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

In 2008, Appleby joined the cast of the final season of ER, playing an intern named Daria Wade.

In the summer of 2007, Shiri started to date Scrubs star Zach Braff.


Early life

Appleby was born in Los Angeles, Californiamarker, the daughter of Dina (née Bouader), an Israelimarker-born Hebrew school teacher, and Jerry Appleby, a Jewish-American telecommunications executive. She and her younger brother Evan were raised in Calabasasmarker in Los Angeles County. Her mother is of Sephardic Moroccan Jewish background. In Hebrew, shiri means either "my song" or simply "sing." She has a scar above her left eyebrow, which resulted from a dog bite 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.

Appleby graduated from Calabasas High School in 1997 and went on to major in English literature at the University of Southern Californiamarker while also studying theater arts.


Appleby began her acting career at the age of four, starting with advertising for various products such as Cheerios and M&M's. Her first advertisement was for Raisin Bran but it was never aired. She has had 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 (1996) and Beverly Hills 90210 (1990). For Roswell, she tried out for the roles of both Isabel and Maria before landing the leading role of Liz Parker. On the 7th Heaven episode, "Girls Just Want to Have Fun", Shiri made a guest appearance, playing the role of "Karen", a gang-banger, whose brother, "Stan" was friends with Simon Camden (played by David Gallagher). "Karen" hid weapons & drugs underneath Stan's mattress, giving him nightmares during a sleepover at the Camdens, who then work to help her leave gang life.

Appleby was in Bon Jovi's music video for "It's My Life" with Will Estes. She featured in the 2004 music video for the song "I Don't Want To Be" by Gavin DeGraw, opposite Scott Mechlowicz. She appeared in Sense Field's music video for "Save Yourself" which is part of the Roswell soundtrack and featured in the first season DVD boxset.

In 2006 she took a recurring role on the now canceled ABC drama Six Degrees as Anya, a young assistant in a relationship with a much older photographer. Later that year she was chosen to play Hildy Young in the new USA Network series To Love and Die, that began airing in late December 2008. Shiri also participated in a short film called Carjacking directed by Dan Passman and co-starring Geoff Stults from 7th Heaven fame.

In 2007, she was part of the movie What Love Is with Cuba Gooding Jr., Matthew Lillard and Anne Heche. She also participated in another short film, Love Like Wind, this one from Shaolin Film Productions. At the end the year, she appeared as Charlie Wilson's press secretary, aka Jailbait, in the film Charlie Wilson's War, which stars Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. In 2008, Appleby got a recurring role on the final season of ER, playing an intern named Daria Wade.

In 2000, she was ranked 51 on the Maxim Hot 100.



Year Series Role Episodes
1985 Santa Barbara Little Girl Episode #1.359
1986 Mystery Magical Special Herself Halloween special
1987 thirtysomething Little Hope "The Parents Are Coming, the Parents Are Coming"
1988 The Bronx Zoo Nicole "Truancy Blues" & "Behind Closed Doors"
Freddy's Nightmares Marsha (age 10) "Freddy's Tricks and Treats"
Dear John Girl "Hello/Goodbye"
1989 Knight & Daye Amy Escobar Unknown episodes
Who's the Boss? Kid #1 "To Tony, with Love"
1990 Knots Landing Mary Frances (age 10) "My Firstborn" & "My Bullet"
1991 Sunday Dinner Rachel "Whose House Is It Anyway?"
1993 Doogie Howser, M.D. Molly Harris "Love Makes the World Go 'Round... or Is It Money?"
Raven Jess (uncredited) "The Guardians of the Night"
Against the Grain Claire Pilot
1994 ER Ms. Murphy "Pilot: 24 Hours"
1997 Baywatch Jennie "Hot Water"
7th Heaven Karen "Girls Just Want to Have Fun"
City Guys Cindy "Bye Mom"
1998 Xena: Warrior Princess Tara "Forgiven" & "A Tale of Two Muses"
1999 Beverly Hills, 90210 Rene "Local Hero"
Movie Stars Lori Pilot (scenes deleted)

Roswell Liz Parker All 61 episodes
2000 Batman Beyond Cynthia "Terry's Friend Dates a Robot"
The Amanda Show Nerd Episodes #2.16 & #2.18
2003 Project Greenlight season 2 Herself (see:The Battle of Shaker Heights)

Six Degrees Anya 6 episodes
2008 Welcome to The Captain Heather "The Wrecking Crew"
Fear Itself Tracy "Community"
To Love and Die Hildy Young 12 episodes ordered/pilot turned into TV Movie
ER Dr. Daria Wade 15th season
2009 Life UneXpected Cate Cassidy CW pilot
Unstable Megan Walker Lifetime movie


Year Film Role Notes
1987 Blood Vows: The Story of a Mafia Wife TV movie
The Killing Time Annie Winslow
1988 Curse II: The Bite Grace
Go Toward the Light Jessica TV movie
1990 I Love You to Death Millie Girl in the park
1992 Perfect Family Steff TV movie
1993 Family Prayers Nina aka A Family Divided
1999 Deal of a Lifetime Laurie Petler
The Other Sister Free sample girl
The Thirteenth Floor Bridget Manilla
2000 A Time for Dancing Samantha 'Sam' Russell
2002 Swimfan Amy Miller
2003 The Skin Horse Carla
The Battle of Shaker Heights Sarah
2004 Undertow Violet
Darklight Lilith / Elle TV movie
2005 1/4life Debra TV movie
When Do We Eat? Nikki Stuckman
Everything You Want Abby Morrison TV movie
Havoc Amanda
Pizza My Heart Gina Prestolani TV movie
2006 I-See-You.Com Randi Sommers
I'm Reed Fish Jill Cavanaugh
Thrill of the Kill Kelly Holden TV movie
Carjacking Cary Short film
2007 The Killing Floor Rebecca Fay
What Love Is Debbie
Charlie Wilson's War Charlie's Angels - Jailbait

Awards and nominations

Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1993 Nominated Young Artist Award Best Young Actress in a Cable Movie for: Perfect Family (1992) (TV)
2000 Nominated Teen Choice Awards TV - Choice Actress for: Roswell (1999)


  1. Shiri Appleby Biography (1978-)

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