Tessa de Josselin
|Tessa de Josselin|
|Born||(1989-04-13) 13 April 1989
Narrabeen, New South Wales, Australia
Tessa de Josselin (born 13 April 1989) is an Australian actress. She left her job as an environmental planner to pursue a career in acting. Shortly after joining an acting agency, de Josselin appeared in an episode of Tricky Business and was cast as Samantha “Sam” Hazelton in children’s drama In Your Dreams. In 2015, de Josselin appeared as Macy in Ready for This and Anna Conigrave in the feature film Holding the Man. From April 2015, de Josselin began starring in the long-running soap opera Home and Away as Billie Ashford. She departed the cast in 2016 and her last scenes aired in February 2017.
Tessa de Josselin was born in Narrabeen on 13 April 1989. She has an older brother, Paul. de Josselin attended Manly High School and joined the Australian Theatre for Young People, where she received her first acting role in a production of Debra Oswald‘s Skate. She later enrolled at Sydney University, where she studied a combined arts and environmental sciences degree. She went on to work for the New South Wales Government and two grassroots organisations based in the Northern Beaches. De Josselin has been surfing since she was six years old. She is a member of the North Narrabeen Boardriders team, who compete in the Australian women’s Surf Tag Championships. She also has a black belt in Taekwondo.
After she grew unhappy with her job as an environmental planner, de Josselin joined an acting agency. After a guest appearance in Tricky Business, de Josselin was cast in the lead role of Samantha “Sam” Hazelton in the children’s drama In Your Dreams. The series is shot in both Australia and Germany, and the second season aired in 2014. De Josselin also appeared in two short films, Drift and Nerds in Love.
In late 2014, de Josselin joined the cast of soap opera Home and Away as Billie Ashford, the younger sister of established character Martin Ashford (played by George Mason). She made her first screen appearance on 27 April 2015. De Josselin admitted to a TV Week writer that she had found some of Billie’s storylines “challenging”, particularity an arc where Billie falsely accused another character of sexual assault. The actress departed the show in 2016 and Billie’s exit storyline aired in February 2017.
2015 saw de Josselin make recurring appearances in the teen drama Ready for This as “roller-derby enthusiast” Macy. Macy is also a lesbian, and de Josselin was pleased with the development, commenting that “there aren’t many gay roles being written for young adults on commercial tv.” De Josselin also appeared as Anna Conigrave in the Neil Armfield directed film Holding the Man, alongside Ryan Corr and Guy Pearce. Following her departure from Home and Away, De Josselin joined the cast of SBS crime thriller Dead Lucky, alongside Rachel Griffiths.
|2012||Tricky Business||Krista||Episode: “Secrets and Lies”|
|2013||Nerds In Love||Jess||Short film|
|2013–2014||In Your Dreams||Samantha Hazelton|
|2015||Holding the Man||Anna Conigrave||Feature film|
|2015||Ready for This||Macy|
|2015–2017||Home and Away||Billie Ashford||Main cast; Seasons 28–30|
|Notable work||Home and Away|
|Spouse(s)||Charlie Ford (m. 2015; separated 2016)|
Early and personal life
Giovinazzo completed her secondary education at Melbourne Girls’ College. After graduating, she enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Melbourne. However, during her first semester at university, she deferred her studies, choosing, instead, to travel Europe, spending an extended period in the Calabrian town where her paternal grandparents were born and grew up.
After her return to Melbourne, Giovinazzo, decided to resume her studies and focus more explicitly on the film industry and, in particular, writing and directing. She enrolled in a Bachelor of Film and Television degree at Swinburne University of Technology. While at film school, she was often called upon to act in films under the direction of fellow students. As this progressed, she developed an interest in the craft of acting. After the completion of her degree, she decided to focus on developing her acting skills, and took night classes at a number of private acting schools in Melbourne, Howard Fine and 16th Street, among others.
As a film student, she directed a number of short films. She co-wrote the documentary Chong’s World with Ella Carey, and it was selected for inclusion in the St Kilda Film Festival. After the completion of her degree, when her attention turned more to acting, she wrote, produced, and played the lead role in the short film Swim that was also selected for inclusion in the St. Kilda Film Festival. It later screened at the Byron Bay Film Festival, and aired on the Australian television network SBS.
