Christa Miller

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Christa Miller
Born(1964-05-28) May 28, 1964 (age 50)
New York City, New York, United States
Years active1985–present
Spouse(s)Bill Lawrence (1999-present)
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Christa Miller
Born(1964-05-28) May 28, 1964 (age 50)
New York City, New York, United States
Years active1985–present
Spouse(s)Bill Lawrence (1999-present)

Christa Miller (born May 28, 1964) is an American actress who has achieved success in television comedy. Her foremost roles include Kate O'Brien on The Drew Carey Show and Jordan Sullivan on Scrubs (which was created by her husband Bill Lawrence). She has also appeared in Seinfeld, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and CSI: Miami. Since 2009, she has had a starring role in the TBS (formerly ABC) sitcom Cougar Town, also created by Lawrence.

Early life[edit]

Miller was born in Manhattan and attended the Convent of the Sacred Heart. She is the daughter of model Bonnie Trompeter;[1] and is the niece of actress Susan Saint James and NBC sports executive Dick Ebersol. She has a sister and one brother, John. Miller was a model as a child, appearing in a Wonder Bread commercial when she was six months old, posing at three for Francesco Scavullo in an Ivory soap advertisement, and being photographed for the cover of Redbook.[citation needed] Her days as a child model were curtailed after an operation for a benign bone tumor. After attending Convent of the Sacred Heart, she returned briefly to modeling, but soon took acting lessons, and gave up modeling when she moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1990.[1] She was cover model and had a pictorial in the first U.S. edition of Maxim.


Miller's first role on television was in Kate & Allie, which starred her real-life aunt, Susan Saint James, whom she resembles. She then appeared in episodes of Northern Exposure, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and Party of Five. She had a small role in the horror film Stepfather III (1992) with Priscilla Barnes. Miller later appeared twice on Seinfeld, as two different characters. In the 1993 episode "The Sniffing Accountant", she played the boss of George Costanza. She had intended to be a dramatic actress, and this role proved to be a turning point for Miller, who realized how much she enjoyed comedy. Two years later, she returned to Seinfeld in "The Doodle" to play George's girlfriend, Paula. This episode proved to be a boon to her career, as she convinced co-creator Larry David to provide her with a rough-cut video of the still-unaired episode when she auditioned for The Drew Carey Show, whose producers had initially thought she was too inexperienced. David's support helped Miller win over the producers of The Drew Carey Show,[2] who cast her as Kate O'Brien,[3] whom she played from 1995 - 2002.

In 2001, Miller's husband, writer-producer Bill Lawrence, conceived a new comedy-drama, Scrubs. Miller was given a guest role as Dr. Cox's (John C. McGinley) acerbic ex-wife Jordan Sullivan. Originally, the character was intended to appear in only one episode; in season 2, the role became recurring. When her young cousin Teddy Ebersol, son of Susan St. James and Dick Ebersol, died in a plane crash in 2004, Scrubs dedicated the season-4 episode "My Lucky Charm" to him. Miller also was the voice of Cleopatra in the short-lived animated show Clone High. She had a leading role in the 2008 two-part TV miniseries The Andromeda Strain. She also appeared in the CSI: Miami episode "Divorce Party".

In 2009, Miller began starring on Cougar Town, a sitcom created and produced by her husband, which stars Courteney Cox, with whom Miller worked in a three-part story-arc of season 8 of Scrubs.

Personal life[edit]

Miller married Bill Lawrence in 1999.[3] They have three children, Charlotte Sarah (born June 8, 2000), William Stoddard (born January 3, 2003), and Henry Vanduzer (born October 8, 2006). Her last two pregnancies were written into Scrubs.



1992Stepfather IIIBeth DavisTelevision film
1994A Friend to Die ForTerriTelevision film
1995Love and Happiness
1997Kiss & TellAlex Stoddard
1999Goat on Fire and Smiling FishKathy
2000The OperatorJanice Wheelan
2015Hot Air[4]


1985Kate & AllieStudentEpisode: "Allie's Affair"
1988Kate & AllieBlairEpisodes: "Allie Doesn't Live Here Anymore" and "The Odd Couples"
1990Northern ExposureLaurie BatanEpisode: "Soapy Sanderson"
1993SeinfeldEllenEpisode: "The Sniffing Accountant"
1994The Fresh Prince of Bel-AirGirlEpisode: "Who's the Boss?"
1994Party of FiveTheresaEpisode: "Much Ado"
1995SeinfeldPaulaEpisode: "The Doodle"
1995-2002The Drew Carey ShowKate O'BrienSeries regular, 180 episodes
2002-2003Clone HighCleopatra (voice)Series regular, 13 episodes
2008The Andromeda StrainDr. Angela NoyceMiniseries
2009CSI: MiamiAmy LansingEpisode: "Divorce Party"
2001-2010ScrubsJordan SullivanRecurring role, 89 episodes
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2003-04)
2009–presentCougar TownEllie TorresSeries regular
Gracie Award for Outstanding Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Comedy Series (2014)


  1. ^ a b Slewinski, Christy (September 15, 1996). "Growing up was a real soap opera sitcom star Christa Miller says her mother was the model mom". Daily News. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  2. ^ Rizzo, Carita. "Before They Were Stars", TV Guide, January 3, 2011, page 23
  3. ^ a b Brady, Lois Smith (December 5, 1999). "WEDDINGS: VOWS; Christa Miller, William Lawrence IV". The New York Times. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "'Cougar Town' Actress Joins Indie Comedy 'Hot Air' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 2014-05-21. Retrieved 2014-06-04. 

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