Tricia Helfer

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Tricia Helfer
Tricia Helfer.jpg
Helfer at the Scream Awards in 2007
BornTricia Janine Helfer
(1974-04-11) April 11, 1974 (age 39)
Donalda, Alberta
NationalityCanadian
OccupationModel, actress
Years active1992–present
Notable work(s)Number Six in Battlestar Galactica
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Spouse(s)Jonathan Marshall (m. 2003)
Website
www.triciahelfer.com
 
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Tricia Helfer
Tricia Helfer.jpg
Helfer at the Scream Awards in 2007
BornTricia Janine Helfer
(1974-04-11) April 11, 1974 (age 39)
Donalda, Alberta
NationalityCanadian
OccupationModel, actress
Years active1992–present
Notable work(s)Number Six in Battlestar Galactica
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Spouse(s)Jonathan Marshall (m. 2003)
Website
www.triciahelfer.com

Tricia Janine Helfer (born April 11, 1974) is a Canadian model and actress. She is best known for playing the humanoid Cylon Number Six in Ronald D. Moore's re-imagined Battlestar Galactica television series.

Early life[edit]

Helfer was born in the rural community of Donalda in Stettler County, Alberta. She was raised by Dennis and Elaine Helfer[1] on the family's grain farm with her sisters Trina, Tammy, and Tara[1] and was discovered by modeling agency scout Kelly Streit at age 17 while standing in line at a local movie theatre.[2] Helfer is of German, English, Swedish and Norwegian descent.[3]

Career[edit]

Fashion modeling[edit]

In 1992, she won Ford Models' Supermodel of the World Contest and was subsequently signed to Elite Model Management and later to Trump Model Management.[4] Helfer retired from fashion modeling in 2002 and states that all her shoots since then are related to projects or product endorsements.[5] She has appeared in ad campaigns for Ralph Lauren, Versace, Chanel, and Giorgio Armani.[6] Helfer has walked for top fashion shows such as Carolina Herrera, Christian Dior, Claude Montana, Givenchy, John Galliano, and Dolce & Gabbana.[6] Helfer has appeared on the covers of Flare, Amica, ELLE, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, and Vogue, among others.[6] She also regularly appeared in photo shoots by Maxim magazine, was the magazine's wall calendar girl for 2005, and was ranked #57 on the Maxim's Hot 100 Women of 2007.[7] Additionally, she was the covergirl for the February 2007 issue of Playboy.

Acting[edit]

Helfer arriving at the gala showing of her film Walk All Over Me at the 2007 Calgary International Film Festival

Helfer hosted a Canadian television fashion program, Canada's Next Top Model.[8] She relocated to Los Angeles in 2002 to pursue a full-time film career.[9] Her first acting assignment was a co-starring role as Sarah on the television series Jeremiah. She later played a model, Ashleigh James, in the May 16, 2002 CSI episode, "The Hunger Artist". In 2002, she played "Eva" in the independent film White Rush.[10] In 2003, she played Number Six on Battlestar Galactica. In 2004, she portrayed Farrah Fawcett in the telemovie The Unauthorized Story of 'Charlie's Angels'.[11] Concurrent with her role in Battlestar Galactica, Helfer began producing and hosting Canada's Next Top Model on May 31, 2006. She appeared in Spiral and The Green Chain later the same year.[12]

In October 2006, it was announced that Helfer would not return to host the second season of Canada's Next Top Model so she could concentrate on Battlestar Galactica.[13] Helfer also played a major role in Electronic Arts Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars, as the high-level Nod general Kilian Qatar, along with her Battlestar Galactica co-star, actress Grace Park.[14] She also starred in the episode "Roadkill" on the second season of Supernatural.

Helfer had a recurring role on CBS' Two and a Half Men. She played Gail, best friend of Charlie's (Charlie Sheen) fiancé Chelsea (Jennifer Bini Taylor). When Chelsea finds out that her friend is recovering from a breakup, she says she should do so at Charlie's house.[15] Shortly after Chelsea and Charlie begin a trial separation, Gail begins a sexual relationship with Charlie.

