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Shiri Appleby


Shiri Appleby

Shiri Appleby
Shiri Appleby in 2004
Appleby in 2014
Born Shiri Freda Appleby
(1978-12-07) December 7, 1978
Los Angeles, California US
Occupation Actress
Years active 1985–present
Known for Roswell
Life Unexpected
Religion Jewish
Spouse(s) Jon Shook (2013–present)
Children 1

Shiri Freda Appleby (born December 7, 1978) is an American actress. She is known for her leading role as Liz Parker in the television series Roswell. Her film credits include A Time for Dancing (2002), where she was one of the two female main characters; Swimfan (2002); Havoc (2005) with Anne Hathaway; and Charlie Wilson's War (2007) with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts.

In 2008, Appleby joined the cast of the final season of ER, playing an intern named Daria Wade, before starring as Cate Cassidy in the CW drama Life Unexpected that ran for two seasons. In the summer of 2012, she starred as Lucy in the comedy Dating Rules from My Future Self. She had recurring roles on both the NBC drama series Chicago Fire and the HBO comedy-drama series Girls.[1] Appleby currently stars in the Lifetime dramedy series UnREAL.[2]


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
    • Music videos & music 2.1
  • Personal life 3
  • Filmography 4
    • Film 4.1
    • Television 4.2
    • Web 4.3
  • Accolades 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life

Appleby was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Dina Appleby (née Bouader), a Jewish Day School teacher, and Jerry Appleby, a telecommunications executive.[3][4] Her mother is Israeli-born and of Sephardic Moroccan Jewish background, and her father is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent.[5][6][7] Appleby's mother was an actress in Israel.[8] She and her younger brother Evan[9] were raised in Calabasas in Los Angeles County. They kept kosher in their house growing up.[7]

Appleby graduated from Calabasas High School in 1997.[6] She attended University of Southern California from 1998 to 1999, where she studied English.[10] After two years she got the starring role in Roswell and was working steadily, but while shooting Life Unexpected in 2010, Appleby started to work towards a Psychology degree from the online University of Phoenix. It took her 14 years—from start to finish, with a large chunk of time spent working, to complete the degree, which she did in 2012.[11]


Appleby began her acting career at the age of four, starting with advertisements for various products such as Cheerios and M&M's. She started acting and taking acting classes because her parents were concerned than she was so shy and introverted.[8] Her first advertisement was for Raisin Bran, but it was never aired. She made guest appearances on many television programs, most notably thirtysomething (1987),[6] Doogie Howser, M.D. (1989), ER (1994), Baywatch (1989), Xena: Warrior Princess (1995), 7th Heaven (1997), Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990), before landing her break-out role in the series Roswell (1999–2002), where she tried out for the roles of Isabel and Maria before landing the leading role of Liz Parker.[12]

In 2006, she took a recurring role on the short-lived ABC drama Six Degrees as Anya, a young assistant in a relationship with a much older photographer. Later that year, she played Hildy Young in the new USA Network series To Love and Die, that began airing in late December 2008. She also participated in a short film called Carjacking directed by Dan Passman and co-starring Geoff Stults.

In 2007, she appeared in the movie What Love Is alongside Cuba Gooding Jr., Matthew Lillard, and Anne Heche. She also participated in another short film, Love Like Wind, from Shaolin Film Productions. At the end of the year, she appeared as Charlie Wilson's press secretary in the film Charlie Wilson's War, which stars Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. In 2008, Appleby had a recurring role on the 15th and final season of ER (her second time on the show), playing an intern named Daria Wade.

In 2010, Appleby starred in The CW network drama Life Unexpected as Cate Cassidy, a radio talk show host whose daughter whom she gave up for adoption becomes a part of her life.[13] The show was canceled after two seasons.

In the summer of 2012, Appleby starred as the main character of Dating Rules from my Future Self, which she also produced.[14]

In 2013, she had a role in the Lena Dunham HBO series, Girls, which was controversial for its portrayal of male ejaculate.[1] She said the role allowed her to break out of a career where she was often typecast as being sweet.[15] Appleby said that she got the role because she was shadowing director Jesse Peretz (she is interested in directing), and talked with Girls producer Jenni Konner, who she was friendly with. Konner asked her if she would be interested in the part.[16]

In 2013, she was cast in the leading role in the Lifetime dark comedy series UnREAL, a show about the inner workings of a reality show (a show within a show), which premiered on June 1, 2015, and was produced by former The Bachelor producer, Sarah Gertrude Shapiro and writer Marti Noxon.[17] To research her role as a reality show dating show producer, Appleby said that she spent time with a producer to quiz them about the work.[15] She said that one of the appeals of the show was that the central focus was not about her character being in a romantic relationship.[14] The show garnered strong reviews and was picked up for a second season.[18][19]

Music videos & music

Appleby has been featured in a number of music videos, such as Bon Jovi's video for "It's My Life" with Will Estes, and the 2004 video for the song "I Don't Want to Be" by Gavin DeGraw, opposite Scott Mechlowicz. She also appeared in Sense Field's music video for "Save Yourself," which is part of the Roswell soundtrack and featured in the first season DVD box set.[20]

Personal life

In Hebrew, the word shiri means either "my song," (or "my poem" or simply "sing" (in the imperative)). Appleby said her parents said that when she was born, she was like the song in their hearts.[8]

She has a scar above her left eyebrow that she got when a neighbor's dog bit her when she was young. To get over her fear of dogs, she went on the show Emergency Vets, accompanying staff veterinarian Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald (she also overcame another phobia in the same episode by holding a live snake, one of Fitzgerald's patients) and shortly after adopted a Tabby, which she named Abby.[21]

