Laurie Holden

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Laurie Holden
Laurie Holden 2013.jpg
Holden at the 2013 Florida SuperCon
Born Heather Laurie Holden
(1969-12-17) December 17, 1969 (age 45)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Citizenship American
Alma mater McGill University
University of California, Los Angeles
Occupation Actress, producer, activist
Years active 1980–present
Parent(s) Glen Corbett (aka Larry Holden) (deceased)
Adrienne Ellis
Relatives Michael Anderson (stepfather)
Christopher Holden (brother)

Heather Laurie Holden (born December 17, 1969),[1] best known as Laurie Holden, is an American Canadian actress, producer and human rights activist. She is perhaps best known for her roles as Marita Covarrubias in The X-Files, Adele Stanton in The Majestic, Cybil Bennett in Silent Hill, Amanda Dumfries in The Mist, Olivia Murray in The Shield and Andrea in The Walking Dead.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Los Angeles and raised in Toronto,[2][3] Holden has dual citizenship, in the U.S. and Canada. After her parents, actors Glen Corbett (aka Lawrence Holden) and Adrienne Ellis, divorced, her mother married director Michael Anderson. Laurie then split her time between Los Angeles and Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She has a younger brother, Christopher Holden, and a half sister.

Holden received her first film role when she was a young child. While on the set visiting her stepfather, director Michael Anderson, a child actress hired to play Rock Hudson's daughter in The Martian Chronicles never arrived, so Laurie filled in. "All of a sudden, I'm Rock Hudson's daughter."As a teenager, she won The Look of the Year modeling contest in Toronto and was given a minor role as a babysitter in Anderson's comedy Separate Vacations (1986). After graduating from the Bishop Strachan School, she attended McGill University, where she studied economics and political science.[4] Holden transferred to University of California, Los Angeles and received a degree in theater and film in 1993.[5] At UCLA, she was a member of the National Honor Society and received the prestigious Natalie Wood Acting Award. Holden then pursued a master's degree in human rights at Columbia University.[6]


Holden at 2012 ACE Eddie Awards Arrivals

Early in her career, Holden made a name for herself by costarring opposite Burt Reynolds in Physical Evidence (1989), Vanessa Redgrave in Young Catherine (1991), and William Shatner in the TV Movie TekWar: TekLab (1994). She also played Mabel Dunham in the TV Movie The Pathfinder (1996) (based on the novel of James Fenimore Cooper). Onstage, she starred in Time and the Conways, written by J. B. Priestley, and The Winter's Tale, based on the play by William Shakespeare. Other stage roles include Regina in Ghosts and Procne in The Love of the Nightingale.

After making various guest appearances on Due South, Murder, She Wrote, and Poltergeist: The Legacy (when she played a dual role), Holden found some success playing a memorable recurring role on the seminal sci-fi series The X-Files: Marita Covarrubias, a mysterious government worker who becomes an informant to Special Agent Fox Mulder, from seasons four through the final one (1996–2002). She also had a supporting role, as Mary Travis, opposite Michael Biehn and Ron Perlman, in the CBS TV series based on the MGM classic, The Magnificent Seven (1998–2000) and a role as Debra Campbell on Highlander: The Series.

Some of Holden's most notable roles include starring opposite Jim Carrey in Frank Darabont's film The Majestic (2001) (It was while performing on stage in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, that Holden was discovered by Darabont). As Carrey's long lost love, she received critical acclaim and praise for her performance.[7] In 2002, she played Marita Covarrubias for the final episode of The X-Files. She also co-starred alongside Dean Cain, Jennifer Tilly, and Tim Curry in the Canadian comedy Bailey's Billion$. Other movie roles have included those of Michael Chiklis' former love interest in Fantastic Four (2005), Cybil Bennett in Christophe Gans' artistic-horror video game adaptation of Silent Hill (2006),[8] Amanda Dumfries in The Mist (2007), and Olivia Murray in The Shield.

