Days of Our Lives
American actress Annie Burgstede is perhaps best known to television viewers for playing Willow Star in the daytime soap “Days of Our Lives,” a role she played from October 2006 to June 2007. She has also guest starred in several TV series, including “Cold Case,” “Charmed,” “Smallville,” “Without a Trace” and “CSI: Crime Investigation.” Burgstede starred as Tori in the horror film “Death Tunnel” (2005) and had a supporting role in the thriller “Follow the Prophet” (2009).
Anna Louise Burgstede
Childhood and Family:
Annie Burgstede was born Anna Louise Burgstede on September 18, 1983. She is a native of Wisconsin.
Annie Burgstede began her professional television career in 2005 when she landed the role of Wendy 1976 in an episode of “Cold Case” called “Yo, Adrian.” She went on to have a two episode arc in “Everwood,” playing Pippi, and other guest roles in “All of Us” and “Charmed” (all 2005). Still in 2005, she voiced Priscilla in the short film “Sleeping Dogs Lie,” directed by Stuart Lessner, and made her first feature film appearance in Nicole Bettauer's “Duck,” which starred Carol Mansell and Philip Baker Hall. Later that same year, she moved on to a starring role in the critically ignored horror film “Death Tunnel,” along side Steffany Huckaby, Yolanda Pecoraro, and Kristin Novak. She played Tori.
In 2006, Burgstede played Samantha Drake and Zoe Kessler in episodes of “Smallville” and “ CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” respectively. However, it was not until she was cast in the role of Willow Stark in the NBC soap opera “Days of Our Lives” that the relatively newcomer scored a big break. Joining the show in October 2006, she was originally hired as a recurring player, but ascended to contract player after only a few episodes. She departed the series on June 5, 2007.
In 2008, Burgstede played Virginia West in “Foxglove,” a 15 minute drama jointly directed and written by Kayt Jones and Jay Rodan and starring Rodan as thirty something filmmaker named Burrard Blunt. She returned to the big screen in the following year when she was cast in the role of Avery Colden in the drama/thriller “Follow the Prophet” (2009), directed by Drew Ann Rosenberg, written by Robert Chimento and starring Robert Chimento. The same year, she also made guest appearances in “Without a Trace” (as Cailyn Samson) and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” her second appearance in the show.