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|Born||Claudia Ann Coghlan
August 10, 1965
Glendale, California, US
|Occupation||Actress, director, writer, singer, musician|
|Known for||Babylon 5|
|Spouse(s)||Gary DeVore (m. 1988–92)|
Claudia Ann Christian (born Claudia Ann Coghlan; August 10, 1965) is an American actress, writer, singer, musician and director, known for her role as Commander Susan Ivanova on the science fiction television series Babylon 5. Publicising the Sinclair Method to cure alcoholics is her main charity work.
Christian was born in Glendale, California, the daughter of Hildegard (née Christian), who worked as the director of Giorgio in Beverly Hills, and James Michael Coghlan. Her mother is from Germany and her father has Irish ancestry. She was raised in Connecticut and England. She has two older brothers and currently resides in Los Angeles and London, England,
Christian's first role on television was a guest appearance on Dallas, followed by a series regular role as Melody Hughes on the short-lived drama Berrenger's. She performed feature film roles such as a stripper possessed by an alien serial killer in The Hidden (1987), a police department psychologist Susan Riley in Maniac Cop 2 and as model Hexina in Hexed (1993).
In 1994–1998, she appeared as Commander Susan Ivanova, one of the series leads, in the first four seasons of Babylon 5. She left unexpectedly when contract negotiations for the fifth and final season – aggravated by the possibility that there would not be one – broke down. J. Michael Straczynski, the series' creator, maintains that she chose to leave on her own. However, Christian stated that she did wish to return for season 5, but was rebuffed and let go when she requested a small reduction in the number of episodes she would appear in. She appeared in the fifth season's series finale, which had been filmed during the fourth season, when it seemed likely that the series would end prematurely.
She posed nude for Playboy magazine in October 1999, appeared in two episodes of Freaks and Geeks in 2000, and appeared in the 2002 She Spies episode, "Spy vs Spy". In 2004, she returned to the live stage (and to Laguna Beach, California, where she had attended high school), starring in the United States Premiere of Michael Weller's play What the Night is For, with Kip Gilman, directed by Richard Stein, at the Laguna Playhouse. She starred in the BBC comedy series, Broken News in 2005. She also plays Janine Foster, mother of Peri Brown, in the Doctor Who audio drama "The Reaping", produced by Big Finish Productions released in the United Kingdom in September 2006.
She voices Anne Manx in the full cast recordings for the Radio Repertory Company of America. The science fiction series is currently shown as in pre-production for "Anne Manx 6". In 2010, Christian appeared in the Showtime series LOOK: The Series.
She also had a music career, having released a solo album, Once Upon a Time, a single, "Taboo", a collaboration with Claudia Cummings, Claudia Squared, and a collaboration with some of the other cast members of Babylon 5 on the album The Be Five.
Claudia Con UK
Christian conceived her own convention, Claudia Con UK, which took place in the United Kingdom on August 13–14, 2011.
"After years of attending conventions where fans were mistreated, told not to touch, photograph, film, eat or breathe…. I decided to throw what I call the 'anti-convention.' My theory is that if you give people freedom and respect they will in turn give you freedom and respect."
Christian has been publicizing the Sinclair Method, a means for curing alcoholism, through her book Babylon Confidential, in which she recalls her own experiences with the disease. She is making a documentary titled 'One Little Pill' about the method under the auspices of the 'C3 Foundation,' which she founded.
