Charisma Carpenter

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Charisma Carpenter
Charisma Carpenter at I-Con 2010 crop.jpg
Carpenter at I-CON 2010
BornCharisma Lee Carpenter
(1970-07-23) July 23, 1970 (age 44)
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Years active1994–present
Spouse(s)Damian Hardy (m. 2002–08)
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Charisma Carpenter
Charisma Carpenter at I-Con 2010 crop.jpg
Carpenter at I-CON 2010
BornCharisma Lee Carpenter
(1970-07-23) July 23, 1970 (age 44)
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Years active1994–present
Spouse(s)Damian Hardy (m. 2002–08)

Charisma Lee Carpenter (born July 23, 1970)[1][2] is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Cordelia Chase in the popular television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–1999) and its spin-off series Angel (1999–2004), for which she was nominated for four Saturn Awards. She has also starred as Kira the Seer on Charmed (2004), as Kendall Casablancas on Veronica Mars (2005–2006), as Ann Rebecca Sewell on The Lying Game (2011–2013) and as Lacy in The Expendables film series (2010–2012).

Early life[edit]

Carpenter was born in Las Vegas, Nevada,[1][3][4] the daughter of Christine, a bird sanctuary worker, and Don Carpenter, a salesman. She has two older brothers, Ken and Troy, and two nieces, Chrissy and Mackenzie.[5] She is of French and German descent on her father's side and Cherokee and Spanish descent on her mother's side.[6] Her parents named her after an Avon perfume.[7] Carpenter attended Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas; she was also a part of a song-and-dance troupe which performed in the Las Vegas area beginning when she was nine.[4] Carpenter has a large scar on her belly from a childhood accident. At five years old, playing around a swimming pool that was still under construction, she fell onto a piece of rebar. In Lovers Walk, the eighth episode of the third season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, her character suffers an identical injury in similar circumstances.

When she was 15, her family moved to Rosarito city, Mexico[3] and then to San Diego where she attended Bonita Vista High School and Chula Vista School of the Creative and Performing Arts.[3] After graduation, Carpenter traveled throughout Europe.[8] Once she returned to San Diego again, she worked as a video store clerk,[3] an aerobics instructor, and in property management.[4] In 1991, she worked as a San Diego Charger cheerleader.[9] In 1992, she moved to Los Angeles.[8]

While swimming in San Diego in 1991, she, along with two friends, were attacked by Henry Hubbard, Jr., a former San Diego police officer and serial rapist who attempted to subdue her two male friends at gunpoint. During the altercation, her two friends and Hubbard were all shot, forcing him to flee the scene. Her friends survived. Hubbard was arrested, convicted and sentenced to 56 years in prison for a series of rapes and robberies. Carpenter brought Hubbard's police-issue flashlight from the beach, which he had left at the scene, and the flashlight became a key piece of evidence against him.[10][11][12][13]


Carpenter was discovered by a commercial agent while waiting tables in Los Angeles[3] to save money for her college education. This led to her role on theatrical productions and more than twenty commercials.[14] She made her first television role in 1994 by appearing in an episode of Baywatch.[14] Shortly after that, she landed a starring role on Aaron Spelling's short-lived soap opera Malibu Shores.[9]

In 1996, Carpenter auditioned for the title role in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer but instead was cast as Cordelia Chase,[15] a snobby and popular high school student. After three seasons on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Carpenter was offered an even larger role as the same character on the spin-off series Angel along with David Boreanaz. She played Cordelia Chase for four seasons on Angel. Although her character leaves the series during Angel's fourth season, Carpenter returned for the 100th episode in the fifth and final season because she felt the character's fans deserved closure.

Carpenter at the Fan Expo 2007 Convention in Toronto

In 2004, Carpenter had a three episode guest appearance on the TV show Charmed as a psychic demon[16] called The Seer and played a recurring role on NBC's Miss Match, appearing in four episodes. She also had a recurring role as Kendall Casablancas in the TV series Veronica Mars[16] for the 2005–2006 season, appearing in 11 episodes. Carpenter guest-starred in the first season finale of ABC Family's television show Greek and reprised her role in two episodes of Season 2. According to TV Guide in September 2007, she was set to join the cast of The Apprentice: Celebrity Edition,[17] but instead chose to do a guest appearance on the show Back to You as well as a recurring role on the short-lived series Big Shots.[18] Carpenter also had a guest appearance in an April 2009 episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

On March 20, 2008, Paley Fest hosted a Buffy the Vampire Slayer reunion. Carpenter attended the event alongside Buffy creator Joss Whedon, producers Marti Noxon and David Greenwalt, and other Buffy alumni including Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, James Marsters, Emma Caulfield, Amber Benson, Seth Green, and Michelle Trachtenberg.[19]

Carpenter has starred in an assortment of made-for-TV and direct-to-video movies including the sex comedy What Boys Like, the horror film Voodoo Moon, and the romantic comedies See Jane Date and Relative Chaos on ABC Family (the latter of which co-starred fellow Buffy alum Nicholas Brendon). She also appeared in the mysteries Flirting with Danger and Cheaters' Club on Lifetime and the Syfy movie House of Bones broadcast in 2010,[20] around the same time as her guest spot in Legend of the Seeker.

