|Born||Andrea Nicole Parker
March 8, 1970
Monterey County, California, United States
|Spouse(s)||James Powers (m. 1988; d. 1999)
Michael Birnbaum (m. 2007)
Andrea Nicole Parker (born March 8, 1970) is an American 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.
Life and career
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. She has made several guest appearances on television talk shows and celebrity events such as the various celebrity poker tournaments. 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.
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. Parker is also trained as a stunt driver and can handle firearms. In February 2006, Parker attended a benefit with former Pretender co-stars Michael T. Weiss and James Denton for Cure Autism Now.
|1988||Rented Lips||Dancer / Nurse|
|1988||Earth Girls Are Easy||Dancer in Beauty Salon|
|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||Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., TheThe Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.||Rita Avnet||Episodes: "Deep in the Heart of Dixie", "A.K.A. Kansas"|
|1993||Naked Truth, TheThe Naked Truth||Miss France|
|1994||Brush with Death||Colleen|
|1994||XXX's & OOO's||Kelly Morgan||TV film|
|1994||Body Shot||Shark Club Dancer|
|1994||Ellen||Joanna||Episode: "The Dentist"|
|1994||Coach||Penny||Episode: "Coach for a Day: Part 2"|
|1994–1995||ER||Linda Farrell||Recurring role, 10 episodes|
|1995||Dream On||Winnie||Episode: "She Won't Do It, But Her Sister Will"|
|1995, 2001||JAG||Lt. JG/Lt Caitlin 'Kate' Pike||Episodes: "Pilot: Parts 1 & 2", "Brig Break", "Touch and Go"|
|1996||JAG||Lt. Caitlin 'Kate' Pike||Episode: "Ares"|
|1996||Can't Hurry Love||Kit||Episode: "Valentine's Day Massacred"|
|1996||Ed McBain's 87th Precinct: Ice||Det. Eileen Burke||TV film|
|1996||Coach||Jean Brandow||Episode: "Dauber's Vehicle"|
|1996||Murder, She Wrote||Anne Larkin||Episode: "Race to Death"|
|1996–2000||Pretender, TheThe Pretender||Miss Parker/Catherine Parker||Main role, 86 episodes
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama (1999)
|2000||Delicate Instruments||Dr. Anne Harper|
|2001||Pretender 2001, TheThe Pretender 2001||Catherine Parker||TV film|
|2001||Pretender: Island of the Haunted, TheThe Pretender: Island of the Haunted||Miss Parker||TV film|
|2002||First Monday||FBI Agent Dawson||Episode: "Dangerous Words"|
|2002–2006||Less than Perfect||Lydia Weston||Main role, 81 episodes|
|2005||Kitchen Confidential||Suze||Episode: "Exile on Main Street"|
|2006||Help Me Help You||Krista||Episode: "Inger Management"|
|2008||Starting Under||Gina||TV pilot|
|2008||Mentalist, TheThe 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"|
|2011–2012||Desperate Housewives||Jane Carlson||Recurring role, 11 episodes|
|2012||Beautiful People||Roberta||TV pilot|
|2012||Common Law||Laura the A.D.A.||Episode: Pilot|
|2013||Devious Maids||Brenda Coulfax||Episode: "Pilot" (uncredited)|
|2011–16||Pretty Little Liars||Jessica DiLaurentis||Recurring role (season 4); guest star (season 2, 5-6)|
|2014||Jennifer Falls||Francine||Episode: "Health Club"|
|2014||Red Band Society||Sarah Souders||Recurring role|
|2016–present||Pretty Little Liars||Mary Drake||Series regular (season 7); guest star (season 6)|
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- "Desperate Housewives De-Friends Jessica Hecht, Adds Andrea Parker – Today's News: Our Take". TVGuide.com. 2011-08-20. Retrieved 2013-12-23.
- Andreeva, Nellie. "Five Cast In NBC Pilot 'Beautiful People'". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2013-12-23.
- Masters, Megan (2011-05-20). "Pretty Little Liars Casting: Alison’s Mom Played by Andrea Parker". TVLine. Retrieved 2013-12-23.