Hudson Leick

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Hudson Leick
Born Heidi Hudson Leick
(1969-05-09) May 9, 1969 (age 44)
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Other names Heidi Leick
Occupation Actress, model, yoga instructor, intuitive counselor
Years active 1992–2011 (actor)
1996-present (yoga instructor, counselor)

Heidi Hudson Leick (born May 9, 1969) is an American actress, known for her role as villainess Callisto in the television series Xena: Warrior Princess. She is a certified Yoga instructor and intuitive counselor at the Healing Heart Yoga Center.[1]

Biography[edit]

Leick was born in Cincinnati, Ohio.[2] During high school, she moved to Rochester, New York. She later attended the Neighborhood Playhouse Acting School in New York City.[3]

Leick started her career as a model in Japan, but decided to concentrate on acting. She took courses in drama and diction to improve her voice. In 1992, she appeared in one episode of the series CBS Schoolbreak Special. The following year, Leick appeared in an episode of Law & Order. She played a small role as a "sexpot" in University Hospital as nurse Tracy Stone.[4] In 1994, she appeared as the virtual reality designer Hannah in the television film Knight Rider 2010.[5]

Leick's big break came in 1995 when she won a part on Melrose Place. Leick appeared in ten episodes of the series. After a couple of small roles in Hijacked:Flight 285 and Dangerous Cargo, the director Robert Tapert selected Leick for the role of Callisto on Xena: Warrior Princess. Leick also portrayed Callisto on three episodes of Xena companion TV series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys[6] and she portrayed screenwriter Liz Friedman in two Hercules episodes.

In 2000, Leick announced at a convention that she would not be in more episodes of Xena: Warrior Princess or Hercules: The Legendary Journeys because she was being offered more and different roles, and felt that she needed to play another character besides Callisto. Beginning in 1999, she appeared in the films Chill Factor,[7] Hallowed Ground,[8] Blood Type, Denial, and After the Game, and had roles in the series 7th Heaven, Touched by an Angel, and Safe Harbor. She performed in A.I. Assault, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Lords of Everquest, Tru Calling (in its pilot episode), the voice of Jen in the computer game Primal,[9] Fastlane and Cold Heart.

In 2008, she finished the films One, Two, Many[10] and Unconditional.[11] She played the role of Coco DeVille in the Jackie Collins film Paris Connections, which was released in 2010. It was her final significant acting job.

According to the Healing Heart Yoga Center, Leick, as of 2009, had been studying yoga for over sixteen years and has taught for thirteen. She is a member of the California Yoga Teacher's Association, and part of the staff at the Healing Heart Yoga Center.[1]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Dangerous Cargo Carla
1997 After the Game Grace
1998 Denial Deborah
1999 Blood Type Tiffanie [12]
1999 Chill Factor Vaughn
2001 Cold Heart Julia
2008 One, Two, Many Darla
2008 Unconditional Alice Short film
2010 Paris Connections Coco De Ville
2011 All It Will Ever Be Short film
2013 Mid Life Gangster

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1992 CBS Schoolbreak Special Stephanie Episode: "Sexual Considerations"
1993 Law & Order Kathy Rogers Episode: "Black Tie"
1994 Knight Rider 2010 Hannah Tyrie TV movie
1995 University Hospital Tracy Stone Regular role (9 episodes)
1995 Melrose Place Shelly Hanson Regular role (10 episodes)
1996 Hijacked: Flight 285 Shayna Loring TV movie
1996-2000 Xena: Warrior Princess Callisto Recurring role (12 episodes)
1997 Touched by an Angel Celeste Episodes: "Angel of Death", "Labor of Love"
1997 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Callisto Episode: "Surprise"
1998 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Callisto / Liz Friedman Episodes: "Armageddon Now: Parts 1 & 2", "Yes, Virginia, There Is a Hercules"
1998 7th Heaven Ms. Hunter Episode: "Homecoming"
1999 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Liz Friedman Episode: "For Those of You Just Joining Us..."
1999 Safe Harbor Delores Episode: "One More Time: The Great Escape"
2003 Fastlane Randi Episode: "101"
2003 Tru Calling Rebecca Morgan Episode: "Pilot"
2005 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Dr. Jeri 'Buffy' Cohen Episode: "Bite Me"
2006 A.I. Assault Tiffany Smith TV movie
2007 Hallowed Ground Sarah Austin Video
2007 Nip/Tuck Fake Wendy Episode: "Dr. Joshua Lee"
2008 Shark Cindy Broyles Episode: "Bar Fight" (scenes deleted)
2010 Law & Order: LA Carly's Personal Shopper Episode: "Playa Vista"
Video games
Year Title Role Console
2003 Primal Jennifer 'Jen' Tate PlayStation 2
2003 Lords of Everquest Lady Leisen PC

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Hudson Leick (Instructor/Counselor)". Healing Heart Yoga Center. Retrieved March 4, 2010. 
  2. ^ Riggs, Thomas (2003). Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television 51. Gale / Cengage Learning. p. 208. ISBN 0-7876-7094-4. 
  3. ^ "Hudson Leick". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved March 21, 2010. 
  4. ^ McNeil, Alex (1996). Total television: the comprehensive guide to programming from 1948 to the present (4th ed.). Penguin Books. p. 879. ISBN 0-14-024916-8. 
  5. ^ Sherman, Fraser A. (2000). Cyborgs, Santa Clause and Satan: Science Fiction Fantasy and Horror Filmes Made for Television. Jefferson, North Carolina and London: McFarland & Company, Inc. pp. 108–109. ISBN 978-0-7864-4341-3. 
  6. ^ Terrace, Vincent (2002). Crime fighting heroes of television: over 10,000 facts from 151 shows, 1949–2001. McFarland. p. 78. ISBN 0-7864-1395-6. 
  7. ^ Staff (September 8, 1999). "Gooding brings heat to 'chill'". Reading Times. Retrieved December 22, 2009. 
  8. ^ Swindoll, Jeff (October 11, 2007). "DVD Review: Hallowed Ground". Monsters and Critics. WOTR Limited. Retrieved December 22, 2009. 
  9. ^ King, Geoff; Krzywinska, Tanya (2006). Tomb raiders and space invaders: videogame forms and contexts. I. B. Tauris. p. 53. ISBN 1-84511-108-7. 
  10. ^ Barnes, Jessica (January 17, 2008). "National Lampoon Has 'One, Two, Many'". Cinematical. Weblogs, Inc. Retrieved December 21, 2009. 
  11. ^ "2009 Playhouse West Film Festival Awards". Playhouse West Film Foundation. Retrieved February 5, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Blood Type (1999)". The New York Times. Retrieved July 27, 2010. 

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