Shannon Woodward

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Shannon Woodward
Portrait image of Shannon Woodward at San Diego Comic-Con 2017
Woodward in 2017
Shannon Marie Woodward

(1984-12-17) December 17, 1984 (age 34)
Years active1991–present

Shannon Marie Woodward (born December 17, 1984) is an American actress, best known for her roles as Sabrina Collins on the FOX sitcom Raising Hope (2010–2014) and Elsie Hughes on the HBO science-fiction thriller series Westworld (2016–2018).


Woodward's first on-screen acting job came in 1991 when she played the recurring role of Missy on Nickelodeon's television series Clarissa Explains It All. She reprised this role twice during the show's five seasons. Woodward next appeared in made-for-television films: Family Reunion: A Relative Nightmare (1995) and Tornado! (1996). In 1997, she played an uncredited role in the CBS miniseries True Women.[citation needed]

Between 2000 and 2007, Woodward played a number of minor roles in various television shows including The Drew Carey Show, Grounded for Life, Malcolm in the Middle, Crossing Jordan, Without a Trace, Psych, and Boston Public.

Woodward's big-screen debut came in 2005 when she played Emma Sharp, the daughter of a Texas Ranger assigned to protect a group of cheerleaders who witnessed a murder in the action comedy Man of the House.

In 2007, Woodward got her big break in the series The Riches, which aired for two seasons (2007–2008) on cable network FX. She played the role of Di Di Malloy, the teen daughter and middle child in an American family of Irish Travellers. After The Riches ended, Woodward played the role of Leah in the film The Haunting of Molly Hartley.

Woodward shot the 2009 pilot Limelight, about a New York City school for performing arts, but the series was not picked up. That same year, Woodward had a recurring role on the final season of NBC's ER, as Kelly Taggart, the younger sister of nurse Samantha "Sam" Taggart. She also starred in another teen thriller, The Shortcut.

In 2010, Woodward starred in the independent drama Girlfriend. She also played the lead character in the 2015 ensemble comedy-drama The Breakup Girl.

From September 2010 to April 2014 Woodward had a starring role in the FOX sitcom Raising Hope, playing Sabrina Collins, a grocery store checkout clerk who is the love interest of the series lead.

Woodward appeared in her friend Katy Perry's music video "Hot n Cold" and had a cameo role in Perry's documentary/concert film Katy Perry: Part of Me. Perry, in turn, guest-starred in a season two episode of Raising Hope.

Woodward played Lois in the 2017 film All Nighter.[1] As of 2018, she is in her second season as computer programmer Elsie Hughes, in a regular role on the HBO series Westworld.[2]

It was announced in April 2017 that Woodward will appear in The Last of Us Part II.[3]


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Man of the House Emma Sharp
2005 The Quiet Fiona
2007 Sunny & Share Love You Girl on the Street
2007 The Comebacks Emily
2008 The Haunting of Molly Hartley Leah
2009 The Shortcut Lisa
2010 Girlfriend Candy
2012 Katy Perry: Part of Me Herself
2013 Adult World Candace
2014 Search Party Tracy
2015 The Breakup Girl Claire
2016 The Veil Jill
2017 All Nighter Lois
2019 Ode to Joy Liza
2020 Happily Post-production
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
1991–1993 Clarissa Explains It All Missy Episodes: "Revenge", "Alter Ego"
1994 Clarissa Explains It All Alien 3 Episode: "UFO"
1995 Family Reunion: A Relative Nightmare Leigh Dooley Television film
1996 Tornado! Lucy Television film
1997 True Women Young Cherokee Woods (age 13) Television film
2000 The Drew Carey Show Girl in Cafeteria Episode: "Be Drew to Your School"
2001 Crossing Jordan Lucy Episode: Pilot; uncredited[citation needed]
2001 Malcolm in the Middle Tammy Episode: "Houseboat"
2001–2002 Grounded for Life Kristina 3 episodes
2002 Greetings from Tucson Chrissy Episode: "Popularity"
2003 Without a Trace Vicki Johnson Episode: "Sons and Daughters"
2003 Boston Public Allison / Marianne Karr Episode: "Chapter 69", "Chapter 74"
2004 Medical Investigation Danielle Johnson Episode: "The Unclean"
2005 Quintuplets Bailey Episode: "Chutes and Letters"
2006 Cold Case Raquel Montero (1994) Episode: "Detention"
2007 Psych Alice Bundy Episode: "Scary Sherry: Bianca's Toast"
2007 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Cecilia Strayer Episode: "Svengali"
2007–2008 The Riches Di Di Malloy Main role
2009 Limelight Zoe Green Television film
2009 Criminal Minds Linda Jones Episode: "Zoe's Reprise"
2009 ER Kelly Taggart Episodes: "A Long, Strange Trip", "T-Minus-6"
2010–2014 Raising Hope Sabrina Collins Main role
2012 Garfunkel and Oates Jane TV series
2016–2018 Westworld Elsie Hughes Main role (seasons 1-2)
2017 The Guest Book Marla Episode: "Story Seven"
2017 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Female Forensic Scientist Episode: "Forensic Science"
2018 Portlandia Shannon Episode: "Open Relationship"
2018 Drunk History Ida Tarbell Episode: "Underdogs"
Video game roles
Year Title Role Notes
2020 The Last of Us Part II Dina Voice role


  1. ^ Ford, Rebecca; McClintock, Pamela (April 30, 2015). "Cannes: J.K. Simmons, Emile Hirsch to Star in 'The Runaround' (Exclusive)". Retrieved August 7, 2015.
  2. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (August 6, 2014). "HBO's 'Westworld' Adds Jeffrey Wright, Shannon Woodward, 4 More". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 4, 2014.
  3. ^ Wojnar, Zak (April 7, 2017). "Westworld Actor To Be Featured In The Last Of Us Part II". Game Informer. Retrieved June 8, 2017.

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