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Alison Elizabeth "Ali" Larter (born February 28, 1976) is an American actress and former fashion model best known for her work on the NBC sci-fi drama Heroes. She has also had supporting roles in successful Hollywoodmarker films including Varsity Blues, Final Destination, Legally Blonde, Resident Evil: Extinction, and Obsessed.

Early life

Larter was born in Cherry Hillmarker, New Jerseymarker, the daughter of Margaret, a homemaker, and Danforth Larter, a trucking executive. She attended Carusi Middle School and Cherry Hill High School Westmarker. She began modeling with Ford Models at the age of fourteen and traveled the world. At seventeen, Larter settled temporarily in Japan. Later, in 1995, she accompanied her boyfriend in his move to Los Angeles, Californiamarker. Soon afterwards, he left her and she flew to Australia "to put a little distance between us." Back in Los Angeles, she began taking acting classes at a friend's suggestion.


Early work

In November 1994, Larter portrayed the hoax model Allegra Coleman in Esquire magazine. The article published in the magazine told of the fictional model's relationship with David Schwimmer, how Quentin Tarantino broke up with Mira Sorvino to date her, and Woody Allen's overhaul of a film to have her star. Even after the hoax had been revealed, its effects lingered, and various talent agencies sought to represent the non-existent Coleman.

Larter landed her first professional roles in 1997, in which she appeared for one episode in the Brooke Shields television series, Suddenly Susan, and the short lived television series Chicago Sons. The roles were followed by a number of other appearances on Dawson's Creekmarker, Chicago Hope and Just Shoot Me!

In 1999, Larter began her film career with an appearance in Varsity Blues which re-united her with Dawson's Creek star Van Der Beek, and close friend Amy Smart. Varsity Blues drew a domestic box office gross of $53 million, making Larter's first film a commercial success. Afterwards, Larter appeared in teen comedies, Giving It Up and Drive Me Crazy. That year as well, Larter starred in the horror remake House on Haunted Hill. Made for around $20 million, the movie was panned by the critics but grossed $15 million on its opening weekend and went on to earn over $40 million.

Critical success

In 2000, Larter starred in the teenage audience aimed horror film Final Destination as Clear Rivers. The following year in 2001, she appeared in the comedy Legally Blonde with Reese Witherspoon, western American Outlaws with Colin Farrell and the Kevin Smith film Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. That year as well, Larter appeared on the cover of Maxim magazine and performed in the stage play The Vagina Monologues in New York City. The next year in 2002, Larter was ranked #40 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women in the World". In 2003, Larter reprised her role as Clear Rivers in the sequel to Final Destination, Final Destination 2. In 2005, Larter appeared in the independent film Confess and the romantic comedy A Lot Like Love alongside Amanda Peet and Ashton Kutcher.
Larter promoting Heroes at Comic-Con 2006

2006 saw Larter in the biographical film Crazy based on guitarist Hank Garland. As of September 2006, Larter has been portraying Jessica/Niki Sanders & Tracy Strauss on the NBC Emmy Award-nominated science fiction drama television series Heroes, created by Tim Kring. The show includes an ensemble cast including Hayden Panettiere, Milo Ventimiglia, Leonard Roberts, Kristen Bell, Masi Oka and Greg Grunberg. Larter's character Niki Sanders, who is a wife and mother, is a former internet stripper from Las Vegas who exhibits superhuman strength and an alternate personality who goes by the name of Jessica. After completing half its first season, Heroes had already collected an assortment of honors and accolades, and Larter had been nominated for "Best Supporting Actress" for the 33rd Saturn Awards. As of the third season, Larter portrays a new character, Tracy Strauss.

In 2007, Larter starred in the Bollywood film Marigold as the title character alongside Salman Khan, which was released in August. She also joined the cast of the popular film franchise Resident Evil: Extinction portraying the character Claire Redfield in the horror film with Milla Jovovich. Her role sent her to Mexicalimarker, Mexico for filming from May to late July in which she also dyed her hair a light red for the film. Larter explains on her character Claire, "She became the leader of this convoy. She's incredibly strong, patient. I think she serves a role for everyone within this convoy, let it be a mother to someone, a buddy, a best friend." Larter also attended the 2007 Comic Con International, her second appearance at the event, to promote the film, which was released in theaters on September 21, 2007. That year she also appeared in the comedy Homo Erectus. Larter was also featured as #6 in Maxim's Hot 100 for 2007.

In an interview for Resident Evil: Extinction, Larter had expressed interest in producing films in the future, saying, "I definitely have many ideas and different avenues that I want to take as my career goes on."

In March 2008, it was announced that Larter would star opposite Beyoncé Knowles and Idris Elba in the Screen Gems-produced film Obsessed, about an office executive (Elba) whose marriage to Knowles' character is threatened by the aggressive interests of a co-worker, to be portrayed by Larter. Shooting took place in the summer of 2008. "Obsessed" was released in theaters April 24, 2009 in the United States. On 22 September 2009 was announced she will return as Claire Redfield in Resident Evil: Afterlife the movie is directed by Paul W.S. Anderson.

Personal life

Larter is a good friend of actress Amy Smart with whom she co-starred in Varsity Blues and Erick Alegria, a former Sam's Kid. Larter has also lived in Miamimarker and then New York City after the spring of 2002, where she studied at Michael Howard Studios. In January 2007, she moved to Los Angeles to take on the commitment of working on Heroes.

On August 1st, 2009, Larter wed her boyfriend of seven years, actor Hayes MacArthur, in a small ceremony in Maine.


Year Film Role Notes
1999 House on Haunted Hill Sara Wolfe
Varsity Blues Darcy Sears
Drive Me Crazy Dulcie
Giving It Up Amber aka Casanova Falling
2000 Final Destination Clear Rivers Young Hollywood Award for Breakthrough Performance - Female
Nominated – Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actress - Horror
2001 American Outlaws Zerelda 'Zee' Mimms
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back Chrissy
Legally Blonde Brooke Taylor Windham
2003 Final Destination 2 Clear Rivers
2004 Three Way Isobel Delano aka 3-Way
2005 Confess Olivia Averill
A Lot Like Love Gina
2007 Marigold Marigold Lexton
Crazy Evelyn Garland
Resident Evil: Extinction Claire Redfield
Homo Erectus Fardart aka National Lampoon's The Stoned Age
2009 Obsessed Lisa Sheridan Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Rumble (shared with Beyoncé Knowles)
2010 Resident Evil Afterlife Claire Redfield

TV shows

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Suddenly Susan Maddie Episode: The Ways and Means
Chicago Sons Angela Episode: Beauty and the Butt
1998 Chicago Hope Samantha Episode: Memento Mori
Just Shoot Me! Karey Burke Episode: College or Collagen
Dawson's Creekmarker Kristy Livingstone 2 Episodes
2004 Entourage Herself Episode: Pilot
2006–present Heroes Niki / Jessica Sanders / Tracy Strauss Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Television Program
Nominated – Scream Award
Gracie Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress - Drama Series
Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress: Action Adventure


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