Julie Benz

Born May 1, 1972

Julie M. Benz is an American actress, best known for her roles as Darla on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel (1997–2004) and Rita Bennett on Dexter (2006–2010), for which she won the 2006 Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress and the 2009 Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress. She has also starred on the series Roswell (1999–2000), Desperate Housewives (2010), No Ordinary Family (2010–2011) and A Gifted Man (2011–2012).… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Julie Benz.


1972 Birth Born on May 1, 1972.


1988 16 Years Old She competed in the 1988 U.S. Championships in junior ice dancing with her skating partner David Schilling, and finished in 13th place. … Read More
1989 17 Years Old By 1989, with her figure skating career over, Benz became involved in local theater and was cast in the play Street Law. … Read More


1993 21 Years Old After graduating from NYU in 1993, she moved to Los Angeles.
1994 22 Years Old Two weeks after her move, she obtained a bit part in a 1994 episode of Married... with Children, playing a girl who wanted to lose her virginity to Bud Bundy. … Read More
1995 23 Years Old She starred in another unaired TV pilot called Empire in 1995. … Read More
1998 26 Years Old …  In 1998, she had a recurring role as Joplin Russell in the TV show Ask Harriet (though the show was cancelled and only two of her appearances aired), then guest-starred on Conrad Bloom and The King of Queens. … Read More
2000 28 Years Old Benz reprised her role as Darla in 2000 for the Buffy spin-off series Angel, appearing in every season for at least one episode. … Read More


2005 33 Years Old Benz appeared in Peacemakers, Coupling, NCIS, and Oliver Beene. She landed the lead role of Annie Garrett in the Hallmark TV movie The Long Shot and provided the voice of Miranda Keyes for the video game Halo 2, and played the lead role of Danielle in Bad Girls from Valley High (a film shot in 2000 under the title A Fate Totally Worse Than Death) which was released on DVD in 2005. … Read More
She played the title role in the short film Kidnapping Caitlynn, written by her close friend Jenny Mollen, which premiered at the Vail Film Festival 2009 and was released online April 6, 2009. … Read More
She played Frankie in the 2011 film Answers to Nothing. … Read More


2015 43 Years Old She joined the cast in the fall of 2015, playing the latest team member and Chin Ho's girlfriend, Abby Dunn. Benz married actor John Kassir on May 30, 1998, and filed for divorce in December 2007.
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