Jodi Lyn O'Keefe

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Jodi Lyn O'Keefe
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Jodi Lyn O'Keefe at Los Angeles Fashion Week, Smashbox Studios, Culver City on March 9, 2008
Born (1978-10-10) October 10, 1978 (age 36)[1]
Cliffwood Beach, New Jersey, United States
Other names Jodi O'Keefe
Occupation Actress, model, fashion designer
Years active 1995–present[2]

Jodi Lyn O'Keefe (born October 10, 1978) is an American actress and model, who at age 17 portrayed Cassidy Bridges on Nash Bridges. She is also known for her role on Prison Break as Gretchen Morgan, a.k.a. "Susan B. Anthony" as well as Josette Laughlin in The Vampire Diaries.

Early life[edit]

O'Keefe was born in Cliffwood Beach, New Jersey, the daughter of Noreen, a homemaker, and Jack O'Keefe, a director of labor relations for Merck.[1] She has Czech, Irish, Polish, Swedish and Austrian ancestry.[citation needed] O'Keefe has two older sisters, Jenna and Heather.


O'Keefe started her career as a model at the age of 8 years old, and she did some modeling work for a Jeans company. Midway through her junior year of high school, O'Keefe left school to star on the soap opera Another World, playing Marguerite “Maggie” Cory. She then got a role on Nash Bridges playing Cassidy, the daughter of Don Johnson’s title character. She and her mother moved to Hollywood so O'Keefe completed her schooling by mail. When she was 17 she had an affair with Don Johnson

O'Keefe made her big screen debut in 1998 in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later and later starred in such films as The Crow: Salvation, Whatever It Takes and Devil In The Flesh 2. In 1999, she co-starred in the teen film She's All That (1999) as Taylor Vaughan alongside Freddie Prinze Jr. and Rachael Leigh Cook. When asked if it was hard to play her character, a high school prima donna, she replied, “Everybody knew a Taylor Vaughan in high school. Working in show business, you meet girls like that every day.”

O'Keefe kept on filming both movies and Nash Bridges until the series ended in 2001. Later films have included Out for Blood, in which she played a vampire named Layla Simmons and Venice Underground. In 2005, she appeared for three episodes in the first season of Boston Legal.

She appeared in episodes of the television series' Charmed, The Evidence, Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, Dharma & Greg and Tru Calling. In 2009 she appeared in the stand alone add-on of the video game Command & Conquer Red Alert 3: Uprising.

On August 14, 2010, O'Keefe appeared as Kylie Burch in the Hallmark Original Movie Class. She also appeared in the web series Soul Fire Rising as Lilith Reborn for three episodes.

On September 19, 2011, O'Keefe had a guest role as Isabella in the Two and a Half Men episode "Nice to Meet You, Walden Schmidt". She appeared in the 26 January 2012 episode of The Finder as Lisa and Mandy. She also appeared as Emily Bennett in the thriller Exposed.

In 2014 O'Keefe was cast in VH1's TV series Hit the Floor and Wall Street, and the film Merry ExMas.


O'Keefe was also in 3 Doors Down's video for "Let Me Go", alongside Jesse Metcalfe of Desperate Housewives. She joined the cast of Prison Break in 2007.

In 2013, she guest starred in Castle as entertainment reporter Kristina Coterra in the episode "Cloudy with a Chance of Murder". In the episode she has a crush on Rick Castle and asks him out on air. This ticks his girlfriend Kate Beckett off.

In June 2013, O'Keefe did a photoshoot for NOH8 campaign.

Other ventures[edit]

On June 22, 2011, O'Keefe started her own clothing line, Queen George Clothing.

In 2012, O'Keefe launched her own jewelry line, Q.

O'Keefe is also a licensed bounty hunter together with her friend Victoria Pratt, with whom she starred in the movie A Nanny's Revenge.



Year Film Role Notes
1998 Halloween H20: 20 Years Later Sarah Wainthrope Film debut
1999 She's All That Taylor Vaughan
2000 The Crow: Salvation Lauren Randall
Whatever it Takes Ashley Grant
Devil in the Flesh 2 Debbie Strong / Tracy Carley aka Teacher's Pet
2002 Falling in Love in Pongo Ponga Shawnee short movie
2003 Red Rover Kylie Logan
2004 Out for Blood Layla Simmons aka Vampires: Out for Blood
Mummy an' the Armadillo Jackie
2005 Venice Underground Tyler
Three Wise Guys Mary Ann Davidson
2007 American Identity Lyndsey Simpson short movie
2009 Prison Break: The Final Break Gretchen Morgan V, Release 21 July 2009
2010 Class Kylie Burch Premiere 14 August 2010 Hallmark TV USA
2011 Exposed Emily Bennett Premiere 18 March 2011 Hallmark TV Netherlands
2012 A Nanny's Revenge Gina Wright 2012
2013 Stalkers Julia Winston [1] March 2013 Made for TV– True story based on the book ″Whisper of Fear″
2013 Frozen Ground Chelle Ringell Premiere 11 July 2013
2014 Merry ExMas Premiere 5 December 2014


Year Series Role Episodes
1995 Another World Maggie Cory #4 6 episode
1996–2001 Nash Bridges Cassidy Bridges 76 episodes
1999 Happy Hour Herself 1 episode
2002 Dharma & Greg Simone 2 episodes
George Lopez Campbell 2 episodes
2003 The Pool at Maddy Breaker's Maddy Breaker 1 episode
2004 Tru Calling Candace Aimes 1 episode
The Help Becky Wiggins 1 episode
Charmed Spider Demon 1 episode
2004–2005 Boston Legal Nora Jacobs 3 episodes
2004–2011 Two and a Half Men Gail / Isabella 4 episodes
2005 Eve Rita's stepmother 1 episode
2006 The 12th Man Lindsay 1 episode
Halloween: 25 Years of Terror herself 1 episode
The Evidence Officer Jackie Kazaris 5 episodes
Criminal Minds Agt. Amanda Gilroy 1 episode
2007 The Call Jenna "Kinky" Kincaid 1 episode
CSI: NY Melodee Constanza 1 episode
Raines Angelina Billings 1 episode
2007–2009 Prison Break Susan B. Anthony / Gretchen Morgan 32 episodes
2009 The Big Bang Theory Mikayla the Prostitute 1 episode
2010 Lost Ava 1 episode
Soul Fire Rising Lilith Reborn 3 episodes
2011 Law & Order: LA Jenn Mackie 1 episode
2012 The Finder Lisa / Mandy 1 episode
Castle Kristina Coterra 1 episode
2013 The Exes Employee 1 episode
2014-2015 Hit The Floor Lionel Davenport 24 episodes
2014 Untitled Wall Street Project Riley Simms Pilot
2014-2015 The Vampire Diaries Jo Laughlin Recurring; 17 episodes

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3: Uprising Kelly Weaver


  1. ^ a b "Jodi Lyn O'Keefe Biography". Film Reference. Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  2. ^ Jodi Lyn O'Keefe at the Internet Movie Database

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