Battlestar Galactica[edit]

In 2003, the television series Battlestar Galactica was used as the basis for a three hour miniseries on the Sci Fi channel. The project was written and produced by Ronald D. Moore and directed by Michael Rymer. Helfer played the role of Number Six, a humanoid Cylon operative. She continued that role as a regular cast member in the TV series, which completed its fourth and final season on March 20, 2009. Due to the special nature of the Number Six character – there are many "copies" of Number Six with distinct personalities – Helfer has, in effect, played numerous roles on the series. In 2009, she reprised her role as Number Six in Battlestar Galactica: The Plan – a television movie that tells the story of the series from the Cylons' point of view. In 2012, she voiced a prototype Cylon in the prequel Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome.

Awards:

Nominations:

Other appearances[edit]

In August 2008, Helfer appeared on the stage of NVISION 08, an event sponsored by NVIDIA, where she discussed her role in Battlestar Galactica as well as the use of computer graphics on the show.[16] Helfer appeared as Chuck’s Season 2 secret agent "handler" in the NBC series Chuck,[17] and as Michael Westen's Season 2 nemesis in the USA Network series Burn Notice as "Carla." Helfer appears as herself in Old 97's music video for "Dance with Me".[18] In the video, she is sought through an exclusive nightclub, via fantasy, by an imaginative fan.

She guest starred in "Resonance," the second episode of Warehouse 13 as FBI Agent Bonnie Belski on Syfy. She appeared as a special guest star in the pilot episode of Fox's 2009 mid-season series Human Target, in which she plays the key female role. She has played several prominent video game roles in recent years; including Kilian Quatar in Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars, Veronica Dare in Halo 3: ODST and EDI, the ship-borne artificial intelligence aboard the Normandy SR-2 in Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3. She also voices Sarah Kerrigan in StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty as well as the expansion sets Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm and Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void. Helfer plays the voice of Black Cat in The Spectacular Spider-Man and she reprises the role in Spider-Man: Web of Shadows and Ultimate Spider-Man.

Helfer has joined the cast of Jerry Bruckheimer’s TNT drama, Dark Blue,[19] as FBI Special Agent Alex Rice. The show was cancelled in November 2010 because of its very low ratings.[20] In October 2010, she made a guest appearance on Lie to Me.[21][22] In 2011, she starred in The Black Keys' music video for "Howlin' for You".[23] She also made a guest appearance as a villain in No Ordinary Family (2011),[24] and a scheming law partner in Franklin & Bash (2011).[25] In 2011, Helfer starred as Morgana, a necromancer, in the TV series pilot 17th Precinct from Ron Moore with Galactica's co-stars James Callis and Jamie Bamber.[26]

In October 2011, she got the lead role in the TV Pilot Scent of the Missing[27] playing Susannah, a K-9 Search and Rescue Volunteer.[28] In November 2011, she appeared in the Hallmark TV Movie Mistletoe Over Manhattan.[29] For 2012, she signed for the recurring role of Alex Clark in the new NBC TV Series The Firm, based on the John Grisham novel.[29] On May 16, 2012, she appeared in the two-part finale of season 7 of the CBS series Criminal Minds, in which she led a team of bank-robbing serial killers. She guest starred in the second season of the Jane Espenson scripted romantic comedy web series, Husbands.[30] In 2013 she´ll be the main character in ABC´s Killer Women, which will be a remake of Argentinian drama Mujeres Asesinas, with producer Sofia Vergara.[31]

Personal life[edit]

Helfer at the Supernova Pop Culture Expo Hits Sydney, Australia 2012

She is married to Johnathan Marshall, a lawyer whom she met at a mutual friend's birthday party.[3]

She has four artificial discs in her back and two in her neck, resulting from an incident in which a piece of luggage was dropped on her head while sitting on a commercial airliner, and two in her lower back from mishaps while doing her own stunts.[32]

She co-founded the charity web site "Acting Outlaws"[33] with Katee Sackhoff, which is open for donations for different causes and charity events.[34] She is also involved in different charity events, from animal rescue[35] to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.[36]

