Claudia Christian

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Claudia Christian
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BornClaudia Ann Coghlan
(1965-08-10) August 10, 1965 (age 49)
Glendale, California, US
OccupationActress, director, writer, singer, musician
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)Gary DeVore (m. 1988–92)
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Claudia Christian
Honl claudiachristian headshot20090.jpg
BornClaudia Ann Coghlan
(1965-08-10) August 10, 1965 (age 49)
Glendale, California, US
OccupationActress, director, writer, singer, musician
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)Gary DeVore (m. 1988–92)
"Official Site"

Claudia Ann Christian[1] (born Claudia Ann Coghlan;[2] August 10, 1965) is an American actress, writer, singer, musician and director, known for her role as Commander Susan Ivanova on the science fiction television series Babylon 5.[3][4][5] Publicising the Sinclair Method to cure alcoholics is her main charity work.[6]

Early life[edit]

Christian was born in Glendale, California, the daughter of Hildegard (née Christian), who worked as the director of Giorgio Beverly Hills, and James Michael Coghlan.[7][8][9] Her mother is from Germany and her father has Irish ancestry.[10][11] She was raised in Connecticut and England.[10] She has two older brothers and currently resides in Los Angeles and London, England,


Christian's first role on television was a guest appearance on Dallas, followed by a series regular role as Melody Hughes on the short-lived drama Berrenger's. She performed feature film roles such as a stripper possessed by an alien serial killer in The Hidden (1987), a police department psychologist Susan Riley in Maniac Cop 2 and as model Hexina in Hexed (1993).

In 1994–1998, she appeared as Commander Susan Ivanova, one of the series leads, in the first four seasons of Babylon 5. She left unexpectedly when contract negotiations for the fifth and final season – aggravated by the possibility that there would not be one – broke down. J. Michael Straczynski, the series' creator, maintains that she chose to leave on her own. However, Christian stated that she did wish to return for season 5, but was rebuffed and let go when she requested a small reduction in the number of episodes she would appear in.[12] She appeared in the fifth season's series finale, which had been filmed during the fourth season, when it seemed likely that the series would end prematurely.

She posed nude for Playboy magazine in October 1999, appeared in two episodes of Freaks and Geeks in 2000, and appeared in the 2002 She Spies episode, "Spy vs Spy". In 2004, she returned to the live stage (and to Laguna Beach, California, where she had attended high school), starring in the United States Premiere of Michael Weller's play What the Night is For, with Kip Gilman, directed by Richard Stein, at the Laguna Playhouse. She starred in the BBC comedy series, Broken News in 2005. She also plays Janine Foster, mother of Peri Brown, in the Doctor Who audio drama "The Reaping", produced by Big Finish Productions released in the United Kingdom in September 2006.

She voices Anne Manx in the full cast recordings for the Radio Repertory Company of America. The science fiction series is currently shown as in pre-production for "Anne Manx 6". In 2010, Christian appeared in the Showtime series LOOK: The Series.

She also had a music career, having released a solo album, Once Upon a Time, a single, "Taboo", a collaboration with Claudia Cummings, Claudia Squared, and a collaboration with some of the other cast members of Babylon 5 on the album The Be Five.

Claudia Con UK[edit]

Christian conceived her own convention, Claudia Con UK, which took place in the United Kingdom on August 13–14, 2011.[13]

"After years of attending conventions where fans were mistreated, told not to touch, photograph, film, eat or breathe…. I decided to throw what I call the 'anti-convention.' My theory is that if you give people freedom and respect they will in turn give you freedom and respect."

Charity work[edit]

Christian has been publicizing the Sinclair Method, a means for curing alcoholism, through her book Babylon Confidential,[14] in which she recalls her own experiences with the condition. She is making a documentary titled One Little Pill (2014 film)[15] about the method under the auspices of the C3 Foundation, which she founded.[6]



1984Calendar Girl MurdersKaraTelevision movie
1989A Masterpiece of MurderJulia Forsythe
1986Houston: The Legend of TexasAlso known as Gone to Texas
1987The HiddenBrenda Lee Van Buren
1988Police Story: Monster ManorOfficer Babs Altoon
1988Never on TuesdayTuesday
1988Clean and SoberIris
1989Shannon's Dead
1989Tale of Two SistersLiz
1990Danielle Steel's KaleidoscopeMeaganTelevision movie
1990Mad About YouCasey
1990Maniac Cop 2Officer Susan Riley
1990Think BigDr. Irene Marsh
1990A Gnome Named GnormSamantha
1991Lie of the TwinsFelice
1991The Woman Who SinnerJudy Reinhardt
1991StraysClaire Lederer
1991The Dark BackwardKitty
1993Relentless: Mind of a KillerLeeann HardyTelevision movie
1994The ChaseYvonne Voss
1997Lancelot: Guardian of TimeKatherine Shelley
1997Mercenary II: Thick & ThinPatricia Van Lier
1998A Wing and a PrayerShelley Lowe
1998Babylon 5: In the BeginningCommander Susan IvanovaSpin-off from Babylon 5
1998Babylon 5: ThirdspaceCommander Susan IvanovaSpin-off from Babylon 5
1998Snide and PrejudiceRenate Muller
1999Haunting of Hell HouseLucy
1999Running HomeJules Daniels
1999The Substitute 3: Winner Takes AllAndy
1999Final VoyageMax
2010Meteor ApocalypseKate Dematti
2000Love & SexWoman in galleryCameo
2000True RightsElaine Kilgore
2001Atlantis: The Lost EmpireHelga SinclairVoice role
2002Half Past DeadEZ Williams
2002The FailuresAnna
2005The GardenDr Cairns
2006The Dot ManLieutenant Colonel Dunst
2008Serbian ScarsMeggieCo-producer
2012Rise of an ExileHannah BenedictPre-production
2014The Writer with No HandsHerself
2014One Little PillHerself and as narratorDocumentary

