“There’s been a lot of great times and there’ve been some not so great times and I am who I am today because of that, so it’s good not to forget.” Laurie Holden
First capturing attention with her recurring role of Marita Covarrubias on “The X-Files” (1996-2002), Californian born actress Laurie Holden, whose role model is actress Jessica Lange, won widespread acclaim for playing Jim Carrey's missing love interest in the Frank Darabont directed drama “The Majestic” (2001). Since then, she has acted in such popular movies as “Fantastic Four” (2005), “Silent Hill” (2006) and “The Mist” (2007, again helmed by Darabont). Holden also netted a Gemini nomination for her guest starring role in the series “Due South” (1995) and played the regular role of Mary Travis on the short lived Western series “The Magnificent Seven” (1998-2000).
The 5' 6½” former winner of Toronto's “Look of Year” modeling pageant was once named one of Entertainment Weekly's “100 Most Creative People in Hollywood” and Variety's “10 Actors To Watch.” She has dual citizenship with the United States and Canada. Holden has participated in children's charities such as Feed the Children and Planet Hope.
Look of Year
Childhood and Family:
Laurie Heather Holden was born on December 17, 1972, in Los Angeles, California, to actors Larry Holden and Adrienne Ellis. Her celebrity parents divorced in 1977 when she was five years old. Shortly thereafter, her mother married British director Michael Anderson, which made Laurie the stepsister of actor Michael Anderson Jr. and producer David Anderson. She also has a younger brother named Christopher and a half sister. After the marriage, Laurie divided her time between L.A. and Toronto, where the teen girl became a winner of the “Look of Year” modeling pageant.
Laurie studied economics and political science at Montreal's McGill University, but transferred to UCLA after her freshman year. She received a BA in theater arts in 1993.
As the stepdaughter of moviemaker Michael Anderson, Laurie Holden spent much of her upbringing on film and television sets. Her first acting job arrived at age 8 when she was cast as the daughter of Rock Hudson in the NBC miniseries “The Martian Chronicles” (1980), which was directed by her stepfather. Six years later, she appeared in Anderson's comedy “Separate Vacations” (1986), which starred David Naughton and Jennifer Dale.
Holden went on to appear in such projects as the Burt Reynolds vehicle “Physical Evidence” (1989), the Canadian TV series “Scales of Justice” (1990) and the TNT miniseries “Young Catherine” (1991), opposite Vanessa Redgrave and Julia Ormond and (again) directed by her stepfather.
After completing her degree in theater arts at UCLA, Holden earned a place with the National Honor Society and received the “Natalie Wood Award” for Best Actress. She then trained with Larry Moss at The Larry Moss Acting Studio and studied the classics at the Webber Douglas Academy of Art. The attractive actress returned to series TV with regular roles in the Canadian shows “Family Passions” and “Destiny Ridge” (both 1993) and played the supporting role of Rachel Tudor in the TV film “TekWar: TekLab” (1994). It was in 1995 that Holden offered a notable comedic turn as Jill Kennedy in an episode of the critically praised “Due South,” for which she was nominated for a 1996 Gemini for Best Performance by an Actress in a Guest Role in a Dramatic Series.
Following guest spots in TV series like “Highlander” (1995), “Murder, She Wrote” and “Two” (both 1996), Holden enjoyed a break when she was cast in the recurring role of informant Maria Covarrubias on the popular Fox series “The X-Files,” a role she portrayed from 1996 to 2002. This TV success paved the way for Holden's subsequent American projects. She next played Mabel Dunham in the TV film remake of “The Pathfinder” (1996), had a supporting role in the Zale Dalen directed action film “Expect No Mercy” (1996), appeared with Jack Wagner and Alexandra Paul in the TV film “Echo” (1997), supported Tori Spelling and Jason Brooks in the television drama “Alibi” (1997) and costarred with Eric Roberts in independent film “Past Perfect” (1996) for director Jonathan Heap. It was also in 1998 that Holden began her regular role of Mary Travis in the CBS series “The Magnificent Seven,” which was based on the 1960 MGM classic of the same name. Costarring with Michael Biehn, Eric Close, Ron Perlman and Andrew Kavovit, she remained with the Western series until its final season in 2000. After the show was canceled, she took on a supporting role, opposite William Devane and Rob Estes, in the sci-fi thriller made-for-TV film “The Man Who Used to Be Me” (2000). However, it was her next assignment that brought the active performer real attention. Spotted while performing on a stage production of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” Holden scored her screen breakthrough role of Adele Stanton in director Frank Darabont's “The Majestic” (2001). As Jim Carrey's long lost love, she received praise for her performance.
After her “The Majestic” performance, Holden disappeared from the screen for several years. She made her comeback in 2005 with the hit adventure “Fantastic Four,” where she was cast as the girlfriend of Michael Chiklis. The same year, she also starred with Dean Cain in the Canadian “Bailey's Billion$.” In 2006, Holden portrayed a police woman named Cybil Bennet in the horror movie “Silent Hill” (2006), opposite Radha Mitchell and Sean Bean, and later rejoined “The Majestic” director Darabont for the horror film “The Mist” (2007), costarring Thomas Jane and Marcia Gay Harden. She then appeared as Billy in the independent comedy “Meet Market” (2008), which was written and directed by Charlie Loventhal and portrayed Agent Murray in episodes of “The Shield” (2008).
Natalie Wood Award: Best Actress