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Amanda Walsh

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Amanda Walsh
Walsh in 2011
Born (1981-10-03) October 3, 1981 (age 42)
Occupation(s)Actress, television host
Years active1994–present

Amanda Walsh (born October 3, 1981) is a Canadian actress, writer, and former VJ for the Canadian television station MuchMusic.

Early life[edit]

Walsh was born in Rigaud, Quebec.[1] She went to Hudson High School, in Hudson, Quebec.[2]


Walsh began working as a professional actor at age 12.[3] She has dabbled in sketches and stand-up comedy, with numerous TV appearances. She won a gold medal win at the 2000 Improv Games in Quebec as a member of the "8 People" troupe. She is a graduate from John Abbott College, Creative Arts program.[3]


Walsh was encouraged to apply for the position of a MuchMusic VJ by one of the channel's producer while waiting tables in Hudson, Quebec.[1] She applied and got the job, becoming the youngest VJ in MuchMusic history at the age of nineteen.[1][3] She has hosted or co-hosted many programmes including Much Top Tens, Electric Circus, MuchOnDemand, Fandemonium and others. She left MuchMusic in 2004 to pursue an acting career.[3]

2000s work[edit]

Walsh made appearances on TV shows such as Smallville, Veronica Mars, and also had a minor role in the film Disturbia.[4] In 2005, she starred opposite David Boreanaz in the movie These Girls, based on the play by Vivienne Laxdale.[5] The movie was shown at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival.[6] She had a small role in the movie "Stardom (2000)" playing an overenthusiastic VJ on a parody of the Canadian music channel MuchMusic.

After moving to Los Angeles, Walsh got a starring role in the ABC mid-season replacement Sons & Daughters, which premiered in March 2006. Sons & Daughters was a semi-improvisational sitcom. The show was canceled, with only eleven episodes created.[7] Her portrayal of Katie in the unaired pilot for the sitcom The Big Bang Theory was not well-received. However, the character was re-written and Walsh was replaced by Kaley Cuoco (as Penny) in the second pilot.[8]

In 2007, she had a role in the ABC movie Full of It as Vicki Sanders.[9] In 2008, Walsh had a role in the Internet series The Remnants with Ze Frank.[10] She can be seen in the 2009 comedy film Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.[4] In 2010, she appeared in ABC Family's Beauty and the Briefcase playing Hilary Duff's best friend Joanne.[11] She was cast as the lead in the pilot episode for The CW's dramedy Danni Lowinski.[12] She made appearances in the TV shows Grimm, Two and a Half Men and NCIS.[13] In 2014–2015, she appeared in ten episodes of the TV show Lost Girl as Elizabeth Helm/Zee.[11] In 2017, she appeared in the second season of Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency in the central role of Suzie Boreton.[14] The show was canceled at the end of the season.[15]

Walsh became one of the story editors for the Canadian TV comedy Schitt's Creek and wrote one of the episodes for season 1.[11] Walsh then had a role in the 2022 film Doula.[16] Walsh appeared in season three of the Canadian drama Pretty Hard Cases.[11]



Year Title Role Notes
1994 The Return of Tommy Tricker Lead
2000 Stardom
2005 These Girls Glory Lorraine
2007 Full of It Vicki Sanders
Disturbia Minnie Tyco
Sex and Death 101 Stewardess Kathleen
2008 Man Maid Chloe Flaminghawk
WarGames: The Dead Code Annie D'Mateo Direct-to-video
2009 Ghosts of Girlfriends Past Denice the Bridesmaid
2011 The Master Cleanse Kelly Short film
2012 The Guilt Trip Lisa Uncredited
2014 Mercy Charlotte
2022 Doula Gracie


