March 3, 1966 |
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Swedberg was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, the daughter of Kay, a high school English teacher and Jim Swedberg, a laser physicist. She was raised in New Mexico and attended Sandia High School in Albuquerque from 1980 to 1984.
Following graduation she moved to Kentucky where she spent a year at the Actor's Theatre of Louisville, following which she acted in her first film role, Norman Jewison's 1989 In Country. She followed that with roles in 1990 movies Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael and Kindergarten Cop, and 1991 movies Too Much Sun and Jim Abrahams comedy spoof Hot Shots!
During this time, she also had guest roles in a number of popular television series, including Matlock, Thirtysomething, Quantum Leap, Brooklyn Bridge, Northern Exposure, Sisters, Roc and Touched by an Angel. The following year she took on the role of Susan Ross in 11 episodes of Seinfeld's fourth season, 17 episodes of the seventh season and one episode of the ninth (via flashback in the 'backward' episode). She made a guest appearance in Wizards of Waverly Place as Jennifer Majorheely.
While living in Hawaii, Swedberg grew up playing the ukulele. In 1992, when playing the role of a singer/songwriter for a television pilot, she began playing the instrument again. She now sings and plays the ukulele in her band, Heidi Swedberg and The Sukey Jump Band. The band released an album entitled PLAY!, in 2009 and "My Cup Of Tea" in 2013. She has a "grown up" band called the Smoking Jackets which plays ukulele festivals and night clubs. The members, Daniel Ward, Craig McClelland and John Bartlit are multi-instrumentalists who also teach at ukulele festivals.
|1989||Matlock||Sister Katherine||Episode: "The Priest"|
|1990||Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael||Andrea Stein|
|Too Much Sun||Sister Agnes|
|thirtysomething||Miss Jackie||Episode: "The Guilty Party"|
|Kindergarten Cop||Joshua's Mother|
|1991||Quantum Leap||Valleri||Episode: "Private Dancer"|
|Hot Shots!||Mary Thompson|
|Northern Exposure||Linda||Episode: "Only You"|
|Brooklyn Bridge||Miss McCullough||Episode: "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling"|
|1992||Episode: "The Gift"|
|Sisters||Jill Parkins||Episode: "Troubled Waters"
Episode: "Working Girls"
|Seinfeld||Susan Biddle Ross||1992–1997 (29 episodes)|
|Roc||Helen||Episode: "Roc Throws Joey Out"|
|1993||Episode: "You Don't Send Me No Flowers"|
|1994||Empty Nest||Patty Olsen||Episode: "Love a la Mode"|
|Murder, She Wrote||Lorna Thompson||Episode: "Proof in the Pudding"|
|Star Trek: Deep Space Nine||Rekelen||Episode: "Profit and Loss"|
|Twilight Zone: Rod Serling's Lost Classics||TV movies|
|Father and Scout||Donna|
|Grace Under Fire||Ramona||Episode: "Jimmy's Girl"
Episode: "Cold Turkey"
|1995||If Not For You||Melanie McKee||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1996||Up Close & Personal||Sheila|
|Touched by an Angel||Marty Dillard||Episode: "Secret Service"|
|The Cold Equations||Board Member||TV movies|
|A Parking Lot Story||Car Owner|
|1998||Dennis the Menace Strikes Again!||Alice Mitchell||Video|
|1999||Evolution's Child||Elaine Cordell||TV movie|
|Galaxy Quest||Brandon's Mom|
|2000||75 Degrees in July||Kay Colburn|
|2001||Roswell||Meredith Dupree||Episode: "Disturbing Behavior"
Episode: "How the Other Half Lives"
|Gideon's Crossing||Mrs. Cabochon||Episode: "Flashpoint"|
|Providence||Episode: "Trial & Error"
Episode: "Rule Number One"
|Strong Medicine||Celia Farber||Episode: "Rebirth"|
|ER||Robin Turner||Episode: "Lockdown"
Episode: "Chaos Theory"
|Gilmore Girls||Debbie Fincher||Episode: "One's Got Class and the Other One Dyes"|
|Jumping for Joy|
|2003||Oliver Beene||Cynthia Vogel||Episode: "A Day at the Beach"|
|Moving Alan||Female Ranger|
|Becker||Mrs. Whitford||Episode: "Mr. and Ms. Conception"|
|2006||Without a Trace||Laura Worth||Episode: "911"|
|2008||Bones||Alice Elliot||Episode: "The Finger in the Nest"|
|2009||Wizards of Waverly Place||Miss Majorhealey||Episode: "Art Teacher"|
|2010||Hawthorne||Olivia Maxwell||Episode: "Hidden Truths"|
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