, piano and dance classes. She went to high school at Packer Collegiate Institute and graduated from the BFA program at the USC School of Theatre at the University of Southern California. Deborah started to work as an actress on television and her breakout was in the highly-acclaimed HBO vampire drama...
“ - for 'True Blood' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
41.
Becki Newton
Actress, Ugly Betty
Becki grew up in Guilford, Connecticut. She started performing in local productions and summer stock theater at age 13. She studied European History at the University of Pennsylvania, during which time she spent several semesters abroad. After graduating, Becki immediately moved to NYC to pursue Broadway...
“ - for 'Ugly Betty' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
42.
Teri Hatcher
Teri Lynn Hatcher (born December 8, 1964) is an American actress, writer, presenter, and former NFL cheerleader. She is known for her television roles, portraying Lois Lane on the ABC series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993-1997), and as Susan Mayer on the television series Desperate Housewives (2004-2012)...
“ - for Desperate Housewives ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
43.
Vanessa Williams
Actress, Eraser
Vanessa Lynn Williams was born in Millwood, New York, to Helen L. (Tinch) and Milton Augustine Williams, Jr., both music teachers. Vanessa and her brother grew up in suburban New York in comfortable surroundings. Vanessa sang and danced in school productions and signed her high school yearbook with a promise to "see you on Broadway"...
“ - for 'Ugly Betty' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
44.
Calista Flockhart
Actress, Ally McBeal
Calista Kay Flockhart was born 11 November, 1964 in Freeport, Illinois. Her mother, Kay (Honohan), was a school teacher, and her father, Ronald Flockhart, worked for Kraft Foods Inc. She has Irish, Scottish, German, and English ancestry. Calista was named after two of her great-grandmothers, who both had the middle name "Calista"...
“ - for 'Ally McBeal' & 'Brothers & Sisters' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
45.
Portia de Rossi
Portia de Rossi was born and raised in Geelong, Australia. Originally born Amanda Rogers, at 15 she changed her name to Portia, saying that it was the most daring thing she had ever done up until that point. After graduating from high school, she attended the University of Melbourne, and studied law...
“ - for 'Ally McBeal', 'Arrested Development' & 'Better off Ted' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
46.
Shannen Doherty
Actress, Charmed
Shannen Doherty was born in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, on April 12, 1971, to Rosa (Wright) and John Doherty. Her father worked in a bank, while her mother owned a beauty parlor. She has an older brother, Sean. Her ancestry includes Irish, English, Scottish, and remote French. In 1978, at the tender age of seven...
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47.
Holly Marie Combs
Actress, Charmed
Holly moved to New York at the tender age of 7. Already her stunning looks had turned heads, resulting in jobs in print ads and commercials. Soon these experiences lead to a desire to act, a dream shared by Holly's mother, who herself was only 24. After a few bit parts, Holly landed a leading role as Kimberly in TV drama Picket Fences...
“ - for 'Charmed' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
48.
Mila Kunis
Actress, Black Swan
The talented Milena "Mila" Markovna Kunis was born to a Jewish family in Chernivtsi, Ukraine, USSR (now independent Ukraine). Her mother, Elvira, is a physics teacher, her father, Mark Kunis, is a mechanical engineer, and she has an older brother named Michael. After attending one semester of college between gigs...
“ - for 'That 70's Show' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
49.
Laura Harris
Actress, The Faculty
Born to public school teachers in Pacific Northwest Canada, Laura Harris began acting professionally in CBC radio dramas at an early age. With a taste for quirky, character driven material, Harris is known for playing 1930's starlet "Daisy Adair" in Showtime's cult hit Dead Like Me with Mandy Patinkin and Callum Blue...
“ - for 'Dead Like Me' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
50.
Morena Baccarin
Actress, Homeland
Morena Baccarin was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to actress Vera Setta and journalist Fernando Baccarin. Her uncle was actor Ivan Setta. Morena has Italian and Brazilian Portuguese ancestry. She moved to New York at the age of 10, when her father was transferred there. She attended the LaGuardia High School of Music and Performing Arts and then the Juilliard School...
“ - for 'Firefly' & 'V' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
51.
Summer Glau
Actress, Serenity
Summer is a native of San Antonio, Texas. She's been a ballerina most of her life. Her debut was in various commercials and a guest appearance on the WB's Angel. She has gone on to star on the TV series Firefly as well as its follow-up movie Serenity and the TV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
“ - for 'Firefly' & 'Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
52.
Elizabeth Mitchell
Actress, Frequency
Elizabeth Mitchell was born in Los Angeles in 1970. Shortly after her birth, her parents moved to Dallas, Texas. She was graduated from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts located in the Arts District of downtown Dallas. Later, she earned a BFA degree in acting from Stephens College and also studied at the British American Drama Academy...
