Jessica Bowman

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Jessica Bowman
Jessica Robyn Bowman

(1980-11-26) November 26, 1980 (age 38)
Years active1993–2004, 2011

Jessica Robyn Bowman (born November 26, 1980) is an American actress known for her role as Colleen Cooper on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.[1]


Bowman was born in Walnut Creek, California.[1] She began acting in community theater and commercials, and appeared as Darcy on The Road Home.

After guest appearances on Boy Meets World, NYPD Blue, and Baywatch, Bowman assumed the role of Colleen Cooper on the popular drama Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman in season three, episode 15.[1] She took over this role after the original portrayer, Erika Flores, did not renew her contract. Bowman won the Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Drama Series at the Young Artists Awards in 1996 for her role as Colleen. She was also nominated in 1997 and 1998. She won the Michael Landon Award in 1996, along with Beth Sullivan, Tim Johnson, Chad Allen, and Shawn Toovey, for Outstanding Family Television series of the year. After Dr. Quinn was cancelled in 1998, Bowman starred in Someone to Love Me, playing a rape victim who struggles to prove her rapist's guilt.

Bowman appeared in two made-for-TV movies, Young Hearts Unlimited and Lethal Vows, before reprising her role as Colleen for the movie Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: The Heart Within in 2001. She appeared in the movies Joy Ride and Derailed, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme.


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Remote Judy Riley Video
1994 The Road Home Darcy Matson Main role, 6 episodes
1994 Boy Meets World Jennifer Episode: "The Uninvited"
1994 NYPD Blue Allison Davis Episode: "Simone Says"
1995 Secrets Anna Berter TV movie
1995–1998 Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Colleen Cooper Main role (seasons 3–6), 65 episodes
1997 Baywatch Kirstie Morgan Episode: "Rendezvous"
1998 Breakfast with Einstein Marlena TV movie
1998 Someone to Love Me Kaley Young TV movie
1998 Young Hearts Unlimited Lissa TV movie
1999 Lethal Vows Sarah Farris TV movie
2001 Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: The Heart Within Colleen Cooper-Cook TV movie
2001 Joy Ride Charlotte Film
2002 Derailed Bailey Kristoff Film
2004 50 First Dates Tamy Film
2011 Striker Michelle Zlatanovic Short film


  • 1996: Young Artist Award: Best Performance by a Young Actress - TV Drama Series, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
  • 1996: Michael Landon Award: Outstanding Family Television Series of the Year, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman"

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Jessica Bowman Joins Cast of 'Dr. Quinn'". Tulsa World. Retrieved 2018-04-07.