"I don't want my tombstone to say actress. I want it to say human being." - Laurie Holden

Laurie Holden (born December 17, 1969) is an American-Canadian actress, producer and human rights activist

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Holden at 2012 ACE Eddie Awards Arrivals.

best known for her roles as Marita Covarrubias in The X-Files, Adele Stanton in The Majestic, Cybil Bennett in Silent HIll, Amanda Dumfries in The Mist, Olivia Murray in The Shield, and Andrea in The Walking Dead. 

Early LifeEdit

Born in Los Angeles, California and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Holden holds dual citizenship in the United States and Canada. Her parents, actors Glen Corbett (also known as Lawrence Holden) and Adrienne Ellis, divorced when she was 5 years old and her mother married director Michael Anderson. Holden won the "Look of the Year" award as a teenager at a modeling pageant in Toronto. Her first role came in 1980, playing Rock Hudson's daughter in The Martian Chronicles. Upon graduating from The Bishop Strachan School, Holden attended Montreal's McGill University, majoring in economic investing and political science. Holden has stated that didn't initially have an interest in an acting career because she came from a family of actors, until she later changed her mind. After her freshman year she transferred to the University of California, Los Angeles and completed her bachelor of arts degree in theater arts in 1993. Holden was a member of the National Honors Society and received the Natalie Wood Acting Award. She has studied acting under the late Robert Reed (The Brady Bunch). Holden also pursued a Master of Human Rights degree at Columbia University. 


Holden landed her first acting job a week after receiving the Natalie Wood award upon graduating from UCLA. She picked up roles in Physical Evidence (1989), Young Catherine (1991), TekWar: TekLab (1994), and The Pathfinder (1996). Holden also earned roles in theatre: Time and ConwaysGhosts and The Love of the Nightingale.

Holden would go on to make guest apperances in Due SouthMurder, She Wrote, and Poltergeist: The Legacy. She also landed a recurring role in The X-Files as Marita Covarrubias, a mysterious government worker who becomes an informant to Special Agent Fox Mulder, from seasons four through the final one (1996–2002). She also had a supporting role as Mary Travis in The Magnificent Seven (1998–2000) and a role as Debra Campbell in Highlander: The Series.

One of Holden's most notable roles was Adele Stanton in Frank Darabont's film The Majestic (2001). It was while performing on stage in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof that Holden was discovered by Darabont. As the long lost love to Jim Carrey's character, she received critical acclaim and praise for her performance. 

She also co-starred in the Canadian comedy Bailey's Billions (2004). Other movie roles included a former love interest in Fantastic Four (2005), Cybil Bennett in Christophe Gans' adaptation of Silent Hill (2006), Amanda Dumfries in The Mist (2007), and Olivia Murray in  season 7 of The Shield (2008).

Holden began her role as Andrea in AMC's The Walking Dead in 2010 and concluded the role in 2013. She received the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on TV for the role in 2013. Holden also joined the movie Honeytrap as executive producer in 2013.

She will appear in 2014's Dumb and Dumber To as Adele Pichlow, also starring Jim Carrey.



Year Title  Role
1986 Separate Vacations Karen
1989 Physical Evidence Matt's girl
1995 Expect No Mercy Vicki
1996 The Pathfinder Mabel Dunham
1996 Past Perfect Ally Marsey
1997 Echo  Scarlett Antonelli
1997 Alibi Beth Palosky 
2000 The Man Who Used to Be Me Amy Ryan
2001 The Majestic  Adele Stanton
2005 Bailey's Billions Marge Maggs
2005 Fantastic Four Debbie McIIvane
2006 Silent Hill Cybil Bennett
2007 The Mist Amanda Dumfries
2008 Meet Market Billy
2013 HoneyTrap

Executive Producer

2014 Dumber and Dumber To Adele Pichlow


Year  Title Role
1980 The Martian Chronicles Marie Wilder
1988 Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future Erin
1991 Young Catherine Princess Catherine Dashkova
1991 Father Dowling Mysteries Joyce Morrison/Judith Carswell
1993 Secret Services Suki
1993 Scales of Justice Nancy Oakes
1993 Family Passions Claire
1993 Destiny Ridge Darlene Kubolek
1994 TekWar Rachel Tudor
1995 Due South Jill Kennedy
1995-1996 Highlander: The Series Debra Campbell
1996 Murder, She Wrote Sherri Sampson
1996 Poltergeist: The Legacy Corra Jennings/Sarah Browning
1996 Two Madeline Reynolds
1996-2002 The X-Files Marita Covarrubias
1997 Dead Man's Gun Bonnie Lorrine
1998-2000 The Magnificent Seven Mary Travis
2000 The Outer Limits Susan McLaren
2001 Big Sound Piper Moran
2008 The Shield Olivia Murray
2010-2013 The Walking Dead Andrea


  • The Only Game in Town (2000)
  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (2000)
  • The Love of the Nightingale
  • Ghosts
  • Toros Y Hevos
  • A Chorus Line
  • The Winter's Tale
  • Time and the Conways

Awards and NominationsEdit

Holden was named as one of the top 100 Most Creative People in Hollywood in Entertainment Weekly's It List and One of Ten Actors to Watch by Variety

Year Award Category Work Result
1986 Look of the Year Won
1993 Natalie Wood Acting Award Natalie Wood Acting Award for Best Actress Won
1996 Gemini Award Best Guest Star in Television Due South Nominated
2011 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress on Television The Walking Dead Nominated
2011 Scream Award Best Supporting Actress on Television The Walking Dead Nominated
2012 Saturn Award Best Cast - Television Series The Walking Dead Won
2013 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress on Television The Walking Dead Won


  • Laurie's favorite color is red
  • Her favorite bands are Mumford & Sons and the Alabama Shakes
  • Laurie is 5 foot 6 inches tall or 5 foot 7
  • She is a founding member of  the Canadian board for Somaly Mam