Shiri Appleby

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Shiri Appleby
BornShiri Freda Appleby
(1978-12-07) December 7, 1978 (age 35)
Los Angeles, California, USA
Years active1985–present
Partner(s)Jon Shook (2010–present; engaged)
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Shiri Appleby
BornShiri Freda Appleby
(1978-12-07) December 7, 1978 (age 35)
Los Angeles, California, USA
Years active1985–present
Partner(s)Jon Shook (2010–present; engaged)

Shiri Freda Appleby (born December 7, 1978) is an American film and television actress. She is best known for her leading role as Liz Parker in the television series Roswell. Her film credits include A Time for Dancing, where she was one of the two female main characters; Swimfan; Havoc with Anne Hathaway; and Charlie Wilson's War with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts.

In 2008, Appleby joined the cast of the final season of ER, playing an intern named Daria Wade, before starring as Cate Cassidy in the CW drama Life Unexpected that ran for two seasons. In the summer of 2012, she starred as Lucy in the comedy Dating Rules from My Future Self. Appleby currently guest stars on the NBC drama Chicago Fire and HBO American television series Girls.[1]

Early life[edit]

Appleby was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Dina (née Bouader), a Hebrew school teacher, and Jerry Appleby, a telecommunications executive.[2] Her mother is Israeli-born and of Sephardic Moroccan Jewish background, and her father is an American Jew.[3] In Hebrew, shiri means either "my song", "my poem", or simply "sing" (in the imperative). She and her younger brother Evan were raised in Calabasas in Los Angeles County. She has a scar above her left eyebrow, which resulted from a dog bite when she was young. To get over her fear of dogs, she went on the show Emergency Vets, accompanying staff veterinarian Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald (she also overcame another phobia in the same episode by holding a live snake, one of Fitzgerald's patients) and shortly after adopted a Tabby, which she named Abby.[citation needed] Appleby graduated from Calabasas High School in 1997 and went on to major in English literature at the University of Southern California while also studying theater arts.[citation needed]


Appleby began her acting career at the age of four, starting with advertisements for various products such as Cheerios and M&M's. Her first advertisement was for Raisin Bran but it was never aired. She made guest appearances on many television programs, most notably thirtysomething (1987), Doogie Howser, M.D. (1989), ER (1994), Baywatch (1989), Xena: Warrior Princess (1995), 7th Heaven (1997), Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990), before landing her break-out role in the series Roswell (1999-2002), for which she tried out for the roles of both Isabel and Maria before landing the leading role of Liz Parker.

Appleby also featured in a number of music videos, such as Bon Jovi's video for "It's My Life" with Will Estes, and the 2004 video for the song "I Don't Want To Be" by Gavin DeGraw, opposite Scott Mechlowicz. She also appeared in Sense Field's music video for "Save Yourself" which is part of the Roswell soundtrack and featured in the first season DVD boxset.[4]

In 2006, she took a recurring role on the short-lived ABC drama Six Degrees as Anya, a young assistant in a relationship with a much older photographer. Later that year she was chosen to play Hildy Young in the new USA Network series To Love and Die, that began airing in late December 2008. She also participated in a short film called Carjacking directed by Dan Passman and co-starring Geoff Stults.

In 2007, she appeared in the movie What Love Is alongside Cuba Gooding Jr., Matthew Lillard and Anne Heche. She also participated in another short film, Love Like Wind, from Shaolin Film Productions. At the end the year, she appeared as Charlie Wilson's press secretary in the film Charlie Wilson's War, which stars Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. In 2008, Appleby got a recurring role on the 15th and final season of ER, being her second time on the show, playing an intern named Daria Wade.

Appleby then starred in The CW network drama; Life Unexpected as Cate Cassidy, a radio talk show host whose daughter gets back into her life. The show was cancelled after two seasons. In the summer of 2012 she starred as the main character of "Dating Rules from my Future Self".

Personal life[edit]

Shiri became engaged to her boyfriend of two years, chef Jon Shook, during a trip to Ventotene, Italy in July 2012.[5] In December 2012, Appleby and Shook announced that they were expecting their first child in early 2013.[6] Shiri gave birth to a girl, Natalie Bouader Shook, on March 23, 2013.[7]


