Laurie Holden biography
Date of Birth: December 17, 1969
Although born in Los Angeles, Holden spent much of her childhood in Toronto following the divorce of her parents (both actors) when she was five. With a parent in each city, she did a lot of moving back and forth. Her first acting opportunity arose while visiting her stepfather, director Michael Anderson, on the set of the television mini-series, The Martian Chronicles. When the child actress hired to play the role didn't show up, Holden filled in.
The natural beauty won a modeling contest in Toronto in her teen years, and after graduating high school, she ventured off to McGill University to study economics and political science. After her first year, however, she left Canada to study theatre arts in UCLA. While completing her studies, she won the prestigious Natalie Wood Acting award.
Holden got started in television after graduating. She first appeared on series such as Highlander, Murder She Wrote, and Due South for which she was nominated for a Gemini Award (the Canadian equivalent to an Emmy) as best guest star in 1996.
She then landed more permanent gigs in series like Scales of Justice, Family Passions and Destiny Ridge, not to mention roles in numerous telefilms like Young Catherine, Tek War: TekLab, The Pathfinder and The Alibi.
Unfortunately, despite the exposure, Holden remained in the shadows of stardom. Her guest role as Marita Covarrubias on the hit series The X-Files, on the other hand, was just the kind of publicity her career needed. In 1998, she landed the starring role of Mary Travis on the series The Magnificent Seven. Three years later she received her first starring role in a feature film, The Majestic (2001) opposite Jim Carrey. She went on to star in other films such as Fantastic Four (2005), Silent Hill (2006) and The Mist (2007). More recently, she starred in The Walking Dead series, Dumb and Dumber To (2014), and Pyewacket (2017).
Holden presently lives in a one bedroom apartment in Los Angeles.
Laurie Holden Filmography