Jill Wagner

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Jill Wagner
Jill Wagner 2012.jpg
Wagner in 2012
Jill Suzanne Wagner

1978/1979 (age 43–44)[1]
Alma materNorth Carolina State University
  • Actress
  • television personality
Years active2003–present
David Lemanowicz
(m. 2017)

Jill Suzanne Wagner[2] (born c. 1979[1]) is an American actress and television personality. She was the on-field host for the ABC game show Wipeout from 2008 to 2014. Since then, Wagner has starred in several made-for-television films for the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

Early life and education[edit]

Wagner was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.[2] She was raised primarily by her father, David Wagner, a U.S. Marine, and her grandmother.[3][4] She attended Ledford Senior High School in Wallburg, North Carolina. Wagner went to North Carolina State University graduating in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in business management.[3] During her teens, she trained at Barbizon Modeling and Acting School in Raleigh.[5]


After college, Wagner moved to California to pursue a career in entertainment. In 2003, she was selected as a cast member on the MTV series Punk'd, participating in several sketches.[3] The following year, Wagner was ranked #90 on the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2004.[6] She was featured in the July 2006 issue of American FHM magazine.

In 2006, she co-starred in the Spike TV television series Blade: The Series as Krista Starr.[7] She was a co-host of Inside the Vault on WGN America. Wagner has also had guest roles on a variety of television series including Quintuplets and Bones. Her theatrical roles include Junebug (2005) and the horror film Splinter in 2008.[8][9]

In March 2008, it was announced Wagner would be the on-field host for the ABC game show Wipeout which premiered June 24, 2008.[10] In April 2011, Wagner announced that she was leaving Wipeout after four seasons to focus on her acting career;[11] she was succeeded by Vanessa Minnillo for the series' fifth season.[12] In late August 2012, it was announced that Wagner would return to co-host Wipeout for its sixth season,[13] a role she continued throughout the rest of the series' run.

In June 2011, Wagner appeared on the series Teen Wolf airing on MTV. In 2013, Wagner appeared on Rhett and Link's third episode of their YouTube series The Mythical Show;[14] this was in response to an episode of their talk show Good Mythical Morning, where they mentioned they had gone to college with a girl who had caught their interest, but never had the courage to talk to, who was revealed to be Wagner.[15]

In 2015, Wagner was tapped to host the original series Handcrafted America on INSP;[16] the series began its third season in August 2017.[17] Wagner appeared in the Canadian film Braven (2018).[18][19]

Since 2015, she has appeared in Hallmark Channel made-for-television films,[20] including playing Amy Winslow on the Mystery 101 movie series on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel in 2019.

Personal life[edit]

In April 2017, Wagner married former pro hockey player David Lemanowicz, after they had announced their engagement earlier in 2016.[21][22] In April 2020, Wagner gave birth to a daughter.[1] A second daughter was born in August 2021.[23]



Year Title Role Notes
2005 Junebug Millicent (Friend at shower)
2006 Shifted Rachel
2008 Splinter Polly Watt
2014 Road to Paloma Sandy
2016 Super Novas Judy
2018 Braven Stephanie Braven


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Punk'd Field Agent 6 episodes
2004 Monk Crystal Smith Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Employee of the Month"
2004 Dr. Vegas Roxanne Episodes: "Dead Man, Live Bet", "All In"
2004 Quintuplets Cammie Episode: "Thanksgiving Day Charade"
2006 Blade: The Series Krista Starr Main role
2007–2008 Stargate Atlantis Larrin Episodes: "Travelers", "Be All My Sins Remember'd"
2008 Bones Holly Markwell Episode: "The Man in the Outhouse"
Wipeout Herself Co-host (seasons 1–4, 6–7)
2009 Dancing with the Stars Herself Episode: "Round Ten: Final Results"
2011 Inside the Vault Herself Co-host[24]
2011, 2014, 2017 Teen Wolf Kate Argent Recurring role (seasons 1, 4); guest role (seasons 3, 6); 20 episodes[25]
2015 Autumn Dreams Annie Hancock Television film (Hallmark)
2015 Christmas in the Smokies Trish Greene Television film[26]
2015–2017 Handcrafted America Herself Host
2016 Christmas Cookies Hannah Harper Television film (Hallmark)
2017 A Harvest Wedding Sarah Bloom Television film (Hallmark)
2017 Karen Kingsbury's Maggie's Christmas Miracle Maggie Wright Television film (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)
2017 Hell's Kitchen Herself Guest diner and Shane's Inspiration contributor; episode: "It's All Gravy"
2018 Pearl In Paradise Alex Anderson Television film (Hallmark)
2018 Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa Lisa Television film (Hallmark)
2019 Mystery 101 Amy Winslow Television film (Hallmark Movies and Mysteries)
2019 Mystery 101: Playing Dead Amy Winslow Television film (Hallmark Movies and Mysteries)
2019 Mystery 101: Words Can Kill Amy Winslow Television film (Hallmark Movies and Mysteries)
2019 Mystery 101: Dead Talk Amy Winslow Television film (Hallmark Movies and Mysteries)
2019 Christmas Wishes & Mistletoe Kisses Abbey Television film (Hallmark)
2019 Christmas in Evergreen: Tidings of Joy Lisa Television film (Hallmark)
2019 The Legend of 5 Mile Cave Susan Tilwicky Television film (INSP)[27]
2020 Hearts of Winter Bethany Television film (Hallmark)
2020 Mystery 101: An Education in Murder Amy Winslow Television film (Hallmark Movies and Mysteries)
2020 The Angel Tree Rebecca McBride Television film (Hallmark Movies and Mysteries)
2021 Mystery 101: Killer Timing Amy Winslow Television film (Hallmark Movies and Mysteries)
2021 Mystery 101: Deadly History Amy Winslow Television film (Hallmark Movies and Mysteries)
2021 A Christmas Miracle for Daisy Whitney Alder Television film (GAC Family)


