Alexandra Paul

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Alexandra Paul
Alexandra Paul Sundance.jpg
Paul at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival
Born Alexandra Elizabeth Paul
(1963-07-29) July 29, 1963 (age 52)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1982—present
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Spouse(s) Ian Murray (2000—present)

Alexandra Elizabeth Paul (born July 29, 1963) is an American actress, activist, and former model. Paul began her career modeling in New York before landing her first major role in John Carpenter's horror film Christine (1983). This was followed with prominent roles in American Flyers (1985), 8 Million Ways to Die (1986), and Dragnet (1987).

She is best known for her role as Lt. Stephanie Holden in the television series Baywatch from 1992–97. She has performed in a total of over 70 movies and television programs.[2]

Early life[edit]

Paul was born in New York City to Sarah, a social worker, and Mark Paul, an investment banker. Paul's mother was originally from England.[3] Paul was raised alongside her identical twin sister, Caroline, and younger brother, Jonathan, in the rural town of Cornwall, Connecticut.[4] According Paul, her mother was "a very liberal Democrat and [her] father was a very conservative Republican."[5] She attended the Cornwall Consolidated School, and the Groton School in Massachusetts.[6][7] Paul was accepted into Stanford University, but chose not to attend so that she could focus on an acting career.[8]


Paul began her career working as a model in New York City, and later moved to Los Angeles when she decided to pursue a career in acting.[8] Her first role was in the television film Paper Dolls (1982), followed by a role in the independent Canadian horror film American Nightmare (1983). Paul then landed a leading role in John Carpenter's horror film Christine (1983), opposite Keith Gordon, followed by a supporting role in the comedy Just the Way You Are (1984).

She later appeared in the sport drama American Flyers (1985) with Kevin Costner, 8 Million Ways to Die (1986), and in the comedy Dragnet (1987), opposite Tom Hanks and Dan Aykroyd.[9] Paul worked prominently in television from the late eighties onward, perhaps being most remembered for her role on Baywatch, from 1992 to 1997. Additionally, she also starred in the films Death Train (1993) and Nightwatch (1995) opposite Christopher Lee and Pierce Brosnan,[10] as well as the horror films The Paperboy (1994) and Spectre (1996).

Since 1999, she has starred in 14 films for Lifetime Network. She has also starred in the Fox TV series Fire Company 132 and appeared in the last 8 episodes of Melrose Place. She guest starred on Mad Men in 2008.[10] She hosted non-fiction TV shows, including WE's Winning Women and a southern California local environmentalism show, Earth Talk Today. She made a cameo appearance with Sacha Baron Cohen in Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan in a deleted scene parodying her Baywatch role.[9]

Paul co-wrote and co-produced two documentaries: Jampacked, a documentary on the world population crisis, and The Cost of Cool: Finding Happiness in a Materialistic World. Jampacked received a Bronze Apple Award and first place recognition at the EarthVision Environmental Film and Video Festival. The Cost of Cool won a CINE Golden Eagle Award.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Paul has been married to Ian Murray since 2000. She became a vegetarian at age fourteen after reading the book Diet for a Small Planet by Frances Moore Lappé, and became a vegan in 2010.[8][11]

Political activism[edit]

Paul is an outspoken animal rights, environmental, and gay rights activist.[12][6] Paul been arrested for civil disobedience over a dozen times at the Nevada Test Site between 1987 and 2000.[13] She was arrested twice in 2003 for civil disobedience protesting the Iraq War and spent five days in the Los Angeles Metropolitan Detention Center after refusing to pay the $50 fine. In 2005, she was arrested for protesting the crushing of the EV1, and performed 100 hours of community service.[14] Paul's younger brother, Jonathan, is also an activist, who served 51 months in prison for his role in the arson of a slaughterhouse.[15]

She has traveled to Nicaragua with Operation USA and to South Africa to register voters. In 2006, Paul donated $250 to the Ned Lamont campaign against Joe Lieberman, because Lieberman supported the war in Iraq.[16][17]