Also in 2009, Carpenter starred in production company Red Sparrow's first film, Psychosis, which was released in early 2011. In August 2010, she had a supporting role in Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables.[21] After the success of The Expendables, Carpenter was cast in Human Factor[22] and in the indie thriller Crash Site.[23] She appeared in an episode of the seventh season of Supernatural alongside Buffy co-star James Marsters. In 2011, Carpenter landed a recurring role in ABC Family's drama The Lying Game. She was upgraded to a series regular for the second season. In 2012, Carpenter reprised her role as Lacy in The Expendables 2.

On August 28, 2013, "Surviving Evil" (original working title: "I Survived Evil")[24] debuted on Investigation Discovery, with Carpenter as host; in the premiere episode, Carpenter herself was featured as a crime survivor, revisiting the horrific attack she and two friends suffered at the hands of violent serial rapist and police officer Henry Hubbard, Jr. on San Diego's Torrey Pines State Beach in 1991.[25]

Public image[edit]

Carpenter was named #31 on's Top 99 Most Desirable Women 2002[26] and #44 on their 2005 list.[27] Despite this, Carpenter has stated she does not view herself as a sex symbol.[28]

In the June 2004 issue of Playboy magazine, Carpenter appeared on the cover and in a ten-page nude layout.[15] When asked by People magazine in 2005 about her nude pictorial and whether or not she would ever pose for Playboy again, she replied, "I don't know. I did Playboy for a very specific reason. Not only was it a good financial move, but it was about the place I was at in my life. I had just had my son and I'd gained 50 lbs. during pregnancy. I wanted to get back to my old self. I wanted to feel desirable and sexy. So I thought, 'What if I went full throttle?'"[29]

Personal life[edit]

Carpenter married Damian Hardy on October 5, 2002, in Las Vegas.[30] On March 24, 2003, Carpenter gave birth to a son named Donovan Charles Hardy.[31] In late 2007,[30] the couple separated and their divorce was made final in July 2008.[32]



1995Josh Kirby... Time Warrior: Chapter 1, Planet of the Dino-KnightsBeth SullivanVideo
1995Josh Kirby... Time Warrior: Chapter 2, the Human PetsBeth SullivanVideo
1996Josh Kirby... Time Warrior: Chapter 6, Last Battle for the UniverseBeth SullivanVideo
2003What Boys LikeKim
2010PsychosisSusan Golden
2010Expendables, TheThe ExpendablesLacy
2011Crash SiteRita Sanders
2012Expendables 2, TheThe Expendables 2Lacy
2013Heaven's DoorJulie


1994BaywatchWendie SandersEpisode: "Air Buchannon"
1995Boy Meets WorldCatererEpisode: "Train of Fools"
1996Malibu ShoresAshley GreenMain role (10 episodes)
1997–1999Buffy the Vampire SlayerCordelia ChaseMain role (Seasons 1–3; 54 episodes)
1999Hey Arnold!Simone (voice)Episode: "Dinner for Four/Phoebe Skips"
1999–2004AngelCordelia ChaseMain role (Seasons 1–5; 86 episodes)
2001Strange FrequencyJulesEpisode: "Don't Fear the Reaper"
2002Buffy the Vampire SlayerCordelia ChaseVideo game
2003See Jane DateJane GrantTV film
2003Miss MatchSerena LocknerEpisodes: "Most Hopeless Romantics", "Divorce Happens", "Something Nervy", "Santa, Baby"
2004Division, TheThe DivisionEmma CampbellEpisode: "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep"
2004Like Cats and DogsSarah HayesTV film
2004LAXJulie RandomEpisode: "Thanksgiving"
2004CharmedKira the SeerEpisodes: "Cheaper by the Coven", "Styx Feet Under", "Witchness Protection"
2005–2006Veronica MarsKendall CasablancasRecurring role (11 episodes)
2006Flirting with DangerLaura CliffordTV film
2006Voodoo MoonHeatherTV film
2006Cheaters' ClubLinda SternTV film
2006Relative ChaosKatherineTV film
2007Back to YouBrooke SchimmelEpisode: "Gracie's Bully"
2007GreekTegan WalkerEpisode: "Black & White and Read All Over"
2008GreekTegan WalkerEpisode: "Brothers & Sisters"
2008Big ShotsJanelle JohnsEpisodes: "The Better Man", "Who's the Boss?"
2009CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationMinkEpisode: "The Descent of Man"
2009Legend of the SeekerTrianaEpisode: "Marked"
2009GreekTegan WalkerEpisode: "See You Next Time, Sisters!"
2010House of BonesHeather BurtonTV film
2011GreekTegan WalkerEpisode: "Fools Rush In"
2011Deadly Sibling RivalryJanna / CallieTV film
2011Burn NoticeNicki SkylerEpisode: "Better Halves"
2011Trusted Man, AA Trusted ManSonia PastonTV film
2011SupernaturalMaggie StarkEpisode: "Shut Up, Dr. Phil"
2012Haunted HighLibrarianTV film
2012–2013Lying Game, TheThe Lying GameAnn Rebecca SewellMain role (20 episodes)
2013–presentSurviving EvilHerselfEpisode: "Terror Beach" (also series host)
2013Blue BloodsMaryanneEpisode: "Growing Boys"
2014Lost GirlFrejyaFilming


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