Holden at the 2013 Florida SuperCon
|Born||Heather Laurie Holden
December 17, 1969
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||McGill University
University of California, Los Angeles
|Occupation||Actress, producer, activist|
|Parents||Glen Corbett (aka Larry Holden) (deceased)
|Relatives||Michael Anderson (stepfather)
Christopher Holden (brother)
Heather Laurie Holden (born December 17, 1969), 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
Born in Los Angeles and raised in Toronto, Holden holds dual citizenship in both 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 named Christopher Holden and a half sister.
She received her first film role when she was a young child. While on the set visiting her step-father, director Michael Anderson, a child actress hired to play Rock Hudson's daughter in The Martian Chronicles never made it and 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. She transferred to University of California, Los Angeles and received a degree in theater and film in 1993. At UCLA, she was a member of the National Honor Society and received the prestigious Natalie Wood Acting Award. She pursued a Master of Human Rights degree at Columbia University.
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. 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$. Other movies roles of hers include those of Michael Chiklis' former love interest in Fantastic Four (2005), Cybil Bennett in Christophe Gans' artistic-horror video game adaptation of Silent Hill (2006), Amanda Dumfries in The Mist (2007), and Olivia Murray in The Shield.
She plays also Ann McGinnis to the Season 3 of Major Crimes TV Series.
Laurie Holden actively produces film, theatre and television projects in addition to her acting pursuits. In 2013, she joins the movie Honeytrap as executive producer.
Charity work and human rights activism
Holden is a Founding Board Member of the Canadian Somaly Mam Foundation and an Advisory Board Member of The Somaly Mam Foundation in the U.S. She also works with the nonprofit Home From Home, which helps HIV-infected children.
In 2014, Holden was part of Operation Underground Railroad, a volunteer organization that aims to hunt down and arrest child sex traffickers. The group recently traveled to Cartagena, Colombia, where it aided authorities in breaking up a major sex-trafficking ring that used drugs to force underage boys and girls into prostitution. The operation resulted in the arrest of 11 Colombians and one person whose nationality has not been released in the cities of Armenia, Cartagena and Medellin and the rescue of 55 sex-trafficking victims, one just 11 years old.
|1989||Physical Evidence||Matt's girl|
|1995||Expect No Mercy||Vicki|
|1996||The Pathfinder||Mabel Dunham||Television film|
|1996||Past Perfect||Ally Marsey|
|1997||Echo||Scarlett Antonelli||Television film|
|1997||Alibi||Beth Polasky||Television film|
|2000||The Man Who Used to Be Me||Amy Ryan||Television film|
|2001||The Majestic||Adele Stanton|
|2005||Bailey's Billion$||Marge Maggs|
|2005||Fantastic Four||Debbie McIlvane|
|2006||Silent Hill||Cybil Bennett|
|2007||The Mist||Amanda Dumfries|
|2014||Dumb and Dumber To||Adele Pinchelow||Main cast|
|1980||The Martian Chronicles||Marie Wilder||Recurring, 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||Recurring, 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||Recurring, 10 episodes|
|1997||Dead Man's Gun||Bonnie Lorrine||Episode: "Fool's Gold"|
|1998–2000||The Magnificent Seven||Mary Travis||Recurring, 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||Recurring, 13 episodes|
|2010–2013||The Walking Dead||Andrea||Season 1-3 (Series Regular; 31 episodes)|
|2014||Major Crimes||Ann McGinnis||Recurring, 2 episodes|
|2004||The X-Files: Resist or Serve||Marita Covarrubias (voice)|
- The Only Game in Town (2000), based on the play by Frank D. Gilroy
- Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (2000), based on the play by Tennessee Williams
- The Love of the Nightingale, based on the play Procne by Timberlake Wertenbaker
- Ghosts, based on the play Regina by Henrik Ibsen
- Toros Y Hevos
- A Chorus Line, based on the book Kristine by James Kirkwood, Jr. and Nicholas Dante
- The Winter's Tale, based on the play Hermione by William Shakespeare
- Time and the Conways, based on the play Madge by J. B. Priestley
Awards and nominations
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. For her role in this series, she was also nominated in 2011 for the Scream Award for Best Supporting Actress.
|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|
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- : Laurie Holden joins Honeytrap as Excecutive Producer
- Actress Laurie Holden speaks out against human trafficking
- : Walking Dead actor Laurie Holden took part dangerous rescue mission
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