In November 2013, it was announced that Giovinazzo had joined the cast of soap opera Home and Away, marking her first major acting job. She relocated to Sydney for the role, began filming mid-2013, and made her first appearance in the series in the November 2013 season finale. She plays the impulsive singer/ songwriter Phoebe Nicholson, who leaves Melbourne when she learns her former boyfriend is putting on a music festival in the fictional town of Summer Bay. She left in May 2017 after 3 and a half years.
|2001||Wee Jimmy||Marcella||Television film|
|2002||Out of Darkness||Alice||Short Film|
|2012||One of Many Night Stands||Lotty||Short Film|
|2012||Him Behind Her||Marianne||Short Film|
|2012||Swim||She||Short Film; also writer and producer|
|2013–2017||Home and Away||Phoebe Nicholson||Main role|
Torresani in April 2009
|Born||Alessandra Olivia Toreson
(1987-05-29) May 29, 1987
Palo Alto, California, U.S.
|Other names||Alessandra Toreson|
Alessandra Torresani (born Alessandra Olivia Toreson; May 29, 1987) is an American actress. She is best known for her portrayal of Zoe Graystone in the science fiction television series Caprica and Claire in The Big Bang Theory. Prior to 2007, she was credited as Alessandra Toreson.
Alessandra Olivia Toreson was born on May 29, 1987 in Palo Alto, California. Her mother, Marcia Glow, was a CEO, while her father, James Sylvester Toreson, ran startup tech companies. She began studying dancing and singing when she was two years old. At the age of 8, she landed a job doing interviews between cartoons on The WB Television Network. She holds a black belt in taekwondo.
Torresani’s television debut was at age nine when she hosted the “Kids’ WB Club” for San Francisco’s KBWB (Channel 20). She co-starred in the Disney Channel Original Movie Going to the Mat. Her other television credits include guest appearances on Even Stevens, JAG, ER, The War at Home, Malcolm In The Middle, Arrested Development, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation among others. In May 2008, Torresani was cast as Zoe Graystone in Syfy‘s Caprica, a prequel spin-off of Battlestar Galactica, which debuted in 2009.
In 2009, Rolling Stone announced that she was cast to play Lita Ford in The Runaways, a biopic about the all-girl punk band of the same name. Variety later reported that it was Scout Taylor-Compton who would play Ford. In 2010, Torresani was featured as a Girl of Maxim.
In 2016, she made several appearances on The Big Bang Theory, playing the role of bartender and aspiring screenwriter, Claire.
|1999||Lost and Found||Park Girl|
|2010||Annie Goes Boating||Annie||Short film|
|2012||American Horror House||Daria|
|1997||KaBlam!||n/a||Episode: “Brothers Tiki“|
|1998||ER||Kate||Episode: “Stuck on You”|
|1999||Working||Tiffany||Episode: “The Prodigy”|
|1999||My Last Love||Emma||Movie|
|2000||Popular||Emily/Emma||Episode: “Baby, Don’t Do It!”|
|2000||Even Stevens||Mimi Nagurski||Episode: “Luscious Lou”|
|2001, 2003||Malcolm in the Middle||Sara Coleman/Kirsten||Episodes: “Malcolm’s Girlfriend”, “Thanksgiving”|
|2004||Going to the Mat||Mary Beth Rice||Movie|
|2004||JAG||Susan Smithfield||Episode: “Coming Home”|
|2004||Arrested Development||Ann Veal||Episode: “Let ‘Em Eat Cake“, character was portrayed by Mae Whitman in every other appearance|
|2004||Grounded for Life||Carolyn||Episode: “I’m Looking Through You”|
|2005||Love, Inc.||Holly||Episode: “Major Dad”|
|2005||The War at Home||Alison||Episode: “The Bigger They Come”|
|2006||Grand Union||Meaghan McBride||Movie|
|2007||Bones||Teenaged Girl Elf||Episode: “The Santa in the Slush”|
|2008||Happy Campers||Dylan Dixon||Movie|
|2008||Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles||Jordan Cowan||Episode: “The Turk”|
|2009||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Bree Lindale||Episode: “Turn, Turn, Turn“|
|2009–2010||Caprica||Zoe Graystone||Series regular (16 episodes)|
|2011||RuPaul’s Drag Race||Herself/Guest judge||Episode: “Queens in Space”|
|2011||Warehouse 13||Meagan Reese||Episode: “Shadows“|
|2011||American Horror Story||Stephanie Boggs||Episodes: “Halloween: Part 2“, “Piggy Piggy“|
|2014||Two and a Half Men||Kathy||Episode: “Thirty-Eight, Sixty-Two, Thirty-Eight”|
|2015||The Fosters||Brooke||Season 3. 3 episodes|
|2015||Workaholics||Crystal||Episode: “Dorm Daze”|
|2016-2017||The Big Bang Theory||Claire||Recurring (season 9)
Guest (season 10)
Dora Madison Burge
|Dora Madison Burge|
|Born||Dora Madison Burge
(1990-10-17) October 17, 1990
Hutto, Texas, U.S.
|Other names||Dora Madison|
|Education||Round Rock Christian Academy|
Dora Madison Burge (born October 17, 1990), sometimes credited professionally as Madison Burge and Dora Madison, is an American actress. She is known for starring as Becky Sproles on the NBC/DirecTV drama Friday Night Lights from 2009 to 2011. She starred as Jessica “Chili” Chilton on the NBC drama Chicago Fire from 2015 to 2016.
