Megan Ward at the Chiller Theatre Expo in Parsippany, NJ (April 2014)
Megan Marie Ward
(1969-09-24) September 24, 1969
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Michael Shore (1995–present)|
Megan Marie Ward (born September 24, 1969) is an American actress best known for her numerous credits in science fiction and horror movies and television series. In 2007, she joined the cast of the American daytime drama General Hospital as Kate Howard.
Ward, born on September 24, 1969, in Los Angeles, California, was the youngest of four siblings, and her parents were both professional actors and acting coaches. When Ward was four years old, the family moved to Honolulu, Hawaii. At the age of nine, she began doing commercials for local department stores. In her early teens, she went to Japan for modeling jobs and stayed for several years. Having previously learned to speak the language from her schooling in Hawaii, she landed a job hosting a Japanese television show, “Science Q,” a science TV program broadcast in NHK from 1988 to February 1989.
After graduating from Kaiser High School, Ward moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career, and secured roles in science-fiction and comedy movies (including leading roles in Charles Band‘s classics Crash and Burn, Trancers II and Trancers III (as Jack Deth‘s future-wife), Arcade, and the 1993 Tom Stern/Alex Winter horror/comedy Freaked). She is also well known for playing Robyn Sweeney, the teen crush of Dave (played by Sean Astin), in the 1992 comedy Encino Man.
In the mid-1990s, Ward had a recurring role on the show Party of Five. Following the exit of her Party of Five character, Ward took the lead role in the Cold War UFO thriller-series Dark Skies. Since the cancellation of Dark Skies, she was appearing in mainly direct-to-video films such as Tick Tock and Mirror Man as well as TV series such as Summerland, Sports Night, Kevin Hill, and Boomtown, in which she had a substantial part.
She later debuted as Kate Howard on General Hospital on May 4, 2007. Ward was taken off contract in March 2009 and remained on the series as a recurring character. In 2010 Ward was dropped completely from the cast of General Hospital.
In 1995, Ward married Michael Shore, whom she met in acting class. They have two children, a son named Oliver (born in 2001) and a daughter named Audrey (born in 2006).
|1990||Crash and Burn||Arren||Direct-to-video film|
|1991||Trancers II||Alice Stillwell||Direct-to-video film|
|1991||Goodbye Paradise||Little Sharon|
|1992||Encino Man||Robyn Sweeney|
|1992||Amityville: It’s About Time||Lisa Sterling||Direct-to-video film|
|1992||Trancers III||Alice Stillwell||Direct-to-video film|
|1993||Arcade||Alex Manning||Direct-to-video film|
|1995||The Brady Bunch Movie||Donna Leonard|
|1996||Joe’s Apartment||Lily Dougherty|
|1999||Say You’ll Be Mine||Melanie|
|2000||Tick Tock||Rachel Avery||also known as A Friendship to Die For|
|2003||Mirror Man||Cheryl Parker||Short film|
|2005||Complete Guide to Guys||Kelly|
|2018||Zombies||Missy||Disney Channel Original Movie|
|1990||What a Dummy||Tracy||Episode: “The Substitute”|
|1990||Out of This World||Kimberly||Episode: “Evie’s High Anxiety”|
|1991||Sons and Daughters||DiDi||Episode: “Dating Game”|
|1993||Class of ’96||Patty Horvath||Main role, 17 episodes|
|1994||Winnetka Road||Nicole Manning||Main role, 6 episodes|
|1994||Sweet Justice||Dedra||Episode: “One Good Woman”|
|1994–1995||Party of Five||Jill Holbrook||Recurring role, 9 episodes|
|1995||Naomi & Wynonna: Love Can Build a Bridge||Ashley Judd||Television film|
|1995||The Single Guy||Monica||Episode: “Gift”|
|1996||Voice from the Grave||Renee Perkins||Television film|
|1996–1997||Dark Skies||Kimberly Sayers||Main role, 18 episodes|
|1997–1998||Melrose Place||Connie Rexroth||Recurring role, 7 episodes|
|1998||Four Corners||Kate Wyatt||Main role|
|1998||Don’t Look Down||Carla Engel||Television film|
|1998||Fantasy Island||Ashley Gable||Episode: “Wishboned”|
|1999||Jesse||April||Episode: “My Casual Friend’s Wedding”|
|1999||Friends||Nancy||Episode: “The One Where Rachel Smokes”|
|1999–2000||Sports Night||Pixley Robinson||Episodes: “A Girl Named Pixley”, “The Giants Win the Pennant, the Giants Win the Pennant”|
