Zea in 2013
March 17, 1975 |
Harris County, Texas, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Travis Schuldt (m. 2014)|
Natalie Zea (born March 17, 1975) is an American actress, best known for her roles as Gwen Hotchkiss on the NBC daytime soap opera Passions (2000–2002), as socialite Karen Darling on ABC primetime soap opera Dirty Sexy Money (2007–2009), as Winona Hawkins in the FX crime drama Justified (2010–present), and as Claire Matthews in the Fox series The Following (2013-2014).
Zea had a few small film roles before joining the cast of NBC daytime soap opera Passions in 2000 as Gwen Hotchkiss, succeeding Liza Huber, who left the role. When Zea left the show in 2002, she was replaced by Huber. She guest-starred in several primetime shows, including CSI: Crime Scene Investigation in 2001. In 2004, she had a recurring role on the FX police drama The Shield playing a love interest of Michael Chiklis' Vic Mackey.
In 2005, Zea won her first regular role in primetime, on the short-lived ABC drama series Eyes. Her next major role was on the ABC primetime soap opera Dirty Sexy Money, playing spoiled socialite Karen Darling. The soap aired from 2007 to 2009, and was canceled after two seasons. In 2009, she had a recurring role during the first season of the HBO comedy series Hung. Zea guest-starred on episodes of Two and a Half Men, Without a Trace, Medium, Franklin & Bash, Person of Interest, and Californication. In film, Zea had small role in the 2010 comedy The Other Guys.
In 2010, Zea began starring as series regular during the first three seasons of the FX drama Justified, changing to a recurring role from Season 4. In 2013 she starred in the major role of Dr. Claire Matthews, the estranged wife of a serial killer in The Following. The same year, she had a recurring role as Maxine Seagrave, a drug and gambling kingpin, on the CBS summer series Under the Dome. Later that year, Zea was cast in her first lead role of the Amazon comedy pilot The Rebels. In 2014, Zea was cast as lead character in the ABC primetime soap opera, Members Only.
Zea resides with her partner, actor Travis Schuldt who is her former co-star in Passions. Zea and Schuldt announced on June 26, 2013 that they are engaged. The couple married on July 16, 2014, in Hawaii.
|1995||Boys Don't Cry||Lana Tisdel||Short film|
|1999||Macbeth in Manhattan||Samantha / First Witch|
|1999||Lucid Days in Hell||Naomi|
|2000||D.C.||Small role||Episode: "Blame"|
|2001||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Needra Fenway||Episode: "Gentle, Gentle"|
|2000–2002||Passions||Gwen Hotchkiss Winthrop||Series regular|
|2004||The Shield||Lauren Riley||Recurring role, 5 episodes|
|2005||Two and a Half Men||Colleen||Episode: "We Called It Mr. Pinky"|
|2005||Eyes||Trish Agermeyer||Series regular, 12 episodes|
|2006||Freddie||Sally||Episode: "Freddie and the Hot Mom"|
|2006||Without a Trace||Jennifer Nichols||Episode: "Crossroads"|
|2006||Just Legal||Episode: "The Rainmaker"|
|2008||From a Place of Darkness||Brenda||Direct-to-video|
|2007–2009||Dirty Sexy Money||Karen Darling||Series regular, 23 episodes|
|2009||Hung||Jemma||Recurring role, 4 episodes|
|2009||Medium||Sophie Cullen||Episode: "Deja Vu All Over Again"|
|2010||The Other Guys||Christinith|
|2010||The Defenders||ADA Meredith Kramer||Recurring role, 3 episodes|
|2010||Law & Order: Los Angeles||Sarah Goodwin||Episode: "Hondo Field"|
|2011||Franklin & Bash||Isabella Kaplowitz||Episode: "She Came Upstairs to Kill Me"|
|2011||Royal Pains||Judy Windland||Episode: "Traffic"|
|2011||Person of Interest||Diane Hanson||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2012||Burden of Evil||Caitlyn Conner||TV Movie|
|2012–2013||Californication||Carrie||Recurring role, 4 episodes|
|2010–present||Justified||Winona Hawkins||Series regular, 42 episodes|
|2013–present||The Following||Claire Matthews||Series regular, 15 episodes; Recurring, 8 episodes|
|2013||Under the Dome||Maxine Seagrave||Recurring role, 3 episodes|
|2014||The Rebels||Julie Levine||TV pilot|
|2014||The Grey Lady|
|2015||Members Only||Mickey Holbrooke||Series regular|
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