Filmography[edit]

Helfer at a 2008 pre-Emmy party
Films
YearFilmRoleNotes
2000Eventual WifeIngaShort film
2003White RushEva
2004Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Charlie's AngelsFarrah FawcettTV movie
2006The Genius ClubAlly Simon
2006MemoryStephanie Jacobs
2007SpiralSasha
2007The Green ChainLeila Cole
2007Walk All Over MeCelene
2007Battlestar Galactica: RazorNumber SixTV movie
2008InseparableRae Wicks
2009Green Lantern: First FlightBoodikka
2009Battlestar Galactica: The PlanNumber SixTV movie
2009Hidden CrimesJulia CarverTV movie
2009Open HouseLila
2010A Beginner's Guide to EndingsMiranda
2011BloodworkDr. Wilcox
2011Mistletoe over ManhattanLucy MartelTV Movie
2011PostHumanKali (voice role)Short film
2012The ForgerSasha
2012Scent of the MissingSusannahTV movie, post-production
2012ScribbleSigrid HagenguthPost-production
201237ChristinaPost-production
Television
YearProgramRoleNotes
2002JeremiahSarahEpisode: "The Long Road: Part 1"
2002CSIAshleigh JamesEpisode: "The Hunger Artist"
2003Battlestar GalacticaNumber SixMini-series
2006The CollectorJanis EisnerEpisode: "The V.J."
2006Canada's Next Top ModelHost, JudgeCycle 1
2007ThemNaomi Tyler MooreTV pilot
2007SupernaturalMolly McNamaraEpisode - "Roadkill"
2009The DealershipRachel CarsonTV pilot
2007–2009Burn NoticeCarla8 episodes
2008–2009The Spectacular Spider-ManFelicia Hardy/Black Cat (voice role)Episodes: "Persona", "Accomplices", "Opening Night"
2004–2009Battlestar GalacticaNumber SixMain cast
2009ChuckAlex ForrestEpisode: "Chuck Versus the Broken Heart"
2009Warehouse 13Bonnie BelskiEpisode: "Resonance"
2010The Super Hero Squad ShowSif (voice role)Episode: "O, Brother!"
2010Human TargetStephanie DobbsEpisode: "Pilot"
2010Dark BlueAlex Rice10 episodes
2010Lie to MeNaomi RussellEpisode: "Double Blind"
2010The Whole TruthBitsie KatzEpisode: "Liars"
2011No Ordinary FamilySophie AdlerEpisode: "No Ordinary Love"
2011Scooby-Doo! Mystery IncorporatedAmanda Smyth/Aphrodite (voice role)Episode: "Where Walks Aphrodite"
2011Franklin & BashBrett CaimanEpisode: "Go Tell It on the Mountain"
2009–2011Two and a Half MenGailEpisodes: "Gorp. Fnark. Schmegle.", "Ixnay on the Oggie Day", "Nice to Meet You, Walden Schmidt"
201117th PrecinctMorgana KurlanskyTV pilot
2012The FirmAlex ClarkRecurring cast
2012Criminal MindsIzzy RogersEpisodes: "Hit", "Run"
2012HusbandsPillow Girl #2Episodes: "Appropriate Is Not the Word", "The Straightening"
2012Battlestar Galactica: Blood & ChromeCylon PrototypeEpisode: "Pilot"
2012–2013Tron: UprisingThe Grid (voice role)Main cast
2013Killer WomenMolly ParkerMain character
2013CommunityLaurenEpisode: "Conventions of Space and Time"
2013Ultimate Spider-ManFelicia Hardy/Black Cat
Video games
YearTitleRoleNotes
2007Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium WarsKilian Qatar
2007Command & Conquer 3: Kane's WrathKilian Qatar
2008Spider-Man: Web of ShadowsFelicia Hardy/Black Cat
2009Halo 3: ODSTCaptain Veronica Dare
2010Mass Effect 2EDI.
2010StarCraft II: Wings of LibertySarah Kerrigan
2012Mass Effect 3EDI
2013StarCraft II: Heart of the SwarmSarah Kerrigan
Music videos
YearTitleRoleNotes
2011Howlin' for YouAlexa Wolff

