Beth Riesgraf

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Beth Riesgraf
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Riesgraf at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con
Beth Jean Riesgraf

(1978-08-24) August 24, 1978 (age 40)
Years active1999–present
Partner(s)Jason Lee (2001–2007)

Beth Jean Riesgraf (born August 24, 1978) is an American actress. She is known for her portrayal of Parker on the TNT television series Leverage (2008–2012).

Early life and education[edit]

Originally from Belle Plaine, Minnesota, Riesgraf graduated from Cimarron-Memorial High School in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1996.[1][2][3][4]


Riesgraf appeared with then-fiancé Jason Lee as the character Natalie Duckworth on the show My Name Is Earl in 2005 and 2007, and in Alvin and The Chipmunks as a mother in the supermarket in 2007. In 2008, she played the unnamed bride in the official music video for "Cath..." by Death Cab for Cutie. From 2008 to 2012, she played the main role of Parker in the TNT series Leverage. In 2015, Riesgraf starred in the USA Network series Complications, which follows a morally conflicted doctor's life. The show lasted for one season.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Riesgraf was in a relationship with actor Jason Lee from 2001 to 2007 and the two were engaged to be married. With Lee, she had her first child at age 25, a son named Pilot Inspektor Riesgraf-Lee, on September 28, 2003.[6]



Year Title Role Notes
2000 The Summer of My Deflowering Megan Short
2002 Scorcher Krissy
2003 I Love Your Work Swoosh Photographer
2006 The White Door Short
2007 Alvin and the Chipmunks Mother in Store
2008 Struck Amber Short
2009 Nobody Edie
2011 A Standard Story Short
2013 Let's Be Civil, Kenneth! Marjorie Short
2015 Intruders Anna Rook
2015 No Hero Now Short
2017 In Search of Fellini Sylvia
2018 Uncanny Valley Clone Body #1 Short
2019 I Hate Kids Schyler


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Spin City Waitress Episode: "Trainstopping"
2001 Undressed Loretta Regular role (season 4)
2005 How I Met Your Mother Works with Carlos Girl Episode: "Purple Giraffe"
2005 The Stereo Sound Agency Various TV film
2005, 2007 My Name Is Earl Natalie Duckworth Episodes: "Faked My Own Death", "Our 'Cops' Is On!"
2007 Instiable TV series
2007 Big Shots James' Date Episode: "The Good, the Bad, and the Really Ugly"
2007 Without a Trace Kelly Schmidt Episode: "Run"
2008–2012 Leverage Parker Main role
2011 NCIS Maxine / Max Destructo Episode: "Kill Screen"
2012–13, 2017 Criminal Minds Dr. Maeve Donovan Episodes: "God Complex", "The Lesson", "Zugzwang", "Alchemy", "Red Light"
2013 The Mentalist Kira Tinsley Episode: "The Red Tattoo"
2013 The Surgeon General Dr. Page Wyatt TV film
2014 Killer Women Jennifer Jennings Episode: "Some Men Need Killing"
2014 Perception Ashley Marcel Episode: "Cobra"
2014 Caper Alexia Web series
2015 Complications Samantha Ellison Main role
2015 The Librarians Lady of the Lake Episodes: "And the Cost of Education", "And the Final Curtain"
2018 SEAL Team Cindy Episode: "Getaway Day"
2019 Stranger Things Billy's Mother 2 episodes
2019 Lovestruck Isabelle TV film, post-production


Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2011 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actress on Television Leverage Nominated
2012 Leverage Nominated
2013 Leverage Nominated


  1. ^ "'Leverage' actress Riesgraf steals show". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  2. ^ Christopher Lawrence. "Cimarron grad Riesgraf talks about new TV show 'Complications'". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Beth Riesgraf talks about 'Leverage,' filming in Portland, and her 'adrenaline junkie' character". The Oregonian. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  4. ^ Stern, Julian (22 October 2011). "An Interview With Beth Riesgraf". Maxim. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  5. ^ "TNT Orders 13 Episodes of Leverage". February 13, 2008. Retrieved July 1, 2008.
  6. ^ Grossberg, Josh (2003-10-07), Jason Lee Plays Papa, E online, retrieved 2010-07-01

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