Television and film actress Shannon Marie Woodward, also known as Shannon Woodward, is perhaps best recognized for playing the daughter of Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver, Di Di Malloy, on the way-upbeat series “The Riches,” which ran on the FX network for two seasons during 2007-2008. By the time she got the role, the photogenic brunette had guest starred in a number of TV shows, including “Clarissa Explains It All” (her debut), “ The Drew Carey Show,” “Malcolm in the Middle,” “Without a Trace,” “Boston Public,” “Cold Case” and “Psych.” She continued to appear in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Criminal Minds” and “ER.” On the wide screen, Woodward can be seen in “Man of the House” (2005), “The Quiet” (2005), “The Comebacks” (2007), “The Haunting of Molly Hartley” (2008) and “The Shortcut” (2009). She is set to play a role on the upcoming TV film “Limelight” (2009).
Woodward also plays guitar and sings.
Childhood and Family:
Shannon Marie Woodward was born on December 17, 1984, in Phoenix, Arizona. As a child, she moved with her family to Florida. There she began acting and later caught the attention of a casting director for Nickelodeon’s “Clarissa Explains It All.”
Currently, Shannon resides in Los Angeles, California. She has a lovely cat named Touey, named after a character in “Moulin Rouge.”
The Haunting of Molly Hartley
While growing up in Florida, Shannon Marie Woodward took part in many local stage productions. In one of her performances, she was spotted by a casting director for Nickelodeon’s “Clarissa Explains It All,” which led to her appearances in three episodes of the hit sitcom during 1991 to 1994. In 1995, the 11-year-old girl made her TV movie debut in Showtime's “Family Reunion: A Relative Nightmare,” playing Leigh Dooley. She followed it up with appearances in the telepics “Tornado!” (1996) and “True Women” (1997), playing Lucy and Young Cherokee Woods (age 13) respectively.
After guest starring in “The Drew Carey Show” (2000), Woodward played Lucy in the pilot of “Crossing Jordan” (2001) and Tammy in an episode of the Fox popular sitcom “Malcolm in the Middle” called “Houseboat.” She also landed a recurring role as Kristina on three episodes of the sitcom “Grounded for Life,” which starred Donal Logue, Megyn Price, Kevin Corrigan, Griffin Frazen, Lynsey Bartilson, Jake Burbage and Bret Harrison. She was on the show during 2001-2002 season.
A string of guest roles ensued after Woodward left “Grounded for Life.” She appeared in The WB sitcom “Greetings from Tucson” (2002, as Chrissy), the CBS police procedural “Without a Trace” (2003, as Vicki Johnson), “Medical Investigation” (2004, as Danielle Johnson) and the Fox sitcom “Quintuplets” (2005, as Bailey). Additionally, she appeared in the “Boston Public episodes “Chapter Sixty-Nine” and “Chapter Seventy-Four” (both 2003), where she played different characters.
In 2005, Woodward debuted cinematically with “Man of the House,” a comedy/crime movie starring Tommy Lee Jones and Cedric the Entertainer and helmed by Stephen Herek. She portrayed Jones' high school daughter, Emma. She next was cast along side Elisha Cuthbert, Camilla Belle, Edie Falco and Martin Donovan in the drama/thriller movie “The Quiet,” premiered at Toronto Film Festival on September 12, 2005. It was later followed with small parts in the comedy “Sunny & Share Love You” (2007) and the sport-themed “The Comebacks” (2007), which starred David Koechner, Will Arnett, Melora Hardin, and Matthew Lawrence.
Woodward returned to television by guest starring in a 2006 episode of “Cold Case” and later episodes of “Psych” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (both 2007). However, she did not enjoy a big breakthrough until she won a regular role on the FX serial drama “The Riches” (2007-2008), created by Dmitry Lipkin and starring Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver. She played intelligent and dodgy adolescent daughter Di Di Malloy.
After “The Riches” left the airwaves, Woodward had her first important role in a film. She was cast as Leah in the horror/thriller “The Haunting of Molly Hartley” (2008), where she costarred with Haley Bennett, Jake Weber and Chace Crawford. The next year, she portrayed Lisa in the Nicholaus Goossen-directed horror/thriller “The Shortcut,” costarring Andrew Seeley. More recently, she appeared in the TV series “Criminal Minds” (1 episode, as Linda) and “ER” (2 episodes, as Kelly Taggart).
The 25 year old actress will play Zoe Green in the TV film “Limelight” (2009). Costars in the drama include Oded Fehr, Sharon Leal, Noah Gray-Cabey, Matthew Davis and Jessy Schram.