Claudia Christian

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Claudia Christian
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BornClaudia Ann Coghlan
(1965-08-10) August 10, 1965 (age 48)
Glendale, California, US
OccupationActress, director, writer, singer, musician
Years active1984–present
Known forBabylon 5
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 48)
Glendale, California, US
OccupationActress, director, writer, singer, musician
Years active1984–present
Known forBabylon 5
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 in 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 disease. She is making a documentary titled 'One Little Pill'[15] about the method under the auspices of the 'C3 Foundation,' which she founded.[6]


1987The HiddenBrenda Lee Van Buren
1989Never on TuesdayTuesday
Clean and SoberIris
1989Tale of Two SistersLiz
1990Mad About YouCasey
Maniac Cop 2Susan Riley
Think BigDr. Irene Marsh
A Gnome Named GnormSamantha
1991The Dark BackwardKitty
1994The ChaseYvonne Voss
1997Mercenary II: Thick & ThinPatricia Van Lier
1998Snide and PrejudiceRenate Muller
1999Haunting of Hell HouseLucy
Running HomeJules Daniels
The Substitute 3: Winner Takes AllAndy
Final VoyageMax
2000Love & SexWoman in Gallery at End(uncredited)
True RightsElaine Kilgore
Bad Guys
2001Atlantis: The Lost EmpireHelga Sinclair(voice)
2002Half Past DeadSpecial Agent Ellen Williams
The FailuresAnna
2004Quiet KillAmy Martin
2005The GardenDr. Cairns
2006The Dot ManLieutenant Colonel Dunst
2008Serbian ScarsMaggie
Strange FrameZev
2013Watercolor PostcardsCheryl
2014California SchemingMom
Television Movies
1984Calendar Girl MurdersKara
1986A Masterpiece of MurderJulie Forsythe
Houston: The Legend of TexasEliza Allen
1987The HighwayDawn
1988Police Story: Monster ManorOffice Babs Altoon
1989Shannon's DealMolly Temple
1991Lies of the TwinsFelice
The Woman Who SinnedJudy Reinhardt
StraysClaire Lederer
1997Journey Beneath the SeaQueen Aquareine(voice)
Lancelot: Guardian of TimeKatherine Shelley
1998A Wing and a PrayerShelley Lowe
Babylon 5: In the BeginningSusan Ivanova
Babylon 5: ThirdspaceSusan Ivanova
1999The Substitute 3: Winner Takes AllAndy
Final VoyageMax
Meteor ApocalypseKate Dematti
2013The Wrong WomanOfficer Ritts
Television Series
1985Berrenger'sMelody HughesSeries Regular
1986Blacke's MagicLaurieSeries Regular
1994 - 1997Babylon 5Commander Susan IvanovaSeries Regular
1999Freaks and GeeksGloria HaverchuckSeries Regular
2005Broken NewsJulia ReganSeries Regular
2009Star HykeCaptain Belinda BlowhardSeries Regular
2010Look: The SeriesStellaSeries Regular
Guest Appearances
1984T. J. HookerBetty MacRaeEpisode "The Lipstick Killer" (3.13)
DallasEpisode "Some Do...Some Don't" (7.16)
Falcon CrestKate MarsEpisode "Tests of Faith" (3.20)
Mickey Spillane's Mike HammerElyseEpisode "Shots in the Dark" (1.5)
RiptideMarion GordonEpisode "Where The Girls Are" (2.1)
1985The A-TeamCathy RogersEpisode "Trouble Brewing" (3.24)
1986HunterRoxanne HoffmeyerEpisode "Love, Hate, and Sporty James" (3.8)
1987Mickey Spillane's Mike HammerCassie ConroyEpisode "Elegy for a Tramp" (3.12)
OutlawsEpisode "Madril" (1.6)
It's Gary Shandling's ShowSylviaEpisode "Dial L for Laundry" (1.14)
The HighwaymanDawnEpisode "The Highwayman" (1.0)
1988We Got It MadeColetteEpisode "La vie en Jay: Part 1" (2.22)
Episode "La vie en Jay: Part 2" (2.23)
Sonny SpoonHolly SmithEpisode "Blind Justice" (2.3)
1989Quantum LeapAllison GrimskiEpisode "Play It Again, Seymour - April 14, 1953" (1.9)
CBS Summer PlayhouseClaireEpisode "The Heat" (3.8)
FMLeslie"Episode "If a Man Answers" (1.5)
Jake and the FatmanSergeant Alex WalkerEpisode "Easy to Love" (3.3)
1990MatlockMickey AlderEpisode "The Blackmailer" (4.23)
1991Murder She WroteBonnie Jenks HastingsEpisode "The Prodigal Father" (7.17)
LA LawSusan CoversEpisode "Speak, Lawyers, for Me" (5.19)
Dark JusticeDana Hollister HarrisonEpisode "To Die For" (1.4)
My Life and TimesYoung JessieEpisode "Jessie" (1.2)
1993Space RangersMarla BakerEpisode "Death Before Dishonor" (1.4)
ColumboLisa MartinEpisode "It'a All in the Game" (12.1)
1997Total SecurityCheryl BankstonEpisode "Pilot" (1.1)
1998HighlanderdKatherineEpisode "Two of Hearts" (6.10)
Kelly KellyAnyaEpisode "Doodler" (1.6)
2000Family LawCarla SimsEpisode "Are You My Father?" (1.16)
Freaks and GeeksGloria HaverchuckEpisode "Chokin' and Tokin'" (1.13)
Episode " Dead Dogs and Gym Teachers" (1.14)
2001Relic HunterCarson InezEpisode "All Choked Up" (3.10)
2002NYPD BlueCatherine LoweEpisode "Better Laid Than Never: Part 1" (9.22)
Episode "Better Laid Than Never: Part 2" (9.23)
She SpiesTanyaEpisode "Spies vs. Spy" (1.9)
2003EverwoodYoung EdnaEpisode "My Brother's Keeper" (2.3)
2007Nip/TuckGwenEpisode "Dawn Budge II" (5.4)
2011GrimmMrs. ClarkEpisode "Let you Hair Down" (1.7)
The AuditionClaudia
2013Criminal MindsAgent Gretchen SternEpisode "Alchemy" (8.20)
2015RunestoneFritha IngolfurdottirEpisode "Beyond the Edges of the World"
Video Games
1995Solar Eclipse/Titan Wars
2009Pizza MorganaAbbie Positive(voice)
2011The Elder Scrolls V: SkyrimAdrianne Avenicci, Aela the Huntress, Bryling, Laila Law-Giver, Legates Rikke, Sorli the Builder and Wolf-Queen Potema, among others(voice)
Darksiders 2Muria
2012Guild Wars 2Mala / PC Norn Female(voice)
2012Halo 4(voice)




  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. ^ "Under the Moon Official Website". Archived from the original on April 4, 2007. Retrieved April 29, 2007. 

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