Paul is a founding board member of Plug In America, an advocacy group supporting the development and promotion of electric cars. In 2012, she gave a TEDx talk on overpopulation. She received the 2014 Vegan of the Year by Last Chance for Animals,[18] and in 2007 received a United Nations Environment Programme honor for her contribution to overpopulation issues.[19]

In discussing her political activism, Paul said:

I am sure there are some who do not like me for my outspokenness and my views, and I totally respect their right to boycott my projects. I actually respect folks who stand up for their beliefs – even if I disagree with them- than the folks who do not care, are afraid to “get involved”, or who cannot be bothered. I admire passion and commitment. A woman once told me she could not watch those slaughterhouse videos because she “loves animals so much” and it would upset her. I would prefer to hang out with a hunter who believes he is doing the right thing, than a wuss like her.[8]


Year Title Role Notes
1982 Paper Dolls Laurie Caswell Television film
1983 American Nightmare Isabelle
1983 Christine Leigh Cabot
1984 Getting Physical Kendall Gibley Television film
1984 Just the Way You Are Bobbie
1985 American Flyers Becky
1986 8 Million Ways to Die Sunny
1987 Dragnet Connie Swail
1988 Out of the Shadows Jan Lindsey Television film
1988 After the Rain Petra Guera
1989 Perry Mason: The Case of the All-Star Assassin Amy Hastings Television film
1989 Perry Mason: The Case of the Musical Murder Amy Hastings Television film
1989 Perry Mason: The Case of the Lethal Lesson Amy Hastings Television film
1990 Laker Girls Heidi/Jennie Television film
1991 In Between Amy
1991 Miliardi Giulia Ferretti
1992 Prey of the Chameleon Carrie
1992 Kuffs The Chief's Wife uncredited
1993 Sunset Grill Anita
1993 Death Train Sabrina Carver Television film
1994 The Paperboy Melissa Thorpe
1994 Nothing to Lose Natasha
1995 Cyber Bandits Rebecca Snow
1995 Baywatch: Forbidden Paradise Lt. Stephanie Holden
1995 Piranha Maggie McNamara Television film
1995 Night Watch Sabrina Carver Television film
1995 Mixed Blessings Beth Television film
1995 Daytona Beach Annie Gibson Television film
1996 Spectre Maura South Also known as: House of the Damned
1996 Kid Cop Sarah Hansen
1996 Spy Hard Woman in Murphy Bed
1997 Kiss & Tell Bambie the Manicurist
1997 Naked in the Cold Sun
1997 Echo Olivia Jordan Television film
1998 12 Bucks Epiphany Lovejoy
1999 Revenge Laura Underwood
1999 Arthur's Quest Caitlin Regal Television film
2000 For the Love of May Emily
2000 Exposure Jackie Steerman
2000 Green Sails Laura Taylor Television film
2000 The Kara Banks
2001 10 Attitudes Leslie
2001 Above & Beyond Jill Amorosa
2001 Facing the Enemy Olivia McCleary
2001 Danger on Flight 534 Katy Phillips Television film
2001 Diary of a Sex Addict Katherine
2001 Breaking Up Really Sucks Charlie
2001 The Cost of Cool: Finding Happiness in a Materialistic World Herself Golden Eagle Award
2002 Redemption of the Ghost Audrey Powell
2003 A Woman Hunted Lainie Wheeler
2003 Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding Allison Ford Television film
2004 Landslide Emma Decker
2004 Saving Emily Cheryl Television film
2005 A Lover's Revenge Liz Manners
2006 Love Thy Neighbor Laura Benson Television film
2006 Who Killed the Electric Car? Herself Documentary
2006 Trapped! Samantha Television film
2006 Disaster Zone: Volcano in New York Susan Television film
2006 Borat Herself Scene cut
2006 Gospel of Deceit Emily Wendell Television film
2006 A.I. Assault Marlon Adams Television film
2007 Demons from Her Past Allison Television film
2007 Benny Bliss and the Disciples of Greatness Mall Gal
2007 He's Such a Girl Linda
2008 A Date with Murder (Murder Dot Com) Stacy
2008 Tru Loved Leslie
2008 Family of Four Janice Baker
2009 A Sister's Secret Katherine Television film
2009 Christmas Crash Christine Johnson
2010 In My Sleep Roxana
2010 The Boy She Met Online Tori Winters
2010 The Frankenstein Brothers Laurie Martinson
2010 What Is the Electric Car? Herself Documentary
2011 Betrayed At 17 Michelle Ross Television film
2011 Christmas Spirit Winnie Television film
2012 Love at the Christmas Table Eve Reed Television film
2012 16-Love Margo Mash
2013 Mentor Alexandra Indie Series Award for Best Supporting Actress
2014 Firequake Dr. Eve Carter
2014 Dinner at Le Cruel Wife Short film
2015 The Bride He Bought Online Det. Kathy Schumaker
2015 Dirty Asst. DA Sara Dunlap
Year Series Role Notes
1987 The Hitchhiker Julie 1 episode
1993 Johnny Bago Erica 1 episode
1992–97 Baywatch Lt. Stephanie Holden 66 episodes
1997 Baywatch Nights Stephanie Holden 1 episode
1996–97 L.A. Firefighters Firefighter T.K. Martin 7 episodes
1998 The Love Boat: The Next Wave Gillian Stansfield 1 episode
1999 Melrose Place Terry O'Brien 8 episodes
2000 Chicken Soup for the Soul Leann Richards 1 episode
2002 Rendez-View Herself 1 episode
2003 She Spies Christine Black 1 episode
2008 Mad Men Pauline Phillips 1 episode


