Shoshannah Stern
Birth Date:
July 3, 1980
Birth Place:
Walnut Creek, California, USA
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Shoshannah Stern is an American actress of television, film and stage. She played regular role in “Threat Matrix” (ABC, 2003-2004) and had recurring roles on the popular TV series like  “Weeds” (2005-2006, 2012; as Megan Graves), “Jericho” (2006-2008; as Bonnie Richmond) and “Lie to Me” (2010-2011; Sarah). She was cast as Kristi Jones in the biographical movie “The Hammer” (2010), starring Russell Harvard as Matt Hamill, the first deaf wrestler to win a National Collegiate Wrestling Championship.

Stern has been married to husband Ricky Mitchell since 2012.

Walnut Creek's Daughter

Childhood and Family:

Shoshannah Stern was born on July 3, 1980, in Walnut Creek, California, into an observant Jewish and fourth-generation deaf family. Her first language is American Sign Language. She also reads lips and comfortably speaks without an interpreter. Her parents are Ron Stern and Hedy Marilyn Stern (née Udkovich), and her sister is Louise Stern. Shoshannah was educated at Gallaudet University, the only liberal arts college for the deaf in the world.

On June 3, 2012, Shoshannah was married to Ricky Mitchell in Santa Fe, New Mexico. They currently live in Hollywood, California.



Shoshannah Stern made her big screen debut in the 1999 comedy “The Auteur Theory,” appearing as Founders' Day Girl. Directed and written by Evan Oppenheimer, the film won the Best of the Fest Comedy at the 2000 Breckenridge Festival of Film. In early 2000s, Stern landed guest spots in various TV series such as “Off Centre” (playing Rebecca), “Providence” (playing Renee), “Boston Public,” “ER” (playing Rosemary) and “The Division.” Her first series regular role was as Holly Brodeen, a member of an elite government anti-terrorist task force, on the ABC drama series “Threat Matrix,” which lasted for one season from September 18, 2003 to January 29, 2004. Stern had small roles in the films “Justice” (2003) and “The Last Shot” (2004, with Matthew Broderick).

Stern had a recurring role as Megan Graves on the Showtime dark comedy series “Weeds” during 2005-2006 and later returned to the role for three episodes in 2012. From 2006 to 2008, she played the role of Bonnie Richmond in the CBS post-apocalyptic drama “Jericho”

In 2008, Stern starred in the film “Adventures of Power” opposite Michael McKean, Jane Lynch, and Ari Gold, who also directed and wrote the film. The same year, she portrayed Valerie Park in the TV film “Sweet Nothing in My Ear” and guest starred in an episode of “Cold Case” as Leah O'Rafferty.    

In 2010, Stern starred as Kristi Jones in “The Hammer,” a coming of age film following the life of Matt Hamill, the first deaf wrestler to win a National Collegiate Wrestling Championship. The film won several awards and nominations at various film festivals.

Stern portrayed Sarah in three episodes of Fox's “Lie to Me” during 2010-2011.  

In 2015, Stern portrayed Helen Keller in the pilot of “Another Period.”

Stern also has worked with Deft West Theatre. She played Susan in “Open Window” (directed by Eric Simonson), Sarah in “Children of a Lesser God” (directed by Joe Giamalva) and Juliet in “Romeo and Juliet” (directed by Julianna Fjeld). She also performed in “The Cat and the Canary” as Annabelle, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” as Gymnasia and “Anne of Green Gables” as Anne.   


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