From 2010 to 2013 she was cast in the role of Andrea, a civil rights attorney and survivor of a global zombie plague in the AMC apocalyptic drama The Walking Dead.[9]

In 2013, she worked on the movie Honeytrap as an executive producer.[10]

In 2014 she played the role of Ann McGinnis in the third season of Major Crimes. Also in 2014, she co-starred in the movie Dumb and Dumber To, opposite Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels and Kathleen Turner.[11] She played Adele Pinchelow, the main antagonist of the Farrelly brothers comedy.

In 2015, she appeared as Dr. Hannah Tramble, an ER surgeon, in the third season of Chicago Fire. It was announced Holden would reprise her role as Dr. Tramble in a planted spinoff, Chicago Med. Holden will co-star opposite Epatha Merkerson and Yaya Dacosta in the ensemble medical drama. The series is being conceived and written by Chicago Fire creators/executive producers Derek Haas and Michael Brandt.[12]

Holden actively pursues philanthropic interests in addition to her acting career.

Charity work and human rights activism[edit]

Holden is a Founding Board Member of the Canadian Somaly Mam Foundation[13] and an Advisory Board Member of The Somaly Mam Foundation in the U.S. She also works with the nonprofit Home From Home, which helps HIV-infected children.

In 2014, Holden was part of Operation Underground Railroad, a volunteer organization that aims to hunt down and arrest child sex traffickers. The group recently traveled to Cartagena, Colombia, where it aided authorities in breaking up a major sex-trafficking ring that used drugs to force underage boys and girls into prostitution. The operation resulted in the arrest of 11 Colombians and one person whose nationality has not been released in the cities of Armenia, Cartagena and Medellin and the rescue of 55 sex-trafficking victims, one just 11 years old.[14][15]



Laurie Holden at San Diego Comic Con in 2007 to promote The Mist
Year Title Role Notes
1986 Separate Vacations Karen
1989 Physical Evidence Matt's girl
1995 Expect No Mercy Vicki
1996 The Pathfinder Mabel Dunham Television film
1996 Past Perfect Ally Marsey
1997 Echo Scarlett Antonelli Television film
1997 Alibi Beth Polasky Television film
2000 The Man Who Used to Be Me Amy Ryan Television film
2001 The Majestic Adele Stanton
2005 Bailey's Billion$ Marge Maggs
2005 Fantastic Four Debbie McIlvane
2006 Silent Hill Cybil Bennett
2007 The Mist Amanda Dumfries
2008 Meet Market Billy Uncredited
2014 Honeytrap[10] Producer
2014 Dumb and Dumber To Adele Pinchelow


Year Title Role Notes
1980 The Martian Chronicles Marie Wilder 3 episodes
1988 Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future Erin Episode: "Gemini and Counting"
1991 Young Catherine Princess Catherine Dashkova TV Miniseries
1991 Father Dowling Mysteries Joyce Morrison / Judith Carswell Episode: "The Hardboiled Mystery"
1993 Secret Services Suki Episode: "Larceny Inc./Reach Out and Rob Someone/Jet Threat"
1993 Scales of Justice Nancy Oakes Episode: "Who Killed Sir Harry Oakes?"
1993 Family Passions Claire Season 1
1993 Destiny Ridge Darlene Kubolek Season 1
1994 TekWar Rachel Tudor Episode: "TekLab"
1995 Due South Jill Kennedy Episode: "Letting Go"
1995–1996 Highlander: The Series Debra Campbell 2 episodes
1996 Murder, She Wrote Sherri Sampson Episode: "What You Don't Know Can Kill You"
1996 Poltergeist: The Legacy Cora Jennings / Sarah Browning Episode: "Thirteenth Generation"
1996 Two Madeline Reynolds Episode: "Many Happing Return"
1996–2002 The X-Files Marita Covarrubias 10 episodes
1997 Dead Man's Gun Bonnie Lorrine Episode: "Fool's Gold"
1998–2000 The Magnificent Seven Mary Travis 18 episodes
2000 The Outer Limits Susan McLaren Episode: "Breaking Point"
2001 Big Sound Piper Moran Episode: "Shabbas Bloody Shabbas"
2008 The Shield Olivia Murray 13 episodes
2010–2013 The Walking Dead Andrea Main (Seasons 1-3) 31 episodes
2014–2015 Major Crimes Ann McGinnis 3 episodes
2015 Chicago Fire[16] Dr. Hannah Tramble Episode: "Chicago Med"
2015 Chicago Med Dr. Hannah Tramble Main