|2000||Rated X||Meredith||Television film|
|2001||All Souls||N/A||Episode: Pilot|
|2002–2003||Boomtown||Kelly Stevens||Recurring role, 8 episodes|
|2003||Mr. Ambassador||Amy||Television film|
|2003||The West Wing||Jane||Episode: “Guns Not Butter”|
|2003||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Audrey Hilden||Episode: “A Night at the Movies”|
|2004||Without a Trace||Hillary Sterling||Episode: “Life Rules”|
|2004||Summerland||Karen Westerly||Episode: Pilot|
|2004||Murder Without Conviction||Christine Bennett||Television film|
|2004||Kevin Hill||Heather Valerio||Episode: “House Arrest”|
|2004||NCIS||Laura Rowens||Episode: “Forced Entry”|
|2004||Boston Legal||Susan May||Episode: “Hired Guns”|
|2005||CSI: Miami||Jennie Hale||Episode: “Vengeance”|
|2005||ER||Judy Anderson||Episode: “Blame It on the Rain”|
|2005||7th Heaven||Sally||Episode: “Chicken Noodle Heads”|
|2005||Sleeper Cell||Angela Fuller||4 episodes|
|2007–2010||General Hospital||Kate Howard||Recurring role|
|2010||Ghost Whisperer||Daisy||Episode: “Dead Air”|
|2010||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Lisa Adams||Episode: “Fracked”|
|2011||CSI: NY||Annie Cartland||Episode: “Vigilante”|
|2018||Party Mom||Caroline||Television film|
Shayk in 2012
(1986-01-06) 6 January 1986
|Partner(s)||Cristiano Ronaldo (2010–2015)
Bradley Cooper (2015–present)
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Hair color||Dark Brown|
|Agency||The Lions (New York, Los Angeles)
Elite Model Management (Paris, Barcelona)
Select Model Management (London)
Irina Valeryevna Shaykhlislamova (Russian: Ири́на Вале́рьевна Шайхлисла́мова; born 6 January 1986) is a Russian supermodel. Shayk received international recognition in 2007 when she became the exclusive contracted face of Intimissimi lingerie. She appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and was also the first Russian model to grace its cover in 2011. Models.com ranks her as an “Industry Icon”.
Shayk was born in Yemanzhelinsk, Soviet Union, to a Volga Tatar father, Valery Shaykhlislamov, a coal miner, and a Russian mother, Olga, a kindergarten music teacher. Her surname literally means “Islamic scholar” (Shaykh al-Islam). She has stated that she inherited her looks from her father and that people often mistake her for being South American: “My father was dark skinned, because he was Tatar, sometimes Tatars can look Brazilian…I get my light eyes from my mother.” She has one sibling, a sister named Tatiana.
Shayk started playing piano at age six. At age nine she enrolled in a music school and studied there for seven years, both playing the piano and singing in the choir, since her mother wanted her to study music. Her father died of complications of pneumonia when she was 14, leaving her family with little money and forcing her mother to work two jobs to provide for the family.
After high school, Shayk studied marketing but failed it and entered a beauty school with her older sister. While there, she was noticed by a person from a local modeling agency who was struck by her beauty. She was urged to participate in the “Miss Chelyabinsk 2004″ beauty contest and she won.
In 2007, she replaced Ana Beatriz Barros as the face of Intimissimi, and in the same year debuted in the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Since that time, she has appeared in every annual edition, attending photoshoots in such places as St. Petersburg, Naples, Grenada and Chile.
After being the image of Intimissimi for three years, Shayk was made the official ambassador for the brand in 2010. Her other modeling contracts include Beach Bunny Swimwear (2009), and Guess spring/summer 2009. Other work includes the Victoria’s Secret catalog, Lacoste, Cesare Paciotti and Morellato. Her magazine covers include Annabelle, Bolero, Woman, Twelv, Jalouse, and Paris Capital. She signed with modeling agency IMG in May 2009.
Shayk modeled the Armani Exchange spring/summer 2010 campaign. She also starred in Kanye West‘s “Power“, directed by artist Marco Brambilla. She was on the cover of Ocean Drive and GQ South Africa for the August issue. She ranked first in the “50 Hottest Russian Women” list by Complex magazine.
