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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 17 December 1969Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameHeather Laurie Holden
Nickname Holden
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

LAURIE HOLDEN is best known to audiences as Andrea in the hit AMC drama series The Walking Dead. However, Laurie's big acting break came much earlier in her career, starring with Vanessa Redgrave in the critically acclaimed TNT mini-series Young Catherine. Since that auspicious beginning, she has appeared in several groundbreaking television series, including seminal roles on FOX's The X-Files, FX's The Shield, and currently FX's The Americans. Holden's big screen debut found her starring alongside Jim Carrey in Frank Darabont's The Majestic. The 1950's period piece earned Holden critical acclaim and a place on Entertainment Weekly's "100 Most Creative People in Entertainment" list and Variety's "Ten Actors To Watch" list. Laurie entered the comic book world when she co-starred opposite Michael Chiklis in Fox's Fantastic Four and then ventured into the gamer genre with her starring role as the iconic Cybil Bennett opposite Sean Bean in Christophe Gans' cult horror classic Silent Hill. She also starred with Thomas Jane and Marcia Gay Harden in Stephen King's sci-fi thriller The Mist and in the Farrelly Brothers' Dumb and Dumber To with Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. She will soon be seen in Adam MacDonald's Pyewacket with Nicole Munoz and will be voicing the role of "Dakota" in the animated feature Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad. In 2011, Holden received two Best Supporting Actress nominations for her work on The Walking Dead: one from Spike TV's Scream Awards and another from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films' Saturn Awards. She won the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress for The Walking Dead in 2013. Earlier in her career, she also received a Best Actress nomination from the Genie Awards (Canada's equivalent to the Emmys) for her guest- starring role on the Canadian comedy hit Due South. In 2014, Holden executive produced her first motion picture: Rebecca Johnson's critically acclaimed film Honeytrap, which garnered a nomination at the London Film Festival, received U.S distribution through Ava DuVernay's film collective ARRAY, and can currently be streamed on Netflix. Laurie is also an Executive Producer on The Time of Their Lives (Bright Pictures/Daryl Prince Productions) starring Dame Joan Collins, Pauline Collins, Franco Nero and Joely Richardson. The film will be distributed by Universal in most world markets, starting with its 2017 cinema release in the UK on March 10th. Holden is also a human rights activist, and dedicates much of her time and effort to enriching and protecting the lives of women and children victimized by the sex trade. Through her philanthropic work with Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.) a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating modern day slavery, she volunteered in the field in Cartagena, Colombia with O.U.R. on a mission that helped liberate 55 young sex slaves and brought down notorious sex trafficker Marcus Bronschidle. The successful sting operation was featured on ABC's Nightline and is the subject of an upcoming documentary entitled The Abolitionists. Holden serves on the Board of Alamasi Collaborative Arts, a Zimbabwean dramatic arts collaborative. She also actively supports HomeFromHome, a South African non-profit NGO that provides shelter and education for orphans infected and afflicted by HIV.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Rogers and Cowan

Trivia (12)

Family: daughter of actors Glen Corbett and Adrienne Ellis, stepsister to actor Michael Anderson Jr. and producer David C. Anderson.
Step-daughter of film director Michael Anderson.
Was raised in Canada, is a dual citizen of Canada and USA.
Won the "Look of the Year" modeling pageant in Toronto while still a teenager.
Attended Montreal's McGill University and studied economics/political science, then transferred to UCLA to study in film and theatre.
She won her first acting job a week after receiving the "Natalie Wood Acting Award" upon graduating from UCLA. Member of the National Honor Society.
Has a younger brother named Christopher Holden, and a half- sister.
Younger stepsister of actor Michael Anderson Jr. and producer David C. Anderson.
Her brother, Christopher Holden, worked with her in Silent Hill (2006) as a AD.
Named as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Hollywood "It List".
Named as one of "Ten Actors To Watch" by Variety in 2002.
Huge crusader for children's charities including O.U.R, Home From Home, Almasi and Feed the Children.

Personal Quotes (21)

I don't want my tombstone to say actress. I want it to say human being.
I feel defensive about my character because I really love Andrea, and we share the same heart.
I am a tomboy and I love being with the boys and shooting guns and stuff.
I really, really, really want to do a silly romantic comedy where I can just have a crush on the guy, trip over myself, and laugh and be goofy. I just feel like all I do is cry, sob, and fight zombies and the bad guys.
It's a really dark, emotionally wrenching world that we've created on 'The Walking Dead.'
When forced to survive in an apocalyptic world, there are some characters that embrace their higher selves with some emerging as natural born leaders, and others succumb to their more base and primal selves and basically transform into savages. It's really a fascinating character study in the exploration of the human psyche.
I'm just attracted to good material and great characters and that can come in any form, whether it's television or film or a theatre piece.
I'm a bit of a scaredy cat. Personally, I don't like to be kept up at night.
I think women are amazing and women's friendships are like a sisterhood and we should see more of it in television and film.
I love my 'Walking Dead' family. This is the best job I ever had.
I love ghost stories but I can't really watch them, especially not by myself because then I can't sleep.
It's a fun thing to do: Go to a shooting range with a buddy, knock off a few rounds, release stress.
I've never been a fan of sociopaths who have no conscience. That scares me because they're capable of anything.
I've had a quite a few nightmares about being chased by walkers.
I'm not interested in playing the victim. I like stories about survivors.
I'm not a runner. I do not like running. I love to swim. I love to surf. I do not like to run.
The beauty of 'The Walking Dead' and the beauty of being on a television show for a while, is that, it's your backstory, it's part of what you are, it's what you carry with you every day.
I think there's a collective consciousness around the world that there are things beyond our control that have the power to annihilate us, as a species, and it's all rather frightening.
Driving through much of the southern part of the U.S. reminds me of where I grew up in Canada. The trees, homes, sense of community... I love the South.
Well, people fall in love with the wrong guy all the time, it doesn't make them bad people.
It's a little daunting to know you're going to take off your clothes and 16 million people are going to see it. It's not a normal day at the office.

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