Parker in 2018
Andrea N. Parker|
March 8, 1970
Monterey County, California, United States
Michael Birnbaum (m. 2007)
Andrea N. Parker (born March 8, 1970) is an American film and television actress and former ballet dancer. She is known for her roles on ER, The Pretender, Less than Perfect, Desperate Housewives, and Pretty Little Liars.
Parker was born in Monterey County, California. She began ballet training at age 6 and at age 15 she joined a professional dance company. She quit her career in ballet after three years of touring and trained to become an actress while working as a bartender.
Her first documented film role was at age 19 in the movie Rented Lips in which she played a dancer/nurse. Parker appeared in Married... with Children as a Go-Go Dancer in 2 episodes – "Prom Queen: The Sequel" (1989) and "Prom Queen: Part 1" (1989). Parker got her break in television playing a nurse on the award-winning Seinfeld episode "The Contest" in 1992. After that first speaking role, she had several other guest-starring roles in television series and movies, most notably a recurring role in ER as Linda Farrell, the love interest of Dr. Doug Ross, and as Caitlin Pike in JAG. She was a body double for Julia Roberts in the movie Pretty Woman; hers are the legs seen in the opening scene of the main character zipping up her boots. She also did several pilots before she gained a cult following for her role as Miss Parker on the NBC television series The Pretender. She also played a rich, snooty neighbor on the television show My Name Is Earl.
After The Pretender was cancelled by NBC in 2000, Parker did another guest spot on JAG before signing on to reprise her role as Miss Parker in the telemovies for The Pretender, which aired on TNT in 2001. She then returned to series television in 2002 and starred in the ABC comedy Less than Perfect, playing Lydia Weston until it was cancelled in 2006. From 2011 to 2012, Parker had recurring role of Jane Carlson in the ABC series Desperate Housewives. She later starred in NBC drama pilot Beautiful People, and joined the cast of ABC Family series Pretty Little Liars. She has made several guest appearances on television talk shows and celebrity events such as the various celebrity poker tournaments.
Parker supports various charities such as the National Hospice Palliative Care Organization, Glenn Siegel's My Good Friend charity organization, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's research and Project Angel Food. In February 2006, Parker attended a benefit with former Pretender co-stars Michael T. Weiss and James Denton for Cure Autism Now. Parker is also trained as a stunt driver and can handle firearms.
|1988||Rented Lips||Dancer / Nurse|
|1988||Earth Girls Are Easy||Dancer in Beauty Salon|
|1990||Brush with Death||Colleen|
|1992||The Naked Truth||Miss France|
|1994||Body Shot||Shark Club Dancer|
|2000||Delicate Instruments||Dr. Anne Harper||Short film|
|1989||Married... with Children||Go-Go Dancer||Episodes: "Married... with Prom Queen: Parts 1 & 2"|
|1992||Seinfeld||Nurse||Episode: "The Contest"|
|1993||Dave's World||Alicia||Episode: "It's a Small Van After All"|
|1993||Herman's Head||Heather Brookshire||Episode: "A Decent Proposal"|
|1993||The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.||Rita Avnet||Episodes: "Deep in the Heart of Dixie", "A.K.A. Kansas"|
|1994||XXX's & OOO's||Kelly Morgan||Television film|
|1994||Ellen||Joanna||Episode: "The Dentist"|
|1994||Coach||Penny||Episode: "Coach for a Day: Part 2"|
|1994–95||ER||Linda Farrell||10 episodes |
Recurring role (Seasons 1 & 2)
|1995||Dream On||Winnie||Episode: "She Won't Do It, But Her Sister Will"|
|1995–01||JAG||Lt. JG/Lt Caitlin 'Kate' Pike||4 episodes |
Guest star (Seasons 1 & 6)
|1996||Can't Hurry Love||Kit||Episode: "Valentine's Day Massacred"|
|1996||Ed McBain's 87th Precinct: Ice||Det. Eileen Burke||Television film|
|1996||Coach||Jean Brandow||Episode: "Dauber's Vehicle"|
|1996||Murder, She Wrote||Anne Larkin||Episode: "Race to Death"|
|1996–00||The Pretender||Miss Parker / Catherine Parker||86 episodes|
|2001||The Pretender 2001||Miss Parker / Catherine Parker||Television film|
|2001||The Pretender: Island of the Haunted||Miss Parker||Television film|
|2002||First Monday||FBI Agent Dawson||Episode: "Dangerous Words"|
|2002–06||Less than Perfect||Lydia Weston||81 episodes |
|2005||Kitchen Confidential||Suze||Episode: "Exile on Main Street"|
|2006||Help Me Help You||Krista||Episode: "Inger Management"|
|2008||The Mentalist||Ann Meier||Episode: "Red-Handed"|
|2009||My Name Is Earl||Rich Lady||Episode: "Friends with Benefits"|
|2009||CSI: Miami||Allison Burgess||Episode: "In Plane Sight"|
|2011||Suits||Tory||Episode: "The Shelf Life"|
|2011–12||Desperate Housewives||Jane Carlson||11 episodes |
Recurring role (Season 8)
|2011–17||Pretty Little Liars||Jessica DiLaurentis||21 episodes |
Main role (Season 7), recurring role (Season 4), guest star (Season 2, 5-6)
|2014–17||Mary Drake||15 episodes |
Main role (Season 7), guest star (Season 4, 6)
|2012||Common Law||Laura the A.D.A.||Episode: Pilot|
|2013||Devious Maids||Brenda Coulfax||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2014||Jennifer Falls||Francine||Episode: "Health Club"|
|2014–15||Red Band Society||Sarah Souders||4 episodes |
Recurring role (Season 1)
Awards and nominations
|1999||Satellite Awards||Best Actress in a Series, Drama||The Pretender||Nominated|
|2005||Women's Image Network Awards||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series||Less Than Perfect||Won|
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