Julie Berman

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Julie Marie Berman
Born (1983-11-03) November 3, 1983 (age 32)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1997–present
Spouse(s) Michael Grady (m. 2008)

Julie Marie Berman (born November 3, 1983) is an American actress. She is known for her role as Lulu Spencer on the ABC Daytime soap opera General Hospital (2005–2013), for which she received three Daytime Emmy Awards. In 2015, she began starring in the Hulu comedy series Casual.

Early life[edit]

Berman was born in Los Angeles, California to Peter and Renée Berman. She started acting at the age of six. Early in her career, Berman appeared in over 100 different commercials. Her mother Renee died of cancer in 1998.


Berman made her television debut with the recurring role in the WB family drama series, 7th Heaven as the misunderstood Shelby Connor, a friend of Lucy Camden. Berman continued her role on 7th Heaven, while simultaneously adding a recurring role in the ABC drama Once and Again.[1] She also guest-starred on ER and Boston Public, and starred alongside Shelley Long in the 1999 television movie Vanished Without a Trace.

2005—2013; General Hospital[edit]

Berman is best known for her role as Lulu Spencer, the stubborn, troubled daughter of Luke & Laura, in the ABC daytime soap opera General Hospital. She joined the soap in, making her first appearance on October 28, 2005.[2][3] The casting immediately garnered much attention due to Berman's strong resemblance to Genie Francis who played Laura; Lulu and Laura's strong resemblance was often mentioned within the series.[4] In July 2012, Berman informed producers that she had no plans of renewing her contract when it expired in November. Despite no official word from ABC or Berman, rumors began to circulate that Berman was about to vacate the role. After months of speculation, on February 26, 2013, an issue of Soaps In Depth confirmed that Berman was indeed leaving the series and had just filmed her final scenes.[5]

Berman earned her first Daytime Emmy nomination in 2007, and won her first Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Younger Actress in 2009. She won her second consecutive Emmy in 2010 in the same category. Berman departed her role as Lulu in 2013,[6] and was replaced by The Young and the Restless actress Emme Rylan[7] In 2013, Berman won her third Emmy, but in the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress category.[8]


After leaving daytime television, Berman guest-starred on prime time comedy series include Two and a Half Men and Jane the Virgin. In 2015, she began the recurring role opposite Michaela Watkins and Frances Conroy in the Hulu comedy series, Casual.[9] She was promoted to series regular for second season.[10] Later that year, Berman joined the cast of NBC medical drama Chicago Med, playing the recurring role of Dr. Samantha "Sam" Zanetti.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Berman married her boyfriend of three years, commercial real estate broker Michael Grady, on August 15, 2008 in a Roman Catholic ceremony in the Sacred Heart Chapel at Los Angeles' Loyola Marymount University.

Berman graduated with a degree in Television & Cinema from the University of Southern California in May 2006. While at the university she was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority.[12]


Year Title Role Notes
1997–99 7th Heaven Shelby Connor Recurring role, 7 episodes
1999 Vanished Without a Trace Cathy Television film
1999–2000 Once and Again Julie Recurring role, 6 episodes
2000 ER Jessamyn Chadsey Episode: "The Fastest Year"
2002 Boston Public Margo Episode: "Chapter Forty-Six"
2003 Remembering Charlie Hannah Wilson Television film
2005 Threshold Kristy Foster Episode: "Blood of the Children"
2005–13 General Hospital Lulu Spencer Series regular, Role from: October 28, 2005 to March 22, 2013
2007 General Hospital: Night Shift Lulu Spencer Episode: "Paternity Ward"
2012 The March Sisters at Christmas Jo March Television film
2012 Sand Sharks Nikki
2013 Bucket and Skinner's Epic Adventures Vera Episode: "Epic Showdown"
2013 Two and a Half Men Sarah Episode: "My Bodacious Vidalia"
2014 Jane the Virgin Candyce Episode: "Chapter Eight"
2014 Count to 10 Anna Short film
2015–present Casual Leia Recurring role (season 1), 4 episodes
Series regular (season 2)
2015 Satisfaction Marie Episode: "Through Risk"
2015–2016 Chicago Med Dr. Sam Zanetti Recurring role, 8 episodes
2016 Valley of the Moon Molly

Awards and nominations[edit]

List of acting awards and nominations
Year Award Category Title Result Ref.
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series General Hospital Nominated
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series General Hospital Won
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series General Hospital Won
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series General Hospital Won


  1. ^ "Julie Marie Berman Biography - BuddyTV". buddytv.com. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  2. ^ http://soapcentral.com/gh/whoswho/lulu.php
  3. ^ http://soapcentral.com/gh/theactors/berman_juliemarie.php
  4. ^ Janet Di Lauro (December 1, 2006). "Gotta Minute? - Julie Marie Berman". Soap Opera Weekly. Source Interlink. Retrieved August 9, 2012. 
  5. ^ Treccia, Mandy (February 26, 2013). "Julie Marie Berman Checks Out of 'General Hospital'". TVSource. SoSource Media. Retrieved February 26, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Julie Marie Berman Exiting 'General Hospital'". Soap Opera Network. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  7. ^ Omar White-Nobles (2013-03-06). "'Young and the Restless' Star Emme Rylan Is 'General Hospital's' New Lulu Spencer!". TVSource Magazine. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  8. ^ "Daytime Emmys: Complete Winners List". Entertainment Weekly's EW.com. Retrieved 4 December 2015. 
  9. ^ Denise Petski. "Frances Conroy Cast In 'Casual', Jason Reitman's Pilot On Hulu - Deadline". Deadline. Retrieved 4 December 2015. 
  10. ^ Denise Petski. "Julie Berman Upped To Regular 'Casual'; Katie Aselton Joins Cast - Deadline". Deadline. Retrieved 22 February 2016. 
  11. ^ Michael Ausiello. "Julie Berman Joins 'Chicago Med' in Season 1 — NBC - TVLine". TVLine. Retrieved 4 December 2015. 
  12. ^ "Famous Kappas". Retrieved 2009-10-04. 
  13. ^ Bonawitz, Amy (February 11, 2009). "34th Annual Daytime Emmy Winners". CBS News. Retrieved January 8, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Winners at 36th annual Daytime Emmy Awards". Toronto Star. Star Media Group. August 31, 2009. Retrieved January 8, 2013. 
  15. ^ "'As the World Turns' tops Daytime Emmys". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Associated Press. June 27, 2010. Archived from the original on July 28, 2011. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  16. ^ "The 40th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award Winners". National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. emmyonline.org. June 16, 2013. Retrieved June 17, 2013. 

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