Julie Berman

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Julie Berman
Born (1983-11-03) November 3, 1983 (age 35)
Years active1997–present
Michael Grady (m. 2008)
Children1 Asher Dean Grady

Julie Marie Berman (born November 3, 1983)[1] is an American actress. She is known for her role as Lulu Spencer on the ABC Daytime soap opera General Hospital, for which she received three Daytime Emmy Awards, and for her role on the Golden Globe nominated Hulu comedy series, Casual as Leia, Valerie's receptionist.

Early life[edit]

Berman was born to Peter and Renée Berman in Los Angeles, California. She started acting at the age of six.


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.[2] 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 and Laura Spencer, in the ABC daytime soap opera General Hospital. She made her first appearance on October 28, 2005.[3][4] 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.[5] 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.[6]

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,[7] and was replaced by The Young and the Restless actress Emme Rylan[8] In 2013, Berman won her third Emmy, but in the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress category.[9]


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.[10] She was promoted to series regular for second season.[11] Later that year, Berman joined the cast of NBC medical drama Chicago Med, playing the recurring role of Dr. Samantha "Sam" Zanetti.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Berman graduated with a bachelor's degree in Television and Cinema from the University of Southern California in May 2006. While at the university she was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority.[13]

Berman married Michael Grady on August 15, 2008.[1] The couple had a son, Asher, in February 2019.



Year Title Role Notes
2014 Count to 10 Anna Short
2015 Valley of the Moon Molly


Year Title Role Notes
1997-99 7th Heaven Shelby Connor Recurring role
1999 Vanished Without a Trace Cathy Porterson Television film (NBC)
1999-00 Once and Again Julie Recurring role
2000 ER Jessamyn Chadsey "The Fastest Year"
2002 Boston Public Margo "Chapter 46"
2005 Threshold Kristy Foster "Blood of the Children"
2005-13 General Hospital Lulu Spencer Series Regular
2007 General Hospital: Night Shift Lulu Spencer "Paternity Ward"
2012 Sand Sharks Nikki Television film
The March Sisters at Christmas Jo March Television film (Lifetime)
2013 Bucket & Skinner's Epic Adventures Vera "Epic Showdown"
Two and a Half Men Sarah "My Bodacious Vidalia"
2014 Jane the Virgin Candyce "Chapter 8"
2015 Satisfaction Marie "... Through Risk"
2015-17 Chicago Med Dr. Samantha "Sam" Zanetti Recurring role
Casual Leia Series Regular
2016 Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Serena Ainsworth "Fall"
2017 Love on Ice Emily Television film (Hallmark)

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
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Won


  1. ^ a b "The 411". November 27, 2016.
  2. ^ "Julie Marie Berman Biography - BuddyTV". buddytv.com. Retrieved 2013-06-18.
  3. ^ "Who's Who in Port Charles - Lulu Spencer".
  4. ^ "About the Actors - Julie Marie Berman".
  5. ^ Janet Di Lauro (December 1, 2006). "Gotta Minute? - Julie Marie Berman". Soap Opera Weekly. Source Interlink. Retrieved August 9, 2012.
  6. ^ Treccia, Mandy (February 26, 2013). "Julie Marie Berman Checks Out of 'General Hospital'". TVSource. SoSource Media. Retrieved February 26, 2013.
  7. ^ "Julie Marie Berman Exiting 'General Hospital'". Soap Opera Network. Retrieved 2013-06-18.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ "Daytime Emmys: Complete Winners List". Entertainment Weekly's EW.com. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
  10. ^ Denise Petski. "Frances Conroy Cast In 'Casual', Jason Reitman's Pilot On Hulu - Deadline". Deadline. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
  11. ^ Denise Petski. "Julie Berman Upped To Regular 'Casual'; Katie Aselton Joins Cast - Deadline". Deadline. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  12. ^ Michael Ausiello. "Julie Berman Joins 'Chicago Med' in Season 1 — NBC - TVLine". TVLine. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
  13. ^ "Famous Kappas". Retrieved 2009-10-04.
  14. ^ Bonawitz, Amy (February 11, 2009). "34th Annual Daytime Emmy Winners". CBS News. Archived from the original on September 28, 2013. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  15. ^ "Winners at 36th annual Daytime Emmy Awards". Toronto Star. Star Media Group. August 31, 2009. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  16. ^ "'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.
  17. ^ "The 40th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award Winners". National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. emmyonline.org. June 16, 2013. Archived from the original on June 20, 2013. Retrieved June 17, 2013.

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