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Christina Cox
Christina Cox in West Hollywood, 2013
Born (1971-07-31) July 31, 1971 (age 52)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupation(s)Actress, stuntwoman
Years active1990–present
(m. 2011)

Christina Cox (born July 31, 1971) is a Canadian film and television actress and stuntwoman.

Early life[edit]

Christina Cox was born in a town on the outskirts of Toronto, the youngest of three daughters. She is Canadian of Jamaican descent.[1] She has two older sisters, named Tracey and Melissa.[2] Her father is an automotive executive.[3]

Cox studied theatre and dance at the Arts York program at Unionville High School, and continued her theatre training at the Ryerson Theatre School of Toronto, where she studied for two years.[4]

Cox actively competed in gymnastics, track and field, and taekwondo while in school. She is also proficient in boxing, muay Thai kickboxing, and fencing, and has had training in stage combat, period weaponry, and firearms. During high school, she had aspirations of becoming an Olympic gymnast, but instead chose to focus on drama and theater.[4]


Cox has more than 38 movie and television appearances to her credit. Her best-known movie credits include the 1999 Canadian movie Better Than Chocolate, and the movie The Chronicles of Riddick. She received a Gemini Award nomination for her performance as Angela Ramírez in F/X: The Series.[5][6] Cox was an original member of the UPN sitcom Girlfriends, cast as Lynn, for the pilot episode.[7][8][9]

Cox has appeared in numerous national theater productions, including Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, and Jim Cartwright's Road.[10]

She is also a trained stuntwoman. She performed boxing stunt work for Hilary Swank in Million Dollar Baby.

Cox's first role as a main character in a television series was that of Vicki Nelson in Blood Ties, a supernatural detective series based on the novels by Tanya Huff.[11][12] Tanya Huff later said, "Back when Christina Cox was doing F/X: The Series, I used to point at the screen and announce, 'When she's a little older, she'd be brilliant as Vicki!"[11]

She starred as astronaut-biologist Jen Crane in ABC's 2009 summer show Defying Gravity.[13][14][15] Cox also appeared in a Season Four episode of Showtime's series Dexter, playing villainous police officer Zoey Kruger.[16] She was in the cast of the 2011 ABC summer drama Combat Hospital (aka The Hot Zone), alongside Elias Koteas and Deborah Kara Unger. She has appeared in NCIS.Freedom (NCIS)

Personal life[edit]

Cox is married to Grant Mattos, a former NFL wide receiver for the San Diego Chargers. They eloped on October 1, 2010, soon after his return from competing on Survivor: Redemption Island.[17] They have a daughter, born in December 2013.



Year Title Role Notes
1994 Spike of Love Deb
1995 Street Law Kelly
1995 The Donor Angel
1996 No One Could Protect Her Det. Elizabeth 'Beth' Jordan
1999 Better Than Chocolate Kim
2000 Code Name Phoenix Aurora
2001 Jane Doe Peter
2003 Sometimes a Hero Cassandra Diaz
2004 The Chronicles of Riddick Eve Logan
2006 Max Havoc: Ring of Fire Suzy Blaine
2007 Ascension Day Margaret Whitehead
2013 Beauty Mark Dianne Short film
2013 Elysium CCB Agent
2013 The Contractor Elizabeth Chase
2018 F.R.E.D.I. Williams


