Brianna Brown

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Brianna Brown
Brianna Brown.jpg
Brown in 2012
Born Brianna Lynn Brown
(1979-10-02) October 2, 1979 (age 36)
Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1999–present

Brianna Lynn Brown (born October 2, 1979) is an American actress and producer, known for her television roles as Lisa Niles in the ABC daytime soap opera General Hospital, and as Taylor Stappord in the Lifetime primetime dramedy Devious Maids.

Life and career[edit]

Brown was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota and grew up in the Twin Cities suburb of Apple Valley. Brown briefly attended St. Olaf College before moving to Los Angeles when she was 19.[1][2] She made her first on-screen appearance in 1999 in the episode of NBC series Freaks and Geeks, and in later years acted in many films and television series.[3]

Brown has played the leading roles in the 2006 horror film Night of the Living Dead 3D, and in the 2007 horror film Timber Falls. Her most significant supporting roles to date have been in the Judd Apatow comedies The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up. On television, she guest starred in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Smallville, Entourage, The Mentalist, Without a Trace, The Closer, Joey, and Criminal Minds.[4][5]

From 2009 to 2011, Brown portrayed Lisa Niles in ABC daytime soap opera General Hospital.[6][7] Later in 2011, she played an undercover informant for the CIA in the Showtime thriller series Homeland.[8]

In 2012, Brown won the regular role in season one of primetime comedy-drama series Devious Maids.[9][10] The series was originally in development to air on ABC, but not picked up. On June 2012, Lifetime picked up series to air on 2013.[11][12] Her character left after season one.[13] In 2014 she was cast as regular in ABC drama pilot The Whispers opposite Lily Rabe and Milo Ventimiglia.[14] On June 11, 2014, it was announced that Brown had left The Whispers due to creative reasons with her role soon to be recast and her scenes from the pilot to be reshot.[15]



Year Film Role Notes
2001 Animal, TheThe Animal Other Mob
2003 Yuri & Me Dee Dee Short film
2003 Hollywood Homicide Shawna
2004 Spider-Man 2 Train Passenger
2005 Storyteller, TheThe Storyteller Susan
2005 40-Year-Old Virgin, TheThe 40-Year-Old Virgin Bar Girl
2005 Conversations with Other Women Bride
2005 Ex Post Facto Lynn Short film
2005 National Lampoon's Adam and Eve Cindy
2006 Night of the Living Dead 3D Barb
2006 Love's Abiding Joy Melinda Klein
2007 Knocked Up Alison's Friend
2007 No Destination Aryl Short film
2007 Timber Falls Sheryl
2010 Lost Tribe, TheThe Lost Tribe Alexis
2010 Encounter, TheThe Encounter Bretta Louie Van Seil Long Island International Film Expo for Best Actress
2011 Retail Therapy Brianna Hyatt Short film
2013 Screwed Jen


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Search for the Jewel of Polaris: Mysterious Museum Kim TV movie
1999, 2000 Freaks and Geeks The Cheerleader / Perky Blonde / Ashley Episode: "Pilot"
Episode: "Kim Kelly Is My Friend"
2001 Special Unit 2 Candy Episode: "The Depths"
2002 Off Centre Customer Episode: "The Gas Crisis"
2002 Robbery Homicide Division Jules Azar Episode: "In/Famous"
2002 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Jane Galloway Episode: "Stalker"
2003 Lost at Home Lisa Episode: "The Story of Us"
Episode: "Best Friends"
2003 CSI: Miami Amanda Episode: "Big Brother"
2004 Smallville Abigail Fine Episode: "Facade"
2005 Joey Elsa Episode: "Joey and the Temptation"
2005 Entourage Jewelry Salesgirl Episode: "My Maserati Does 185"
2006 Monk Joanne Raphelson Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Astronaut"
2006 Shark Carrie Reed Episode: "Pilot"
Episode: "LAPD Blue"
2007 Dash 4 Cash Noelle TV movie
2007 CSI: NY Heidi Pesco Episode: "The Ride In"
2008 Without a Trace Bobby Kruger Episode: "Driven"
2009 Closer, TheThe Closer Lauren Clark Episode: "Power of Attorney"
2009 Criminal Minds Megan Kane Episode: "Pleasure Is My Business"
2010–11 General Hospital Lisa Niles 238 episodes
2011 Homeland Lynne Reed Episode: "Grace"
Episode: "Clean Skin"
2011 Body of Proof Molly Anderson Episode: "Love Bites"
2011 Adults Only Kris TV series
2012 Private Practice Sam's Date Episode: "The Standing Eight Count"
2012 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Paula Bingham Episode: "Tressed to Kill"
2012 Dating Rules from My Future Self Noelle TV series
2012 Awake Kate Episode: "Kate is Enough"
2012 True Blood Leda Episode: "We’ll Meet Again"
2012 Drop Dead Diva Hannah Baker Episode: "Jane's Getting Married"
2013–15 Devious Maids Taylor Stappord Series regular (seasons 1 & 3; 27 episodes); guest star (season 2; 1 episode)
2013 Revenge Lacey Episode: "Mercy"
2014 The Mentalist Krystal Markham Episode: "White Lines"
2014 Graceland Kelly Badillo Episode: "Connects"
Episode: "The Line"
Episode: "The Ends"
2015 Castle Eva Whitfield Episode: "I, Witness"


  1. ^ "Brianna Brown Biography". 2012-11-28. Retrieved 2013-07-21. 
  2. ^ Carlson Gustafson, Amy (March 10, 2010). "From Apple Valley to 'General Hospital' Brianna Brown bubbles with enthusiasm about her soap opera role". Twin Cities Magazine. 
  3. ^ "Brianna Brown Biography". 1979-10-02. Retrieved 2013-07-21. 
  4. ^ "Brown Sugar: Brianna Brown 1". Maxim. 2007-12-18. Retrieved 2013-07-21. 
  5. ^ "Babe of the Day: Brianna Brown - IGN". 2007-11-30. Retrieved 2013-07-21. 
  6. ^ "Brianna Brown Replaces Julie Mond on General Hospital". TV Fanatic. 2009-12-07. Retrieved 2013-07-21. 
  7. ^ "GH's Brown Says 'Bye". ABC Soaps In Depth. 2011-06-22. Retrieved 2013-07-21. 
  8. ^ "Brianna Brown in Showtime's Homeland". Retrieved 2013-07-21. 
  9. ^ "'General Hospital' Alum Joins Marc Cherry's 'Devious Maids' (Exclusive)". Retrieved 2013-07-21. 
  10. ^ Published Wednesday (2012-03-07). "'Homeland' Brianna Brown added to 'Devious Maids' pilot - US TV News". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2013-07-21. 
  11. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 22, 2012). "Lifetime Picks Up 'Devious Maids' From Producer Marc Cherry". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 21, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Lifetime Sets June 23 Premiere Date for All-New Drama Series 'Devious Maids'". April 10, 2013. Retrieved July 21, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Twitter/BrownBrianna: It doesn't make sense 4 my". September 26, 2013. Retrieved October 1, 2013. 
  14. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Bresha Webb To Star In ABC Pilot 'Keep It Together'; Brianna Brown Joins 'Visitors'". Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
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