Erin Daniels

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Erin Daniels
Erin Cohen

(1973-10-09) October 9, 1973 (age 46)
Years active1996–present
Spouse(s)Chris Uettwiller (2009–2019)

Erin Daniels (born October 9, 1973) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Dana Fairbanks on The L Word (2004–2007). Her feature film work includes A Single Man and One Hour Photo.

Early life[edit]

Daniels was born Erin Cohen in St. Louis, Missouri, where she grew up. Her father was an architect and her mother was a clinical social worker. She grew up in a Jewish family; her mother co-founded the Central Reform Congregation in St. Louis and her grandmother received an award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews.[1][2] She attended Clayton High School and Vassar College, graduating from the latter in 1995[3] after majoring in art.[1]


After Vassar, she moved to New York City, where she studied with William Esper, a protégé of Sanford Meisner, and worked Off Broadway. She then moved to Los Angeles for a part on the short-lived TV series Action.[1]

In 2002, the St. Louis Film Festival awarded Daniels the Emerging Star Award.[4] She appeared in One Hour Photo, Wheelmen, and House of 1000 Corpses[5] before becoming a major cast member of Showtime's The L Word. Her depiction of Dana Fairbanks on that show prompted an anonymous donation of a million dollars to the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation,[6] an organization that promotes and funds breast cancer intraductal research.[7]

Daniels has also appeared in the TV shows Action, Jericho, Dexter, Saving Grace, Big Shots, Justice, CSI and Swingtown.

She played the role of The Mother in Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Daniels married producer Chris Uettwiller in 2008, and had two children with him. Daniels and Uettwiller divorced in February 2019.


Year Film Role Notes
1998 USMA West Point Christine Davis TV movie
1999 Flushed as Erin Cohen
Chill Factor Medic #2
2000 The Disciples Lisa Johnson TV movie
2002 One Hour Photo Maya Burson
2003 House of 1000 Corpses Denise Willis
2005 Wheelmen Gwen
2009 A Single Man Bank Teller
2010 Starlight Inn Katherine Sellwood short
2011 Few Options Helen
2011 The Sitter Mrs. Pedulla
2012 Like Father Ali Miller TV movie
Pull the Trigger, Mr. Wicker Raphaella short
Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean Roommate's Mother
2013 The Bling Ring Shannon

Television credits[edit]

Year Title Character Notes
1996 Law & Order Miss Stadler Guest Appearance
1999 The Outer Limits Barbara Chafey Guest Appearance
1999 Action[9] Jenny
2000 V.I.P. Die Bodyguards
2001 Jack & Jill Becky Hart
2001 Philly Nicole Gilbert
2003 Boomtown[10] Karen Crane
2004-2007 The L Word[11] Dana Fairbanks Main Character
2006 Julie Reno, Bounty Hunter[12] Julie Reno Unaired Pilot
2006 Love Monkey Dana
2006 Dexter Rita's Neighbour
2006 Justice Betsy Harrison
2007 Jericho Maggie
2007 CSI: NY Det. Brennan
2007 Big Shots Rebecca Parks
2007 Saving Grace Asst. D.A. Morgan Byer
2008 Swingtown Sylvia Davis
2009 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Schuyler
2011 Rizzoli & Isles[13] Kate
2013 Maron Female Vet
2015 Stalker Lauren


  1. ^ a b c A ‘Blue’ (State) Role Archived 2009-07-15 at the Wayback Machine, a February 2005 article from The Jewish Week
  2. ^ Bloom, Nate (December 8, 2011). "Jewish Stars 12/16". Cleveland Jewish News. Born Erin Cohen in St. Louis, Daniels is instantly recognizable to fans of the former Showtime series "The L Word"
  3. ^ Benjamin Morse (2006). "Dana Lives". Vassar Alumni Quarterly. Archived from the original on October 10, 2007. Retrieved January 16, 2008.
  4. ^ Erin Daniels on IMDb
  5. ^ "Top 10 Offscreen Horror Kills We Wish We'd Seen!". BloodyDisgusting.
  6. ^ Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation Receives $1 Million Dollar Donation..., from the foundation's website
  7. ^ About the Foundation / Our Vision & Research scissors from the website of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation
  8. ^ "JOSHUA TREE, 1951: A PORTRAIT OF JAMES DEAN | Written and Directed by Matthew Mishory". Retrieved 2017-04-15.
  9. ^ "Action". Retrieved 2017-04-14.
  10. ^ "Boomtown". Retrieved 2017-04-14.
  11. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: "DTLA" star Erin Daniels talks missing "The L Word" and working with Emma Watson - AfterEllen". AfterEllen. 2012-10-31. Retrieved 2017-04-14.
  12. ^ "Erin Daniels headlines Fox pilot ˜Julie Reno, Bounty Hunter' - Media Life Magazine". Retrieved 2017-04-15.
  13. ^ ""Rizzoli & Isles" Subtext Recap (2.13): Having a good-looking LLBFF is the best revenge - Page 3 of 9 - AfterEllen". AfterEllen. 2011-12-15. Retrieved 2017-04-15.

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