“Now people say that I look like Teri and I take that as a compliment.” Andrea Bowen.
First performing on Broadway at age six as Young Cosette/Young Eponine in “Les Misérables” (she was the youngest actress ever to play the role), Andrea Bowen subsequently originated the role of Marta Von Trapp in the Broadway revival of "The Sound of Music" (opposite Richard Chamberlain) and created the role of Adele in the musical version of “Jane Eyre.” And after making guest and recurring appearances on such TV series as "Law & Order" and "Third Watch", "Boston Public" and "That Was Then", "One Tree Hill" and "Nip Tuck," she was shot toward the spotlight while playing Julie Mayer (2004-Present), Teri Hatcher’s savvy daughter on ABC hit soap opera “Desperate Housewives.” In films, the 5' 4½" tall brown-eyed blonde could be seen in New York Crossing (1996; TV) and Highball (1997), as well as provided her voice in Bambi II (2006).
Childhood and Family:
Born in Columbus, Ohio on March 4, 1990, Andrea Bowen later followed her family relocating to New York City when she was five. The youngest of six siblings, Andrea has three older brothers: Grahm, Alex and Cameron (actor; born September 13, 1988; appeared in 2003 films Mystic River and Seabiscuit) as well as two older sisters: Jessica and Jillian.
Andrea loves reading and was recently named Student of the Year for academic achievement at her 8th Grade culmination. The accomplished singer and dancer also enjoys swimming and horseback riding. She has two dogs called Maxie and Oscar. She currently lives with her mother and father in the Los Angeles area.
Young Les Misérables
Starting acting at age 6 on Broadway as Young Cosette/Young Eponine in “Les Misérables” (she was the youngest actress ever to play the role), Andrea Bowen, who was also a member of The Broadway Kids concert group, constantly performed on Broadway, appearing in the original company of the 1998 revival of “The Sound of Music” (opposite Richard Chamberlain) in which she originated the role of Marta Von Trapp and in the musical version of “Jane Eyre” in which she created the role of Adele. Meanwhile, she also began to guest star on many New York-based TV shows, including on NBC police procedural and legal drama “Law & Order” and NBC crime drama “Third Watch.” She also appeared in the Italian TV movie New York Crossing (1996; a.k.a. Angelo a New York, Un; starring Giancarlo Giannini) and director Noah Baumbach's comedic drama movie Highball (1997; with Eric Stoltz, Annabella Sciorra and Justine Bateman).
In the early millennium, Andrea returned to television to play the recurring roles of Zooey Glass on ABC short-lived drama series starring James Bulliard, “That Was Then,” and adolescent genius Riley Ellis on Fox’s drama “Boston Public.” Meanwhile, she also guest starred as an altruistic cystic fibrosis patient on Lifetime medical drama “Strong Medicine,” an bad-tempered and blasphemous foster child on The WB-The CW teen drama “One Tree Hill,” the bratty daughter of a sports star on HBO sitcom “Arli$$” and as a shy, suicidal teen on FX drama “Nip/Tuck.”
“I didn't think I was going to get it because they wanted a 12-year-old brunette and I was a 13-year-old blonde. At the screen test they asked, ‘Are you willing to dye your hair?’ And I said, ‘Yes! Yes! Of course I am!"' Andrea Bowen (on winning the role of Julie Mayer on "Desperate Housewives").
2004 proved to be Andrea’s biggest breakout year to date when she was cast to play the regular role of Julie Mayer (2004-2007), Teri Hatcher’s savvy daughter on ABC popular Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning comedic soap opera "Desperate Housewives." As a member of the cast, Andrea earned two Screen Actors Guild Awards (in 2004 and 2006, for Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series) and a Young Artist Award nomination in 2004 for Best Performance by a Leading Young Actress.
“I got sides for Julie and I thought, Oh I really, really, really want to be this character.” Andrea Bowen.
Andrea also found success as a voiceover artist, providing her voice in the video games The Longest Journey, Extreme Skate Adventure, and The Cat in the Hat, as well as in the TV movie Party Wagon (2004) and in the films Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (2005) and Bambi II (2006). She also appeared in Randal Kleiser's musical movie Red Riding Hood (2004), Robert David Cochrane's 11-minute film Luckey Quarter (2005) and Michael D. Sellers' drama film Eye of the Dolphin (2006; starring Carly Schroeder).
As a recording artist and part of the Broadway Kids, Andrea’s voice can be heard on the original cast albums of the aforementioned musicals as well as Night of the Hunter, Z: the Masked Musical, Broadway Kids Sing America and the Sugar Beats discs Car Tunes and Christmas Album.
- Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, “Desperate Housewives,” 2006
- Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, “Desperate Housewives,” 2005