Video game[edit]

Year Title Role
2004 The X-Files: Resist or Serve Marita Covarrubias (voice)


Awards and nominations[edit]

Holden was named as one of the top 100 Most Creative People in Hollywood in Entertainment Weekly's It List and One of Ten Actors to Watch by Variety. She also won "The Look of The Year" Elite model search in Toronto and was nominated in 1996 for a Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Guest Role in a Dramatic Series for Due South (1994). Laurie is named as one of "Ten Actors To Watch" by Variety in 2002.

She was nominated in 2011 for a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress in Television for the series The Walking Dead.[17] For her role in this series, she was also nominated in 2011 for the Scream Award for Best Supporting Actress.[18]

In 2013, Laurie Holden was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work on The Walking Dead and won.[19]

Year Award Category Work Result
1986 Look of the Year Won
1993 Natalie Wood Acting Award Natalie Wood Acting Award for Best Actress Won
1996 Gemini Award Gemini Award for Best Guest Star in Television Due South Nominated
2011 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress on Television The Walking Dead Nominated
2011 Scream Award Best Supporting Actress on Television The Walking Dead Nominated
2012 Satellite Award Best Cast – Television Series The Walking Dead Won
2013 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress on Television The Walking Dead Won


  1. ^ "Laurie Holden". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  2. ^ Harris, Wlliott (March 21, 2011). "She’s ‘Dead’ serious — Hawks rule". Chicago Sun Times. p. 54. Retrieved March 19, 2012.  |chapter= ignored (help)
  3. ^ Carter, Kelly (February 18, 2001). "Breakout: Laurie Holden". USA Today. Retrieved March 19, 2012. 
  4. ^ Worboy, Martha (August 2014). "On the Cover: Laurie Holden on life in Forest Hill, zombies, and trading horror for comedy". Post City Toronto. Retrieved September 29, 2014. 
  5. ^ "NOTABLE ALUMNI ACTORS". UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. Retrieved September 29, 2014. 
  6. ^ Fall, Christine (November 29, 2011). "Q&A – Laurie Holden (Andrea)". AMC. Retrieved October 17, 2014. 
  7. ^ Mitchell, Elvis. "Movie Review – The Majestic – FILM REVIEW; Amnesiac Recalls His Best Lines". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  8. ^ "TV: Casting Rounding Out for Darabont's 'The Walking Dead'"
  9. ^ Barton, Steve (May 5, 2010). "Update: Laurie Holden and Steven Yeun Join The Walking Dead". Bloody Disgusting.
  10. ^ a b : Laurie Holden joins Honeytrap as Executive Producer
  11. ^ : Laurie Holden joins 'Dumb and Dumber To'. Variety
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Laurie Holden Cast In NBC’s ‘Chicago Med’". Deadline. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  13. ^ Actress Laurie Holden speaks out against human trafficking
  14. ^ : Walking Dead actor Laurie Holden took part dangerous rescue mission
  15. ^ Smith, Candace; Pinedo-Burns, Aristides (October 14, 2014). "Inside a Dangerous Mission to Rescue Children in Colombia's Sex Trafficking Trade". ABC News. Retrieved October 17, 2014. 
  16. ^ : Laurie Holden Cast In NBC’s ‘Chicago Med’
  17. ^ "The 37th Saturn Award Nominations". Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  18. ^ "Best Supporting Actress: Jaimie Alexander, Laurie Holden, Mila Kunis, Helen Mirren, Ellen Wong". Spike. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  19. ^ Watts, Sophie (February 21, 2013). "'The Walking Dead' gets 4 nominations for 39th Saturn Awards". Hypable.

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