In July 2012, Appleby was engaged to her boyfriend of two years, chef and restaurateur Jon Shook, during a trip to Ventotene, Italy.[22] Shook is the co-owner with Vinny Dotolo of the Los Angeles restaurants Animal, Son of a Gun, Trois Mec, and Jon & Vinny's.[23][24][25] Shook said that he met Appleby through his business partner Dotolo's wife, who was friends with Appleby.[24]

In December 2012, the couple announced that they were expecting their first child in early 2013.[26] Appleby gave birth to a girl, Natalie Bouader Shook, on March 23, 2013.[27] They have since married.[28] In August 2015, it was announced that the couple are expecting their second child.[29]



Year Title Role Notes
1987 Killing Time, TheThe Killing Time Annie Winslow
1989 Curse II: The Bite Grace Newman
1990 I Love You to Death Millie
1993 Family Prayers Nina
1999 Other Sister, TheThe Other Sister Free sample girl
1999 Thirteenth Floor, TheThe Thirteenth Floor Bridget Manilla
1999 Deal of a Lifetime Laurie Petler
2002 Time for Dancing, AA Time for Dancing Samantha "Sam" Russell
2002 Swimfan Amy Miller
2003 Battle of Shaker Heights, TheThe Battle of Shaker Heights Sarah
2003 Skin Horse, TheThe Skin Horse Carla
2004 Undertow Violet
2005 When Do We Eat? Nikki
2005 Havoc Amanda
2005 Love Surreal Abby
2006 I-See-You.Com Randi Sommers
2006 I'm Reed Fish Jill Cavanaugh
2006 Carjacking Cary Short film
2007 Killing Floor, TheThe Killing Floor Rebecca Fay
2007 What Love Is Debbie
2007 Charlie Wilson's War Jailbait
2007 Love Like Wind The ghost Short film
2012 Happiest Person in America, TheThe Happiest Person in America Susan Short film
2013 Seven Minutes to Save the World Caroline Short film


Year Title Role Notes
1985 Santa Barbara Little girl Episode 359
1986 Mystery Magical Special Shiri Special
1987 Blood Vows: The Story of a Mafia Wife Movie
1987 thirtysomething Little Hope Episode: "The Parents Are Coming"
1988 Go Toward the Light Jessica Movie
1988 Bronx Zoo, TheThe Bronx Zoo Nicole 2 episodes
1988 Freddy's Nightmares Marsha at 10 Episode: "Freddy's Tricks and Treats"
1988 Dear John Girl Episode: "Hello/Goodbye"
1989 Knight & Daye Amy Escobar Main role (7 episodes)
1989 Who's the Boss? Kid #1 Episode: "To Tony, with Love" ( Season 6 Episode 10 )
1990 Knots Landing Mary Frances – age 10 2 episodes
1990 New Adam-12, TheThe New Adam-12 Debbie Lavender Episode: "Teach the Children"
1991 Sunday Dinner Rachel Main role (6 episodes)
1992 Perfect Family Steff Movie
1993 Doogie Howser, M.D. Molly Harris Episode: "Love Makes the World Go 'Round... or Is It Money?"
1993 Raven Jess Uncredited; episode: "The Guardians of the Night"
1993 Against the Grain Claire Episode: "Pilot"
1994 ER Ms. Murphy Episode: "24 Hours"
1995 Brotherly Love Fairy #1 Episode: "A Midsummer's Nightmare"
1997 Baywatch Jennie Episode: "Hot Water"
1997 7th Heaven Karen Episode: "Girls Just Want to Have Fun"
1997 City Guys Cindy Episode: "Bye Mom"
1998 Xena: Warrior Princess Tara 2 episodes
1999 Beverly Hills, 90210 René Episode: "Local Hero"
1999 Movie Stars Lori Episode: "Pilot" (scenes deleted)
1999–2002 Roswell Liz Parker Lead role (61 episodes)
2000 Amanda Show, TheThe Amanda Show Nerd Episode 16
2000 Batman Beyond Cynthia Voice; episode: "Terry's Friend Dates a Robot"
2004 Darklight Lilith/Elle Movie
2005 Everything You Want Abby Morrison Movie; a.k.a. Love Surreal
2005 Pizza My Heart Gina Prestolani Movie
2006 Thrill of the Kill Kelly Holden Movie
2006–07 Six Degrees Anya Recurring role (6 episodes)
2008 Welcome to The Captain Heather Episode: "The Wrecking Crew"
2008 Fear Itself Tracy Episode: "Community"
2008 To Love and Die Hildy Young Movie
2009 Unstable Megan Walker Movie
2008–09 ER Dr. Daria Wade Recurring role (9 episodes)
2010–11 Life Unexpected Cate Cassidy Main role (26 episodes)
2011 Royal Pains Stella Episode: "Rash Talk"
2012 Franklin & Bash Emily Adams 2 episodes
2012–13 Chicago Fire Clarice Carthage Recurring role (6 episodes)
2013 Kristin's Christmas Past Kristin Cartwell Movie
2013 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Amelia Albers Episode: "Military Justice"
2013–14 Girls Natalia 4 episodes
2014 Elementary Dalit Zirin Episode: "The Hound of the Cancer Cells"
2015 UnREAL Rachel Goldberg Main role (10 episodes)


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Quarterlife Debra Unknown episodes
2011 Whole Day Down Moon Episode: "Genesis"
2012 Dating Rules from My Future Self Lucy 10 episodes


Year Association Category Work Result
1993 Young Artist Awards Best Young Actress in a Cable Movie Perfect Family Nominated
2000 Teen Choice Awards TV – Choice Actress Roswell Nominated


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