Julie Benz

Biography

Date of Birth 1 May 1972, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA Birth Name Julie M. Benz Height 5' 4" (1.63 m) Born in Pennsylvania, Julie Benz's father is a Pittsburgh surgeon and her mother is a figure ice skater. The family settled in nearby Murrysville, when Julie was two, and she started ice skating at age three. She competed in the 1988 U.S. Championships in junior ice dancing with her partner David Schilling, coming in 13th. Her older brother and sister, Jeffrey and Jennifer, were in the 1987 U.S. Junior Champions in ice dancing and competed internationally. When Julie was 14, she had a bad stress fracture and had to take time off. By 1989, with her figure skating career over, Julie turned to acting and got involved in the local theater where she got a role in the play "Street Law". Her first movie role was a small, credited, speaking part in in the Black Cat episode in the Dario Argento/George A. Romero co-direction horror flick, Due occhi diabolici (1990) playing in one scene alongside Harvey Keitel. A year later, she got a role on a TV show called "Hi Honey, I'm Home" (1991). After graduating from high school, Julie entered New York University to study acting there. After graduation, Julie moved to Los Angeles to further pursue her career and landed some small roles in movies and TV shows including a guest appearance on "Married with Children" (1987) and in the Aaron Spelling TV pilot Crosstown Traffic (1995) (TV). In 1996, Julie auditioned for the role of "Buffy" in the series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997), but lost out to Sarah Michelle Gellar. However, she was offered a small role as a vampire girl in which she did such a good job that her part was expanded to a few more episodes in playing the vampire "Darla". With that, Julie Benz's career had finally taken off. She reprised her role as "Darla" in the Buffy spin-off series "Angel" (1999) for two years and has had several small roles in various film productions. She also had a small, but memorable, role playing a receptionist in the movie As Good as It Gets (1997). Even after her role on "Angel" (1999) wrapped up, Julie continued to find work on television in playing many guest staring roles in numerous popular TV shows from "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (2000), to "Supernatural" (2005), to playing the lead and supporting roles in various made-for-TV movies. Most recently, she landed another notable role on the TV-cable series "Dexter" (2006) playing "Rita", a troubled divorcée and lover of the title character played by Michael C. Hall.

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Jawbreaker

Marcie

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Havenhurst

Jackie / Jamie

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Bad Girls From Valley High

Danielle

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Charming Christmas

Meredith Rossman

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Christmas Homecoming

Amanda

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Bedrooms

Anna

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Answers to Nothing

Frankie

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Foster Boy

Pamela Dupree

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Locusts: The 8th Plague

Vicky

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Nocturne

Cassie

Starring In
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Secrets of a Gold Digger Killer

Celeste Beard

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Nocturne

Cassie

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Foster Boy

Pamela Dupree

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Christmas Homecoming

Amanda

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Havenhurst

Jackie / Jamie

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Life on the Line

Carline

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Circle

The Wife

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Charming Christmas

Meredith Rossman

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Supremacy

Kristen

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Ricochet

Elise Laird

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Answers to Nothing

Frankie

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Bedrooms

Anna

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The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day

Eunice

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Uncorked

Johnny Prentiss

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The WWE: The Best of Saturday Night's Main Event

Inspector Abby Dunn 12 episodes, 2015-2017

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Punisher: War Zone

Angela

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Saw V

Brit

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Rambo

Sarah

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Dexter: The First Season - Witnessed in Blood: A True Murder Investigation

Rita Bennett / ... (49 episodes, 2006-2010)

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Kill Your Darlings

Katherine

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8MM 2

Lynn

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Bad Girls From Valley High

Danielle

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Locusts: The 8th Plague

Vicky

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Lackawanna Blues

Laura

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Angel: Series 3

Darla (20 episodes, 2000-2004)

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The Long Shot

Annie Garrett

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George of the Jungle 2

Ursula

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Angel: Season One

Darla (archive footage) (uncredited)

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The Brothers

Jesse Caldwell

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Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the Thirteenth

Barbara Primesuspect

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Satan's School for Girls

Alison Kingsley

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Jawbreaker

Marcie

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Angel - Season Four

Darla (20 episodes, 2000-2004)

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Dirt Merchant

Angie

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The Bettie Page Collection

Receptionist

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As Good as It Gets

Receptionist

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Inventing the Abbotts

Co-ed

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A Walton Easter

Jeannie (uncredited)

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Darkdrive

Julie Falcon

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Black Sheep

Woman (uncredited)

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A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion

Jeannie (uncredited)

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Two Evil Eyes

Betty (segment "The Black Cat")

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