|1987||The Hidden||Brenda Lee Van Buren|
|1989||Never on Tuesday||Tuesday|
|Clean and Sober||Iris|
|1989||Tale of Two Sisters||Liz|
|1990||Mad About You||Casey|
|Maniac Cop 2||Susan Riley|
|Think Big||Dr. Irene Marsh|
|A Gnome Named Gnorm||Samantha|
|1991||The Dark Backward||Kitty|
|1994||The Chase||Yvonne Voss|
|1997||Mercenary II: Thick & Thin||Patricia Van Lier|
|1998||Snide and Prejudice||Renate Muller|
|1999||Haunting of Hell House||Lucy|
|Running Home||Jules Daniels|
|The Substitute 3: Winner Takes All||Andy|
|2000||Love & Sex||Woman in Gallery at End||(uncredited)|
|True Rights||Elaine Kilgore|
|2001||Atlantis: The Lost Empire||Helga Sinclair||(voice)|
|2002||Half Past Dead||Special Agent Ellen Williams|
|2004||Quiet Kill||Amy Martin|
|2005||The Garden||Dr. Cairns|
|2006||The Dot Man||Lieutenant Colonel Dunst|
|1984||Calendar Girl Murders||Kara|
|1986||A Masterpiece of Murder||Julie Forsythe|
|Houston: The Legend of Texas||Eliza Allen|
|1988||Police Story: Monster Manor||Office Babs Altoon|
|1989||Shannon's Deal||Molly Temple|
|1991||Lies of the Twins||Felice|
|The Woman Who Sinned||Judy Reinhardt|
|1997||Journey Beneath the Sea||Queen Aquareine||(voice)|
|Lancelot: Guardian of Time||Katherine Shelley|
|1998||A Wing and a Prayer||Shelley Lowe|
|Babylon 5: In the Beginning||Susan Ivanova|
|Babylon 5: Thirdspace||Susan Ivanova|
|1999||The Substitute 3: Winner Takes All||Andy|
|Meteor Apocalypse||Kate Dematti|
|2013||The Wrong Woman||Officer Ritts|
|1985||Berrenger's||Melody Hughes||Series Regular|
|1986||Blacke's Magic||Laurie||Series Regular|
|1994 - 1997||Babylon 5||Commander Susan Ivanova||Series Regular|
|1999||Freaks and Geeks||Gloria Haverchuck||Series Regular|
|2005||Broken News||Julia Regan||Series Regular|
|2009||Star Hyke||Captain Belinda Blowhard||Series Regular|
|2010||Look: The Series||Stella||Series Regular|
|1984||T. J. Hooker||Betty MacRae||Episode "The Lipstick Killer" (3.13)|
|Dallas||Episode "Some Do...Some Don't" (7.16)|
|Falcon Crest||Kate Mars||Episode "Tests of Faith" (3.20)|
|Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer||Elyse||Episode "Shots in the Dark" (1.5)|
|Riptide||Marion Gordon||Episode "Where The Girls Are" (2.1)|
|1985||The A-Team||Cathy Rogers||Episode "Trouble Brewing" (3.24)|
|1986||Hunter||Roxanne Hoffmeyer||Episode "Love, Hate, and Sporty James" (3.8)|
|1987||Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer||Cassie Conroy||Episode "Elegy for a Tramp" (3.12)|
|Outlaws||Episode "Madril" (1.6)|
|It's Gary Shandling's Show||Sylvia||Episode "Dial L for Laundry" (1.14)|
|The Highwayman||Dawn||Episode "The Highwayman" (1.0)|
|1988||We Got It Made||Colette||Episode "La vie en Jay: Part 1" (2.22)|
|Episode "La vie en Jay: Part 2" (2.23)|
|Sonny Spoon||Holly Smith||Episode "Blind Justice" (2.3)|
|1989||Quantum Leap||Allison Grimski||Episode "Play It Again, Seymour - April 14, 1953" (1.9)|
|CBS Summer Playhouse||Claire||Episode "The Heat" (3.8)|
|FM||Leslie||"Episode "If a Man Answers" (1.5)|
|Jake and the Fatman||Sergeant Alex Walker||Episode "Easy to Love" (3.3)|
|1990||Matlock||Mickey Alder||Episode "The Blackmailer" (4.23)|
|1991||Murder She Wrote||Bonnie Jenks Hastings||Episode "The Prodigal Father" (7.17)|
|LA Law||Susan Covers||Episode "Speak, Lawyers, for Me" (5.19)|
|Dark Justice||Dana Hollister Harrison||Episode "To Die For" (1.4)|
|My Life and Times||Young Jessie||Episode "Jessie" (1.2)|
|1993||Space Rangers||Marla Baker||Episode "Death Before Dishonor" (1.4)|
