Murray at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International.
21 July 1977 |
Jaime Murray (born 21 July 1977) is an English actress, best known for playing Stacie Monroe in the BBC television series Hustle (2004–2007; 2012) and Lila West in season two of the Showtime television series Dexter (2007). She is also known for her recurring roles as Gaia in Starz' Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (2011) and as Olivia Charles in The CW's Ringer (2011–2012). She is currently appearing as Stahma Tarr in the Syfy series Defiance and Helena G. Wells in Warehouse 13.
Early life and education
Murray was born in London, England, to Elaine and Billy Murray. She was named after Lindsay Wagner's character Jaime Sommers in The Bionic Woman. Just before taking her A Levels, Murray was diagnosed with dyslexia. She briefly studied philosophy and psychology at the London School of Economics, but dropped out to train at the Drama Centre London, graduating in 2000.
Murray's first taste of stardom was miming the lyrics in the 1996 original video of Stretch & Vern's dance track "I'm Alive". Some of her early television appearances included minor guest roles in BBC One's Casualty, The Bill, Love Soup, and ShakespeaRe-Told: The Taming of the Shrew.
Murray starred as Stacie Monroe in Hustle from series 1 until series 4. In one episode of Hustle, Murray so impressed her co-star Robert Vaughn with her modeling of a Wonder Woman costume that, according to several online sources, he showed it to studio executives in Hollywood; on the strength of this, Murray was invited to audition for the part of Wonder Woman in the upcoming Wonder Woman movie.
Relocating to Los Angeles, California, Murray starred in Dexter as Lila Tourney, Dexter Morgan's Narcotics Anonymous sponsor and the main antagonist in Season 2. Dexter has an affair with her, leading to his breakup with his girlfriend Rita Bennett, but he soon realizes that Lila is in fact a sociopath who hangs out in support groups in an attempt to vicariously experience emotions in a safe environment by closely observing them in recovering addicts. She immediately sees through Dexter's "mask" and becomes obsessed with him, believing him to be her soulmate.
In mid-2008, Murray joined the cast of The CW's Valentine playing the lead character, Grace Valentine. The show began airing in October 2008, but was cancelled by the end of the month.
Murray starred in another CW show, The Beautiful Life: TBL (also known as The Beautiful Life), an American television drama series which ran from 16 to 23 September 2009. Murray was cast to play a powerful wardrobe stylist and resident cougar who has her eyes on Isaac (Corbin Bleu).
Murray finished shooting Possessions, in 2010, and is currently shooting The Rapture. She starred in the film The Devil's Playground (2010) directed by Mark McQueen and then appeared as Helena G. Wells on the Syfy's series, Warehouse 13. Murray's portrayal of Helena G. Wells received critical praise. Her portrayal was described as "saucy", "superb", as able to "anchor a series", and "endlessly fascinating". Her absence as the villain in the Season 3 Christmas episode The Greatest Gift was bemoaned with the lamentation "she would have done it better". Murray was nominated for a 2012 Portal Award for her portrayal of Helena G. Wells on Warehouse 13.
Murray modelled clothing in television advertisements for Debenhams department store. Murray is signed to Models 1 in London. She has also appeared in men's magazines such as GQ, Mayfair, and FHM, as well as women's magazines such as Hello!, Cosmopolitan, and OK!.
|The Deaths of Ian Stone||Medea|
|2011||Samuel Bleak||Vivian Bleak|
|2013||Fright Night 2: New Blood||Gerri Dandridge|
|2001||The Bill||Tania Matthews||Episode: "A Pound of Flesh"|
|2002||Casualty||Sonia Guzman||Episode: "Thicker Than Water"|
|2002||The Bill||Melanie||Recurring character (3 episodes)|
|2003||Keen Eddie||Kiki||Episode: "Pilot (a.k.a. Eddie)"|
|2004||Doctors and Nurses||Bella Olazabal||Episode: "Bella Bella"|
|2005||Love Soup||Natalie Brown||Episode: "Death And Nurses"|
|ShakespeaRe-Told||Bianca Minola||Episode: "The Taming of The Shrew"|
|Agatha Christie's Poirot||Ruth Kettering||Episode: "The Mystery of the Blue Train"|
|2007||Dexter||Lila West||Main cast (10 episodes)|
|2009||The Mentalist||Nadia Sobell||Episode: "Carnelian, Inc."|
|Eli Stone||Diane Rundlet||Episode: "Flight Path"|
|NCIS||ICE Agent Julia Foster-Yates||Episode: "Semper Fidelis"|
|The Beautiful Life: TBL||Vivienne||Recurring character (5 episodes)|
|2008–2009||Valentine||Grace Valentine/Aphrodite||Main cast (8 episodes)|
|2010||Suite 7||Jessy||Episode: "Good in Bed"|
|2011||Spartacus: Gods of the Arena||Gaia||Recurring character (4 episodes)|
|2004–2007; 2012||Hustle||Stacie Monroe||Main cast (25 episodes)|
|2011–2012||Ringer||Olivia Charles||Recurring character (10 episodes)|
|2010–2014||Warehouse 13||Helena "H.G." Wells||Recurring character (14 episodes)|
|2012||The Finder||Amadea Denaris||Episode: "An Orphan Walks Into a Bar"|
|Jan||Andie||Recurring character (4 episodes)|
|Childrens Hospital||Kitty Black||Episode: "British Hospital"|
|2013||Defiance||Stahma Tarr||Main cast|
|2012||Goodbye in Her Eyes||Music video|
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