She made a change from swimwear to high fashion with a spread in Spain’s Harper’s Bazaar and landed the cover of Elle Spain for their November 2010 issue. Glamour Spain awarded her “Best International Model of 2010”. At the end of the year she was pictured nude in the GQ Spain December issue; however, she claimed that she had not stripped for the photoshoot, and that the magazine had digitally altered the images to remove her lingerie. GQ responded that there are 15 witnesses of her posing nude.
On 14 February 2011 episode of the Late Show with David Letterman, it was revealed via Billboard that Shayk was the covermodel for the 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. This was the fifth time she has been featured in the magazine, but the first time she has been on the cover. She is the first Russian to appear on the cover. Shayk became the face of swim label Luli Fama’s 2011 advertising campaign and look book. She also appears in the John John Denim ad campaign. In 2011 she covered magazines such as Tatler Russia, Twelv, Cosmopolitan Spain, GQ Mexico, Glamour Spain, Amica Italy and appeared on the covered of Elle Spain, the special edition for Christmas. She also worked for many brands like Rampage, replacing Bar Refaeli, Replay and XTI. She currently ranks 14th in the “Top 20 Sexiest Models” list on Models.com. The same year she was voted “Sexiest Woman In The World” in the Hungarian magazine Periodika.
In 2012, she covered Esquire UK, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia and Ukraine, Marie Claire Ukraine, Spain and Russia, GQ Germany, Glamour Russia and appeared on 14 Cosmopolitan spring covers worldwide. She also covered S Moda Spain and The Sunday Times Style. She also did an editorial for Vanity Fair Italy. The same year, she has appeared in campaigns for Morellato, Agua Bendita and Blanco. Shayk is also the new face of the brand La Clover and of Avon super drama mascara. In September 2012 she covered L’express Styles magazine, and worked with Mariano Vivanco. In November, Shayk covered Twelv Magazine, Second Issue with supermodel Anne V. In the same month she appeared in an editorial for Vogue Spain December issue working with Mario Testino. Later that year, on 27 November, she presented the fourth season of Top Model po-russki.
In February 2013, she covered Vs. magazine with Anne V and the same month she did an editorial for CR Fashion book issue 2 photographed by Bruce Weber and styled by Carine Roitfeld. The same month she did the runway of Jeremy Scott during the New York fashion week. In March 2013 she did the runway of Givenchy during the Paris fashion week. Also in 2013, Shayk featured several times in Harper’s Bazaar US. She featured for the second time in CR fashion book issue 3. In September, she covered Allure Russia. She was also the cover model of Vogue Spain, landing her first Vogue cover photographed by Giampaolo Sgura. In 2014, she was the placard bearer for the Russian team during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics. After that appearance she was a part of famous Russian TV show Evening Urgant where she talked about her successful career in modeling.
Shayk has walked the runways for Miu Miu, Bottega Veneta, Marc Jacobs, Moschino, Versace, Givenchy, Diane Von Furstenberg, Giles Deacon, Philipp Plein, and Mango. In 2016, she appeared in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
She has appeared in advertising campaigns for Alberta Ferretti, Givenchy, La Perla, Roberto Cavalli, La Senza, Morellato, bebe, Lord & Taylor, Lacoste, Armani Exchange, Guess, Saks Fifth Avenue, Victoria’s Secret, and Avon. In October 2015 she became the new L’Oréal Paris International Spokesperson.
Shayk was previously in a five-year relationship with Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, which ended in January 2015. Since early 2015, Shayk has been in a relationship with American actor Bradley Cooper. In November 2015, Cooper moved into her apartment in New York’s West Village. In March 2017, Shayk and Cooper welcomed their first child, a daughter, in Los Angeles.
Shayk is helping a maternity hospital in her hometown of Yemanzhelinsk. She and her sister helped rebuild the children’s ward of the local hospital, and now Shayk raises money on behalf of a Russian charity, Pomogi (Russian: Помоги), which provides care to sick children. Shayk is the official ambassador for Pomogi charity in Russia.
|2016||Inside Amy Schumer||Wife||Season 4, Episode: “Psychopath Test”|
|2014||“Yo También”||Romeo Santos featuring Marc Anthony|