Jill Wagner

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Jill Wagner
Jill Wagner 2012.jpg
Jill Wagner in Hollywood, California on November 10, 2012
Born Jill Suzanne Wagner
(1979-01-13) January 13, 1979 (age 38)
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
Occupation Actress, Model
Years active 2003–present

Jill Suzanne Wagner (born January 13, 1979) is an American television actress, model, and game show personality. She was a co-host for the ABC comic competition show Wipeout from 2008 to 2014.

Early life[edit]

Wagner was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She was raised primarily by her father, David Wagner, a U.S. Marine, and her grandmother.[1][2] She attended Ledford Senior High School in Wallburg, North Carolina and North Carolina State University. She graduated in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in business management.[1] She currently lives in Los Angeles, California.[3] As a teenager, Jill also graduated from the Barbizon Modeling and Acting School in Raleigh and went on to be named Miss Barbizon.[4]


After completing college, Wagner moved to California to further her modeling career. In 2003, she was selected as a cast member on the MTV series Punk'd, participating in about a dozen sketches.[1]

Wagner appeared in Stuff magazine following her appearances in Punk'd. Wagner was ranked #90 on the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2004.[5] She was featured in the July 2006 issue of American FHM magazine.

Wagner was featured as the Ford Motor Company's Mercury brand spokesmodel in television ads from 2005 to 2011, and soon became known as "The Mercury Girl".[citation needed] In 2006, she co-starred in the Spike TV television series Blade: The Series as Krista Starr.[6] She is 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 film roles include an appearance in JuneBug, and a co-lead role in the horror film Splinter in 2008.[7]

In January 2007, Wagner stated that she had been interviewed about the possibility of portraying Wonder Woman in the upcoming movie version, saying, "I met with the guys over at Silver pictures about some things and Wonder Woman was one of them."[8]

In March 2008, it was announced Wagner would be the co-host for the ABC summer reality series Wipeout which premiered June 24, 2008.[9] In April 2011 Wagner announced that she was leaving Wipeout after four seasons to focus on her career;[10] she was succeeded by Vanessa Minnillo for the series' fifth season.[11] In late August 2012, it was announced that Wagner would return to co-host Wipeout for its sixth season,[12] a role she continued throughout the rest of the series' run.

In June 2011, Wagner appeared on the new show Teen Wolf, airing on MTV. In 2013, Wagner appeared on Rhett and Link's third episode of their YouTube series The Mythical Show;[13] 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 Jill Wagner.[citation needed] As of 2016, Wagner has hosted Handcrafted America on The Inspiration Network.

In late 2015, Wagner was cast in the upcoming Canadian film Braven.[14]


Television and film roles
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"
2005 Junebug Millicent Film
2006 Shifted Rachel Film
2006 Blade: The Series Krista Starr Main role, 12 episodes
2007–2008 Stargate Atlantis Larrin Episodes: "Travelers", "Be All My Sins Remember'd"
2008 Bones Holly Markwell Episode: "The Man in the Outhouse"
2008 Splinter Polly Watt Film
2008–2011, 2013–2014 Wipeout Herself Co-host (seasons 1–4, 6–7), 64 episodes
2009 Dancing with the Stars Herself Episode: "Round Ten: Final Results"
2011 Inside the Vault Herself Co-host, 10 episodes
2011–2014 Teen Wolf Kate Argent Recurring role, 18 episodes
2013 Road to Paloma Sandy Film
2015 Autumn Dreams Annie Television movie
2016 Christmas Cookies Hannah Harper Television movie


  1. ^ a b c Lopez, Robert (September 11, 2009). "'Wipeout' co-host Jill Wagner likes going full steam ahead". News and Record. Greensboro, NC. Retrieved September 17, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Jill Wagner". FHM. Retrieved June 28, 2009. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Jill Wagner". ABC. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Barbizon Modeling and Acting School Alumni". barbizonmodeling.com. 
  5. ^ "FreeJose.com". Maxim Magazine Hot 100 Women of 2004. Archived from the original on May 12, 2009. Retrieved January 23, 2007. 
  6. ^ Flynn, Gillian (July 19, 2006). "Blade: The Series". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 14, 2017. 
  7. ^ Anderson, John (October 24, 2008). "Review: 'Splinter'". Variety. Retrieved January 14, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Interview with Jill Wagner, Blade the Series". flickdirect.com. September 20, 2006. Retrieved January 14, 2017. 
  9. ^ "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. 
  10. ^ Hibbard, James (April 12, 2011). "'Wipeout' host leaving show". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 14, 2017. 
  11. ^ 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. 
  12. ^ 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. 
  13. ^ The Mythical Show Episode 3 Archived December 2, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ Kit, Borys (December 17, 2015). "Stephen Lang Joins Jason Momoa in Action Movie 'Braven' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 14, 2017. 

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