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TRICIA HELFER

Tricia Helfer

Born Tricia Janine Helfer
April 11, 1974 (age 43)
Donalda, Alberta, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Model, actress
Years active 1992–2002 (modeling)
2000–present (acting)
Notable work Number Six in Battlestar Galactica, Lucifer

Tricia Janine Helfer (born April 11, 1974) is a Canadian model and actress. She is best known for playing the humanoid Cylon Number Six in Ronald D. Moore’s re-imagined Battlestar Galactica television series (2004–2009) and for voicing Sarah Kerrigan, the Queen of Blades, in the Starcraft 2 trilogy.

Helfer was born in rural Donalda, Alberta, to Dennis and Elaine Helfer. She studied at William E. Hay Composite High School in Stettler, Alberta. She lived and worked on the family’s grain farm with her three sisters—Trina, Tammy, and Tara. She was discovered at age 17 by a modeling agency scout while standing in line at a local movie theatre. She is of German, English, Swedish, and Norwegian descent.[3][not in citation given]

Career

Modeling

In 1992 she won Ford Models’ Supermodel of the World contest. Helfer retired from fashion modelling in 2002 and claimed all her shoots since then are related to projects or product endorsements. She has appeared in ad campaigns for Ralph Lauren, Versace, Chanel, and Giorgio Armani.

Helfer has walked for top fashion shows, such as Carolina Herrera, Christian Dior, Claude Montana, Givenchy, John Galliano, and Dolce & Gabbana. Helfer has appeared on the covers of Flare, Amica, ELLE, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, and Vogue, among others. She also regularly appeared in photo shoots by Maxim magazine, was the magazine’s wall calendar girl for 2005, and was ranked #57 on the Maxim’s Hot 100 Women of 2007. Helfer was also featured as the cover model for the February 2007 issue of Playboy.

Helfer relocated to Los Angeles in 2002 to pursue a full-time acting career. Her first acting assignment was a co-starring role as Sarah on the television series Jeremiah. She later played a model named Ashleigh James on the May 16, 2002, episode of CSI (“The Hunger Artist”). In 2002, she played “Eva” in the independent film White Rush.[8]

In 2003, she played Number Six on Battlestar Galactica. In 2004, she portrayed Farrah Fawcett in the telemovie The Unauthorized Story of ‘Charlie’s Angels’. Concurrent with her role in Battlestar Galactica, Helfer began producing and hosting Canada’s Next Top Model on May 31, 2006.[10] She appeared in Spiral and The Green Chain later the same year.

In October 2006, it was announced that Helfer would not return to host the second season of Canada’s Next Top Model so she could concentrate on Battlestar Galactica. Helfer also played a major role in Electronic Arts Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars, as the high-level Nod general Kilian Qatar, along with her Battlestar Galactica co-star, actress Grace Park. She also starred in the episode “Roadkill” on the second season of Supernatural.

Helfer had a recurring role on CBS’ Two and a Half Men. She played Gail, best friend of Charlie’s (Charlie Sheen) fiancée Chelsea (Jennifer Taylor). When Chelsea finds out that her friend is recovering from a breakup, she says she should do so at Charlie’s house. Shortly after Chelsea and Charlie begin a trial separation, Gail begins a sexual relationship with Charlie.

Personal life

She is married to Jonathan Marshall, a lawyer whom she met at a mutual friend’s birthday party.

She has four artificial discs in her back and two in her neck, resulting from an incident in which a piece of luggage was dropped on her head while sitting on a commercial airliner, and two in her lower back from mishaps while doing her own stunts.

She co-founded the charity web site “Acting Outlaws”[30] with former Battlestar Galactica co-star Katee Sackhoff, which is open for donations for different causes and charity events. She is also involved in various causes, from animal rescue[32] to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In 2014, she appeared in a PETA video campaign, encouraging cat owners to keep their pets indoors.