“ - for 'Lost' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
53.
Shelley Long
Actress, Cheers
Shelley Lee Long was born at 7:15 am on Tuesday, August 23, 1949 in Indian Village, Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA, the only child of Ivadine (Williams), a schoolteacher, and Leland Long, a teacher who had previously worked in the rubber industry. Shelley attended school at Kekionga Junior High for grades 6-9 and at South Side High School for grades 10-12...
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54.
Lucille Ball
Actress, I Love Lucy
The woman who will always be remembered as the crazy, accident-prone, lovable Lucy Ricardo was born Lucille Desiree Ball on August 6, 1911 in Jamestown, New York. Her father died before she was four, and her mother worked several jobs, so she and her younger brother were raised by their grandparents...
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55.
Katey Sagal
An extremely gifted and versatile performer adept at both comedy and drama, actress/singer Katey Sagal became a household name in the late 1980s as the fabulously brazen, undomesticated Peg Bundy on the enduring Fox series Married with Children. During its lengthy run, she received three Golden Globe and two American Comedy Award nominations...
“ - for 'Married With Children' and '8 Simple Rules' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
56.
Jenna Elfman
Actress, Dharma & Greg
Jenna Elfman was born in Los Angeles, California, and began her career appearing in commercials. She studied with Milton Katselas, the renowned acting teacher. She then began appearing in TV shows before landing the role of Dharma in the hit ABC television show Dharma & Greg. Her first starring role in a film was in Krippendorf's Tribe...
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57.
Kaley Cuoco
Kaley Christine Cuoco was born in Camarillo, California, to Layne Ann (Wingate) and Gary Carmine Cuoco, a realtor. She is of Italian (father) and German and English (mother) descent. A model and commercial actress from the age of 6, Cuoco's first major role was in the TV movie Quicksand: No Escape with Donald Sutherland and Tim Matheson...
“ - for 'The Big Bang Theory', '8 Simple Rules' and 'Charmed' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
58.
Christina Hendricks
Actress, Mad Men
Christina Rene Hendricks was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, and grew up in Twin Falls, Idaho. Her father, Robert, originally from England, worked for the U.S. Forest Service, while her mother, Jackie Sue (Raymond), was a psychologist. At the age of 13 her father transferred to the Forest Service Washington...
“ - for 'Mad Men' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
59.
Kristin Chenoweth
Actress, Rio 2
Kristin Chenoweth is an American stage, screen and television actress, though, depending on who you ask, Cheno fans may disagree on what her most famous roles are. Since Chenoweth began her career, she has been credited with roles in musicals and plays on and off-Broadway, on various television shows and can be seen in movies on television and the big screen...
“ - for 'Pushing Daisies' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
60.
Dianna Agron
Actress, Glee
Dianna Elise Agron was born in Savannah, Georgia, to parents Ronald and Mary Agron. She grew up in a middle class family, in Savannah, before moving to Texas, and later, San Francisco, California, due to her father's career as a general manager for Hyatt. Dianna and her brother, Jason, were raised Jewish, and she graduated from Burlingame High School with honors...
“ - for 'Glee' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
61.
Amy Davidson
Radiating the screen with her engaging presence and captivating talent, Amy Davidson has quickly become one of Hollywood's most intriguing young actresses. Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Davidson discovered her love for entertaining when her parents enrolled her in dance classes as a young child. As a member of the award-winning dance production company...
“ - for '8 Simple Rules' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
62.
Lea Michele
Actress, Glee
Lea Michele Sarfati was born in the Bronx, New York to parents Edith (Porcelli), a nurse, and Mark Sarfati, a delicatessen owner-turned-real estate agent. Her mother is Italian American and Roman Catholic, while her father is of Sephardi Jewish ancestry (from Turkey and Greece). Lea was raised Catholic...
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63.
Amber Riley
Actress, Glee
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64.
Mercedes McNab
Actress, Hatchet
Mercedes McNab has been acting professionally since she was 10 years old. Born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, she moved with her parents to Los Angeles at age nine where she had a desire to become an actress and soon landed an agent. Her first role, at age 10, is probably the one where she is most widely recognized for in a bit part as the young girl scout in the hit film...
“ - for 'Angel' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
65.
Hayden Panettiere
Hayden Leslie Panettiere was born on 21st August 1989 in Palisades, New York, to actress Lesley Vogel and fire department captain Skip Panettiere. Her younger brother is actor Jansen Panettiere. She has Italian, and some English and German, ancestry. Her mother got her started in the business by doing commercials when she was just 11 months old...
