Heidi Swedberg

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Heidi Swedberg
Born (1966-03-03) March 3, 1966 (age 49)
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Occupation Actress, musician
Years active 1989–present

Heidi Swedberg (born March 3, 1966) is an American actress and musician, best known for her role as Susan Ross, the fiancée of George Costanza, on the television sitcom Seinfeld.

Early life[edit]

Swedberg was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, the daughter of Kay, a high school English teacher and Jim Swedberg, a laser physicist.[1] She was raised in New Mexico and attended Sandia High School in Albuquerque from 1980 to 1984.[citation needed]



Following graduation she moved to Kentucky, where she spent a year at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, following which she acted in her first film role, Norman Jewison's 1989 In Country. She followed that with roles in the 1990 movies Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael and Kindergarten Cop and the 1991 movies Too Much Sun and the Jim Abrahams comedy spoof Hot Shots!

During this time, she also had guest roles in a number of popular television series, including Matlock, Thirtysomething, Quantum Leap, Brooklyn Bridge, Northern Exposure, Sisters, Roc and Touched by an Angel. The following year she took on the role of Susan Ross in 11 episodes of Seinfeld's fourth season, 17 episodes of the seventh season and one episode of the ninth (via flashback in the 'backward' episode). She made a guest appearance in Wizards of Waverly Place as Jennifer Majorheely.

Swedberg was not in Seinfeld's fifth season in 1994 but acted regularly in parts on other television shows, including Empty Nest, Murder, She Wrote, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Grace Under Fire.


While living in Hawaii, Swedberg grew up playing the ukulele.[2] In 1992, when playing the role of a singer/songwriter for a television pilot, she began playing the instrument again. She now sings and plays the ukulele in her band, Heidi Swedberg and The Sukey Jump Band. The band released an album entitled PLAY!, in 2009 and "My Cup Of Tea" in 2013. She has another band called the Smoking Jackets which plays ukulele festivals and night clubs. The members, Daniel Ward, Craig McClelland and John Bartlit, are multi-instrumentalists who also teach at ukulele festivals.[citation needed]


Year Title Role Notes
1989 Matlock Sister Katherine Episode: "The Priest"
In Country Dawn
1990 Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael Andrea Stein
Too Much Sun Sister Agnes
thirtysomething Miss Jackie Episode: "The Guilty Party"
Kindergarten Cop Joshua's Mother
1991 Quantum Leap Valleri Episode: "Private Dancer"
Hot Shots! Mary Thompson
Northern Exposure Linda Episode: "Only You"
Brooklyn Bridge Miss McCullough Episode: "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling"
1992 Episode: "The Gift"
Sisters Jill Parkins Episode: "Troubled Waters"
Episode: "Working Girls"
Seinfeld Susan Biddle Ross 1992–1997 (29 episodes)
Roc Helen Episode: "Roc Throws Joey Out"
1993 Episode: "You Don't Send Me No Flowers"
1994 Empty Nest Patty Olsen Episode: "Love a la Mode"
Murder, She Wrote Lorna Thompson Episode: "Proof in the Pudding"
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rekelen Episode: "Profit and Loss"
Twilight Zone: Rod Serling's Lost Classics TV movies
Father and Scout Donna
Grace Under Fire Ramona Episode: "Jimmy's Girl"
Episode: "Cold Turkey"
1995 If Not for You Melanie McKee Episode: "Pilot"
1996 Up Close & Personal Sheila
Touched by an Angel Marty Dillard Episode: "Secret Service"
The Cold Equations Board Member TV movies
1997 The Ticket Rita
A Parking Lot Story Car Owner
Breast Men Eileen
1998 Dennis the Menace Strikes Again! Alice Mitchell Video
1999 Evolution's Child Elaine Cordell TV movie
Galaxy Quest Brandon's Mom
2000 75 Degrees in July Kay Colburn
2001 Roswell Meredith Dupree Episode: "Disturbing Behavior"
Episode: "How the Other Half Lives"
Gideon's Crossing Mrs. Cabochon Episode: "Flashpoint"
Providence Episode: "Trial & Error"
Episode: "Rule Number One"
Strong Medicine Celia Farber Episode: "Rebirth"
2002 Dragonfly Surgical Nurse
ER Robin Turner Episode: "Lockdown"
Episode: "Chaos Theory"
Gilmore Girls Debbie Fincher Episode: "One's Got Class and the Other One Dyes"
Jumping for Joy
2003 Oliver Beene Cynthia Vogel Episode: "A Day at the Beach"
Moving Alan Female Ranger
Becker Mrs. Whitford Episode: "Mr. and Ms. Conception"
2006 Without a Trace Laura Worth Episode: "911"
2008 Bones Alice Elliot Episode: "The Finger in the Nest"
2009 Wizards of Waverly Place Miss Majorhealey Episode: "Art Teacher"
2010 Hawthorne Olivia Maxwell Episode: "Hidden Truths"


  1. ^ "Heidi Swedberg Biography (1966-)". Film Reference. Retrieved June 5, 2015.
  2. ^ "Heidi Swedberg - Sukey Jump Music". sukeyjumpmusic.com. Retrieved 6 June 2015. 

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