Esteemed women of Crime Dramas.

by forensic_kitten13 | created - 01 Mar 2012 | updated - 03 Mar 2012 | Public

1. Mariska Hargitay

Actress | Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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...

Law & Order :SVU leading lady. Detective Benson

2. Marg Helgenberger

Actress | CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Marg Helgenberger is an established dramatic actress whose prominence has been steadily increasing. Her work has been noted on stage, film and TV. Most of her career has been spent in dramatic roles on television, but she has also had a noteworthy presence in feature films.

Helgenberger earned a ...

CSI :Las Vegas CSI Willows

3. Emily Procter

Actress | Leaving Las Vegas

Emily Procter is a native of Raleigh, N.C. who attended East Carolina University. "I tried to get in the theatre department", she says, "but it was full." After graduation, however, she moved to Los Angeles and landed a number of small roles in films such as Jerry Maguire (1996). "Then I got the ...

CSI :Miami CSI Duquense

4. Melina Kanakaredes

Actress | CSI: NY

Melina Eleni Kanakaredes was born in Akron, Ohio, to Connie (Temo), who owned a candy company, and Harry Kanakaredes, an insurance salesman. She is of Greek descent. Her love of musical theater, especially the work of Gwen Verdon and Chita Rivera, inspired her as a child. She began performing ...

CSI :New York CSI Bonasera

5. 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 ...

Bones Dr. Brennan

6. A.J. Cook

Actress | Final Destination 2

Born in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, to Michael and Sandra Cook, Andrea Joy Cook began acting at the age of 17. She has appeared in nearly a dozen films and several TV shows before the age of 25. Before taking up acting, she was a dancer, having started dancing competitively at age 4 in the styles of ...

Criminal Minds Special agent Jareau

7. Poppy Montgomery

Actress | Without a Trace

Poppy Montgomery has found success and prominence by playing the dramatic role of FBI agent Samantha Spade in the popular TV series Without a Trace (2002). Her gorgeous image can often be found in many men's magazines.

Montgomery was born Poppy Petal Emma Elizabeth Deveraux Donahue in Sydney, ...

Without a Trace & Unforgettable Agent Spade / Detective Wells

8. Navi Rawat

Actress | Feast

Navi Rawat was born on June 5, 1977 in Malibu, California, USA as Navlata Rawat. She is an actress, known for Feast (2005), Numb3rs (2005) and House of Sand and Fog (2003). She has been married to Brawley Nolte since September 22, 2012.

Super computer genius and Charlie's gf/wife from Numbers Amita

9. Mary McCormack

Actress | Deep Impact

Mary McCormack began her acting career performing in a stage production of Gian Carlo Menotti's Christmas opera, "Amahl and the Night Visitors". "I was twelve but looked like an eight-year-old boy" she recalls. "As luck would have it, none of the boys in town could sing, so I got the part and wore ...

In Plain Sight Marshall Shannon

10. Robin Tunney

Actress | The Craft

Robin Tunney studied acting at the Chicago Academy for the Arts, spending her summer performing in such plays as "Bus Stop" and "Agnes of God". She moved to Los Angeles at the age of eighteen and shortly landed roles in such television shows as Life Goes On (1989), Class of '96 (1993) (recurring), ...

The Mentalist Detective Lisbon

11. Jorja Fox

Actress | CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Jorja Fox has become a familiar face by playing major roles in three of the most successful television dramas in history: ER (1994), The West Wing (1999) and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000).

As a teenager, Fox had a career as a fashion model. She then turned to formal study of the acting craft...

CSI :Las Vegas CSI Sidle

12. Liz Vassey

Actress | The Tick

Liz Vassey was born on August 9, 1972 in Raleigh, North Carolina and was raised in Tampa, Florida. She began acting at the age of nine (portraying Oliver in the musical of the same name) and continued to work extensively on the stage, performing in over fifty plays at regional and professional ...

CSI :Las Vegas Wendy Simms

13. Eva LaRue

Actress | All My Children

Eva LaRue grew up in California. At the age of 6 she began her show-business career. She starred in television commercials and sang many "jingles" for them. She still often sings at sports events and any other opportunities that arise. Eva likes to ride horses and has shown horses for over a decade...

CSI :Miami CSI Boa Vista

14. Khandi Alexander

Actress | CSI: Miami

Khandi Alexander was born on September 4, 1957 in New York City, New York, USA. She is an actress, known for CSI: Miami (2002), Treme (2010) and Scandal (2012).

CSI Miami Dr.Woods

15. Grace Park

Actress | Battlestar Galactica

Grace Park (born March 14, 1974) is an American-Canadian actress. She gained recognition as Sharon "Boomer" Valerii and Sharon "Athena" Agathon on Battlestar Galactica, as well as Shannon Ng in the Canadian television series teen soap Edgemont. Park stars as Officer Kono Kalakaua in the CBS ...