Burge was born in Hutto, Texas, as the youngest of six children. She attended Round Rock Christian Academy and was accepted to the University of North Texas but deferred to pursue a career in acting. She is also an aspiring singer and lyricist who dabbles with banjo percussion.
After appearing in a number of short films, in 2009, Burge made her television debut as Becky Sproles in the NBC/DirecTV drama Friday Night Lights in the fourth season until the show ended with the fifth season in 2011. According to a local interview, Burge said prior to being cast, she did not watch the show, but that did not limit her abilities when auditioning for the part as she was “so right on” for the role.
Also in 2011, Burge appeared in the horror comedy Humans vs Zombies, based on the live action role-playing game.
In 2012, Burge appeared in the family movie Cowgirls n Angels and actually performed some of the stunts on horseback.
In 2013, she appeared in another family movie My Dog Champion.
In 2013, Burge appeared in My Jerusalem‘s music video “Mono”. She also had a recurring role in the eighth and final season of the Showtime crime drama Dexter as Niki Walters, the daughter of Vince Masuka (C.S. Lee).
In 2014, Burge had a recurring role as Zoe in seven episodes of the short-lived CW science fiction romantic drama Star-Crossed, which starred her former Friday Night Lights co-stars Aimee Teegarden and Grey Damon. That same year, she played Dora in the Sasquach horror film Exists directed by Eduardo Sánchez.
In 2015, Burge joined the cast of the NBC drama Chicago Fire, replacing Charlie Barnett who played Peter Mills as Jessica “Chili” Chilton, the paramedic in charge in the third season. Burge was added to the main cast in the fourth season. In 2016, her character was written out of the show.
|2005||Dear Viddy||Hasna||Short film|
|2006||Jumping Off Bridges||Student|
|2007||The Substitute||Student||Short film|
|2007||Trick or Treat||Teen Girl #1||Short film|
|2009||One More Chance||Short film|
|2011||The Man Who Never Cried||Janie||Short film|
|2011||Seven Days in Utopia||Luke’s Sister|
|2011||Humans vs. Zombies||Tommi|
|2012||Cowgirls ‘n Angels||Kansas|
|2013||Formosa TX||Mina||Short film|
|2013||My Dog the Champion||Madison|
|2014||Lily and Lucille’s Hip Creature||Emily Caruso||Short film|
|2014||The Loft||Zoe Trauner|
|2015||Erased||Short film; voice|
|2016||Everybody Wants Some!!||Val|
|2016||Chee and T||Franco|
|2017||Song to Song||Denise||Completed|
|2017||Night of the Babysitter||The Babysitter||In post-production|
|2017||The Honor Farm||Laila||In post-production|
|2017||Stars Are Already Dead||Law||Completed|
|2009–2011||Friday Night Lights||Becky Sproles||Series regular, 26 episodes
Recurring cast (season 4)
Main cast (season 5)
|2011||The Lying Game||Lexi Samuels||Recurring role, 3 episodes|
|2012||Southland||Tracy Haywood||Episode: “Thursday”|
|2013||Dexter||Niki Walters||Recurring role, 8 episodes|
|2013||Ironside||Episode: “Uptown Murders”|
|2014||Star-Crossed||Zoe||Recurring role, 7 episodes|
|2014||Chicago P.D.||Alissa Martin||Episode: “Call It Macaroni”|
|2014||NCIS: New Orleans||Tilda||Episode: “The Recruits”|
|2015–16||Chicago Fire||Jessica “Chili” Chilton||Series regular, 17 episodes
Recurring cast (season 3)
Main cast (season 4)
|2015–16||Chicago Med||Jessica “Chili” Chilton||Recurring role, 2 episodes|
|2017||What Would Diplo Do?||Karen||Main role|
Vanessa Bayer at 2015 benefit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
|Born||Vanessa Polster Bayer
(1981-11-14) November 14, 1981 
Orange, Ohio, U.S.
|Education||University of Pennsylvania|
Vanessa Polster Bayer (born November 14, 1981 (1981-11-14)) is an American actress and comedian, best known as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, for which she earned a Primetime Emmy nomination as well as for supporting roles in the films Trainwreck (2015), Office Christmas Party (2016) and Carrie Pilby (2016).
