Julie Benz

Actor, Professional ice skater
An adventurous supporting actress who specialized in deeply complex and often flawed characters, Julie Benz captured audiences' attention with roles in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (The WB, 1997-2003), "Angel" (The WB ... Read more »
Born: 04/30/1972 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (68)

Defiance 2012 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Bad Girls From Valley High 2014 (Movie)

Danielle (Actor)

Bedrooms 2014 (Movie)

Anna (Actor)

Havenhurst 2014 (Movie)

Jackie (Actor)

Life on the Line 2014 (Movie)

Carline (Actor)

Taken: The Search For Sophie Parker 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

The Arsonist 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

The Arsonist 2014 (Movie)

Zoey (Actor)

Supremacy 2013 (Movie)

Kristen (Actor)

A Gifted Man 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ricochet 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

2010 American Music Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

Answers to Nothing 2011 (Movie)

Frankie (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2011 (Tv Show)

Guest

No Ordinary Family 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Royal Pains 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Boy Meets World 1995 - 2000, 2006 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Desperate Housewives 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dexter 2006 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Diagnosis Murder 1993 - 2000, 2006 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Married... With Children 1993 - 2000, 2006 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Roswell 1999 - 2000, 2006 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sliders 1993 - 2000, 2006 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Step by Step 1993 - 2000, 2006 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The King of Queens 1998 - 2000, 2006 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Single Guy 1996 - 2000, 2006 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Uncorked 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Scream 2008 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day 2009 (Movie)

Special Agent Eunice Bloom (Actor)

Punisher: War Zone 2008 (Movie)

Angela Donatelli (Actor)

Rambo 2008 (Movie)

Sarah Miller (Actor)

Saw V 2008 (Movie)

Brit (Actor)

Law & Order 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

CSI: Miami 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Circle of Friends 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Kill Your Darlings 2006 (Movie)

Katherine (Actor)

Supernatural 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Eight Millimeter 2 2004 (Movie)

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Oliver Beene 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Long Shot: Believe in Courage 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Angel 2000 - 2001, 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Inside Steven Spielberg Presents: Taken 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Peacemakers 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Steven Spielberg Presents: Taken 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

George of the Jungle 2 2002 (Movie)

Ursula (Actor)

She Spies 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Test 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Dirt Merchant 2001 (Movie)

Angie (Actor)

The Brothers 2001 (Movie)

Jesse Caldwell (Actor)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer 1997 - 1998, 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Darkdrive 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Happy Hour 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Jawbreaker 1999 (Movie)

Marcie Fox (Actor)

Payne 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Ask Harriet 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Eating Las Vegas 1997 (Movie)

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Inventing the Abbotts 1997 (Movie)

Co-ed (Actor)

The Barefoot Executive 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Hi Honey, I'm Home 1990 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Two Evil Eyes 1991 (Movie)

Betty (Actor)

A Walton Easter (TV Show)

Actor

Hearts Adrift (TV Show)

Actor

Held Hostage (TV Show)

Actor

Lackawanna Blues (TV Show)

Actor

Locusts: The 8th Plague (TV Show)

Actor

Satan's School For Girls (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

An adventurous supporting actress who specialized in deeply complex and often flawed characters, Julie Benz captured audiences' attention with roles in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (The WB, 1997-2003), "Angel" (The WB, 1999-2004) and "Dexter" (Showtime, 2006- ). A former competitive ice skater, she abandoned sports after an injury to pursue acting. Bit parts on television series led to her breakthrough role as the malevolent vampiress Darla on "Buffy" and "Angel." Benz's physical beauty was an occasional obstacle in finding projects of substance, but she eventually landed another standout character in Rita, the reluctant lover and spouse of Michael C. Hall's Dexter. These and other projects, which included stints in comedy, science fiction, horror and sudsy dramas, proved that Benz was one of the most versatile performers on the small screen.

Relationships

George Benz

Father

Joanne Benz

Mother

Jeffrey Benz

Brother
Skated in the 1987 U.S. Junior Champions in ice dancing; also competed internationally

Jennifer Benz

Sister
Skated in the 1987 U.S. Junior Champions in ice dancing; also competed internationally

John Kassir Voice

Husband
Married May 30, 1998 Divorced in May 2008

Rich Orosco

Husband
Announced engagement in June 2011 after four years of dating Married May 5, 2012

EDUCATION

New York University

New York , New York

Milestones

2010

Cast as the family matriarch in ABC's "No Ordinary Family"

2008

Played an idealistic young missionary, opposite Sylvester Stallone, in "Rambo"; Stallone also produced, wrote and directed

2006

Appeared in the Lifetime movie "Circle of Friends"

2006

Cast as Rita Bennett on Showtime's crime thriller "Dexter"

2005

Co-starred in the HBO's award winning film, "Lackawanna Blues"

2005

Co-starred in The Bubble Factory's black comedy "A Fate Totally Worse Than Death" (lensed 1999)

2002

Featured in the alien abduction-themed Sci-Fi Channel miniseries "Taken"

2001

Played comedian Bill Bellamy's girlfriend in "The Brothers"

2001

Became a series regular as Darla on "Angel" (The WB)

2000

Featured in the USA Network spoof, "Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the 13th"

2000

Had a recurring guest role on the "Buffy" spin-off "Angel", reprising the role of Darla

2000

Had a supporting role in the ABC TV-movie remake "Satan's School For Girls"

1999

Had a recurring role on "Roswell" (The WB) as Miss Topolsky, a school guidance counselor

1999

Co-starred in the high school-set black comedy "Jawbreaker"

1999

Was a regular on "Payne" (NBC), a short-lived remake of the popular British comedy "Fawlty Towers"

1998

Was a regular on the short-lived Fox sitcom "Ask Harriet"

1998

Featured in the parody short "Eating Las Vegas"

1997

Originated the role of vampire Darla on "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer" (The WB)

1997

Had a memorable cameo as a receptionist in "As Good As It Gets"

1995

Had a cameo in the Disney Family Films presentation of "The Barefoot Executive" (ABC)

1991

Played the daughter of a 1950s sitcom family relocated to the 1990s suburbs, on "Hi Honey, I'm Home" (ABC, Nickelodeon)

1990

Featured in Dario Argento's episodic horror feature "Two Evil Eyes"

1988

With parter David Schilling, ranked thirteenth at the 1988 U.S. National Junior Dance Championships in Denver

Landed first acting role in a local stage production of "Breaking the Code"

Moved to New York City; attended New York University

Began skating at age three; competed professionally until age sixteen in singles and ice dancing

Relocated to Los Angeles to pursue acting career

Bonus Trivia

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"I was having lunch one day, and this 10-year-old heard me talking and went, 'Oh my God! You're Darla from Buffy! I think you are the third most prettiest girl in the world.' And I said, 'Really? The third?' And she said, 'Sarah Michelle is first. Then Jennifer Love Hewitt, then you, then Katie Holmes.' That blew me away. I beat out Katie Holmes! I was really happy to come in third." - Benz quoted in the E! Online, April 15, 1999

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"In the last couple of years my whole career has been kind of an odd experience. I've been playing quite a few evil characters and that's just so funny to my family because I'm so not evil. I'm actually really nice. So I play all of these evil divas and it's just not who I am or what I even thought I'd play when I got into this business. I never thought I'd play the bad girl, yet that's all I play." - Julie Benz to the online magazine The Green Room, July 9, 2001

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