Claudia Christian

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Claudia Christian
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Born Claudia Ann Coghlan
(1965-08-10) August 10, 1965 (age 48)
Glendale, California, US
Nationality American
Occupation Actress, director, writer, singer, musician
Years active 1984–present
Known for Babylon 5
Spouse(s) Gary DeVore (m. 1988–92)
"Official Site"

Claudia Ann Christian[1] (born Claudia Ann Coghlan;[2] 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.[3][4][5] Publicising the Sinclair Method to cure alcoholics is her main charity work.[6]

Early life[edit]

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.[7][8][9] Her mother is from Germany and her father has Irish ancestry.[10][11] She was raised in Connecticut and England.[10] 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.[12] 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[edit]

Christian conceived her own convention, Claudia Con UK, which took place in the United Kingdom on August 13–14, 2011.[13]

"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."

Charity work[edit]

Christian has been publicizing the Sinclair Method, a means for curing alcoholism, through her book Babylon Confidential,[14] in which she recalls her own experiences with the disease. She is making a documentary titled 'One Little Pill'[15] about the method under the auspices of the 'C3 Foundation,' which she founded.[6]


Year Film Role Notes
1987 The Hidden Brenda Lee Van Buren
1989 Never on Tuesday Tuesday
Clean and Sober Iris
1989 Tale of Two Sisters Liz
Arena Quinn
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
1993 Hexed Hexina
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
Final Voyage Max
2000 Love & Sex Woman in Gallery at End (uncredited)
True Rights Elaine Kilgore
Bad Guys
2001 Atlantis: The Lost Empire Helga Sinclair (voice)
2002 Half Past Dead Special Agent Ellen Williams
The Failures Anna
2004 Quiet Kill Amy Martin
2005 The Garden Dr. Cairns
2006 The Dot Man Lieutenant Colonel Dunst
2008 Serbian Scars Maggie
2012 Overnight Sandy
Strange Frame Zev
2013 Watercolor Postcards Cheryl
2014 California Scheming Mom
Television Movies
Year Title Role Notes
1984 Calendar Girl Murders Kara
1986 A Masterpiece of Murder Julie Forsythe
Houston: The Legend of Texas Eliza Allen
1987 The Highway Dawn
1988 Police Story: Monster Manor Office Babs Altoon
1989 Shannon's Deal Molly Temple
1990 Kaleidoscope Meagan
1991 Lies of the Twins Felice
The Woman Who Sinned Judy Reinhardt
Strays Claire Lederer
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
Final Voyage Max
Meteor Apocalypse Kate Dematti
2013 The Wrong Woman Officer Ritts
Television Series
Year Title Role Notes
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
Guest Appearances
Year Title Role Notes
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)
The Audition Claudia
2013 Criminal Minds Agent Gretchen Stern Episode "Alchemy" (8.20)
2015 Runestone Fritha Ingolfurdottir Episode "Beyond the Edges of the World"
Video Games
Year Title Role Notes
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)
Darksiders 2 Muria
2012 Guild Wars 2 Mala / PC Norn Female (voice)
2012 Halo 4 (voice)



  • Claudia Squared with Claudia Cummings (1996)
  • Trying to Forget by The Be Five (1998)
  • "Taboo" single (1998, Zard)
  • Once Upon a Time (2001, Zard)


  1. ^ Claudia Christian Biography (1965–)
  2. ^ According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905–1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. Searchable at
  3. ^ Claudia Christian. (October 8, 1965). Retrieved on 2012-06-19.
  4. ^ Claudia Christian. Retrieved on 2012-06-19.
  5. ^ About The Cast. Pizza Morgana. Retrieved on 2012-06-19.
  6. ^ a b "C3 Foundation". Retrieved July 22, 2013. 
  7. ^ Los Angeles Times: Archives – Give and Take Mothers in the Business of Dressing Well Swap Clothes With Their Grateful Daughters
  8. ^ Give and Take : Mothers in the Business of Dressing Well Swap Clothes With Their Grateful Daughters – Los Angeles Times
  9. ^ Now I've found my own space; Babylon 5 's Claudia on the split from Scots Braveheart Angus MacFadyen. – Free Online Library
  10. ^ a b retroCRUSH: The World's Greatest Pop Culture Site
  11. ^ Claudia Christian Profile – Metacritic
  12. ^ Joe M. Straczynski, Claudia Christian (quoted from correspondence). "About Claudia Christian's Departure". The Lurker's Guide to Babylon 5. 
  13. ^ Claudia Con UK. Claudia Con UK. Retrieved on 2012-06-19.
  14. ^ a b Babylon Confidential by Claudia Christian with Morgan Grant Buchanan. Retrieved on 2012-06-19.
  15. ^ "One Little Pill". Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Under the Moon Official Website". Archived from the original on April 4, 2007. Retrieved April 29, 2007. 

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