  1. ^ a b c "Hallmark Star Jill Wagner Welcomes Daughter Army Gray — Why She Wanted a 'Patriotic Name'". People. April 20, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ a b "Jill Wagner – Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved November 1, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c Lopez, Robert (September 11, 2009). "'Wipeout' co-host Jill Wagner likes going full steam ahead". News & Record. Greensboro, NC. Archived from the original on September 14, 2009. Retrieved September 17, 2009.
  4. ^ "Jill Wagner". FHM. Retrieved June 28, 2009.[dead link]
  5. ^ "Barbizon Modeling and Acting School Alumni". barbizonmodeling.com.
  6. ^ "FreeJose.com". Maxim Magazine Hot 100 Women of 2004. Archived from the original on May 12, 2009. Retrieved January 23, 2007.
  7. ^ Flynn, Gillian (July 19, 2006). "Blade: The Series". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 14, 2017.
  8. ^ Anderson, John (October 24, 2008). "Review: 'Splinter'". Variety. Retrieved January 14, 2017.
  9. ^ "Interview with Jill Wagner, Blade the Series". flickdirect.com. September 20, 2006. Retrieved January 14, 2017.
  10. ^ "ABC Announces Its Summer Schedule with the Premiere of Eight Original Series" (Press release). ABC. March 31, 2008. Retrieved January 14, 2017 – via The Futon Critic.
  11. ^ Hibbard, James (April 12, 2011). "'Wipeout' host leaving show". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 14, 2017.
  12. ^ Hibbard, James (June 16, 2011). "'Wipeout' renewed for fifth season". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 14, 2017. ABC announced that Wipeout is coming back for a fifth season, but with a twist — Vanessa Minnillo will be the new co-host, replacing Jill Wagner.
  13. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (August 29, 2012). "ABC Picks Up 'Wipeout' For a Sixth Season, Jill Wagner To Return As Co-Host". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 14, 2017.
  14. ^ "The Mythical Show Ep 3 (Kat Von D & Wipeout Host Jill Wagner)". Archived from the original on December 2, 2016 – via www.youtube.com.
  15. ^ "How to Talk to Girls". Good Mythical Morning. Youtube.com. January 17, 2012. Retrieved February 21, 2017.
  16. ^ "Jill Wagner to Host INSP's Original Television Series HANDCRAFTED AMERICA". Broadway World. February 4, 2016.
  17. ^ "Handcrafted America | An INSP Original Series | Hosted by Jill Wagner". insp.com. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  18. ^ Kit, Borys (December 17, 2015). "Stephen Lang Joins Jason Momoa in Action Movie 'Braven' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 14, 2017.
  19. ^ "Action thriller 'Braven's first thriller trailer released". The International News. January 6, 2018.
  20. ^ "Actress becoming a Hallmark veteran". The Journal Gazette. December 10, 2017.
  21. ^ "Jill Wagner Brings Heart, Art and So-Much-More to Her Award-Winning Show Handcrafted America". Huffington Post. October 19, 2016.
  22. ^ "Spokane artisans featured in upcoming episodes of 'Hancrafted America'". The Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. September 27, 2017.
  23. ^ "Back-to-Back Babies! Jill Wagner and David Lemanowicz Welcome 2nd Child". Us Magazine. August 31, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  24. ^ "GM Launches Inside the Vault TV Series". Autoevolution.com. February 1, 2011.
  25. ^ "Kate Argent returns in new Teen Wolf trailer". Entertainment Weekly. July 27, 2017.
  26. ^ "'Christmas in the Smokies' premieres Sunday on INSP". Daily Herald. November 28, 2015.
  27. ^ Clodfelter, Tim (June 9, 2019). "TV Tidbits: Winston-Salem native stars in her first Western". News & Record. Greensboro, North Carolina. Retrieved November 1, 2020.

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