Shannon Woodward

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Shannon Woodward
BornShannon Marie Woodward
(1984-12-17) December 17, 1984 (age 29)
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1991–present
 
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Shannon Woodward
BornShannon Marie Woodward
(1984-12-17) December 17, 1984 (age 29)
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1991–present

Shannon Marie Woodward (born December 17, 1984) is an American actress known for playing Sabrina on Raising Hope and Di Di Malloy on The Riches.

Early life[edit]

Woodward was born in Phoenix, Arizona. As a child, she moved with her family to Boca Raton, Florida, where she attended Olympic Heights Community High School. There she began acting and later caught the attention of a casting director for Nickelodeon's Clarissa Explains It All.

She is the best friend of singer Katy Perry.

Career[edit]

While living in Florida with her family, Woodward starred in several local community plays. Her first on-screen acting job came in 1991 when she played the occasionally recurring role of Missy on cable network Nickelodeon's Clarissa Explains It All. She reprised this role twice during the show's five seasons.

After her sitcom debut, Woodward won small parts in a trio of made-for-TV movies. First, alongside Clarissa star Melissa Joan Hart in the 1995 made-for-TV drama Family Reunion: A Relative Nightmare. Then in 1995, she played Lucy her second made-for-TV film, Tornado!. In 1997 she played an uncredited role in the CBS miniseries True Women.

Between 2000 and 2007, Woodward played a number of minor roles in various television shows including The Drew Carey Show, Grounded for Life, Malcolm in the Middle, Crossing Jordan, Without a Trace, Psych, and Boston Public.

Woodward's big-screen debut came in 2005 when she played Emma Sharp, the daughter of Texas Ranger Roland Sharp (Tommy Lee Jones), who is assigned to protect a group of University of Texas cheerleaders who witnessed a murder in the action comedy Man of the House.

In 2007, Woodward got her big break in the series The Riches, which aired for two seasons (2007–2008) on cable network FX. She played the role of Di Di Malloy, the teen daughter and middle child in an American family of Irish Travellers. In the series, Di Di, along with her parents Dahlia and Wayne (Minnie Driver, Eddie Izzard), and her brothers Cael and Sam (Noel Fisher, Aidan Mitchell) find themselves personally conflicted after stealing the identity of a wealthy couple and trying to assimilate into "buffer" culture in an upscale gated community in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

After The Riches ended, Woodward played the role of Leah in the teen supernatural/horror film The Haunting of Molly Hartley.

Woodward's return to TV was the 2009 pilot Limelight, about a New York City school for performing arts. The series was not picked up.

That same year, Woodward played a recurring role on NBC's ER in the fifteenth and final season as Kelly Taggart, the younger sister of nurse Samantha "Sam" Taggart. She also starred in another teen thriller The Shortcut.

Woodward appeared in her friend Katy Perry's music video "Hot n Cold" and had a cameo role in Perry's documentary/concert film Katy Perry: Part of Me. Perry, in turn, guest-starred in a season two episode of Raising Hope.

In 2010, Woodward starred in the independent drama Girlfriend. She also plays the lead title character in the upcoming ensemble comedy-drama Claire's Cambodia, which will be released in 2013.

Woodward stars in the FOX sitcom Raising Hope, which also stars Cloris Leachman and Martha Plimpton. She plays Sabrina, a grocery store checkout clerk who is the love interest of Jimmy Chance, the series lead played by Lucas Neff.

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
2005Man of the HouseEmma Sharp
2005Quiet, TheThe QuietFiona
2007Sunny & Share Love YouGirl on the Street
2007Comebacks, TheThe ComebacksEmily
2008Haunting of Molly Hartley, TheThe Haunting of Molly HartleyLeah
2009Shortcut, TheThe ShortcutLisa
2010GirlfriendCandy
2012Katy Perry: Part of MeHerself
2012Adult WorldCandacePost-production
2014Claire's CambodiaClairePost-production
2014Search PartyTracyFilming
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1991–1994Clarissa Explains It AllMissy
Alien 3
Episodes: "Revenge", "Alter Ego"
Episode: "UFO"
1995Family Reunion: A Relative NightmareLeigh DooleyTV movie
1996Tornado!LucyTV movie
1997True WomenYoung Cherokee Woods (age 13)TV movie
2000Drew Carey Show, TheThe Drew Carey ShowGirl in CafeteriaEpisode: "Be Drew to Your School"
2001Crossing JordanLucy (uncredited)Episode: "Pilot"
2001Malcolm in the MiddleTammyEpisode: "Houseboat"
2001–2002Grounded for LifeKristinaEpisodes: "In My Room", "Jimmy's Got a Gun"
"Is She Really Going Out with Walt?"
2002Greetings from TucsonChrissyEpisode: "Popularity"
2003Without a TraceVicki JohnsonEpisode: "Sons and Daughters"
2003Boston PublicAllison
Marianne Karr
Episode: "Chapter 69"
Episode: "Chapter 74"
2004Medical InvestigationDanielle JohnsonEpisode: "The Unclean"
2005QuintupletsBaileyEpisode: "Chutes and Letters"
2006Cold CaseRaquel Montero (1994)Episode: "Detention"
2007PsychAlice BundyEpisode: "Scary Sherry: Bianca's Toast"
2007Law & Order: Special Victims UnitCecilia StrayerEpisode: "Svengali"
2007–2008Riches, TheThe RichesDi Di MalloyLead Role
2009LimelightZoe GreenTV movie
2009Criminal MindsLinda JonesEpisode: "Zoe's Reprise"
2009ERKelly TaggartEpisode: "A Long, Strange Trip"
Episode: "T-Minus-6"
2010–presentRaising HopeSabrina CollinsMain Role
2012Garfunkel and OatesJaneTV series

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