|Columbo||Lisa Martin||Episode "It'a All in the Game" (12.1)|
|1997||Total Security||Cheryl Bankston||Episode "Pilot" (1.1)|
|1998||Highlanderd||Katherine||Episode "Two of Hearts" (6.10)|
|Kelly Kelly||Anya||Episode "Doodler" (1.6)|
|2000||Family Law||Carla Sims||Episode "Are You My Father?" (1.16)|
|Freaks and Geeks||Gloria Haverchuck||Episode "Chokin' and Tokin'" (1.13)|
|Episode " Dead Dogs and Gym Teachers" (1.14)|
|2001||Relic Hunter||Carson Inez||Episode "All Choked Up" (3.10)|
|2002||NYPD Blue||Catherine Lowe||Episode "Better Laid Than Never: Part 1" (9.22)|
|Episode "Better Laid Than Never: Part 2" (9.23)|
|She Spies||Tanya||Episode "Spies vs. Spy" (1.9)|
|2003||Everwood||Young Edna||Episode "My Brother's Keeper" (2.3)|
|2007||Nip/Tuck||Gwen||Episode "Dawn Budge II" (5.4)|
|2011||Grimm||Mrs. Clark||Episode "Let you Hair Down" (1.7)|
|2013||Criminal Minds||Agent Gretchen Stern||Episode "Alchemy" (8.20)|
|2015||Runestone||Fritha Ingolfurdottir||Episode "Beyond the Edges of the World"|
|1995||Solar Eclipse/Titan Wars|
|2009||Pizza Morgana||Abbie Positive||(voice)|
|2011||The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim||Adrianne Avenicci, Aela the Huntress, Bryling, Laila Law-Giver, Legates Rikke, Sorli the Builder and Wolf-Queen Potema, among others||(voice)|
|2012||Guild Wars 2||Mala / PC Norn Female||(voice)|
- "Revenge is a Bitch to Swallow." Short story. Published in Forbidden Love Issue 2: Wicked Women.
- My Life With Geeks and Freaks. Autobiography. Published by Yard Dog Press.
- "Babylon Confidential: A Memoir of Love, Sex, and Addiction" Autobiography.
- Claudia Squared with Claudia Cummings (1996)
- Trying to Forget by The Be Five (1998)
- "Taboo" single (1998, Zard)
- Once Upon a Time (2001, Zard)
- Claudia Christian Biography (1965–)
- According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905–1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. Searchable at http://www.familytreelegends.com/records/39461
- Claudia Christian. TV.com (October 8, 1965). Retrieved on 2012-06-19.
- Claudia Christian. Mahalo.com. Retrieved on 2012-06-19.
- About The Cast. Pizza Morgana. Retrieved on 2012-06-19.
- "C3 Foundation". Retrieved July 22, 2013.
- Los Angeles Times: Archives – Give and Take Mothers in the Business of Dressing Well Swap Clothes With Their Grateful Daughters
- Give and Take : Mothers in the Business of Dressing Well Swap Clothes With Their Grateful Daughters – Los Angeles Times
- Now I've found my own space; Babylon 5 's Claudia on the split from Scots Braveheart Angus MacFadyen. – Free Online Library
- retroCRUSH: The World's Greatest Pop Culture Site
- Claudia Christian Profile – Metacritic
- Joe M. Straczynski, Claudia Christian (quoted from correspondence). "About Claudia Christian's Departure". The Lurker's Guide to Babylon 5.
- Claudia Con UK. Claudia Con UK. Retrieved on 2012-06-19.
- Babylon Confidential by Claudia Christian with Morgan Grant Buchanan. Babylonconfidential.com. Retrieved on 2012-06-19.
- "One Little Pill". Retrieved September 10, 2013.
- "Under the Moon Official Website". Archived from the original on April 4, 2007. Retrieved April 29, 2007.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Claudia Christian.|
- Official Business Website
- Official Facebook Fanpage
- Official Blog
- Official Claudia Con UK Website
- C3 Foundation to treat alcoholics using the Sinclair Method
- Claudia Christian at the Internet Movie Database
- Claudia Christian at AllMovie