Shiri Appleby

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Shiri Appleby
Shiri Appleby at ATX 2014.jpg
Appleby at the ATX TV Festival 2014 for Roswell
BornShiri Freda Appleby
(1978-12-07) December 7, 1978 (age 36)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active1985–present
Partner(s)Jon Shook (2010–present; engaged)
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Shiri Appleby
Shiri Appleby at ATX 2014.jpg
Appleby at the ATX TV Festival 2014 for Roswell
BornShiri Freda Appleby
(1978-12-07) December 7, 1978 (age 36)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active1985–present
Partner(s)Jon Shook (2010–present; engaged)

Shiri Freda Appleby (born December 7, 1978) is an American 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 guest-starred on the NBC drama series Chicago Fire and the HBO comedy-drama 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][4] 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 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 box set.[5]

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 had a recurring role on the 15th and final season of ER, (her second time on the show) playing an intern named Daria Wade.

Appleby 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 canceled after two seasons. In the summer of 2012 she starred as the main character of Dating Rules from my Future Self.

In 2014, she was cast in the leading role in the Lifetime dark comedy series Un-Real, slated to premiere sometime in 2015.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Shiri became engaged to her boyfriend of two years, chef Jon Shook, during a trip to Ventotene, Italy in July 2012.[7] In December 2012, Appleby and Shook announced that they were expecting their first child in early 2013.[8] Shiri gave birth to a girl, Natalie Bouader Shook, on March 23, 2013.[9]


1987Killing Time, TheThe Killing TimeAnnie Winslow
1989Curse II: The BiteGrace Newman
1990I Love You to DeathMillie
1993Family PrayersNina
1999Other Sister, TheThe Other SisterFree sample girl
1999Thirteenth Floor, TheThe Thirteenth FloorBridget Manilla
1999Deal of a LifetimeLaurie Petler
2002Time for Dancing, AA Time for DancingSamantha "Sam" Russell
2002SwimfanAmy Miller
2003Battle of Shaker Heights, TheThe Battle of Shaker HeightsSarah
2003Skin Horse, TheThe Skin HorseCarla
2005When Do We Eat?Nikki
2005Love SurrealAbby
2006I-See-You.ComRandi Sommers
2006I'm Reed FishJill Cavanaugh
2006CarjackingCaryShort film
2007Killing Floor, TheThe Killing FloorRebecca Fay
2007What Love IsDebbie
2007Charlie Wilson's WarJailbait
2007Love Like WindThe ghostShort film
2012Happiest Person in America, TheThe Happiest Person in AmericaSusanShort film
2013Seven Minutes to Save the WorldCarolineShort film
1985Santa BarbaraLittle girlEpisode 359
1986Mystery Magical SpecialShiriSpecial
1987Blood Vows: The Story of a Mafia WifeMovie
1987thirtysomethingLittle HopeEpisode: "The Parents Are Coming"
1988Go Toward the LightJessicaMovie
1988Bronx Zoo, TheThe Bronx ZooNicole2 episodes
1988Freddy's NightmaresMarsha at 10Episode: "Freddy's Tricks and Treats"
1988Dear JohnGirlEpisode: "Hello/Goodbye"
1989Knight & DayeAmy EscobarMain role (7 episodes)
1989Who's the Boss?Kid #1Episode: "To Tony, with Love" ( Season 6 Episode 10 )
1990Knots LandingMary Frances – age 102 episodes
1990New Adam-12, TheThe New Adam-12Debbie LavenderEpisode: "Teach the Children"
1991Sunday DinnerRachelMain role (6 episodes)
1992Perfect FamilySteffMovie
1993Doogie Howser, M.D.Molly HarrisEpisode: "Love Makes the World Go 'Round... or Is It Money?"
1993RavenJessUncredited; 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 PrincessTara2 episodes
1999Beverly Hills, 90210RenéEpisode: "Local Hero"
1999Movie StarsLoriEpisode: "Pilot" (scenes deleted)
1999–2002RoswellLiz ParkerMain role (61 episodes)
2000Amanda Show, TheThe Amanda ShowNerdEpisode 16
2000Batman BeyondCynthiaVoice; episode: "Terry's Friend Dates a Robot"
2005Everything You WantAbby MorrisonMovie; a.k.a. Love Surreal
2005Pizza My HeartGina PrestolaniMovie
2006Thrill of the KillKelly HoldenMovie
2006–2007Six DegreesAnya6 episodes
2008Welcome to The CaptainHeatherEpisode: "The Wrecking Crew"
2008Fear ItselfTracyEpisode: "Community"
2008To Love and DieHildy YoungMovie
2009UnstableMegan WalkerMovie
2008–2009ERDr. Daria Wade9 episodes
2010–2011Life UnexpectedCate CassidyMain role (26 episodes)
2011Royal PainsStellaEpisode: "Rash Talk"
2012Franklin & BashEmily Adams2 episodes
2012–2013Chicago FireClarice Carthage6 episodes
2013Kristin's Christmas PastKristin CartwellMovie
2013Law & Order: Special Victims UnitAmelia AlbersEpisode: "Military Justice"
2013–2014GirlsNatalia4 episodes
2014ElementaryDalit ZirinEpisode: "The Hound of the Cancer Cells"
2015Un-RealRachelRegular role
2005QuarterlifeDebraUnknown episodes
2011Whole Day DownMoonEpisode: "Genesis"
2012Dating Rules from My Future SelfLucy10 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

1993Young Artist AwardBest Young Actress in a Cable MoviePerfect FamilyNominated
2000Teen Choice AwardTV – Choice ActressRoswellNominated


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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. 
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  5. ^ Kenna (2004-02-05). "DVD Review: Roswell: The Complete First Season". News and Information. Retrieved 2006-09-23. 
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 6, 2014). "Lifetime Picks Up Marti Noxon’s Dark Comedy Pilot ‘Un-Real’ To Series". Retrieved February 9, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Shiri Appleby Is Engaged to Jon Shook!". Retrieved 2012-09-03. 
  8. ^ Sarah Michaud (December 20, 2012). "Shiri Appleby Expecting First Child". Retrieved December 20, 2012. /
  9. ^ "Shiri Appleby gives birth to baby girl Natalie (Natalie Bouader Shook". Retrieved March 27, 2013. 

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