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bio at TV Guide
  2. ^ http://www.tvguide.com/celebrities/tricia-helfer/bio/193946
  3. ^ a b Eric J. Leech (Spring 2008). "Tricia Helfer" (PDF). Urban Male Magazine. Retrieved 2008-09-07. 
  4. ^ "Tricia Helfer Profile on FMD – Tricia Helfer pictures / images". Fashionmodeldirectory.com. Retrieved 2010-11-23. 
  5. ^ "TriciaHelfer.net". Chat – Ask Tricia A Question. Retrieved July 5, 2008. [dead link]
  6. ^ a b c http://www.fashionmodeldirectory.com/models/Tricia_Helfer
  7. ^ Maxim's Hot 100 Women of 2007 at Maxim web site
  8. ^ "Tricia Helfer – Canada's Top Model". BigBTV.com
  9. ^ Bio. TriciaHelfer.com (official).
  10. ^ White Rush profile at IMDb
  11. ^ "The Unauthorized Story of 'Charlie's Angels'". Flixster.com. 2005-06-14. Retrieved 2010-11-23. 
  12. ^ The Green Chain profile at IMDb
  13. ^ "Toronto's Jay Manuel To Host Second Season Of Canada's Next Top Model". CityNews.ca. Retrieved January 3, 2006]. 
  14. ^ "EA Reveals Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars: Kane Edition". Yahoo Business News. Retrieved 2006-01-03]. 
  15. ^ Natalie Abrams. "Tricia Helfer to Guest Star On Two and a Half Men". TVGuide.com. 
  16. ^ Tricia Helfer official site, "NVISION 08"[dead link]
  17. ^ Battlestar’s Tricia Helfer to Handle Chuck" TV Guide. November 24, 2008. Retrieved on November 26, 2008.
  18. ^ "Dance with Me" at IMDb
  19. ^ "Dark Blue Review « Tricia Helfer". Triciahelfer.com. Retrieved 2010-11-23. 
  20. ^ "Exclusive: TNT Cancels "Dark Blue" November 16, 2010, The Futon Critic
  21. ^ "Exclusive: Tricia Helfer to Crush on Lie to Me's Lightman". TV Guide. September 2, 2010.
  22. ^ "'Lie to Me' First Look: Lightman falls for Number Six!" October 18, 2010, Inside TV
  23. ^ The Black Keys' "Howlin' For You" February 10, 2011, IFC News
  24. ^ "Michael Chiklis Faces No Ordinary Cylon Invasion". UGO.com. March 1, 2011.
  25. ^ "Go Tell it on the Mountain" August 3, 2011, Clicker.com
  26. ^ "Tricia Helfer 17th Precinct Pilot". AOLTV.com. March 4, 2011.
  27. ^ News. TriciaHelfer.com
  28. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (October 12, 2011). "'Battlestar Galactica's' Tricia Helfer Nabs Lead in TNT Pilot". HollywoodReporter.com
  29. ^ a b "Battlestar Galactica Babe Tricia Helfer to Appear in THE FIRM" Daemons TV
  30. ^ Vary, Adam B (28 June 2012). "'Husbands': EP and star on season 2 of their gay-marriage web series -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 28 June 2012. 
  31. ^ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/battlestar-galactica-tricia-helfer-killer-women-abc-422393
  32. ^ "Nerd Heroes Unite Behind George!". Lopez Tonight. September 1, 2010. Retrieved 27 August 2010. 
  33. ^ "Who We Are". The Acting Outlaws. Retrieved 2010-11-23. 
  34. ^ "Our Mission". The Acting Outlaws. Retrieved 2010-11-23. 
  35. ^ "KittenRescue.org". Retrieved 2011-03-01. 
  36. ^ "Acting OutLaws.org". Retrieved 2011-03-01. 

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