Filmography

Film

Year Film Role Notes

2000 Eventual Wife Inga Short film
2003 White Rush Eva
2006 The Genius Club Ally Simon
Memory Stephanie Jacobs
2007 Spiral Sasha
The Green Chain Leila Cole
Walk All Over Me Celene
2008 Inseparable Rae Wicks
2009 Green Lantern: First Flight Boodikka (voice)
Open House Lila
2010 A Beginner’s Guide to Endings Miranda
2011 Bloodwork Dr. Wilcox
PostHuman Kali (voice) Short film
2012 The Forger Sasha
2014 37 Christina
Authors Anonymous Sigrid Hagenguth Also known as Strudel
2015 Isolation Lydia Masterson

Television

Year Program Role Notes
2002 Jeremiah Sarah Episode: “The Long Road: Part 1”
CSI Ashleigh James Episode: “The Hunger Artist”
2003 Battlestar Galactica Number Six Television miniseries
2004 Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Charlie’s Angels Farrah Fawcett Television film (NBC)
2004–2009 Battlestar Galactica Number Six Main role, 73 episodes
2006 The Collector Janis Eisner Episode: “The V.J.”
Canada’s Next Top Model Host, Judge Cycle 1
2007 Battlestar Galactica: Razor Number Six Television film (Syfy)
Them Naomi Tyler Moore TV pilot
The Green Chain Leila Cole Television film (Canada)
Supernatural Molly McNamara Episode: “Roadkill”
2007–2009 Burn Notice Carla Recurring role, 8 episodes
2008–2009 The Spectacular Spider-Man Felicia Hardy/Black Cat (voice) 3 episodes
2009 Battlestar Galactica: The Plan Number Six Direct to video movie
Hidden Crimes Julia Carver Television film (Hungary)
The Dealership Rachel Carson Unsold television pilot
Chuck Alex Forrest Episode: “Chuck Versus the Broken Heart”
Warehouse 13 Bonnie Belski Episode: “Resonance”
2009–2011 Two and a Half Men Gail 3 episodes
2010 The Super Hero Squad Show Sif Voice role; episode: “O, Brother!”
Human Target Stephanie Dobbs Episode: “Pilot”
Dark Blue Alex Rice Main role (season 2), 10 episodes
Lie to Me Naomi Russell Episode: “Double Blind”
The Whole Truth Bitsie Katz Episode: “Liars”
2011 No Ordinary Family Sophie Adler Episode: “No Ordinary Love”
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Amanda Smyth/Aphrodite (voice) Episode: “Where Walks Aphrodite”
Franklin & Bash Brett Caiman Episode: “Go Tell It on the Mountain”
17th Precinct Morgana Kurlansky Unsold television pilot
Mistletoe over Manhattan Lucy Martel Television film (Hallmark)
2012 The Firm Alex Clark Recurring role, 12 episodes
Criminal Minds Izzy Rogers 2 episodes
Husbands Pillow Girl #2 2 episodes
Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome Cylon Prototype Episode: “Pilot”
Scent of the Missing Susannah Television film (TNT)
2012–2013 Tron: Uprising The Grid Main voice role, 19 episodes
2013 Community Lauren Episode: “Conventions of Space and Time”
Finding Christmas Ryan Harrison Television film (Hallmark)
Dangerous Intuition Kate Aldrich Television film (Lifetime)
2014 Killer Women Molly Parker Lead role, 8 episodes
The Librarians Ms. Willis Episode: “And the Horns of a Dilemma”
Ascension Viondra Denninger Television miniseries[35]
Spun Out Dave’s Ex—Claudia Episode: “Parental Indiscretion”
2015 Suits Harvey’s Opposing Counsel—Evan Smith 2 episodes
Key & Peele Agent Jackson Episode: “The Job Interview”
Falling Skies Espheni Queen Voice role; episode: “Reborn”
Con Man Louise 4 episodes
Rick and Morty Donna Gueterman Voice role; episode: “The Wedding Squanchers”
2016 Powers FBI Special Agent Angela Lange/Lynx Recurring role (season 2)
Operation Christmas Olivia Young Roberts Television film (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)
2016–present Lucifer Charlotte Richards/Mom Main role (season 2–present)[36]
2017 Sun, Sand and Romance Kate Television film (Hallmark)