First acquiring notice with her portrayal of Sally Field's daughter, Eleanor, in the Emmy award winning miniseries “A Woman Of Independent Means” (1995), Canadian born actress Andrea Roth has gained even more popularity and recognition thanks to her role of Janet Gavin in the drama series “Rescue Me” (FX, 2004-2009), which starred and was co-created by Denis Leary. She has also guest starred in several American TV shows, including “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “Murder, She Wrote,” “The Outer Limits,” “Nash Bridge,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “CSI: Miami,” “Law & Order,” “Lost” and “Dark Blue” and acted in numerous films or TV films, such as “The Stepdaughter” (2001), “Highwaymen” (2004, with James Caviezel), “Last Exit” (2006, with fellow Canadian Kathleen Robertson), “War” (2007, with Jet Li and Jason Statham) and “The Skeptic” (2009, with Tom Arnold). Roth began her career as a model in Toronto.
Childhood and Family:
Andrea Roth was born on September 30, 1967, in Woodstock, Ontario, Canada. Her father is Scottish and her mother is Dutch. She gained her first acting experience at age 11 when she landed a role in Helen Keller's “Miracle Worker.” She was trained by acting couch Howard Fine.
A Woman of Independent Means
While attending college and interning at a Toronto based advertising agency, Andrea Roth was discovered by a modeling scout and embarked on a modeling career after college. She subsequently made the transition to acting. In 1998, Roth broke onto the small screen by playing Anna in HBO's “Alfred Hitchcock Presents.” She went on to appear in “Night Heat” later that same year and “C.B.C.'s Magic Hour” in 1989 before making her big screen debut in “The Jitters” (1989), which was directed by Jon Fasano.
Roth next received a supporting role in the Canadian film “Princes in Exile” (1990), adapted from Mark Schreiber's novel, was cast with Zach Galligan and Catherine Mary Stewart in the George Mihalka directed thriller “Psychic” (1992), costarred with Sam Hennings in Peter Manoogian's “Seedpeople” (1992) and was cast in the Brenton Spencer forgettable horror film “The Club” (1994). She had better luck on television when she landed a string of guest spots in such shows as “Friday the 13th,” “The Hitchhiker” (both 1990), “Dangerous Curves,” “Parker Lewis Can't Lose” (both 1992), “Counterstrike,” “Murder, She Wrote,” “Highlander” (all 1993) and “Dead at 21” (1994), and a recurring role in the Canadian prime time soap “E.N.G” (1992-1993, as Tessa Vargas). She also acted in the ABC miniseries “Spoils of War” (1994), opposite Kate Nelligan, John Heard and Tobey Maguire, supported Christine Lahti and Terry O'Quinn in the Lifetime TV film “The Good Fight” (1992) and played the dual role of Kim and Kate Jameson in the CBS television movie “A Change of Place” (1994).
It was in 1994 that Roth won her first regular role in the syndicated popular show “RoboCop,” starring Richard Eden. In the series, she played NeuroBrain. Her big breakthrough arrived the following year when she was cast as Eleanor in the NBC miniseries “A Woman of Independent Means” (1995), which starred Sally Field and Ron Silver. Robert Greenwald directed the show with the script adapted from the book of the same name by Elizabeth Forsythe-Hailey.
Roth next appeared with Jon Favreau in the failed pilot “Desert Breeze” (1996), guest starred in the series “The Outer Limits” (1996), “Players” (1997), “The Pretender” (1998) and “Nash Bridge” (1999), and teamed up with Tom Skerritt in the USA Network television film “Divided by Hate” (1997), which was also directed by Skerritt. On the big screen, she could be seen in “The Sunchaser” (1996), a drama starring Woody Harrelson, Jon Seda and Anne Bancroft and helmed by Michael Cimino, the science fiction “Crossworlds” (1997), opposite Rutger Hauer, Josh Charles, Stuart Wilson and Jack Black, and the independent drama “Red Meat” (1997), directed and penned by Allison Burnett and starring Lara Fynn Boyle and James Frain. She also costarred as Monika Engelmann in the Canadian thriller “Hidden Agenda” (1998), with Kevin Dillon and Christopher Plummer, and in Scott Storm's independent film “Burn” (1998), which won a Jury Special Award at the 1998 Slamdance Film Festival.
Entering the new millennium, Roth took the small recurring role of Jo Decker in the TNT drama series “Bull,” whose main cast included Alicia Coppola, Ian Kahn, George Newbern, Elisabeth Röhm, Christopher Wiehl and Malik Yoba. She also appeared in an episode of the television series “Diagnosis Murder” (2000) and FX's “Lucky” (2003) and in the pilot of “The Agency” (2001) before joining the cast of CBS' drama “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” in the recurring role of Officer Kerry Ray during the 2003-2004 season. She also acted in several TV films, including “Personally Yours” (2000, starred Jeffrey Nordling), HBO's “The Stepdaughter” (2001, starred as Susan Heller), “All Around the Town” (2002, with Nastassja Kinski) and “The Perfect Husband” (2004, with Tracy Nelson, Michael Riley and Thomas Calabro). Roth was also seen in the movies “Dangerous Attraction” (2000) and “Highwaymen” (2004), where she was cast in the memorable role of Alexandra Farrow. Costars in the Robert Harmon helmed action film included James Caviezel, Rhona Mitra, Frankie Faison, Colm Feore and Gordon Currie.
Roth's popularity in the U.S. gained a further boost when she won the regular role of Janet Gavin in the FX drama “Rescue Me,” which was created by Peter Tolan and Denis Leary, who also starred in the show as her ex-husband. Debuting on July 21, 2004, the series was well received by audiences and critics and went on to have strong ratings to the fifth season, which began airing on April 7, 2009.
During her high profile work on “Rescue Me,” Roth guest starred in “Law & Order” (2005), “CSI: Miami” (2005), “Numb3rs” (2007), “Criminal Minds” (2008) and “Lost” (2009). She also acted in a series of TV movies, including “Chasing Christmas” (2005), “Crazy for Christmas” (2005), “Last Exit” (2006), “Bridal Fever” (2008) and “The Secret Lives of Second Wives” (2008). In 2007, Roth received the important supporting role of Jenny Crawford in the action thriller “War,” which starred Jet Li and Jason Statham as a mysterious assassin named Rogue and FBI agent named Crawford, respectively. More recently, in 2009, she was cast as Robin Becket in Tennyson Bardwell's thriller “The Skeptic,” alongside Tim Daly, Tom Arnold and Zoe Saldana, and as Victoria in Marcus Dunstan's “The Collector,” with Madeline Zima, Josh Stewart and Juan Fernández. She also played Nicole Carter in two episodes of the TNT drama “Dark Blue,” starring Dylan McDermott and Omari Hardwick.
Roth has completed filming the comedy “The Holiday House” (2009), which was directed by John Murlowski and written by Jay Cipriani. She is rumored to be portraying Teresa in George Erschbamer's upcoming film “Courage,” opposite Jason Priestley.