“ - for 'Heroes' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
66.
Shiri Appleby
Actress, Roswell
Shiri Appleby was born in Los Angeles, California, on December 7, 1978, to Dina (Bouader), a Hebrew School teacher, and Jerry Appleby, a telecommunications executive. She has a brother, Evan. Her father is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent and her mother, who is from Israel, is of Moroccan Sephardi Jewish background...
“ - for 'Roswell' & 'Life Unexpected' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
67.
Tina Fey
Elizabeth Stamatina Fey was born in 1970 in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, just west of Philadelphia, to Xenobia "Jeanne" (Xenakes), a brokerage employee, and Donald Henry Fey, who wrote grant proposals for universities. Her mother is Greek, born in Piraeus, while her father had German, Northern Irish, and English ancestry...
“ - for '30 Rock' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
68.
Jane Krakowski
Actress, 30 Rock
Jane Krakowski was born in Parsippany-Troy Hills, New Jersey, to Barbara (Benoit), a college theater instructor, and Edward Krajkowski, a chemical engineer. Her father is of Polish descent and her mother is of French-Canadian, Scottish, and half Polish ancestry. Jane was the winner of the 2003 Tony Award for her stunning and sultry portrayal of "Carla"...
“ - for '30 Rock' & 'Ally McBeal' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
69.
Sofía Vergara
Actress, Modern Family
Sofía Margarita Vergara Vergara was born and raised in Barranquilla, Colombia. Her mother, Margarita Vergara Dávila de Vergara, is a housewife. Her father, Julio Enrique Vergara Robayo, provides cattle to the meat industry. She has five siblings. She was educated at a private bilingual Spanish/English school...
“ - for 'Modern Family' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
70.
Julie Bowen
Actress, Modern Family
Julie Bowen was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and is the middle daughter of Suzanne and John Luetkemeyer Jr., a real estate developer. Her early education was at Calvert School in Baltimore, and Garrison Forest School, Maryland. She moved on to St. George's School, Rhode Island and then attended Brown University, graduating with a BA in Renaissance Studies...
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71.
Jenna Fischer
Actress, The Office
Emmy-nominated actress Jenna Fischer, known for playing the character of receptionist Pam Beesley in The Office, was born Regina Marie Fischer on March 7, 1974 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She is the daughter of Anne (Miller), a teacher, and James E. Fischer, a plastic engineer. Her ancestry includes German...
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72.
Jennifer Garner
Jennifer Garner, who catapulted into stardom with her lead role on the television series Alias, has come a long way from her birthplace of Houston, Texas. Raised in Charleston, West Virginia by her mother, Patricia Ann (née English), a retired teacher of English, and her father, William John Garner...
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73.
Leighton Meester
Actress, Gossip Girl
Leighton Marissa Meester was born in Fort Worth, Texas, to Constance (Haas) and Douglas Meester. Although born in Texas when her mother was serving a jail sentence for her part in a marijuana-smuggling ring, Meester spent her early years in Marco Island, Florida with her grandparents. There, she became involved with the local playhouse and made her stage debut in a production of "The Wizard of Oz"...
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74.
Michelle Trachtenberg
Trachtenberg grew up in Brooklyn and started her acting career young; she began appearing in commercials at the age of 3. She continued to act and dance through her school years, making regular television appearances from the age of 10. She landed a recurring role in the kids' TV show The Adventures of Pete & Pete and starred in Harriet the Spy...
“ - for 'Gossip Girl' & 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
75.
Mariska Hargitay
Mariska (Ma-rish-ka) Magdolna Hargitay was born on January 23, 1964, in Santa Monica, California. Her parents are Mickey Hargitay and Jayne Mansfield. She is the youngest of their three children. In June 1967, Mariska and her brothers Zoltan and Mickey Jr. were in the back seat of a car when it was involved in the fatal accident which killed her mother...
“ - for 'Law & Order' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
76.
Gillian Anderson
Actress, The X-Files
Gillian Anderson was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Rosemary Alyce (Lane), a computer analyst, and Homer Edward Anderson III, who owned a film post-production company. She has English, German, and Irish ancestry. Gillian started her career as a member of an amateur actor group while at high school. In 1987...
“ - for the 'X-Files' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
77.
Mary-Louise Parker
Actress, Weeds
Southern-bred Mary-Louise Parker, from Fort Jackson, South Carolina, was born on August 2, 1964, the youngest of four born to Judge John Morgan Parker and the former Caroline Louise Morell. She comes from Swedish, English, Scottish, Scotch-Irish, German, and Dutch ancestry. Her father's occupation took the family both around the country and abroad while growing up...
