Lifeguard Leigh Dyer
American model and actress Brande Roderick is known for playing lifeguard Leigh Dyer on the television series “Baywatch Hawaii” from 2000 to 2001, and in the 2003 reunion movie “Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding,”and for her appearance in “Playboy.” She became the Playmate of the Year in 2001. The Northern California native has guest starred in television series like “Beverly Hills, 90210,” “Jesse,” “The Parkers,” “Joey,” and “The Game” as well as acted in “Dracula II: Ascension” (2003), “Starsky & Hutch” (2004), “Hood of Horror” (2006), “The Nanny Diaries” (2007) and “Toxic” (2010), among other films. In 2005, Roderick was named one of FHM's “100 Sexiest Women in the World.”
Roderick is married to former NFL linebacker Glenn Cadrez and has one child with him. She currently lives in Los Angeles. California. She has a dog named Mercedes. In her free time, Roderick enjoys hiking in the canyons, playing softball, bowling, and traveling. She has two rose tattoos, one one her belly and the other on her ankle. Roderick loves supporting the charities she believes in.
Childhood and Family:
Brande Nicole Roderick was born on June 13, 1974, in Novato, California. She was a varsity cheerleader in high school.
In August 2006, Brande was engaged to Glenn Cadrez (born January 2, 1970, in El Centro, California), a former American football linebacker who played 11 seasons in the National Football League for the New York Jets (1992-1995), Denver Broncos (1995-2000) and Kansas City Chiefs (2001-2002). The couple married in June 2007. Brande and Cadrez first met when they both had roles in the film “Hood of Horror,” the third film produced by BloodWorks, the horror film finance, production and sales outfit founded by Cadrez and his fellow former University of Houston teammate, Christopher Tuffin. In March 2010, Brande gave birth to the couple's first child.
Playmate of the Year
Brande Roderick was inspired to pursue acting since she was young. She launched her acting career in San Fransisco before eventually moving to Los Angeles.
In 1998, Roderick made her television debut in an episode of the French/ British series “Erotic Confessions” called “Masquerade.” Later that same year, she hit the American television with a guest spot as Amazon woman in the “Bermuda Triangle Episode” of the UPN sitcom “Love Boat: The Next Wave.” She went on to appear in an episode of the popular drama series “Beverly Hills, 90210,” which ran on Fox for ten seasons.
Roderick also took several film roles during the year. She appeared with Lisa Boyle, Shyra Deland and Lisa Enochs in the erotic thriller movie “Sheer Passion,” directed by John Quinn and written by David Keith Miller, played Krista in Leland Price's “Life of a Gigolo,” opposite Mark Ritter, Lauren Hays and Leslie Zemeckis, and starred with Jason Schnuit and Monique Parent in the sequel “Club Wild Side 2.” She also supported Alex DeBoe, Gabrielle Anwar and Douglas Spain in the comedy film “Beach Movie,” for director/writer John Quinn.
In 1999, Roderick had a supporting role in the film “Stripper Wives,” starring Lauren Hays, Bobby Johnston and Ashlyn Gere. The same year, she also appeared as Susan in an episode of the NBC sitcom “Jesse,” starring Christina Applegate, and made her second appearance in the series “Love Boat: The Next Wave,” this time playing Kelly in the episode “About Face.”
Roderick's big break arrived when she won the role of lifeguard Leigh Dyer on the action/draam series “Baywatch Hawaii,” which according to the Guinness Book of World Records, was the most watched TV show of all time. She was on the show from October 2000 to May 2001.
Prior to joining “Baywatch Hawaii,” Roderick was named Miss April 2000 in Playboy's issue of that month. Other Playboy centerfolds that have made the transition from Playboy centerfold to a “Baywatch” (1989) cast member include Pamela Anderson, Erika Eleniak, and Marliece Andrada. In 2001, Roderick was named Playmate of the Year, making her the first “Baywatch” cast member that is a PMOY.
In 2003, Roderick reprised the role of Leigh Dwyer in a reunion television movie, “Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding.” The same year, she also was cast as Tanya in the direct to video horror film “Dracula II: Ascension,” the installment to “Dracula 2000,” starring Jason Scott Lee, Jason London, Craig Sheffer, Stephen Billington, Diane Neal, John Light and Khary Payton, and starred as Sally, the American wife of an Indian man, Jaswinder (played by Ritesh Deshmukh), in the Bollywood movie “Out of Control.” In addition, she guest starred in an episode of the UPN sitcom “The Parkers” (2003). In 2004, Roderick starred opposite Eric Roberts, Charlie Schlatter and Michael Jackson in the spoof movie “Miss Castaway and the Island Girls,” which was written, directed and co-produced by Bryan Michael Stoller. The film received generally negative reviews. She was cast as a cheerleader named Heather on “Starsky & Hutch” (also 2004), a comedy film directed by Todd Phillips and starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson. The film, which is adapted from the original television series of the same name from the 1970s, gained good reviews and was a box office success. It grosses over $88 million domestically and over $82 million internationally for a worldwide total of over $179 million. The budget was $60 million.
Next up for Roderick, she had a small role in the romance/comedy film “Lucky 13” (2005), starring Brad Hunt, Harland Williams and Lauren Graham, hosted the television show “The Daily Habit” (2005), had a recurring role as Robin in NBC's“Joey,” a spin-off of the popular series “Friends,” shared the screen with her future husband, Glenn Cadrez, in the comedy/horror film “Hood of Horror” (2006), starring Snoop Dogg, and guest starred in The CW's comedy/drama series, “The Game” (2006) She portrayed Casey in “Bunny Whipped” (2007), a comedy film written and directed by Rafael Riera, and Tanya in the film adaptation of Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus's novel, “The Nanny Diaries” (2007), starring Scarlett Johansson.
2010 saw Roderick host the “Playboy Shootout” reality competition on Playboy TV. She also played the role of Cherry in the drama/thriller movie “Toxic” (2010), directed and written by Alan Pao. Co-stars in the film included Susan Ward, Corey Large, Master P, Dominique Swain, Charity Shea, Danny Trejo, Costas Mandylor, Tom Sizemore and Paul Johansson.