Erika Christensen

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Actress

Birth Name: Erika Jane Christensen

Birth Date: August 19, 1982

Age: 41 years old

Birth Place: Seattle, Washington

Actress Erika Christensen first caught attention with an award-winning performance in Steven Soderbergh's "Traffic" (2000) before taking center stage in "Swimfan" (2002), "The Tortured" (2010) and "The Case for Christ" (2017) and landing the recurring role of Julia in family drama "Parenthood" (NBC, 2010-15).

Born in Seattle, WA in 1982 to Scientologist parents, Erika Christensen moved with her family to Los Angeles aged four and after appearing in various commercials made her screen debut in "Leave It to Beaver" (1997). Following guest spots on "Frasier" (NBC, 1993-2004), "The Practice" (NBC, 1997-04) and "Nothing Sacred" (ABC, 1997-98), Christensen co-starred in Disney sci-fi "Can of Worms" (1999) and was cast as the youngest daughter of a 17th Century Puritan family in sitcom "Thanks" (CBS, 1999).

Her big break came when she landed the role of Caroline Wakefield, the drug-addicted daughter of Michael Douglas' Ohio judge, in the Oscar-nominated "Traffic" (2000). Christensen subsequently shared top billing with Busy Philipps as a school shooting survivor in "Home Room" (2002), starred as Jesse Bradford's stalker in teen movie "Swimfan" (2002) and played Susan Sarandon's daughter in groupie comedy "The Banger Sisters" (2002).

She continued her prolific streak with the roles of romantic lead Cate in contemporary adaptation "Wuthering Heights" (2003), gifted student Anna in high school heist "The Perfect Score" (2004) and the girlfriend of a death-obsessed artist in horror "Riding with the Bullet" (2004). Christensen then appeared on screen with her brother Dane in rom-com "The Upside of Anger" (2005), starred alongside Elizabeth Banks and Maria Bello in dysfunctional family drama "The Sisters" (2005) and played a flight attendant in airborne mystery "Flightplan" (2005) before returning to the small screen as nanny Mae Anderson in interweaving New York series "Six Degrees" (ABC, 2006-07).

Christensen then added to her filmography with the parts of rape victim Mona in vigilante dramedy "Gardener of Eden" (2007), hostage Jessica in crime comedy "How to Rob a Bank (and 10 Tips to Actually Get Away with It)" (2007) and crazed roommate Claire in psychological thriller "Veronika Decides to Die" (2009). After showing up in rom-com "Mercy" (2009) and starring as a grieving mother in horror movie "The Tortured" (2010), Christensen bagged the part of go-getting lawyer Julia in "Parenthood" (NBC, 2010-15).

During her five-year run on the family drama, she also showed up in musical "How Sweet It Is" (2013) and played a runaway bride in TV movie "My Boyfriend's Dogs" (2014). Following its cancelation, she joined Ed Westwick as a serial killing-couple on the short-lived "Wicked City" (ABC, 2015) and became a TV movie regular, playing a high-powered exec in "Anything for Love" (2016), real life lawyer Anita Hill's friend in "Confirmation" (2016) and the object of an obsessed fan's affections in "The Follower" (2016).

She also appeared in post-9/11 tale "All at Once" (2016), starred alongside Mike Vogel in faith-based drama "The Case for Christ" (2017) and played Kyra Sedgwick's sister Ali in missing girl mystery "Ten Days in the Valley" (ABC, 2017-18).

Christensen then portrayed socialite Alice in TV movie "To Have and to Hold" (2019) before landing the role of Gertie in mob caper "Clover" (2019).

Credits

Will TrentStream

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Angie Polaski
Series
2023
89%

Cheaper by the DozenStream

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Kate
Movie
2022
36%

KimiStream

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Samantha Gerrity
Movie
2022
92%

Stay Well Concert

Host
Show
2020

Clover

Actor
Gertie
Movie
2020

To Have and to Hold

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Alice
Movie
2019

Ten Days in the ValleyStream

Actor
Ali
Series
2017
55%

The Case for ChristStream

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Leslie Strobel
Movie
2017
61%

The $100,000 PyramidStream

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Game Show
2016

Match GameStream

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Game Show
2016

Anything for Love

Actor
Katherine
Movie
2016

ConfirmationStream

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Shirley Wiegand
Movie
2016
84%

The Follower

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Chelsea
Movie
2016

All at Once

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Tiffany Fontinella
Movie
2016

Wicked CityStream

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Betty Beaumontaine
Series
2015
18%

Celebrity Family FeudStream

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Game Show
2015

My Boyfriends' Dogs

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Bailey
Movie
2014

The Real

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Talk
2013

Hollywood Game Night

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Game Show
2013

How Sweet It Is

Actor
Sarah Cosmo
Movie
2013

The Talk

Guest
Talk
2010

Access Hollywood Live

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Show
2010

ParenthoodStream

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Julia Braverman
Series
2010
88%

The Tortured

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Elise
Movie
2010

American Ninja WarriorStream

Contestant
Reality
2009

Mercy

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2009

Lie to MeStream

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Sophie/Trisha/Jessie/RJ
Series
2009

Mercy

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Robin
Movie
2009

Veronika Decides to Die

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Claire
Movie
2009

Struck

Actor
Movie
2008

Gardener of Eden

Actor
Mona
Movie
2007

How to Rob a Bank

Actor
Jessica
Movie
2007

Six Degrees

Actor
Mae Anderson
Show
2006

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2006

The Martha Stewart Show

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Reality
2005

Robot ChickenStream

Guest Voice
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2005

Robot ChickenStream

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Della Dillingham Young / Christmas Mother
Series
2005

The Sisters

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Irene Prior
Movie
2005

The Upside of AngerStream

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Andy Wolfmeyer
Movie
2005
74%

Flightplan

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Fiona
Movie
2005

The Perfect ScoreStream

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Anna
Movie
2004
16%

Riding the Bullet

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Jessica
Movie
2004

Calificacion Perfecta

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2004

Home Room

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Deanna Cartwright
Movie
2003

Wuthering HeightsStream

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Cate
Movie
2003

Last Call With Carson Daly

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2002

SwimfanStream

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Madison Bell
Movie
2002
15%

The Banger SistersStream

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Hannah
Movie
2002
48%

The Geena Davis Show

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2000

TrafficStream

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Caroline Wakefield
Movie
2000
93%

Time of Your Life

Guest Star
Series
1999
45%

Law & Order: Special Victims UnitStream

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FBI Special Agent Lauren Cooper
Series
1999
78%

Thanks

Actor
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1999

The Daily Show With Jon StewartStream

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Talk
1999

Can of Worms

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Katelyn
Movie
1999

That '70s ShowStream

Guest Star
Series
1998

Nothing Sacred

Guest Star
Series
1997
71%

The PracticeStream

Guest Star
Series
1997

Leave It to Beaver

Actor
Karen
Movie
1997

The PretenderStream

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Series
1996

Touched by an AngelStream

Guest Star
Series
1994

FrasierStream

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Teenager
Series
1993
95%

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