“ - for 'Weeds' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
78.
Katie Leclerc
Katie Leclerc's career began in 2005, when she made her first appearance on Veronica Mars. This jump-started a series of minor roles and small appearances in movies and TV shows. She got her breakout role starring as a deaf teenager, Daphne Vasquez, who finds out she was taken home by the wrong family in ABC Family's Switched at Birth.
“ - for 'Switched at Birth' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
79.
Lea Thompson
Lea Katherine Thompson was born on May 31, 1961, in Rochester, Minnesota. She is the youngest of five children. Her parents are Barbara Anne (Barry) and Clifford Elwin "Cliff" Thompson. Since all her siblings were much older than she, Lea says it seemed like she had more than two parents. The family lived in the Starlight Motel...
“ - for 'Caroline in The City' and 'Switched at Birth' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
80.
Constance Marie
Actress, George Lopez
Constance Marie was a very busy actress in 2002, juggling two primetime series: a short-lived one-hour drama American Family, which aired on PBS and a half-hour sitcom, George Lopez on ABC. On the critically praised American Family, Marie starred alongside Edward James Olmos, Sonia Braga, Esai Morales and Raquel Welch,as Nina...
“ - for 'George Lopez' and 'Switched at Birth' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
81.
America Ferrera
Actress, Ugly Betty
America Georgine Ferrera (born April 18, 1984) is an American actress. She is known for her leading role as Betty Suarez on the American Broadcasting Company's comedy-drama television series Ugly Betty (2006-10). Her acting garnered critical acclaim, and she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Television Series Musical or Comedy...
“ - for 'Ugly Betty' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
82.
Majandra Delfino
Actress, Roswell
Majandra Delfino rose to fame in her role as Maria DeLuca on Roswell. Born in Caracas, Venezuela on February 20, 1981, Majandra moved to the states at the age of 3. Residing in Florida, she excelled in academics, but her interests pointed towards the arts. At the age of 10 she danced in "The Nutcracker" with the Miami Ballet...
“ for 'Roswell' and 'State of Georgia' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
83.
Loretta Devine
Actress, Crash
Loretta Devine was born August 21, 1949 in Houston, Texas, to Eunice O'Neal (née Toliver), a beautician, and James Devine, who worked as a laborer. Loretta grew up in the Acres Home area of Houston and later enrolled at the University of Houston, where she earned a a Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Drama...
“ for 'Eli Stone', 'Greys Anatomy' and 'State of Georgia' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
84.
Ellen Pompeo
Ellen Kathleen Pompeo was born in Everett, Massachusetts, to Kathleen B. (O'Keefe) and Joseph E. Pompeo, a salesman. She is of Italian (from her paternal grandfather), Irish, and some English, ancestry. Pompeo made her major studio screen debut in Brad Silberling's Moonlight Mile, starring alongside Susan Sarandon...
“ for 'Grey's Anatomy' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
85.
Sandra Oh
Sandra Oh was born to Korean parents in the Ottawa suburb of Nepean, Ontario, Canada. Her father, Oh Junsu, a businessman, and her mother, Oh Young-nam, a biochemist, were married in Seoul, South Korea. They both attended graduate school at the University of Toronto. Sandra began her career as a ballet dancer and eventually studied drama at the National Theatre School in Montreal...
“ for 'Grey's Anatomy' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
86.
Amy Poehler
Actress, Inside Out
Amy Meredith Poehler was born in Newton, Massachusetts, to high school teachers Eileen Frances (Milmore) and William Grinstead Poehler. Her brother is comedian Greg Poehler. She is of Irish (from her mother) and English, German, and Portuguese (from her father) descent. Amy was first involved with sketch comedy when she joined the group My Mother's Flea Bag when she was attending Boston College...
“ for 'Parks and Recreation' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
87.
Reba McEntire
Actress, Tremors
Reba Nell McEntire was born on Monday, March 28th, 1955 in McAlester, Oklahoma. The reigning queen of country music has pursued a musical career since the age of 5. In junior high, she performed with her siblings as the Singing McEntires. A fine athlete, McEntire followed in the footsteps of her rodeo champion father in competitive barrel racing...
“ for 'Reba' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
88.
JoAnna Garcia Swisher
Actress, Reba
JoAnna Garcia Swisher was born in Tampa, Florida. She began performing at the age of ten, when she auditioned for a local theater production and landed the lead. She continued to act in high school where she was discovered by Nickelodeon and commuted from Florida to Montreal, Quebec, Canada, to star for two seasons in the television series...
“ for 'Reba' and 'Privileged' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
89.
