Julie Benz Biography

Birthday: 1972-05-01
Place of Birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA
Height: 5' 4" (1.63 m)
Wiki Biography: Born in Pennsylvania, Julie Benz's father is a Pittsburgh surgeon and her mother is a figure ice skater. The family settled in nearby Murrysville, when Julie was two, and she started ice skating at age three. She competed in the 1988 U.S. Championships in junior ice dancing with her partner David Schilling, coming in 13th. Her older brother and sister, Jeffrey and Jennifer, were in the 1987 U.S. Junior Champions in ice dancing and competed internationally. When Julie was 14, she had a bad stress fracture and had to take time off. By 1989, with her figure skating career over, Julie turned to acting and got involved in the local theater where she got a role in the play "Street Law". Her first movie role was a small, credited, speaking part in in the Black Cat episode in the Dario Argento/George A. Romero co-direction horror flick, Two Evil Eyes (1990) playing in one scene alongside Harvey Keitel. A year later, she got a role on a TV show called "Hi Honey, I'm Home" (1991). After graduating from high school, Julie entered New York University to study acting there. After graduation, Julie moved to Los Angeles to further pursue her career and landed some small roles in movies and TV shows including a guest appearance on "Married with Children" (1987) and in the Aaron Spelling TV pilot Crosstown Traffic (1995) (TV). In 1996, Julie auditioned for the role of "Buffy" in the series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997), but lost out to Sarah Michelle Gellar. However, she was offered a small role as a vampire girl in which she did such a good job that her part was expanded to a few more episodes in playing the vampire "Darla". With that, Julie Benz's career had finally taken off. She reprised her role as "Darla" in the Buffy spin-off series "Angel" (1999) for two years and has had several small roles in various film productions. She also had a small, but memorable, role playing a receptionist in the movie As Good as It Gets (1997). Even after her role on "Angel" (1999) wrapped up, Julie continued to find work on television in playing many guest staring roles in numerous popular TV shows from "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (2000), to "Supernatural" (2005), to playing the lead and supporting roles in various made-for-TV movies. Most recently, she landed another notable role on the TV-cable series "Dexter" (2006) playing "Rita", a troubled divorcée and lover of the title character played by Michael C. Hall.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Dexter Rita Bennett Crime
Hi Honey, I'm Home! Babs Nielsen 1991 - 1992 Comedy
Ask Harriet 1998 Comedy
Payne Breeze O'Rourke 1999 - 1999
Girl's High Danielle 2006
No Ordinary Family Stephanie Powell 2010 - 2011 Action
A Gifted Man Christina Holt 2011 Drama
Defiance Mayor Amanda Rosewater 2013 Action
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Inventing the Abbotts Co-ed 1997 Drama, Romance
Jawbreaker Marcie 1999 Comedy, Crime
Dirt Merchant Angie 1999 Comedy
The Brothers Jesse Caldwell 2001 Comedy, Drama
Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the Thirteenth Barbara 2001 Comedy, Horror
George of the Jungle 2 Ursula 2003 0, 0
Bad Girls from Valley High Danielle 2005 Comedy
Locusts: The 8th Plague Vicky 2005 Drama, Horror, Sci Fi
Kill Your Darlings Katherine 2006 Comedy, Drama
Saw V Brit 2008 Reality Tv, Game Show
Punisher: War Zone Angela 2008 0, Comedy
Rambo Sarah 2008 Action, Thriller
The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day Eunice 2009 Comedy, 0, Game Show
Bedrooms Anna 2010 Drama
Answers to Nothing Frankie 2011 0
Sole Custody Zoey 2013 Thriller
Life on the Line Carline 2014
Circle The Wife 2015 Drama, Horror