At the age of 15, she was diagnosed with leukemia. Bayer stated that while battling the disease, she discovered the meaning of “comic relief”. “I don’t know if it made me funnier, but it was so amazing, how it made everything be O.K.,” she said.
She currently[when?] collaborates[vague] with her brother Jonah on the web series Sound Advice for Above Average. Bayer stars as Janessa Slater, a media coach who helps famous musicians change their image.
While attending college, Bayer interned on the television shows Sesame Street and Late Night with Conan O’Brien and participated in the cast of Bloomers, an all-female musical and sketch comedy troupe. Bayer was part of the all-Jewish cast of Second City‘s stage show Jewsical: The Musical, a musical that presented a comedic take on Jewish life and culture.
Bayer played the role of Kate Clark in the Chicago-based feature comedy Off the Cuff.
Saturday Night Live
Bayer joined the cast of Saturday Night Live as a featured player on September 25, 2010. Beginning with the 2012–2013 season, Bayer was promoted to repertory status. She has been praised for her performance on the show, with HitFix calling her “one of the strongest members of the ensemble”[verify] and Rolling Stone calling her “Saturday Night Live‘s secret weapon”.[verify] In 2014, she was nominated for an American Comedy Award for her work on the show. Bayer departed SNL on May 20, 2017 after seven years on the show and currently holds the record of the show’s longest-serving female cast member.  She was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for that season.
Her recurring characters include:
- Laura Parsons, a child actress always performing roles originally played by adults, including from Forrest Gump, The Wolf of Wall Street, Brokeback Mountain, and Dallas Buyers Club
- Breckie, a former porn star who creates homemade commercials to obtain free luxury items alongside Cecily Strong
- Rebecca Stern-Markowicz, a co-host of J-Pop America Fun Time Now which celebrates Japanese culture alongside Taran Killam and Jason Sudeikis
- Miss Meadows, an unrealistically perky poetry teacher trying to connect with her delinquent students
- An unnamed director of talk show Mornin’ Miami
- Jacob the Bar Mitzvah Boy, who appears on Weekend Update to perform a rehearsed speech (complete with forced jokes) about a given subject
- Rachel Green from the sitcom Friends (and other characters from the show)
- One of two workshop elves who perform their jobs poorly in the hope that their master will “punish” them, alongside Kenan Thompson
- Dawn Lazarus, an inept meteorologist who appears on Weekend Update and struggles to discuss the weather.
Bayer suffered from leukemia as a teenager. The Make-A-Wish Foundation granted her wish to send her family on vacation to Hawaii. As a former “Make-A-Wish kid”, Bayer continues to do work with the foundation. In 2015, she hosted the foundation’s “Evening of Wishes Dinner” to help raise funds for wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses.
|2009||Off the Cuff||Kate Clark|
|2010||Stages of Emily||Jocelyn||Short film|
|2012||Adventures in the Sin Bin||Superdawg Waitress|
|2013||Despicable Me 2||Flight Attendant||Voice role|
|Office Christmas Party||Allison|
|2017||The Polka King|
|2010–17||Saturday Night Live||Various||Series regular
Nominated – 2014 American Comedy Award for Comedy Supporting Actress – TV
Nominated – 2014 Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Female Performance in a Fiction Program
Nominated – 2015 Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Female Performance in a Fiction Program
Nominated – 69th Primetime Emmy Awards (“Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series“)
|2011||I Wanna Have Your Baby||Connie||Episode: “Corrine & Jerry”|
|2013||The Mindy Project||Mary||Episode: “Sk8er Man”|
|2014||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Susan Armhold||Episode: “Patton Oswalt Wears a Black Blazer & Dress Shoes”|
|2014–15||Portlandia||Various||Episodes: “Sharing Finances”, “Late in Life Drug Use”, “You Can Call Me Al” and “The Storytellers”|
|2015||Man Seeking Woman||Laura||Episodes: “Traib” and “Lizard”|
|2015||The Awesomes||Dr. Jill Stein-Awesome-Kaplan||4 episodes|
|2016||Drunk History||Carrie Nation||Episode: “Bar Fights”|
|Modern Family||Marjorie||Episode: “Snow Ball”|
|2017||The Simpsons||Dr. Clarity Hoffman-Roth (voice)||Episode: “A Father’s Watch“|