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  2. ^ "Baywatch Nights' model keeps a lookout for not-so-wholesome role". L.A. Times profile of Alexandra Paul. Retrieved October 16, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Interview: Actress Alexandra Paul". Movie Geeks United. June 19, 2012. Retrieved November 29, 2015. 
  4. ^ Morales, Tito. "Exclusive: Actress Alexandra Paul Conquers the Bonaire Ecoswim". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved November 29, 2015. 
  5. ^ Wagner, Joyce (April 19, 1993). "Brother Behind Bars". People. Retrieved November 30, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Biography: Alexandra Paul". The New York Times. Retrieved November 30, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Alexandra Paul profile". Retrieved 2012-08-21. 
  8. ^ a b c d Meehan, Ryan (April 22, 2015). "10 Questions with Alexandra Paul". First Order Historians. Retrieved November 29, 2015. 
  9. ^ a b "CHRISTINE Revisited, Part Two: A Q&A with Alexandra Paul,; accessed July 29, 2015.
  10. ^ a b c Alexandra Paul at the Internet Movie Database
  11. ^ Staff (November 20, 2014). "We Catch Up With Former 'Baywatch' Star Alexandra Paul!". Life & Style. Retrieved November 30, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Q&A With Vegan Actor Alexandra Paul". PETA. Retrieved November 30, 2015. 
  13. ^ Caps 2.0. "A Talk with Alexandra Paul". Retrojunk. Retrieved November 29, 2015. 
  14. ^ Profile,; accessed July 29, 2015.
  15. ^ Paul, Caroline (May 24, 2007). "My brother, the 'terrorist'". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 29, 2015. 
  16. ^ Lockhart, Brian. "70% of donors to Lamont's campaign are from out of state". The Advocate. Archived from the original on July 19, 2006. Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  17. ^ Lechaux & Roussel 2010, pp. 136–39.
  18. ^ 2014 Vegan of the Year,; accessed July 29, 2015.
  19. ^ "Hollywood Actress, Alexandra Paul, to Train Actors in Sierra Leone". Population Media. February 21, 2012. Retrieved November 30, 2015. 


  • Lechaux, Bleuwenn, and Violane Roussel (2010). Voicing Dissent: American Artists and the War on Iraq. Routledge. ISBN 978-0-41580-058-7. 

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