Shannon Elizabeth

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Shannon Elizabeth
Elizabeth at the 2021 GalaxyCon
Shannon Elizabeth Fadal

(1973-09-07) September 7, 1973 (age 50)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Occupation(s)Actress, poker player, animal activist, model
Years active1991–present
Notable workAmerican Pie
Scary Movie
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
Love Actually
(m. 2002; div. 2005)
  • Simon Borchert
RelativesTamsen Fadal (cousin)

Shannon Elizabeth Fadal[1] (born September 7, 1973)[2] is an American actress and poker player. A sex symbol and teen idol of the 1990s and 2000s,[3][4] Elizabeth is best known for her roles in the films American Pie, American Pie 2, Tomcats, Scary Movie, and Love Actually. She also starred in the films Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Thirteen Ghosts, Cursed, and Night of the Demons, played a recurring role in the sitcom That '70s Show and was a series regular in Cuts.

Elizabeth splits her time between Cape Town, South Africa, and the USA,[citation needed] and runs her non-profit organization, an animal rescue turned conservation organization she co-created in 2001—previously Animal Avengers. The Foundation has also launched One Woman's Legacy, a scholarship program that helps African women break through the glass ceiling in conservation studies.[5] She is a professional poker player, and in 2006 was named "one of the leading celebrity poker players."[6]

Early life[edit]

Elizabeth was born Shannon Elizabeth Fadal in Houston, Texas, to a father of Syrian/Lebanese ancestry,[7][8][9] and to a mother of German, English and Irish ancestry.[10] She was raised in Waco, Texas, from 3rd grade through high school; Elizabeth graduated from Waco High School in 1991.[11] In high school, she was a member of the tennis team and at one point considered a professional tennis career. Elizabeth worked as a model for Ford & Elite models before she began a career in film.[12]


Elizabeth along with two United States Marine Corps participants of the poker tournament, prior to 2006 tribute troops of the U.S. Military

Elizabeth appeared in several films and television shows before being cast in 1999's American Pie in the role of Nadia. It was a major box office success. Elizabeth subsequently appeared in several Hollywood films, including Scary Movie, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and Tomcats. Elizabeth starred in the UPN series Cuts until the show was canceled in May 2006. Elizabeth recurred in That '70s Show for a number of episodes.[citation needed]

In 2000 and 2003, she was featured in Maxim.[13] In June 2008 she was Maxim's cover girl. She provided the likeness and voice for Serena St. Germaine in the 2004 video game James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing.[14] Elizabeth was one of the celebrities on an episode of NBC's Thank God You're Here along with Tom Green, Chelsea Handler, and George Takei. Elizabeth was among the cast of the sixth season of Dancing with the Stars, partnered with Derek Hough. Elizabeth was the seventh star eliminated from the competition.

Elizabeth at the 2007 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship

In 2006, Elizabeth described poker as her second career and was called "one of the leading celebrity poker players."[6] At that time, she visited the Las Vegas Valley up to three times each month to participate in poker games with top players. Elizabeth does not appear to have been as active a poker player since scoring 12 tournament cashes from 2006 through 2010 – she has only one tournament cash (in 2013) thereafter.[15]

Elizabeth played in the Main Event of the 2005 World Series of Poker under the guidance of Daniel Negreanu, and won a special tournament celebrating the opening of a new poker room at Caesars Palace hotel in January 2006, beating out 83 celebrities and poker professionals to win $55,000.[16] She also cashed four times in the World Series of Poker in 2006 and 2007, but again busted out of the Main Event early. In 2007, she advanced to the semi-finals of the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship in a field consisting of the top poker professionals before losing to eventual champion Paul Wasicka.[15]

Elizabeth was the host of the comedy/burlesque series "Live Nude Comedy" in 2009. Elizabeth also featured in Chris Brown's "Next to You" music video as Brown's girlfriend in 2011. In 2019 she reprised her role as Justice in Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. [17]

In 2022, it was announced that Shannon Elizabeth would star in the comedy film Plan B, alongside Jon Heder, Jamie Lee and Tom Berenger.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Elizabeth was married to actor Joseph D. Reitman from 2002 to 2005.[19] She is now married to Simon Borchert.[20] She is an environmentalist and vegan. She is a cousin of New York-based television host and relationship coach Tamsen Fadal.[21][22] Animal Avengers, a non-profit animal rescue organization founded by Elizabeth and her then-husband Reitman,[12] is dedicated to rescuing and finding a home for homeless pets, reducing pet overpopulation, promoting responsible pet guardianship and preventing animal cruelty.

