Alexandra Paul
Birth Date:
July 29, 1963
Birth Place:
New York, New York, USA
5' 10''
actress, model
Groton High School, Groton, Massachusetts
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Lt. Stephanie Holden of Baywatch


“My character went through skin-cancer surgery, and when I woke up in the scene, I had full make-up on, glossy lips and mascara. I forgot about reality. I still cringe when I see that scene.” Alexandra Paul (on memories of Baywatch).

Athletic actress Alexandra Paul is best recognized while portraying Lieutenant Stephanie Holden (1992-1997) on the wildly popular series “Baywatch” and as Terry O'Brien (1999) on the last season of the series “Melrose Place.” Debuting in the ABC highly rated movie “Paper Dolls” (1982), Paul was also remembered for reprising her role in “Detonator” (1993 and 1995, as Sabrina Carver) and playing a recurring role in three installments of the 2-hour specials “Perry Mason” (1989, as former detective Amy Hastings). A proficient triathlon athlete and avid environmentalist and political activist, Alexandra Paul hosted Outdoor Life Network’s extreme sports series “Wild Waters,” WE's “Winning Women” and a local environmentalism show “Earth Talk Today.”

On the big screen, the brown haired, hazel eyed beauty has appeared in a number of films, including “Christine” (1983), “American Flyers” (1985), “Dragnet” (1987), “The Paper Boy” (1994), “Cyber Bandits” (1995), “House of the Damned” (1996), “Diary of a Sex Addict” (2001), “Outrage” (2003), “Tru Loved” (2008), “He's Such a Girl” (2009), “In My Sleep” (2010) and “Javelina”  (2011). Recently starring in “16-Love” (2012) and “A Beer Tale” (2012), the model turned actress will appear the upcoming movie “The Anchor” (2012).

Triathlon Athlete

Childhood and Family:

Daughter of an investment banker (Mark Paul) and a social worker (Sarah Paul), Alexandra Paul was born on July 29, 1963 in New York. She has an identical twin sister, Caroline, a San Francisco firefighter and an author who wrote the Pulitzer nominated book, “Fighting Fire.” She is also has a younger brother named Jonathan.

A dedicated and accomplished athlete, Alexandra competed in the World Ironman Triathlon Championships in Hawaii in 1997 and completed in 13:18:52. She met actor and triathlon coach Ian Murray during a triathlon 5 years ago. They tied the knot on September 16, 2000 and had an ocean swim and a Malibu triathlon for their honeymoon.

Alexandra graduated with honors from the prestigious prep school Groton High School, Groton, MA. She is a certified emergency medical technician (EMT) and a prolific environmental activist who recycles, drives an electric car and will not use any products tested on animals. In 1997, the United Nations highly praised her environmental activism and she won the International Green Cross award in 1999. She joined The Great Peace March for Global Nuclear Disarmament walking across America for over five weeks and has been arrested several times for protesting at the Nevada Nuclear Test Site. She has given speaks to Los Angeles teenagers on the issue of human overpopulation and along with twin sister Caroline, Alexandra became the recipients of the Christopher Street West Rainbow Award (2000) for supporting gay and lesbian rights. Recently, the ACLU of Southern California honored her as “2005 Activist of the Year” for her dedication in the environment, voting rights and peace issues.
Paul, who has been using electric car since 1990, is a founding board member of Plug In America, an advocacy group supporting the development and promotion of electric cars. She also actively works  with Population Media Center and is a supporter of numerous animal rights organizations.

“People will think I'm odd sometimes when I'm on the set (of BAYWATCH), since they don't recycle. I take everything home. I never throw anything away--even little pieces of paper.” Alexandra Paul (on her recycling habits).

Wild Waters

Starting out as a model, Alexandra Paul turned her interest in acting and had her TV debut appearance in “Paper Dolls” (1982). In the ABC’s much-watched drama, she played daughter of Jennifer Warren’s character, teen model Laurie Caswell, opposite Daryl Hannah. In the next year, she got her first big screen work in Don McBrearty’s thriller “American Nightmare,” with Lawrence Day and Lora Staley.