Year Title Role Notes
1994–1996 Are You Afraid of the Dark? Girl / Susan Henderson 2 episodes
1997–1998 My Hometown Kelly-Anne 4 episodes
2001 Within These Walls Arielle TV movie
2002–2003 Electric Circus Host
2004 Smallville Mandy the Cheerleader Season 4, episode 4: "Devoted"
2005 Ed's Night Party Writer - 4 episodes
2006 The Big Bang Theory Katie Unaired pilot
Veronica Mars Meryl Season 3, episode 7: "Of Vice and Men"
2006–2007 Sons & Daughters Jenna Halbert 11 episodes
2008 October Road Lucy Fisher Season 2, episode 9: "We Lived Like Giants"
2010 Beauty & the Briefcase Joanne TV movie
2011 Single White Spenny Megan Episode 3: "Monkey Love"
Castle Lulu, Jack's Producer Season 4, episode 6: "Demons"
Danni Lowinski Danni Lowinski Unaired American pilot for The CW
2012 Grimm Natalie Havershaw Season 1, episode 9: "Of Mouse and Man"
NCIS Ellen Roberts Season 10, episode 3: "Phoenix"
Two and a Half Men Dawn Season 10, episode 5: "That's Not What They Call It in Amsterdam"
Rebounding Taryn TV movie
Comedy Bar Ingrid 2 episodes
2013 The Mob Doctor Chloe Episode 12: "Resurrection"
2014–2015 Lost Girl Zee / Elizabeth Helm 9 episodes
2015 WTF America Erica TV movie
2015–2016 These People Marilyn TV shorts
Writer - 1 episode
Schitt's Creek Writer - 1 episode
Story editor - 26 episodes
2017 Curb Your Enthusiasm Real Estate Agent Season 9, episode 4: "Running with the Bulls"
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency Suzie Boreton 10 episodes
2018 72 Dangerous Animals: Asia Writer - 1 episode
2019 Into the Dark Gwen Rake Season 1, episode 6: "Treehouse"
2022 Sloppy Jones Executive producer - 5 episodes
2023 Pretty Hard Cases Ro Wells 2 episodes


  1. ^ a b c Dawson March, Catherine (August 11, 2001). "Amanda Walsh". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved September 7, 2023.
  2. ^ Ehm, Erica. Episode 10: Amanda Walsh. Reinvention of the VJ (Podcast). Event occurs at 5:25. Retrieved September 7, 2023.
  3. ^ a b c d MacDonald, Gayle (May 4, 2009). "Amanda Walsh is a bridesmaid, revisited". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved September 7, 2023.
  4. ^ a b "Ex-Much VJ Amanda Walsh dials up acting career". CTV News. The Canadian Press. April 24, 2009. Retrieved August 7, 2023.
  5. ^ Tong, Allan (May 1, 2006). "These Girls". Exclaim!. Retrieved September 7, 2023.
  6. ^ MacDonald, Gayle (August 3, 2005). "Toronto film fest rolls out 2005's Cancon". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved September 7, 2023.
  7. ^ Hill, Libby (April 7, 2015). "Sons & Daughters was a modern family before it was cool". The AV Club. Retrieved September 7, 2023.
  8. ^ Preston, Hannah (May 16, 2019). "Unaired 'Big Bang Theory' Pilot Shows Who Almost Played Kaley Cuoco's Character, And We're Happy They Picked Penny Over Katie". Newsweek. Retrieved August 7, 2023.
  9. ^ "Amanda Walsh". British Film Institute. Archived from the original on December 1, 2021. Retrieved September 7, 2023.
  10. ^ Gannes, Liz (October 9, 2008). "New Web Pilot Stars Justine Bateman and Ze Frank". The New York Times. Retrieved September 7, 2023.
  11. ^ a b c d Walters, Aly (December 11, 2022). "Whatever Happened To Amanda Walsh, The Original Female Lead On The Big Bang Theory?". Looper. Retrieved September 7, 2023.
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 15, 2010). "Amanda Walsh Cast As Title Character In CW Pilot 'Danni Lowinski'". Deadline. Retrieved September 7, 2023.
  13. ^ Shehori, Steven (29 November 2014). "'Lost Girl's' Star-Studded Final Season Heads To Showcase". Entertainment Tonight Canada. Archived from the original on July 26, 2021. Retrieved September 7, 2023.
  14. ^ Nguyen, Hanh (October 14, 2017). "'Dirk Gently': 7 Blunt Statements About Max Landis and the Lunatic World He's Created in Season 2". IndieWire. Retrieved September 7, 2023.
  15. ^ Haring, Bruce (March 11, 2018). "'Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency' Will Not Have A Season 3 – Producer". Deadline. Retrieved September 7, 2023 – via Yahoo! Entertainment.
  16. ^ Nordine, Michael (June 30, 2022). "'Doula' Review: Chris Pine-Produced Pregnancy Comedy Is a Labor of Love, Just Not a Very Funny One". Variety. Retrieved September 7, 2023.

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