Laurie Holden

Laurie Holden
Laurie Holden 2013.jpg
Holden in 2013
Heather Laurie Holden

Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma materMcGill University
University of California, Los Angeles
Years active1980–present
RelativesMichael Anderson (stepfather)
Christopher Holden (brother)
Michael Anderson Jr. (stepbrother)

Heather Laurie Holden is a Canadian-American actress known for her roles as Marita Covarrubias in The X-Files (1996–2002), Adele Stanton in The Majestic (2001), Cybil Bennett in Silent Hill (2006), Amanda Dumfries in The Mist (2007), Olivia Murray in The Shield (2008), Andrea in The Walking Dead (2010–2013; 2020), Renee in The Americans (2017–2018), and Crimson Countess in The Boys (2021).

Early life

Born in Los Angeles and raised in Toronto,[1][2] Holden holds dual citizenship in the United States and Canada.[3] After her parents, actors Glen Corbett and Adrienne Ellis, divorced, her mother married director Michael Anderson. Laurie then split her time between Los Angeles and Toronto. She has a younger brother, Christopher Holden, and a half-sister.

Holden received her first film role when she was a young child. While Holden was on the set visiting her stepfather while he was directing The Martian Chronicles, a child actress hired to play Rock Hudson's daughter in never arrived, so Laurie filled in.[4] As a teenager, she won the Look of the Year modeling contest in Toronto and was given a minor role as a babysitter in Anderson's comedy Separate Vacations (1986).[citation needed]

After graduating from the Bishop Strachan School, Holden attended McGill University, where she studied economics and political science.[5] She transferred to University of California, Los Angeles and received a degree in theater and film in 1993.[6] At UCLA, she was a member of the National Honor Society and received the prestigious Natalie Wood Acting Award. Holden then pursued a master's degree in human rights at Columbia University.[7]


Holden at San Diego Comic Con in 2007 to promote The Mist

Early in her career, Holden made a name for herself by co-starring opposite Burt Reynolds in Physical Evidence (1989), Vanessa Redgrave in Young Catherine (1991), and William Shatner in the TV Movie TekWar: TekLab (1994). She also played Mabel Dunham in the TV Movie The Pathfinder (1996) (based on the novel of James Fenimore Cooper). Onstage, she starred in Time and the Conways, written by J. B. Priestley, and The Winter's Tale, based on the play by William Shakespeare. Other stage roles include Regina in Ghosts and Procne in The Love of the Nightingale. After making various guest appearances on Due South, Murder, She Wrote, and Poltergeist: The Legacy (when she played a dual role), Holden found some success playing a recurring role on the seminal sci-fi series The X-Files: Marita Covarrubias, a mysterious government worker who becomes an informant to Special Agent Fox Mulder, from seasons four through nine (1996–2002). She also had a supporting role, as Mary Travis, opposite Michael Biehn and Ron Perlman, in the CBS TV series based on the MGM classic, The Magnificent Seven (1998–2000) and a role as Debra Campbell on Highlander: The Series.[citation needed]

Some of Holden's most notable roles include starring opposite Jim Carrey in Frank Darabont's film The Majestic (2001) (It was while performing on stage in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, that Holden was discovered by Darabont). As Carrey's long lost love, she received critical acclaim for her performance.[8] She also co-starred alongside Dean Cain, Jennifer Tilly, and Tim Curry in the Canadian comedy Bailey's Billion$. Other movie roles have included those of Michael Chiklis' character's former love interest in Fantastic Four (2005), Cybil Bennett in Christophe Gans' artistic-horror video game adaptation of Silent Hill (2006),[9] Amanda Dumfries in The Mist (2007), and Olivia Murray in The Shield.[citation needed]

From 2010 to 2013, she played the role of Andrea, a civil rights attorney and survivor of a global zombie plague in The Walking Dead, an AMC television horror drama series.[10] In 2013, she worked on the movie Honeytrap as an executive producer.[11] In 2014 she played the role of Ann McGinnis in the third season of Major Crimes. Also in 2014, she co-starred in the movie Dumb and Dumber To, opposite Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels and Kathleen Turner.[12] She played Adele Pinchelow, the main antagonist of the Farrelly brothers comedy.

In 2015, she appeared as Dr. Hannah Tramble, an ER surgeon, in the third season of Chicago Fire. It was announced Holden would reprise her role as Dr. Tramble in a planned spinoff, Chicago Med. Holden was set to co-star opposite Epatha Merkerson and Yaya Dacosta in the ensemble medical drama. The series is being conceived and written by Chicago Fire creators/executive producers Derek Haas and Michael Brandt.[13] However, she dropped out of the project for "family reasons".[citation needed]

In 2016, she appeared in The Abolitionists, a documentary film by Darrin Fletcher.[14] In 2017, Holden joins the cast of The Americans in the fifth season, when she plays Renee.[15] She was cast in indie thriller Pyewacket, a movie directed by Adam MacDonald.[16]

In 2018, Laurie Holden appeared in the crime thriller Dragged Across Concrete, starring Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn.[citation needed]

Holden joined the cast of American legal drama television series Proven Innocent (which premiered in 2019 on Fox), where she plays Greta Bellows.[citation needed]

In 2021, she joins The Boys season 3, when she'll tackle the role of Crimson Countess.