Paul got her first significant role in John Carpenter’s dark and violent film based on the best-selling Stephen King novel, “Christine” (1983, starring Keith Gordon). She followed it up roles in Edouard Molinaro’s comedy “Just the Way You Are” (1984, starring Kristy McNichol) and John Badham’s bicycle race drama “American Flyers” (1985, as sensuous hitchhiker Becky, along with Kevin Costner). She also costarred as expensive prostitute Sunny in Hal Ashby’s adaptation of Lawrence Block’s book, “8 Million Ways to Die” (1986), opposite Jeff Bridges, and appeared in Tom Mankiewicz’s film version of the radio and television series “Dragnet” (1987), with Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks.

On television, Paul starred as Kendall Gibley, an unfulfilled young secretary who began bodybuilding, in “Getting Physical” (1984) and costarred with Charles Dance in an adaptation of Andrea Davidson’s novel, “Out of the Shadows” (1988). She also had a recurring role in three installments of the 2-hour specials “Perry Mason” (1989), playing former detective Amy Hastings, and guest starred in an episode of the series “The Hitchhiker.”

Next up for Paul, she played roles in films like “After the Rain” (1988), “Laker Girls” (1990, TV), “Miliardi” (1991), “In Between” (1991) and “Prey of the Chameleon” (1992), in which she  played deputy sheriff and James Wilder’s former fiancée, Carrie. TV audience probably best remembered her as sexy lifeguard Lt. Stephanie Holden in the internationally popular series “Baywatch,” which she starred form 1992 to 1997.

While working in “Baywatch,” Paul acted in such big screen films as Kevin Connor’s “Sunset Grill” (1993, played Peter Weller’s estranged wife), Douglas Jackson’s “The Paper Boy” (1994) and Izidore K. Musallam’s “Nothing to Lose” (1994), opposite Michael V Gazzo. She was also cast in Erik Fleming’s “Cyber Bandits” (1995, as Robert Hays’s mistress), Scott P. Levy’s “House of the Damned” (1996, as Greg Evigan’s wife), Wayne Isham’s “12 Bucks” (1998) and Neil Mandt’s “Arthur's Quest” (1999).

Along with Pierce Brosnan, Paul costarred as elite espionage team member Sabrina Carver in the TV movie “Detonator” (1993) and reprised her role in its 1995 sequel, “Detonator II: Night Watch,” adapted from the novel by Alistair MacLean. Another Paul’s telefilms including “Piranha” (1995, as one of Darleen Carr’s assistants), Danielle Steel's “Mixed Blessings” (1995, as Scott Baio’s wife), “Daytona Beach” (1996, alongside Lisa Boyle), “Echo” (1997). Paul also had a recurring role in the final season of the series “Melrose Place” (1999), in which she played the role of Terry O'Brien.   

Director Marc S. Grenier handed her the leading role of Laura Underwood in his thriller movie “Revenge” (2000, a.k.a. “Fallen Angel”) and she had a cameo in Blair Treu’s family comedy “The,” which starred Michael Angarano and Kevin Kilner. In the subsequent year, Paul portrayed Linden Ashby’s wife in Robert Malenfant’s “Facing the Enemy,” costarred Michael Des Barres in Joseph Brutsman’s “Diary of a Sex Addict” and joined Jason Stuart in Michael Gallant’s “10 Attitudes.”

Paul also starred in Stuart Alexander’s “Above and Beyond” (opposite Costas Mandylor), Jennifer McGlone’s short comedy “Breaking Up Really Sucks” (both in 2001) and shared the screen with Diane Ladd and John Savage in “Redemption of the Ghost” (2002). For TV watchers, they saw her along with Eric Roberts in the airplane thriller TV movie “Rough Air: Danger on Flight 534” (2001), where she played flight Attendant Katy Phillips, and with Marcus Graham in “Green Sails” (2000).

