Holden at 2013 Toronto FanExpo.
|Born||Heather Laurie Holden
(1969-12-17) December 17, 1969
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Nationality||American and Canadian|
|Citizenship||United States and Canada|
|Alma mater||McGill University
University of California, Los Angeles
|Occupation||Actress, producer, activist|
|Parent(s)||Glen Corbett (aka Larry Holden) (deceased)
|Relatives||Michael Anderson (stepfather)
Christopher Holden (brother)
Heather Laurie Holden (born December 17, 1969) is an American-Canadian actress, producer, model, and human rights activist. She is known for her roles as Marita Covarrubias in The X-Files, Adele Stanton in The Majestic, Cybil Bennett in Silent Hill, Amanda Dumfries in The Mist, Olivia Murray in The Shield and Andrea in The Walking Dead.
Born in Los Angeles and raised in Toronto, Holden holds dual citizenship in the United States and Canada. After her parents, actors Glen Corbett (aka Lawrence Holden) 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 on the set visiting her stepfather, director Michael Anderson, a child actress hired to play Rock Hudson‘s daughter in The Martian Chronicles never arrived, so Laurie filled in. “All of a sudden, I’m Rock Hudson’s daughter.” 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).
After graduating from the Bishop Strachan School, she attended McGill University, where she studied economics and political science. Holden transferred to University of California, Los Angeles and received a degree in theater and film in 1993. 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.
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 memorable 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.
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. 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), Amanda Dumfries in The Mist (2007), and Olivia Murray in The Shield.
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. In 2013, she worked on the movie Honeytrap as an executive producer. 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. 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. However, she dropped out of the project for “family reasons”.
In 2016, she appeared in The Abolitionists, a documentary film by Darrin Fletcher. In 2017, Holden joins the cast of The Americans in the fifth season, when she plays Renee. She has been cast in indie thriller Pyewacket, a movie directed by Adam MacDonald.
Charity work and human rights activism
Holden is a Founding Board Member of the Canadian Somaly Mam Foundation and an Advisory Board Member of The Somaly Mam Foundation in the U.S. She also works with the nonprofit Home From Home, which helps HIV-infected children.
In 2014, Holden was part of Operation Underground Railroad, a volunteer organization that aims to hunt down and arrest child sex traffickers. The group recently traveled to Cartagena, Colombia, where it aided authorities in breaking up a major sex-trafficking ring that used drugs to force underage boys and girls into prostitution. The operation resulted in the arrest of 11 Colombians, plus one person whose nationality has not been released, in the cities of Armenia, Cartagena and Medellin, and the rescue of 55 sex-trafficking victims, one just 11 years old.
|1989||Physical Evidence||Matt’s girl|
|1995||Expect No Mercy||Vicki|
|1996||Past Perfect||Ally Marsey|
|2001||The Majestic||Adele Stanton|
|2005||Bailey’s Billion$||Marge Maggs|
|2005||Fantastic Four||Debbie McIlvane|
|2006||Silent Hill||Cybil Bennett|
|2007||The Mist||Amanda Dumfries|
|2014||Dumb and Dumber To||Adele Pinchelow|
|2017||The Time of Their Lives||N/A||Executive producer|
|2018||Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad||Dakota||Voice|
|1980||The Martian Chronicles||Marie Wilder||Television miniseries|
|1988||Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future||Erin||Episode: “Gemini and Counting”|
|1991||Young Catherine||Princess Catherine Dashkova||2 episodes|
|1991||Father Dowling Mysteries||Joyce Morrison/Judith Carswell||Episode: “The Hardboiled Mystery”|
|1993||Secret Services||Suki||Episode: “Larceny Inc./Reach Out and Rob Someone/Jet Threat”|
|1993||Scales of Justice||Nancy Oakes||Episode: “Who Killed Sir Harry Oakes?”|
|1993||Family Passions||Claire||Season 1|
|1993||Destiny Ridge||Darlene Kubolek||Season 2|
|1994||TekWar||Rachel Tudor||Episode: “TekLab”|
|1995||Due South||Jill Kennedy||Episode: “Letting Go”|
|1995–1996||Highlander: The Series||Debra Campbell||2 episodes|
|1996||Murder, She Wrote||Sherri Sampson||Episode: “What You Don’t Know Can Kill You”|
|1996||Poltergeist: The Legacy||Cora Jennings / Sarah Browning||Episode: “Thirteenth Generation”|
|1996||Two||Madeline Reynolds||Episode: “Many Happing Return”|
|1996||The Pathfinder||Mabel Dunham||Television film|
|1996–2002||The X-Files||Marita Covarrubias||10 episodes|
|1997||Dead Man’s Gun||Bonnie Lorrine||Episode: “Fool’s Gold”|
|1997||Echo||Scarlett Antonelli||Television film|
|1997||Alibi||Beth Polasky||Television film|
|1998–2000||The Magnificent Seven||Mary Travis||18 episodes|
|2000||The Outer Limits||Susan McLaren||Episode: “Breaking Point“|
|2000||The Man Who Used to Be Me||Amy Ryan||Television film|
|2001||Big Sound||Piper Moran||Episode: “Shabbas Bloody Shabbas”|
|2008||The Shield||Olivia Murray||13 episodes|
|2010–2013||The Walking Dead||Andrea||31 episodes|
|2014–2015||Major Crimes||Ann McGinnis||3 episodes|
|2015||Chicago Fire||Dr. Hannah Tramble||Episode: “I am the Apocalypse”|
|2017||The Americans||Renee||6 episodes |
|2004||The X-Files: Resist or Serve||Marita Covarrubias (voice)|