- Started figure skating at age 3 and competed until her midteens, when, following injuries, she retired and turned to acting.
- Made her television debut in the 1991 sitcom Hi Honey, I'm Home.
- Auditioned for the title role in the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but got her big break as vampire Darla, a role she reprised in the spin-off Angel.
- During her four-year stint on Dexter, won a 2006 Satellite Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television.
- 2009, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
- 2008, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
- Rich Orosco — Husband
- Jeffrey Benz — Brother
- Jennifer Benz — Sister
- George Benz — Father
- Joanne Benz — Mother
- John Kassir — Ex-husband
- New York University, New York, NY (1994)
- Birth Place: Pittsburgh, PA
- Profession: Actor
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