Lucy Hale
Lucy Hale is an American actress and singer. She was born Karen Lucille Hale in Memphis, Tennessee, to Julia (Caperton) Knight and John Preston Hale. She started out as a singer, appearing on American Juniors in a search for band members. She successfully won her place in the band. The group disbanded in 2005...
“ for 'Privileged' and 'Pretty Little Liars' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
90.
Maggie Q
Actress, Nikita
Margaret Denise Quigley was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to a father of Polish and Irish descent (originally based in New York) and a Vietnamese mother. Her parents met during the Vietnam War. Maggie has two older half-siblings from her mother's previous marriage, and two older sisters. The family moved to Hawaii and settled in Mililani...
“ for 'Nikita' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
91.
Laura Prepon
Laura Helene Prepon was born on March 7, 1980, in Watchung, New Jersey. She is the daughter of Marjorie (Coll) and Michael Prepon. Her father died in 1994. Laura is the youngest of five children--she has a brother named Brad and three sisters: Danielle, Jocelyn, and Stephanie. She attended Watchung Hills Regional High School...
“ for 'That 70's Show' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
92.
Hunter Tylo
Born Deborah Jo Hunter in Fort Worth, the native Texan is an accomplished equestrian with a degree in pre-med from Fordham University in New York. She was a top fashion model in the seventies and eighties, and began her acting career in Dallas, Texas doing plays such as "Vanities", "The Marriage-Go-Round"...
“ for 'The Bold and The Beautiful' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
93.
Selena Gomez
Selena Marie Gomez was born and raised in Grand Prairie, Texas, to Mandy Teefey, who is of part Italian descent, and Ricardo Gomez, who is of Mexican descent and originally from New Mexico. Her parents divorced in 1997. Giving birth to Selena at 16, her mom Mandy recalls living "paycheck-to-paycheck"...
“ for 'The Wizards of Waverly Place' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
94.
Jennette McCurdy
Actress, iCarly
In addition to her acting ambitions, Jennette enjoys many activities including dance, karate, ice skating, piano, cooking, reading, writing, and watching movies. Her other talents and skills include roller blading, skateboarding, singing, baseball, basketball, and trampoline. She hopes to someday graduate from film school and dreams of turning her own screenplays into movies...
“ for 'iCarly' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
95.
Katie Cassidy
Actress, Arrow
Katie Cassidy was born Katherine Evelyn Anita Cassidy on November 25, 1986, in Los Angeles, California. Her father, David Cassidy, was a pop star in the 1970s. Her mother, Sherry Williams, was a high fashion model in the early 1970s. Sherry left her career to concentrate on raising her 3 daughters...
“ for 'Supernatural' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
96.
Yvonne Strahovski
Actress, Dexter
Yvonne was born and raised in Australia. Her parents were Polish immigrants. She attended the Santa Sabina College for her high school education. She then went on to study Performance at the University of Western Sydney's School of Contemporary Arts, graduating in 2003. Shortly afterwards, she landed her first role on television in an episode of Fear Factory...
“ for 'Chuck' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
97.
Sarah Chalke
Actress, Scrubs
Sarah Chalke was born on 27 August 1976 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Her parents are Angie Chalke and Doug Chalke. She is the middle child, having one older sister, Natasha Chalke, and one younger, Piper Chalke. Sarah made her acting debut in a made-for-TV movie, City Boy. In 1993, after her first film...
“ for 'Scrubs' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
98.
Hannah Murray
Hannah Murray is an English actress best known for portraying Gilly in the HBO series Game of Thrones and Cassie Ainsworth in the E4 teen drama series Skins from 2007 to 2008 (and again in 2013). In 2014, Murray starred in God Help the Girl. In 2015, she played Sara in the Danish film Bridgend.
“ for 'Skins' ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
99.
Melissa Joan Hart
Melissa grew up in Sayville, New York. Her acting career started at the age of four, when she did a commercial for a bathtub toy called Splashy. Her mother, Paula Hart, has been her agent from the beginning. Melissa is the oldest of eight children, some from her mother's second marriage. Six sisters...
“ for "Sabrina The Teenage Witch" and "Melissa & Joey" ” - BeforeDarknessFalls
 
100.
Hilary Duff
Hilary Erhard Duff was born on September 28, 1987 in Houston, Texas, to Susan Duff (née Cobb) and Robert Erhard Duff, a partner in convenience store chain. When Hilary was six, she had been traveling in the Cechetti Ballet with her sister Haylie Duff but decided she wanted to fulfill her dream of acting...
“ for "Lizzie McGuire" ” - BeforeDarknessFalls