Television series[edit]

1984T. J. HookerBetty MacRaeEpisode: "The Lipstick Killer"
1984DallasEpisode: "Some Do...Some Don't"
1984Falcon CrestKate MarsEpisode: "Tests of Faith"
1984RiptideMarion GordonEpisode: "Where The Girls Are"
1984HunterRoxanne HoffmeyerEpisode: "Love, Hate, and Sporty James"
1984Mickey Spillane's Mike HammerCassie ConroyEpisodes: "Elegy for a Tramp", "Shots in the Dark"
1985The A-TeamCathy RogersEpisode: "Trouble Brewing"
1986Blacke's MagicLaurie BlackeEpisodes: "Breathing Room", "Death Goes To The Movies"
1985Berrenger'sMelody HughesSeries regular
1987Jake and the FatmanLt. Alex WalkerEpisode: "Easy to Love"
1987It's Garry Shandling's ShowSylviaEpisode: "Dial L for Laundry"
1989Quantum LeapAllisonEpisode: "Play It Again, Seymour"
1990MatlockMickey AlderEpisode: "The Blackmailer"
1991Murder, She WroteBonnie Jenks HastingsEpisode: "Prodigal Father"
1991L.A. LawSusan ConversEpisode: "Speak, Lawyers, for Me"
1991Dark JusticeDana Hollister HarrisonEpisode: "To Die For"
1993ColumboLisa MartinFeature length special "Columbo: It's All In the Game"
1993Space RangersMarla BakerEpisode: "Death Before Dishonor"
1994Babylon 5Commander Susan IvanovaMain cast
1997The Oz KidsQueen Aquareine
1997Total SecurityCheryl BankstonEpisode: "Pilot"
1997Highlander: The SeriesKatherineEpisode: "Two of Hearts"
1999Freaks and GeeksGloria HaverchuckRecurring role
2000Family LawCarla SimsEpisode: "Are You My Father?"
2001Relic HunterCarson InezEpisode: "All Choked up"
2002She SpiesTanyaEpisode: "Spy vs Spies"
2002NYPD BlueCatherine LowellEpisode "Better Laid Than Never"
2003EverwoodYoung EdnaEpisode: "My Brother's Keeper"
2005StarhykeCaptain Belinda BlowhardMain cast
2005Broken NewsJulia ReganSeries regular
2007Nip/TuckGwenEpisode: "Dawn Budge II"
2010Look: The SeriesStellaSeries regular
2013GrimmMrs. ClarkEpisode "Let Your Hair Down"
2013Criminal MindsAgent Gretchen SternEpisode: "Alchemy"
2014CastleMrs. LoganEpisode: "Law & Boarder"

Video games[edit]

1995Solar Eclipse/Titan Wars
2004Shrek 2Fairy Godmother
2009Pizza MorganaAbbie Positive
2011The Elder Scrolls V: SkyrimMultiple, including Aela the Huntress, Bryling, Legate Rikke, Sorli the Builder and Wolf-Queen Potema
2012Guild Wars 2Female Norn PC[16]
2012Darksiders 2Muria
2012Halo 4Additional voices




  1. ^ Claudia Christian Biography (1965–)
  2. ^ According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905–1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. Searchable at
  3. ^ Claudia Christian. (October 8, 1965). Retrieved on 2012-06-19.
  4. ^ Claudia Christian. Retrieved on 2012-06-19.
  5. ^ About The Cast. Pizza Morgana. Retrieved on 2012-06-19.
  6. ^ a b "C3 Foundation". Retrieved July 22, 2013. 
  7. ^ Los Angeles Times: Archives – Give and Take Mothers in the Business of Dressing Well Swap Clothes With Their Grateful Daughters
  8. ^ Give and Take : Mothers in the Business of Dressing Well Swap Clothes With Their Grateful Daughters – Los Angeles Times
  9. ^ Now I've found my own space; Babylon 5 's Claudia on the split from Scots Braveheart Angus MacFadyen. – Free Online Library
  10. ^ a b retroCRUSH: The World's Greatest Pop Culture Site
  11. ^ Claudia Christian Profile – Metacritic
  12. ^ Joe M. Straczynski, Claudia Christian (quoted from correspondence). "About Claudia Christian's Departure". The Lurker's Guide to Babylon 5. 
  13. ^ Claudia Con UK. Claudia Con UK. Retrieved on 2012-06-19.
  14. ^ a b Babylon Confidential by Claudia Christian with Morgan Grant Buchanan. Retrieved on 2012-06-19.
  15. ^ "One Little Pill". Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  16. ^ red post on Guild Wars 2 forums
  17. ^ "Under the Moon Official Website". Archived from the original on April 4, 2007. Retrieved April 29, 2007. 

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