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Catwalk Suzie Episode: "Six Hip Hoppers & Yo Babe"
1992, 1994 Forever Knight Jeanne d'Arc 2 episodes
1994–1995 Due South Caroline Morgan Episodes: "Free Willie","Vault"
1995 Kung Fu: The Legend Continues Kyra Episode: "Quake!"
1995 Forever Knight Motorcycle Cop Episode: "Close Call"
1995 The Hardy Boys Tessa Jones Episode: "The Debt Collectors"
1996 A Brother's Promise: The Dan Jansen Story Natalie Grenier Television movie
1996 Sins of Silence Volunteer Television movie
1996 Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years Lucy Episode: "When She Was Good"
1996 Mistrial Officer Ida Cruz Television movie
1996 The Newsroom Prostitute in Limo Episode: "Petty Tyranny"
1996–1998 F/X: The Series Angela 'Angie' Ramirez Main role, 38 episodes
1998 First Wave Jody Nolan Episode: "Joshua"
1998 Stargate SG-1 T'akaya Episode: "Spirits"
1998–1999 The Crow: Stairway to Heaven Jessica Capshaw Recurring role, 10 episodes
1999–2000 Earth: Final Conflict Haley Simmons Episodes: "Second Chances", "Thicker Than Blood", "Take No Prisoners"
2000 The Outer Limits Deb Clement Episode: "Skin Deep"
2000 Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal Jessica 'Jessie' Wilson Episode: "GeoCore"
2000 Code Name Phoenix Aurora Television movie
2000 Girlfriends Lynn Searcy Episode: Pilot (unaired)
2000 Code Name: Eternity Sasha Episode: "The Shift"
2001 Dark Realm Kate Episode: "The House Sitter"
2001 Jane Doe Peter Television movie
2002 Stargate SG-1 Lt. Kershaw Episode: "The Sentinel"
2003 Mutant X Becky Dolan Episode: "The Grift"
2003 She Spies Margo Episode: "Damsels in De-Stress"
2003 Cold Case Sherry Stephens (2003) Episode: "Sherry Darlin'"
2004 Andromeda Aleiss Episode: "Exalted Reason, Resplendent Daughter"
2004 Nikki & Nora Nora Delaney Unsold television pilot
2004 CSI: Miami Jenny Moylan Episode: "Stalkerazzi"
2004 The Chris Isaak Show Pamela Episode: "Braveheart"
2005 This Is Wonderland Wendy Episode: 2.11
2005 Eyes Linda Barstow Episode: "Wings"
2005 House Annette Raines Episode: "Love Hurts"
2005 Numbers CHP Officer Morris Episode: "Man Hunt"
2007 Bones Anne Marie Ostenbach Episode: "Death in the Saddle"
2007–2008 Blood Ties Vicki Nelson Main role, 22 episodes
2008 Making Mr. Right Hallie Galloway Television movie
2008 S.I.S. Roz Television movie
2008 Stargate Atlantis Major Anne Teldy Episode: "Whispers"
2009 Dexter Officer Zoey Kruger Episode: "Dex Takes a Holiday"
2009 Defying Gravity Jen Crane Main role, 13 episodes
2010 24 Molly O'Connor Episode: "Day 8: 5:00 a.m.-6:00 a.m."
2010 The Stepson Donna May Television movie
2010 The Mentalist Delinda LeCure Episode: "The Red Ponies"
2011 Survivor: Redemption Island Herself Episode: "Reunion"
2011 NCIS Marine Gunnery Sgt. Georgia Wooten Episode: "Freedom"
2011 Combat Hospital Cmt. Ariel Garamond Episode: "Inner Truth", "Reckless"
2012 Fugitive at 17 Det. Cameron Langford Television movie
2012 Virtual Lies Jamie Chapman Television movie
2013 Castle Maggie Finch Episode: "The Wild Rover"
2013 Eve of Destruction Rachel Reed Television miniseries
2014 Crimes of the Mind Carolyn Raeburn Television movie
2014–2015 Arrow Mayor Celia Castle 3 episodes
2015 NCIS: Los Angeles FBI Agent Allison Conway Episode: "Fighting Shadows"
2015 NCIS: New Orleans NOPD Detective Dinah Clark Episode: "Blue Christmas"
2016–2018 Shadowhunters Elaine Lewis Recurring role, 11 episodes
2016 Elementary Christa Pullman Episode: "Art Imitates Art"
2016 Deadly Dance Mom[18] Jeanette Grayson Television movie
2017 iZombie Katty Kupps 4 episodes
2017 Deadly Lessons Detective James Television movie
2018 Lethal Soccer Mom Rhonda Television movie
2018 Life Sentence Judge Sandra Cramer Episode: "Our Father the Hero"
2019 Criminal Minds Agent Brenda Channing Episode: "Hamelin"
2019 Ruby Herring Mysteries: Her Last Breath[19] Amanda Kelly Television movie
2023–2024 Reacher Marlo Burns 3 episodes


Year Title Role Notes
2008–2009 3 Way Jo / Lara Lancaster 4 episodes
2014 Nikki & Nora Nora Delaney 7 episodes, also executive producer


Year Award Category Work nominated Result
1998 Gemini Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role F/X: The Series Nominated


  1. ^ Christina Cox [@ReallyChristina] (May 5, 2015). "As a Canadian of Caribbean descent, it makes me so happy to hear the musical lilt of patois dusted over so many #Toronto conversations #home" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  2. ^ (in French) OldiBlog.com, Christina Cox Archived April 29, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Christina Cox Biography ((?)-)".
  4. ^ a b "The Christina Cox Fan Appreciation Page". Archived from the original on 2013-05-24. Retrieved 2007-07-16.
  5. ^ Nathan Southern (2011). "Christina Cox". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2011-01-01.
  6. ^ "FX The Series | History of Canadian Broadcasting". www.broadcasting-history.ca. Retrieved 2021-07-26.
  7. ^ Girlfriends (TV Series 2000–2008), retrieved 2019-02-01
  8. ^ Alexander, Brenda (2021-07-12). "'Girlfriends': Who Was Originally Cast as Lynn Searcy and Toni Childs?". Showbiz Cheat Sheet. Retrieved 2021-07-26.
  9. ^ "Black-ish: Girlfriends Reunite to Talk Intersectional Feminism. Also, a Girlfriends Character Was Originally White?". The Root. 9 October 2019. Retrieved 2021-07-26.
  10. ^ Christina Cox at IMDb
  11. ^ a b Contentfilm.com, Blood Ties Brand New Drama. November 20, 2006. Archived January 19, 2013, at archive.today
  12. ^ "Christina Cox". www.tcm.com. Retrieved 2021-07-26.
  13. ^ "Christina Cox and Dylan Bruce stop by for explosive Motive | TV, eh?". www.tv-eh.com. Retrieved 2021-07-26.
  14. ^ Stanley, Alessandra (2009-08-01). "Inner-Space Problems in Outer Space". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-07-26.
  15. ^ Castro, Adam-Troy (2012-12-14). "Why ABC's Defying Gravity is no Virtuality 2". SYFY WIRE. Retrieved 2021-07-26.
  16. ^ "'Dexter': Someone like her". LA Times Blogs - Show Tracker. 2009-10-18. Retrieved 2021-07-26.
  17. ^ Christina Cox [@ReallyChristina] (October 1, 2016). "It's a #SentimentalSaturday for @GrantMattos & I ❤️ because 6 years ago today we #eloped Best decision ever & it ju…" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  18. ^ Vlessing, Etan (2016-03-24). "'7th Heaven' Actress Beverly Mitchell, Christina Cox Board 'Deadly Dance Mom'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2021-07-26.
  19. ^ Ellenbogen, Rachael (2019-09-29). "'Ruby Herring Mysteries: Her Last Breath' Hallmark Movie Premiere: Cast, Trailer, Synopsis". International Business Times. Retrieved 2021-07-26.

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