Vanessa Branch

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Vanessa Branch
Vanessa Branch 2009.jpg
Vanessa Branch attending Maxim Magazine's 10th Annual Hot 100 Celebration, Santa Monica, CA on May 13, 2009
Born Vanessa Lynn Branch
(1973-03-21) March 21, 1973 (age 42)
London, England, United Kingdom
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 1999–present
Vanessa Branch, 2007

Vanessa Lynn Branch (born March 21, 1973) is an English-born American actress and model. She is best known in North America as the Orbit Gum television commercial woman (whose catchphrase is "Fabulous!").


Branch holds dual citizenship in the United Kingdom and the United States. She also speaks some French and Mandarin Chinese.[1]

After graduating from Mercersburg Academy, a boarding school in south-central Pennsylvania, she graduated from Middlebury College in 1994. She won the crown as Miss Vermont 1994 and competed in the Miss America 1995 pageant. In 1996, she began tutoring two young girls, Blair and Ana Van Pelt, in French, and later moved in with the Van Pelt family in Newport Beach, California. She has stayed in southern California since then and currently resides there.


She appeared in the Lost episode "Fire + Water" as the character Karen. She also made an appearance on Gilmore Girls. She can also be seen in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, playing Giselle, a Tortugan wench jilted by Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow. She had a guest appearance as Nadia Kerensky in the pilot of the short-lived TV series Andy Barker, P.I.. She also appeared in the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Shattered" as an adult Naomi Wildman.

In 2002, Vanessa appeared on the ABC daytime soap opera Port Charles as Mary Margaret "Paige" Barrington Smith and Rebecca "Becca" Barrington.

In June 2006, Vanessa worked on an advertisement for Orbit Gum that introduced two new flavors, lemon-lime and crystal mint. She worked on advertisements with the company until 2010.[2] She was replaced by the current Orbit Gum Girl, actress Farris Patton.

In July 2006, Maxim featured her in their "Girls of Maxim" gallery.[3]

She plays the role of Zhana Agonskaya in the video game Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3.

In 2010, she voiced the character of Beatrice Portinari in the video game Dante's Inferno and also starred in Sonny with a Chance on Disney Channel.

In 2011, she starred as Claire in the Syfy original movie 51, which premièred in late February.


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jacqueline Quirk
Miss Vermont
Succeeded by
Jennifer Faucette