PROFILE
Name:
Cyia Batten
Birth Date:
1975/1/26
Birth Place:
Locust Valley, New York
Nationality:
American
Famous for:
Her role in “Cookers” (2001)
BIOGRAPHY
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Cookers

Background:

American actress and dancer Cyia Batten received a Festival Trophy at the 2005 Screamfest for her starring role of Dorena in the award winning horror film “Cookers” (2001). She also appeared in the movie “The Sweetest Thing” (2002, with Cameron Diaz and Christina Applegate), “Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle” (2003), “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning” (2006, with Jordana Brewster), “Charlie Wilson's War” (2007, with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts) and “Killer Movie” (2008) and in TV series like “NYPD Blue,” “Nash Bridges,” “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” “Crossing Jordan” and “Nip/Tuck.” The New York native also portrayed different characters in the CBS drama “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and its spin-offs “CSI: NY” and “CSI: Miami,” as well as in the “Star Trek” series “Deep Space Nine,” “Voyager” and “Enterprise.”

Batten is an original member of the singing group The Pussycat Dolls, with which she toured throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia from 1995 to 2003. She also displayed her dancing ability in the Festival of the Siren in Sorrento, Italy, and in a production of “Aida” with the Teatro Comunale di Firenze.

Batten is a jewelry designer and has her own jewelry collection called T. Cyia, with fellow actor Tim McElwee.


Dancer

Childhood and Family:

Cyia Batten was born on January 26, 1975, in Locust Valley, New York. A classical trained dancer, she studied at the influential School of American Ballet in New York City and attended the New York State School of the Arts during summers.

In addition to her home in New York, Cyia also has a residence in Los Angeles.


Pussycat Dolls

Career:

Cyia Batten was first gained attention on the dance circuit. A former student of NYC's School of American Ballet, she caught the attention of European audiences with her starring dance performance at the Festival of the Siren in Sorrento, Italy, and in “Aida” with the Teatro Comunale di Firenze. From 1995 to 2003, she received worldwide notice as a member of the musical group The Pussycat Dolls. With the group, which was founded by choreographer Robin Antin, she performed in the Los Angeles-based nightclub The Viper Room from 1995 to 2001 before moving to The Roxy and making appearances in shows throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. The group also graced the cover of such magazines as “Interview” and “Maxim.”

Batten made her television acting debut in 1995 with a one episode role in “Red Shoe Diaries.” She went on to make her TV movie debut in the Fox Network science fiction movie “W.E.I.R.D. World” (1995). She then landed guest starring rolls in episodes of “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” (1995 and 1996) and Showtime's “Marshal Law” (1996) and appeared in USA Pictures' “Sins of the Mind” (1997), alongside Jill Clayburgh, Mike Farrell and Missy Crider.

Following guest spots in “Soldier of Fortune, Inc.” and “The Pretender” (both 1997), Batten debuted on the big screen with a bit part in “Senseless” (1998), which was directed by Penelope Spheeris and written by Greg Erb and Craig Mazin. The film starred Marlon Wayans, Matthew Lillard, David Spade and Rip Torn. In her second film, “Black and White” (1999), a mystery starring Gina Gershon, she was featured as a policewoman. In between the projects, Batten landed guest roles in such TV series as “Silk Stalkings,” “Profiler,” “The Strip” and “Popular.”

Entering the new millennium, Batten costarred as Rebecca in the made-for-television film “At Any Cost” (2000), opposite Eddie Mills, Glenn Quinn and James Franco. She then returned to the “Star Trek” franchise when she was cast as Irina in an episode of “Star Trek: Voyager” called “Drive” (2000). Her subsequent guest roles included appearing on “Nash Bridges” (2000), “The Lone Gunmen” (2001), “NYPD Blue” (2002), “Robbery Homicide Division” (2002), “The Guardian,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and “Strong Medicine” (all 2003).

In 2001, Batten was cast as a crystal meth addict named Dorena in Dan Mintz's “Cookers,” opposite Brad Hunt as Hector and Patrick McGaw as Merle. The horror movie won several awards at the 2001 Milan International Film Festival and the 2005 Screamfest, including a Best Actress honor for Batten. She next had unaccredited parts in the Jake Gyllenhaal comedy “Bubble Boy” (2001, as a dancer) and “The Sweetest Thing” (2002), which starred Cameron Diaz and Pussycat Doll cofounder Christina Applegate. With some Pussycat Dolls members, she also appeared in the 2003 film “Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle.”

After leaving the Pussycat Dolls, Batten was reunited with “Cookers” director Dan Mintz in the direct-to-video-released “American Crime” (2004), for which she was cast alongside Rachael Leigh Cook, Kip Pardue, Cary Elwes and Annabella Sciorra. The next year, she appeared as Navaar in an episode of “Star Trek: Enterprise” and as Ariana Lee in an episode of “CSI: NY.” She then appeared as Rebecca Lamar in an episode of “CSI: Miami” called “Death Pool 100,” which was broadcasted on October 2, 2006, played Diane in the direct-to-video release “Glass House: The Good Mother” (2006), supported Jordana Brewster and Taylor Handley in the horror movie “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning” (2006), and appeared in the TV film “Suspect” (2007), with Carrie-Anne Moss and Charles S. Dutton. She also had a recurring role in the Matthew Perry/Amanda Peet starring comedy series “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” (2006-2007), appeared in episodes of “Eyes” and “Crossing Jordan” (both 2007) and played the supporting role of Stacey in Mike Nichols' “Charlie Wilson's War” (2007), which starred Tom Hanks, Amy Adams, Julia Roberts and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

In 2008, Batten teamed up with Jason London, Paul Wesley, Torrey DeVitto and Kaley Cuoco for the film “Killer Movie,” which was written and directed by Jeff Fisher. She also guest starred in “Swingtown.” Recently, in 2009, she was featured as a girl in a bar in an episode of “Nip/Tuck” called “Ronnie Chase.”

Batten will portray Rebecca in the sport themed “Never Submit” (2009). Costars in the film include Ernie Hudson, Corey Sevier, Brad Hunt and Ken Shamrock.


Awards:

  • Screamfest: Festival Trophy, Best Actress, “Cookers,” 2005

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