In 2003, Paul reunited with Linden Ashby in Morrie Ruvinsky’s “Outrage,” starring as rehabilitated mother Lainie Wheeler, played Allison Ford in the made for TV film “Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding” and guest starred in “She Spies.” She went on to star in the telemovies “Saving Emily” (2004, as Bruce Boxleitner’s wife), “Landslide” (2005, with Vincent Spano and Luke Eberl), “A Lover's Revenge” (2005, directed by Douglas Jackson), “Trapped!” (2006, with Nicholas Turturro and Dennis Christopher), “Disaster Zone: Volcano in New York” (2006, as Dr. Susan Foxley), “Love Thy Neighbor” (2006, opposite Shannon Lawson and Gary Hudson and directed by Paul Schneider), “Gospel of Deceit” (2006, with J.C. MacKenzie and Corey Sevier), “ A.I. Assault” (2006, helmed by Jim Wynorski) and “Demons from Her Past” (2007, with Michael Woods and Cynthia Gibb).    

Paul was cast as the title character's mother on the acclaimed independent film “Tru Loved,” starring Najarra Townsend. Written and directed by Stewart Wade, the film won 14 awards at six film festivals before receiving limited national release on October 17, 2008. Still in 2008, she starred in the Rex Piano crime/drama movie “Murder Dot Com,” along with David Chokachi and Robyn Lively, and portrayed Pauline Phillips in the episode “Maidenform” of the AMC period drama series “Mad Men.” In the following year, the actress starred alongwith Robert Lewis Stephenson and Abby Wilde in the drama film “Family of Four,” portrayed Linda in the comedy/drama film “He's Such a Girl,” for director Sean Carr and writer Jimmy Gleacher, supported Courtney Gains, Norman John Cutliff III and Corey Britz in Martin Guigui's comedy, “Benny Bliss and the Disciples of Greatness,” and co-starred in the direct to video “Christmas Crash,” by director Terry Ingram. In addition, she starred as Katherine in the television film “A Sister's Secret.”

Paul appeared in Allen Wolf's suspense thriller film, “In My Sleep” (2010), about a man who believes he may have murdered a good friend while sleepwalking, Curtis Crawford's “The Boy She Met Online” (2010), along with Tracy Spiridakos and Jon Cor, and the horror film “Javelina” (2011), starring Mike Barfield, Blair Bomar and Eryn Brooke. He also acted in two 2011 made for television films, “Betrayed at 17” (as Michelle Ross) and “Christmas Spirit” (as Winnie). Recently, in 2012, Paul  had supporting roles in the Adam Lipsius helmed comedy film “16-Love,” starring Lindsey Shaw, Chandler Massey and Keith Coulouris, and “A Beer Tale,” a comedy film directed and co-written by and starring Lee Roy Kunz. She is set to portray Susan Rogers in the upcoming drama film “The Anchor” (2012). As an athlete, after participation in a Fiji swim from Denarau to Beachcomber Island, an 11-mile (18 km) race in August 2009, Paul took part competed in a 12.5 mile swim around Key West in June 2012.  

Adding to her acting works, Paul is also a host. She hosted the extreme sports series “Wild Waters” on the Outdoor Life Network, the WE network series “Winning Women” and the environmental cable access talk show “Earth Talk Today.” Moreover, she wrote, produced and hosted an award winning educational film broadcast on PBS about the human overpopulation crisis titled “Jampacked,” and hosted the TV documentary short “The Cost of Cool” (2001), a look at teenage consumption and views about the environment. For her work in the latter, she jointly won the CINE Golden Eagle for Non-Broadcast Division: Environment and Natural Science at the 2001 CINE Competition. She also founded Young Artists United in 1986 with producer / manager Daniel Sladek, a non-profit organization devoted to help young people in need.

“Maybe I'm typecast this year, but I'll (be) something else next year. Whatever you do, people put you in a little box for the moment. But you can get out of it.” Alexandra Paul.


CINE Competition: CINE Golden Eagle, Non-Broadcast Division: Environment and Natural Science, “The Cost of Cool,” 2001 Show Less
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