Shannon Woodward

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Shannon Woodward
Born Shannon Marie Woodward
(1984-12-17) December 17, 1984 (age 30)
Phoenix, Arizona
Occupation Actress
Years active 1991–present

Shannon Woodward (born December 17, 1984) is an American actress known for playing Sabrina on Raising Hope and Di Di Malloy on The Riches. She has been cast in the upcoming HBO series Westworld.[1]

Early life[edit]

As a child, she moved with her family to Florida, where she attended Olympic Heights Community High School. There, she began acting and later caught the attention of a casting director for Nickelodeon's Clarissa Explains It All. She also starred in several local community plays. At age 18 she met "best friend" Katy Perry in LA.

Career[edit]

Woodward's first on-screen acting job came in 1991 when she played the occasionally recurring role of Missy on cable network Nickelodeon's Clarissa Explains It All. She reprised this role twice during the show's five seasons.

After her sitcom debut, Woodward won small parts in a trio of made-for-TV movies. First, alongside Clarissa star Melissa Joan Hart in the 1995 made-for-TV drama Family Reunion: A Relative Nightmare. Then in 1995, she played Lucy in her second made-for-TV film, Tornado!. In 1997 she played an uncredited role in the CBS miniseries True Women.

Between 2000 and 2007, Woodward played a number of minor roles in various television shows including The Drew Carey Show, Grounded for Life, Malcolm in the Middle, Crossing Jordan, Without a Trace, Psych, and Boston Public.

Woodward's big-screen debut came in 2005 when she played Emma Sharp, the daughter of Texas Ranger Roland Sharp (Tommy Lee Jones), who is assigned to protect a group of University of Texas cheerleaders who witnessed a murder in the action comedy Man of the House.

In 2007, Woodward got her big break in the series The Riches, which aired for two seasons (2007–2008) on cable network FX. She played the role of Di Di Malloy, the teen daughter and middle child in an American family of Irish Travellers. In the series, Di Di, along with her parents Dahlia and Wayne (Minnie Driver, Eddie Izzard), and her brothers Cael and Sam (Noel Fisher, Aidan Mitchell) find themselves personally conflicted after stealing the identity of a wealthy couple and trying to assimilate into "buffer" culture in an upscale gated community in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

After The Riches ended, Woodward played the role of Leah in the teen supernatural/horror film The Haunting of Molly Hartley.

Woodward's return to TV was the 2009 pilot Limelight, about a New York City school for performing arts. The series was not picked up.

That same year, Woodward played a recurring role on NBC's ER in the fifteenth and final season as Kelly Taggart, the younger sister of nurse Samantha "Sam" Taggart. She also starred in another teen thriller The Shortcut.

Woodward appeared in her friend Katy Perry's music video "Hot n Cold" and had a cameo role in Perry's documentary/concert film Katy Perry: Part of Me. Perry, in turn, guest-starred in a season two episode of Raising Hope.

In 2010, Woodward starred in the independent drama Girlfriend. She also played the lead title character in the upcoming ensemble comedy-drama Claire's Cambodia.

From September 2010 to April 2014 Woodward starred in the FOX sitcom Raising Hope, which also starred Cloris Leachman and Martha Plimpton. She played Sabrina, a grocery store checkout clerk who is the love interest of Jimmy Chance, the series lead played by Lucas Neff.

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Man of the House Emma Sharp
2005 Quiet, TheThe Quiet Fiona
2007 Sunny & Share Love You Girl on the Street
2007 Comebacks, TheThe Comebacks Emily
2008 Haunting of Molly Hartley, TheThe Haunting of Molly Hartley Leah
2009 Shortcut, TheThe Shortcut Lisa
2010 Girlfriend Candy
2012 Katy Perry: Part of Me Herself
2012 Adult World Candace
2014 Claire's Cambodia Claire Post-production
2014 Search Party Tracy Filming
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1991–1994 Clarissa Explains It All Missy
Alien 3
Episodes: "Revenge", "Alter Ego"
Episode: "UFO"
1995 Family Reunion: A Relative Nightmare Leigh Dooley TV movie
1996 Tornado! Lucy TV movie
1997 True Women Young Cherokee Woods (age 13) TV movie
2000 Drew Carey Show, TheThe Drew Carey Show Girl in Cafeteria Episode: "Be Drew to Your School"
2001 Crossing Jordan Lucy (uncredited) Episode: "Pilot"
2001 Malcolm in the Middle Tammy Episode: "Houseboat"
2001–2002 Grounded for Life Kristina Episodes: "In My Room", "Jimmy's Got a Gun"
"Is She Really Going Out with Walt?"
2002 Greetings from Tucson Chrissy Episode: "Popularity"
2003 Without a Trace Vicki Johnson Episode: "Sons and Daughters"
2003 Boston Public Allison
Marianne Karr
Episode: "Chapter 69"
Episode: "Chapter 74"
2004 Medical Investigation Danielle Johnson Episode: "The Unclean"
2005 Quintuplets Bailey Episode: "Chutes and Letters"
2006 Cold Case Raquel Montero (1994) Episode: "Detention"
2007 Psych Alice Bundy Episode: "Scary Sherry: Bianca's Toast"
2007 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Cecilia Strayer Episode: "Svengali"
2007–2008 Riches, TheThe Riches Di Di Malloy Main role, 20 episodes
2009 Limelight Zoe Green TV movie
2009 Criminal Minds Linda Jones Episode: "Zoe's Reprise"
2009 ER Kelly Taggart Episode: "A Long, Strange Trip"
Episode: "T-Minus-6"
2010–2014 Raising Hope Sabrina Collins Main role, 88 episodes
2012 Garfunkel and Oates Jane TV series

References[edit]

  1. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (6 August 2014). "HBO's 'Westworld' Adds Jeffrey Wright, Shannon Woodward, 4 More". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 

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