Hawaii 5-o

16. Tamara Tunie

Actress | Flight

Tamara Tunie was born on March 14, 1959 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, USA as Tamara Renee Tunie. She is an actress and director, known for Flight (2012), The Devil's Advocate (1997) and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999). She has been married to Gregory Generet since October 21, 1995. She ...

Law & Order :SVU

17. Marley Shelton

Actress | Planet Terror

Marley Eve Shelton was born in Los Angeles, California, and grew up in Eagle Rock, CA. She is the daughter of Carol (Stromme), a teacher and singer, and Christopher Shelton, who worked as a director and producer. She has three sisters: Koren Shelton, Erin Shelton and Samantha Shelton. Both of her ...

From the short lived but awesome Eleventh Hour

18. Kelli Giddish

Actress | Chase

Kelli Giddish was born on April 13, 1980 in Cumming, Georgia, USA. She is an actress, known for Chase (2010), All My Children (1970) and Chicago P.D. (2014). She has been married to Lawrence Faulborn since June 20, 2015. They have one child.

Past Life , Chase & Law & Order :SVU

19. Dana Delany

Actress | China Beach

Dana Welles Delany was born on March 13, 1956, in New York City and raised in Stamford, Connecticut. Dana knew early in life that she wanted to be an actress. Following graduation from Wesleyan University, this tall (5'7") beauty moved to New York and developed her skills working in daytime ...

Body of Proof

20. Paget Brewster

Actress | Another Period

Paget Brewster was born on March 10, 1969 in Concord, Massachusetts, USA as Paget Valerie Brewster. She is an actress, known for Another Period (2013), Criminal Minds (2005) and Community (2009). She has been married to Steve Damstra II since November 28, 2014.

Criminal Minds

21. Nicki Aycox

Actress | Perfect Stranger

Nicki Aycox has lived a full artistic life since the age of nine, when she fell in love with the family piano and began playing music. By the time she had reached her preteens Nicki was performing Beethoven for audiences all around Oklahoma, until her family had a huge financial setback and was ...

Dark Blue

22. 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...

Castle

23. Anna Torv

Actress | Fringe

Anna Torv (born 7 June 1979) is an Australian actress known for her role as FBI agent Olivia Dunham on the Fox television series Fringe (2008-2013). Torv was born in Melbourne, Victoria, the daughter of Susan (née Carmichael) and Hans Torv, also grew up in Gold Coast, Queensland. Her father is of ...

Fringe

24. Angie Harmon

Actress | Agent Cody Banks

Angie Harmon was born on August 10, 1972 in Dallas, Texas, USA as Angela Michelle Harmon. She is an actress and director, known for Agent Cody Banks (2003), Law & Order (1990) and Rizzoli & Isles (2010). She was previously married to Jason Sehorn.

Law & Order ,Women's Murder Club ,Rizzoli & Isles

25. Cote de Pablo

Actress | NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service

Cote de Pablo was born in Santiago, Chile, but was raised in Miami, Florida. She attended Arvida Middle School in Miami and then Carnegie Mellon University. She graduated in 2000 after studying music theater. Whilst at Carnegie Mellon she appeared in several theater productions, including "...

NcIS

26. Sasha Alexander

Actress | NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service

Sasha Alexander began acting by the time she was in the seventh grade when she found herself cast as the lead female in her school's production of "Baby". What she didn't know was that her male co-star would chicken out on her only a few hours before opening night. Determined to let the show go on,...

NcIS . Rizzloi & Isles

27. Daniela Ruah

Actress | NCIS: Los Angeles

Daniela was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Portuguese-born parents, Katharina Lia Azancot Korn and Moisés Carlos Bentes Ruah, a doctor. She lived in the US until she was five. Her father's family is Sephardi Jewish, while her mother is of mostly Ashkenazi Jewish, along with Spanish and Sephardi ...

NCIS :LA.

28. Michaela Conlin

Actress | Bones

Michaela Conlin was born on June 9, 1978 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA. She is an actress, known for Bones (2005), Baby, Baby, Baby (2015) and The Lincoln Lawyer (2011).

Bones

29. Kelli Williams

Actress | The Practice

Kelli Williams was born in California on June 8, 1970. Though she had appeared in commercials since she was a baby, she was discovered by her agent at her high school play ("Romeo and Juliet"), in which she starred as Juliet opposite General Hospital (1963)'s Steve Burton. In the early 1990s, she ...

Lie to me

30. 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. ...

The X-Files

31. Joanne Kelly

Actress | Going the Distance

Canadian actor Joanne Kelly was born in 1978 in Bay d'Espoir, Newfoundland and Labrador. She grew up on the south central coast of Newfoundland and Labrador but left to attend Acadia University in Nova Scotia at the age of 17. Her performances include roles in films: The Bay of Love and Sorrows (...