1987Killing Time, TheThe Killing TimeAnnie Winslow
1989Bite, TheThe BiteGrace Newman
1990I Love You to DeathMillie
1993Family PrayersNina
1999Deal of a LifetimeLaurie Petler
1999Other Sister, TheThe Other SisterFree Sample Girl
1999Thirteenth Floor, TheThe Thirteenth FloorBridget Manilla
2002Time for Dancing, AA Time for DancingSamantha 'Sam' Russell
2002SwimfanAmy Miller
2003Skin Horse, TheThe Skin HorseCarla
2003Battle of Shaker Heights, TheThe Battle of Shaker HeightsSarah
2005When Do We Eat?Nikki
2005Everything You WantAbby Morrison
2006I-See-You.comRandi Sommers
2006I'm Reed FishJill Cavanaugh
2006CarjackingCaryShort film
2007Love Like WindThe GhostShort film
2007Killing Floor, TheThe Killing FloorRebecca Fay
2007What Love IsDebbie
2007Charlie Wilson's WarJailbait
2013White Trash Christmas, AA White Trash ChristmasCompleted
2013Last Chance HolidayPost-production
1985Santa BarbaraLittle GirlEpisode: "1.359"
1986Mystery Magical SpecialShiriTV movie
1987Blood Vows: The Story of a Mafia WifeTV movie
1987thirtysomethingLittle HopeEpisode: "The Parents Are Coming"
1988Bronx Zoo, TheThe Bronx ZooNicoleEpisode: "Truancy Blues"
Episode: "Behind Closed Doors"
1988Freddy's NightmaresMarsha at 10Episode: "Freddy's Tricks and Treats"
1988Go Toward the LightJessicaTV movie
1988Dear JohnGirlEpisode: "Hello/Goodbye"
1989Knight & DayeAmy EscobarTV series
1989Who's the Boss?Kid #1Episode: "To Tony, with Love"
1990Knots LandingMary Frances - Age 10Episode: "My First Born"
Episode: "My Bullet"
1990Adam-12Debbie LavenderEpisode: "Teach the Children"
1991Sunday DinnerRachel6 episodes
1992Perfect FamilySteffTV movie
1993Doogie Howser, M.D.Molly HarrisEpisode: "Love Makes the World Go 'Round... or Is It Money?"
1993RavenJess (uncredited)Episode: "The Guardians of the Night"
1993Against the GrainClaireEpisode: "Pilot"
1994ERMs. MurphyEpisode: "24 Hours"
1995Brotherly LoveFairy #1Episode: "A Midsummer's Nightmare"
1997BaywatchJennieEpisode: "Hot Water"
19977th HeavenKarenEpisode: "Girls Just Want to Have Fun"
1997City GuysCindyEpisode: "Bye Mom"
1998Xena: Warrior PrincessTaraEpisode: "Forgiven"
Episode: "A Tale of Two Muses"
1999Beverly Hills, 90210RenéEpisode: "Local Hero"
1999Movie StarsLori (scenes deleted)Episode: "Pilot"
1999–2002RoswellLiz ParkerMain role
2000Batman BeyondCynthia (voice)Episode: "Terry's Friend Dates a Robot"
2000Amanda Show, TheThe Amanda ShowNerdEpisode: "2.16"
Episode: "2.18"
2004DarklightLilith / ElleTV movie
20051/4lifeDebraTV movie
2005Everything You WantAbby MorrisonTV movie
2005Pizza My HeartGina PrestolaniTV movie
2006Thrill of the KillKelly HoldenTV movie
2006–2007Six DegreesAnya6 episodes
2008Welcome to The CaptainHeatherEpisode: "The Wrecking Crew"
2008Fear ItselfTracyEpisode: "Community"
2008–2009ERDr. Daria Wade9 episodes
2009UnstableMegan WalkerTV movie
2010–2011Life UnexpectedCate CassidyMain role
2011Whole Day DownMoonEpisode: "Genesis"
2011Royal PainsStellaEpisode: "Rash Talk"
2012Dating Rules from My Future SelfLucy10 episodes
2012Franklin & BashEmily AdamsEpisode: "Waiting on a Friend"
Episode: "650 to SLC"
2012Chicago FireClarice Carthage (Leslie Shay's girlfriend)Episode: 4, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 16 (season 1)
2013Law and Order: Special Victims UnitAmelia AlbersEpisode: 8 "Military Justice" (Season 15)
2013-2014GirlsNatalia (Adam Sackler's Girlfriend)Episode: "It's Back"
Episode: "On All Fours"
Episode: "Together"
Episode: "Females Only"

Awards and nominations[edit]

1993NominatedYoung Artist AwardBest Young Actress in a Cable Movie for: Perfect Family (1992) (TV)
2000NominatedTeen Choice AwardsTV — Choice Actress for: Roswell (1999)


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  2. ^ "Shiri Appleby Biography (1978-)". Retrieved 2010-03-30. 
  3. ^ Pfefferman, Naomi (July 2005). "Valley to Hollywood: An Actress' Journey". Retrieved 2006-12-13. 
  4. ^ Kenna (2004-02-05). "DVD Review: Roswell: The Complete First Season". News and Information. Retrieved 2006-09-23. 
  5. ^ "Shiri Appleby Is Engaged to Jon Shook!". Retrieved 2012-09-03. 
  6. ^ Sarah Michaud (December 20, 2012). "Shiri Appleby Expecting First Child". Retrieved December 20, 2012. /
  7. ^ "Shiri Appleby gives birth to baby girl Natalie (Natalie Bouader Shook". Retrieved March 27, 2013. 

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