Sprague Grayden

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Sprague Grayden
Sprague Grayden 2009.jpg
At 24's season 7 finale screening, 2009
Born (1980-07-21) July 21, 1980 (age 35)[1]
Manchester, Massachusetts, United States[1]
Occupation Actress
Years active 1989; 2001–present

Sprague Grayden (born July 21, 1980) is an American television, film and theater actress.

She played schoolteacher Heather Lisinski in the television drama Jericho, Karen Kawalski in John Doe, first daughter Olivia Taylor in the television thriller 24, and Kristi in the films Paranormal Activity 2 and 3.


Grayden was born in Manchester, Massachusetts to two schoolteachers. Sprague is her mother's maiden name.[2]

She had a younger brother, Benjamin Grayden, who died in 1999 due to injuries sustained in a fall.[3] She gave birth to a son in September 2014.[4] She describes herself as a science fiction geek and likes to collect Pez dispensers.[5]


She was a performing member of the drama department at Barnard College, Columbia University.[2] Her theater credits include productions of Hopscotch: The New York Sex Comedy, Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues, Sam Shepard's Fool for Love, Hamlet, Clifford Odets' Waiting for Lefty, and Ordinary Day.

In 2009, USA Today called her "one of TV's most interesting young actresses".[6]

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1989 Dad Young Annie Tremont
2001 Biohazardous
2002 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mia Kessler
2002–03 John Doe 14 episodes
2004–05 Joan of Arcadia 9 episodes
2004–05 Six Feet Under Anita Miller 12 episodes
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series[7]
2005 Over There 12 episodes
2006 Mini's First Time
2007 Weeds 3 episodes
2006–08 Jericho Heather Lisinski 17 episodes
2008 The Last Lullaby
2008 Sons of Anarchy Donna Winston 7 episodes
2009 Wake
2009 24 Olivia Taylor[8] 14 episodes
2009 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Pam Galliano Episode: "Liberties"
2010 Paranormal Activity 2 Kristi Rey Lead role
2011 Paranormal Activity 3 Kristi Rey Some archive footage
2012 Paranormal Activity 4 Kristi Rey Archive footage
2012–13 White Collar 2 episodes
2013 Low Winter Sun 5 episodes
2014 The Following Carrie Cooke

Grayden's other television credits include guest appearances on Crossing Jordan, One Tree Hill, CSI: NY, Private Practice, CSI: Miami, Criminal Minds, Law & Order: Los Angeles, House M.D., Grey's Anatomy, and Major Crimes.


  1. ^ a b "Sprague Grayden". The New York Times. Retrieved March 1, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Crook, John (September 24, 2006). "Close-up". Chicago Tribune. Zap2it. Retrieved March 1, 2015. 
  3. ^ Weiss, Joanna. "MANCHESTER TEENAGER DIES IN FALL". The Boston Globe. Retrieved December 13, 2012 – via Highbeam Research. (subscription required (help)). 
  4. ^ Grayden, Sprague (September 16, 2014). "Sprague Grayden's Twitter feed". Twitter. Retrieved March 1, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Interview: Sprague Grayden Talks of New '24' Role And More". Starpulse.com. November 18, 2008. Retrieved March 1, 2015. 
  6. ^ Bianco, Robert (March 23, 2009). "Critic's Corner Monday". USA Today. Retrieved March 1, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Nominations Announced for the 11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards". The Futon Critic. November 1, 2005. Retrieved March 1, 2015. 
  8. ^ TV Guide: 24 Finds its First Daughter in Jericho

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