Warehouse 13 (soughta a crime drama)

32. Kathryn Erbe

Actress | Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Kathryn Erbe was born on July 5, 1965 in Newton, Massachusetts, USA as Kathryn Elsbeth Erbe. She is known for her work on Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001), Stir of Echoes (1999) and D2: The Mighty Ducks (1994). She was previously married to Terry Kinney.

L & O :Criminal Intent

33. Kathryn Morris

Actress | Minority Report

Kathryn Morris was born on January 28, 1969 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA as Kathryn Susan Morris. She is an actress, known for Minority Report (2002), Mindhunters (2004) and Cold Case (2003).

Cold Case

34. Sarah Shahi

Actress | Bullet to the Head

Sarah Shahi was born Aahoo Jahansouz in Euless, Texas, to an Iranian father and Spanish mother. She is a former NFL cheerleader and a descendant of a 19th-century Persian Shah. She attended Trinity High School and Dallas Southern Methodist University, studied opera and majored in English. As a ...

From Life ....and soughta Fairly Legal

35. Jennifer Beals

Actress | Flashdance

Jennifer Beals was born in December 1963 in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in the city. With a life-long desire for acting, Beals first appeared in small high school plays and even got an uncredited bit part in My Bodyguard (1980) in 1980. After graduation, she enrolled in college at Yale University...

The Chicago Code

36. Vanessa Ferlito

Actress | Death Proof

Vanessa Ferlito was born on December 28, 1977 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. She is an actress, known for Death Proof (2007), Grindhouse (2007) and Spider-Man 2 (2004).

CSI :New York Aiden Burns

37. Anna Belknap

Actress | CSI: NY

Anna Belknap was born on May 22, 1972 in Damariscotta, Maine, USA as Anna C. Belknap. She is an actress, known for CSI: NY (2004), Medical Investigation (2004) and Deadline (2000). She has been married to Eric Siegel since August 2004. They have two children.

CSI :New York Lindsay Monroe-Messer

38. Emmanuelle Vaugier

Actress | Saw II

Emmanuelle Vaugier is a Canadian actress, singer, and model. She began acting in grade school, after she was cast as an understudy in a play and had to fill in when the lead actor became ill. She modeled in Japan for three years. She made her acting debut in the 1995 made-for-TV movie drama, A ...

CSI :New York Jessica Angell

39. Kirsten Vangsness

Actress | Criminal Minds

While Kirsten is best known as the bespectacled-brainiac-tech-kitten Penelope Garcia on the CBS hit drama Criminal Minds (2005)(and its spin-off Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior), she has had a long and varied career prior to joining the cast of the hit CBS series. Stage appearances include Perfuct...

Criminal minds Penelope Garcia

40. Tamara Taylor

Actress | Serenity

Tamara Taylor's career took off when she landed a series regular role on Fox's Party of Five (1994). Since then she has appeared in Steven Bochco's City of Angels (2000), Hidden Hills (2002), Lost (2004), Numb3rs (2005), CSI: Miami (2002), NCIS (2003), and Fox's hit Bones (2005). She also had a ...

Bones Camile Saroyan

41. Stephanie March

Actress | The Invention of Lying

Stephanie March was born on July 23, 1974 in Dallas, Texas, USA as Stephanie Caroline March. She is an actress, known for The Invention of Lying (2009), Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999). She has been married to Dan Benton since September 1, 2017. She was ...

Law & Order :SVU A.D.A Alex Cabot

42. Diane Neal

Actress | Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Diane Neal was born in Alexandria, Virginia. She moved to Littleton, Colorado, when her father was promoted to the position of federal attorney in Denver. She is the youngest of three daughters. Diane was a pre-med major in University, before leaving to pursue modeling, thus allowing her to travel ...

Law & Order :SVU A.D.A Casey Novak

43. Amanda Righetti

Actress | Captain America: The First Avenger

Amanda Elizabeth Righetti is a Utah-born, Nevada-raised actor/producer and Best Actress Award winner by the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival. Righetti began her career at 14, as a young model, but made waves as the trust-fund squandering, world-traveling black sheep, "Hailey...

The Mentalist Grace Vanpelt

44. Tamala Jones

Actress | Blue Streak

Tamala Jones was born on November 12, 1974 in Pasadena, California, USA as Tamala R. Jones. She is an actress and producer, known for Blue Streak (1999), Can't Hardly Wait (1998) and Castle (2009).

Castle Dr. Lanie Parish

45. Maggie Lawson

Actress | Psych

Maggie Lawson was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. When she was eight, she began appearing in local community and dinner theater productions, and at 10, she earned an on-air commercial gig at a Louisville TV station, which soon led to a steady six-year role as a TV personality who filed ...

Psych Detective Juliet O' Hara

46. Roselyn Sanchez

Actress | Act of Valor

Roselyn Sanchez was born on April 2, 1973 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She is an actress, known for Act of Valor (2012), Rush Hour 2 (2001) and Without a Trace (2002). She has been married to Eric Winter since November 29, 2008. They have two children. She was previously married to Gary Stretch.

Without A Trace Elena Delgado