Charity work and human rights activism

Holden is a founding board member of the Canadian Somaly Mam Foundation,[17] which campaigns against human trafficking, and an advisory board member of the Somaly Mam Foundation in the U.S.[citation needed]

In 2014, Holden worked with Operation Underground Railroad, a volunteer organization that aims to hunt down and arrest child sex traffickers. The group aided authorities in Cartagena, Colombia, in breaking up a sex-trafficking ring that used drugs to force underage boys and girls into prostitution. The operation resulted in the arrests of 12 people and the rescue of 55 sex-trafficking victims, one just 11 years old.[18][19]



1986Separate VacationsKaren
1989Physical EvidenceMatt's Girl
1995Expect No MercyVicki
1996Past PerfectAlly Marsey
2001The MajesticAdele Stanton
2004Meet MarketBillyUncredited
2005Bailey's Billion$Marge Maggs
Fantastic FourDebbie McIlvane
2006Silent HillCybil Bennett
2007The MistAmanda Dumfries
2014Honeytrap[11]N/AExecutive producer
Dumb and Dumber ToAdele Pinchelow
2016The AbolitionistsHerselfDocumentary
2017The Time of Their LivesN/AExecutive producer
PyewacketMrs. Reyes
2018Dragged Across ConcreteMelanie Ridgeman
2019Arctic DogsDakotaVoice


1980The Martian ChroniclesMarie WilderTelevision miniseries
1988Captain Power and the Soldiers of the FutureErinEpisode: "Gemini and Counting"
1991Young CatherinePrincess Catherine Dashkova2 episodes
Father Dowling MysteriesJoyce Morrison / Judith CarswellEpisode: "The Hardboiled Mystery"
1993Secret ServicesSukiEpisode: "Larceny Inc./Reach Out and Rob Someone/Jet Threat"
Scales of JusticeNancy OakesEpisode: "Who Killed Sir Harry Oakes?"
Family PassionsClaireSeason 1
Destiny RidgeDarlene KubolekSeason 2
1994TekWarRachel TudorEpisode: "TekLab"
1995Due SouthJill KennedyEpisode: "Letting Go"
1995–1996Highlander: The SeriesDebra Campbell2 episodes
1996Murder, She WroteSherri SampsonEpisode: "What You Don't Know Can Kill You"
Poltergeist: The LegacyCora Jennings / Sarah BrowningEpisode: "Thirteenth Generation"
TwoMadeline ReynoldsEpisode: "Many Happing Return"
The PathfinderMabel DunhamTelevision film
1996–2002The X-FilesMarita Covarrubias10 episodes
1997Dead Man's GunBonnie LorrineEpisode: "Fool's Gold"
EchoScarlett AntonelliTelevision film
AlibiBeth PolaskyTelevision film
1998–2000The Magnificent SevenMary Travis18 episodes
2000The Outer LimitsSusan McLarenEpisode: "Breaking Point"
The Man Who Used to Be MeAmy RyanTelevision film
2001Big SoundPiper MoranEpisode: "Shabbas Bloody Shabbas"
2008The ShieldOlivia Murray13 episodes
2010–2013; 2020The Walking DeadAndreaMain cast; 32 episodes
2014–2015Major CrimesAnn McGinnis3 episodes
2015Chicago FireDr. Hannah TrambleEpisode: "I am the Apocalypse"[20]
2017–2018The AmericansRenee12 episodes [15]
2019Proven InnocentGreta Bellows7 episodes
TBA The BoysCrimson CountessUpcoming season

Video game

2004The X-Files: Resist or ServeMarita CovarrubiasVoice


Awards and nominations

Holden was named as one of the top 100 Most Creative People in Hollywood in Entertainment Weekly's It List and One of Ten Actors to Watch by Variety.[citation needed] She also won "The Look of The Year" Elite model search in Toronto and was nominated in 1996 for a Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Guest Role in a Dramatic Series for Due South (1994). Laurie is named as one of "Ten Actors To Watch" by Variety in 2002.[citation needed]

She was nominated in 2011 for a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress in Television for the series The Walking Dead.[21] For her role in this series, she was also nominated in 2011 for the Scream Award for Best Supporting Actress.[22]

In 2013, Laurie Holden won the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work on The Walking Dead.[23][better source needed]

1986Look of the YearWon
1993Natalie Wood Acting AwardNatalie Wood Acting Award for Best ActressWon
1996Gemini AwardGemini Award for Best Guest Star in TelevisionDue SouthNominated
2011Saturn AwardBest Supporting Actress on TelevisionThe Walking DeadNominated
Scream AwardBest Supporting Actress on TelevisionThe Walking DeadNominated
2012Satellite AwardBest Cast – Television SeriesThe Walking DeadWon
2013Saturn AwardBest Supporting Actress on TelevisionThe Walking DeadWon
2019Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe AmericansNominated
2020CinEuphoria AwardsMerit – Honorary AwardThe Walking DeadWon


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