Among many fundraising events, Team Bodog raised over $50,000 for Animal Avengers in a celebrity poker night on October 8, 2005. The event was hosted by tournament director Matt Savage. In 2016, she began participating in numerous other Bodog-sponsored charity events as well.[23] The organization, based in Brazil, lead 3D printing of prosthetic body parts for animals, including a beak for goose Victoria.[24]

Elizabeth has served as the spokesperson for Farm Sanctuary's Adopt a Turkey program, urging people to adopt a turkey instead of eating one for Thanksgiving.[25] She uses social media, particularly Instagram posts, to raise awareness about rhino poaching at the Poached Rhino fundraiser.[26]



Year Title Role Notes
1997 Jack Frost Jill Metzner Credited as Shannon Elizabeth Fadal
Blast Hostage
1998 Blade Squad Nurse
1999 Seamless: Kidz Rule Nicole
Dying to Live Vanessa Canningham
American Pie Nadia
2000 Scary Movie Buffy Gilmore
Evicted Princess
Dish Dogs Anne
2001 Tomcats Natalie Parker
American Pie 2 Nadia
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back Justice
Thirteen Ghosts Kathy Kriticos
2002 Survivin' the Island Office worker Uncredited role
2003 Love Actually Harriet
2004 Johnson Family Vacation Chrishelle Rene Boudreau
2005 Cursed Becky Morton
The Kid & I Shelby Roman
2007 The Grand Toni
2008 Deal Michelle
2009 Night of the Demons Angela Feld
2011 A Novel Romance Adi Schwartz
2012 American Reunion Nadia
A Green Story Kelly
Golden Winter Jessica Richmond
2013 In the Dark Linda TV film
2014 The Outsider Margo
2015 Marshall's Miracle Cynthia Willenbrock
2016 Swing Away Zoe Papadopoulos Executive producer
2019 Jay and Silent Bob Reboot Justice Faulken
2021 Playing With Beethoven Bryn
2023 Death on the Border Maddy


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Arliss Anya Slovachek Episode: "Crossing the Line"
Hang Time Nicole Barrett Episode: "Green-Eyed Julie"
Baywatch Girl at Pier Party Episode: "Baywatch Angels"
1997 USA High Melanie Episode: "Internet Love Story"
Step by Step Cindi Episode: "Can't Buy Me Love"
1998 Pacific Blue Jo Episode: "Damaged Goods"
1999 G vs E Cherry Valence Episode: "Men Are from Mars, Women Are Evil"
2002 Just Shoot Me! Karen Episode: "About a Boy"
Off Centre Dawn Episode: "Addicted to Love"
The Twilight Zone Sondra Lomax Episode: "Dream Lover"
2003 The Crooked E: The Unshredded Truth About Enron Courtney Television film
2003–2005 That '70s Show Brooke Rockwell Recurring role (season 67)
2004 One on One Tiffany Sherwood Episode: "Splitting Hairs"
Punk'd Herself Episode: "Carmelo Anthony, Shannon Elizabeth and Jena Malone"
2005–2006 Cuts Tiffany Sherwood Main role
2005 Confessions of an American Bride Sam Television film
MADtv Herself Episode: "OK Go"
King of the Hill Candee (Voice) Episode: "Harlottown"
2008 Dancing with the Stars Herself Contestant (season 6)
You Belong to Me Alex Wilson Television film
2009 Live Nude Comedy Herself 6 episodes
2013 What Not to Wear Episode: "Shannon Elizabeth"
Melissa & Joey Anita Episode: "The Unfriending"
Catch a Christmas Star Nikki Crandon Television film
2018 Celebrity Big Brother Herself Contestant (season 1)

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003 James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing Serena St. Germaine (voice)
2009 Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust Amy Loveheart (voice)

Dancing with the Stars[edit]

Week # Dance / Song Judge's scores Result Ref
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-Cha-Cha / "Shut Up and Drive" 7 7 7 No Elimination
2 Quickstep / "Swing With Me" 8 8 8 Safe
3 Jive / "Goody Two Shoes" 8 8 8 Safe
4 Viennese Waltz / "Keep Holding On" 9 10 9 Safe
5 Samba / "Pon de Replay" 8 8 7 Safe
6 Rumba / "True Colors"
Group Country Western / "Cotton Eyed Joe"
7 Tango / "Tanguedia II"

Mambo / "Ain't Nothing Wrong with That"


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2000 MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Breakthrough Performance American Pie Nominated
2000 Young Hollywood Awards Best Ensemble Cast Won
2001 Hollywood Film Awards Breakthrough Female Performance American Pie 2 Won
2003 Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Ensemble Love Actually Nominated


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