Born Brooke Elizabeth Burns
March 16, 1978
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Actress television host model

Brooke Elizabeth Burns (/ˈbrʊk bɛərnz/; born March 16, 1978) is an American fashion model, actress and television personality. Burns began her television career in 1995, portraying the supporting character Peg, in the Spanish-American teen sitcom Out of the Blue (1995–96), appearing in all episodes but gaining little notoriety. However, Burns won recognition in 1998, when she joined the cast of the action drama series Baywatch alongside David Hasselhoff, Pamela Anderson and Carmen Electra, in her breakthrough role portraying the character Jessie Owens. Burns subsequently starred in Baywatch’s second rendition, Baywatch: Hawaii, alongside Simmone Jade Mackinnon, Stacy Kamano and again David Hasselhoff, until she left the show due to her first pregnancy. She appeared in 46 episodes.

After her hiatus, Burns returned to television, appearing in several guest roles, including in the NBC sitcom Just Shoot Me! and had a major role in the American soap opera North Shore, appearing in all 21 episodes. In 2009, Burns guest starred in the crime drama CSI: Miami.

Burns hosted all episodes of the NBC game show Dog Eat Dog. Burns also hosted 18 episodes of the Fox game show Hole in the Wall, as well as the GSN quiz show The Chase. The show was nominated at the 41st Daytime Emmy Awards for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show, and Burns herself was nominated for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host. In addition to television, Burns has also appeared in minor roles in several films, though not to the same degree of success as her television career. She appeared in the romantic comedy Shallow Hal, the mockbuster disaster Titanic II; a parodical illustration of James Cameron’s Titanic, and the drama Where Hope Grows (2014).

Burns was born in Dallas, Texas, the daughter of Brad and Betsy Burns.[2] Burns has two sisters. She was a ballet dancer for 12 years during childhood and started modeling at age 15 after tearing her anterior cruciate ligament in a skiing accident. At age 16, Burns and her family moved to Europe, where she later lived in Paris, Milan, and Munich.

Personal life

Burns was married to actor Julian McMahon from 1999 to 2001. McMahon is the son of Sir William McMahon, the 20th Prime Minister of Australia. They have a daughter – Madison Elizabeth McMahon – who was born in June 2000.

She is married to film director Gavin O’Connor; they married on June 22, 2013. She currently resides in Los Angeles.

In October 2016, it was announced that Burns was expecting her second child, a girl;[8] Burns announced that her daughter, Declan Welles, was born January 22, 2017.


Year Film Role Notes
2001 Shallow Hal Pretty / Ugly Katrina
2005 The Salon Tami
Single White Female 2: The Psycho Jan Lambert Direct-to-DVD
Death to the Supermodels Eva Direct-to-DVD
2006 Murder on Spec Kate Graham
2007 Urban Decay Sasha
2008 The Art of Travel Darlene Loren
Smoke Jumper aka Trial by Fire Kristin Scott Lifetime TV movie
2009 Dancing Trees Nicole
2010 Titanic II Dr. Kim Patterson Direct-to-DVD
2013 A Sister’s Revenge Suzanne Dunne Lifetime TV Movie
2015 Where Hope Grows Amy Boone
Year Title Role Notes
1996 Out of the Blue Peg 22 episodes
1997 Conan the Adventurer

Episode: “The Three Virgins”
Ally McBeal The Girl / Jennifer Higgin 4 episodes
1998–2001 Baywatch: Hawaii Jessie Owens 46 episodes
1999 Mortal Kombat: Conquest Lori Episode: “Festival of Death”
2002 Men, Women & Dogs Kristle Episode: “Cheese Dog”
A Nero Wolfe Mystery Beatrice Epps 2 episodes
2002–2003 Dog Eat Dog Host 26 episodes
Just Shoot Me! Kelly / Cover model 2 episodes
2003 She Spies Nicki Shields Episode: “The Replacement”
Rock Me Baby Erin “White Chocolate” Rimsing Episode: “Girl Power”
2004–2005 North Shore Nicole Booth 21 episodes
2006 Modern Men Angelica Episode: “Give ‘Til You Learn”
Pepper Dennis Kathy Dinkle Williams 13 episodes
Trophy Wife Kate Graham TV movie
2007 Time and Again Anna Malone TV movie
2008 Trial by Fire Kristen TV movie
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year Jennifer Cullen TV movie
Miss Guided Lisa Germain 7 episodes
2008–2009 Hole in the Wall Co-host 18 episodes
2009 Mistresses Shannon Barnes TV movie
CSI: Miami Bonnie Galinetti / Marci Reeger Episode: “Chip/Tuck”
Drop Dead Diva Christy Talbot Episode: “Dead Model Walking”
Melrose Place Vanessa Mancini 6 episodes
2011 You Deserve It Hostess 6 episodes
Fixing Pete Ashley TV movie
Borderline Murder Ally TV movie
2012 Undercover Bridesmaid Tanya TV movie
A Star for Christmas Skylar TV movie
2013–2015 The Chase Host 29 episodes
2014–present Motor City Masters Host 10 episodes
2015 Community E.T. Host Episode: “Intro to Recycled Cinema”
Gourmet Detective Detective Maggie Price TV movie
Gourmet Detective: A Healthy Place to Die Detective Maggie Price TV movie
2016 Gourmet Detective: Death Al Dente Detective Maggie Price TV movie