Joan of Arcadia
American actress Becky Wahlstrom is probably best known to television audiences for playing best friend Grace Polk on the fantasy family drama series “Joan of Arcadia” (CBS, 2003-2005). The graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts has also guest starred in popular shows like “Charmed,” “Strong Medicine,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Grey's Anatomy,” “Ghost Whisperer,” “Numb3rs” and “24.” Her film credits include “The Opposite of Sex” (1998), “Lucky 13” (2005), “The Horror Theater” (2008) and “The Strip” (2009).
Childhood and Family:
Becky Wahlstrom was born on April 25, 1975, in Chicago, Illinois. She trained at the reputable London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA) in England. She later moved to Los Angeles, where she actively supports, promotes and stars in regional theaters. Becky is Roman Catholic.
17 year old Becky Wahlstrom made her screen debut in singer Dolly Parton’s comedy “Straight Talk” (1992), which was directed by Barnet Kellman and co-written by Craig Bolotin and Patricia Resnick. However, she did not resurface until a 1997 episode of the ABC comedy series “Clueless” called “I'm in with the Out Crowd,” where she played Grace. It was followed by a guest stint on the short lived series “C-16: FBI” (as Michele Olansky) and a bit part in the Don Roos’ drama film “The Opposite of Sex,” starring Christina Ricci and Martin Donovan (both 1998). She made her TV movie debut in “Sorority” (1999), playing Chloe. Costars of the film included Monica Creel, Holly Towne, Sara Downing, Sarah Lancaster, Derek Basco and January Jones.
Entering the new millennium, Wahlstrom guest starred in the short lived science fiction series “The Others” (2000), starring Julianne Nicholson. She then landed a two episode role in the popular supernatural series “Charmed” (2001-2002, as Lila) and one episode roles in “Judging Amy” (as Summer the babysitter) and “Star Trek: Enterprise” (as Vissian Cogenitor, both 2003).
However, Wahlstrom did not experience a big break until she won the supporting role of Grace Polk on the CBS show “Joan of Arcadia,” starring Amber Tamblyn as a teenager who is able to communicate with God. Playing Joan's best friend and the eventual girlfriend of Luke (played by Michael Welch), she appeared on the show in 44 of 45 episodes during its run from September 2003 to April 2005.
In 2005, Wahlstrom played Toni in the comedy film “Lucky 13,” which was directed by Chris Hall and starred Brad Hunt, Harland Williams and Lauren Graham. The same year, she also portrayed Terry Garutso in the “Strong Medicine” episode “The Y Factor.” She next played Ms. Katz in the short film “Smash” (2006), directed by Gobi M. Rahimi and written by Scott F. Butler, costarred with David Andrews and Joe Fria in “Pulse” (2006), a 26 minute length horror film written and directed by Hiroshi Katagiri, and appeared as Suzy's mom in the “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” episode “Loco Motives” (2006).
Wahlstrom next played Lisa in two episodes of the ABC medical series “Grey's Anatomy” and offered a memorable performance as Stacey Adler in an episode of “Ghost Whisperer” called “Double Exposure” (both 2007). She also guest starred in episodes of “K-Ville” (2007), “Bones” (2008), “Women's Murder Club” (2008), “Saving Grace” (2009), “Numb3rs” (2009) and “Cold Case” (2009). The actress was reunited with Katagiri for the director/writer's short “Hindsight” and his horror film “The Horror Theater” (both 2008), where she reprised her role of Jennifer in both films. She then portrayed Becky in “The Strip,” a 2009 comedy film from filmmaker Jameel Khan. The film starred Dave Foley, Billy Aaron Brown, Federico Dordei and Jenny Wade. In January 2010, Wahlstrom played Ruth Scott in the episode “Day 8: 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.” of the series “24.”
Wahlstrom has acted in several stage productions, including Shakespeare's “Twelfth Nigh” and a stage adaptation of Ray Bradbury's “Fahrenheit 451.”