Published On: Thu, Jun 12th, 2014

Shiri Appleby Signs with Top Talent Agency UTA

The “Roswell” star will have the lead in Lifetime’s upcoming dark comedy series “Un-Real“.


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Shiri Appleby has signed with UTA, The Hollywood Reporter reports.

UTA (United Talent Agency), which was formed in Beverly Hills in 1991, is one of the largest talent agencies in the world, with key clients such as Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Susan Sarandon, Harrison Ford, Joel and Ethan Coen, Seth Rogen, Kirsten Dunst & Bryan Cranston.

Shiri Appleby became well known when she played protagonist Liz Parker, a human girl who falls in love with an alien, in the cult supernatural hit Roswell, which ran for three seasons on The WB and later UPN.

She later joined the cast of the final season of ER and starred in The CW drama Life Unexpected. Her film credits include A Time for Dancing, where she played one of the two female main characters; Havoc with Anne Hathaway; and Charlie Wilson’s War with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts.

The 35 year-old actress also had a notable 6-episode recurring role on NBC’s firefighter drama Chicago Fire, and a memorable arc on the second season of HBO’s Girls – that included a controversial and much-discussed unprecedentedly graphic sex scene, which the actress described as “a reflection on how people’s sex lives have changed since the popularity of porn”. She also appeared on the Golden Globe winning comedy’s third season premiere in January.

Appleby will next star in Un-Real, A+E Studios’ first wholly-owned series, which received a 10-episode order from Lifetime in February. The dark comedy, inspired by Sarah Gertrude Shapiro’s award-winning independent short Sequin Raze, was written by Shapiro and Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Marti Noxon, and centers on a young staffer (Appleby) on a hit dating reality show, whose sole job is to manipulate her relationships with and among the contestants to get the vital dramatic and outrageous footage the program’s executive producer demands.

Shiri Appleby was born in Los Angeles, California, in 1978. She is the daughter of Dina (née Bouader), an Israeli-born Hebrew school teacher, and Jerry Appleby, a Jewish American telecommunications executive.

Appleby began her acting career at the age of four, starting with advertisements for various products such as Cheerios and M&M’s.

She made guest appearances on many television programs, most notably Thirtysomething (1987), Doogie Howser, M.D. (1989), ER (1994), Baywatch (1989), Xena: Warrior Princess (1995), 7th Heaven (1997) and Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990), before landing her breakout role in the series Roswell (1999-2002) – a role which earned her a 2000 Teen Choice Award nomination.

She was also featured in a number of music videos, such as Bon Jovi’s video for “It’s My Life”, and the 2004 video for the song “I Don’t Want to Be” by Gavin DeGraw.
In August 2012 Appleby got engaged to chef Jon Shook, and in March 2013, the couple welcomed their first child, a daughter named Natalie.

 

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