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Christa Miller

Christa Miller
Born (1964-05-28) May 28, 1964
New York City, New York, United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 1985–present
Spouse(s) Bill Lawrence (1999-present)

Christa Miller (born May 28, 1964) is an American actress who has achieved success in television comedy. Her foremost roles include Kate O'Brien on The Drew Carey Show and Jordan Sullivan on Scrubs (which was created by her husband Bill Lawrence). She has also appeared in Seinfeld, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and CSI: Miami. From 2009 to 2015, she starred in the TBS (formerly ABC) sitcom Cougar Town, also created by Lawrence.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Filmography 4
    • Film 4.1
    • Television 4.2
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

Miller was born in Manhattan and attended the Convent of the Sacred Heart. She is the daughter of model Bonnie Trompeter[1] and the niece of actress Susan Saint James and NBC Sports executive Dick Ebersol. She has a sister and one brother, John. Miller was a model as a child, appearing in a Wonder Bread commercial when she was six months old, posing at three for Francesco Scavullo in an Ivory soap advertisement, and being photographed for the cover of Redbook. Her days as a child model were curtailed after an operation for a benign bone tumor. After attending Convent of the Sacred Heart, she returned briefly to modeling, but soon took acting lessons, and gave up modeling when she moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1990.[1] She was cover model and had a pictorial in the first U.S. edition of Maxim.


Miller's first role on television was in Larry David to provide her with a rough-cut video of the still-unaired episode when she auditioned for The Drew Carey Show, whose producers had initially thought she was too inexperienced. David's support helped Miller win over the producers of The Drew Carey Show,[2] who cast her as Kate O'Brien,[3] whom she played from 1995 - 2002.

In 2001, Miller's husband, writer-producer Bill Lawrence, conceived a new comedy-drama, Scrubs. Miller was given a guest role as Dr. Cox's (John C. McGinley) acerbic ex-wife Jordan Sullivan. Originally, the character was intended to appear in only one episode; in season 2, the role became recurring. When her young cousin Teddy Ebersol, son of Susan St. James and Dick Ebersol, died in a plane crash in 2004, Scrubs dedicated the season-4 episode "My Lucky Charm" to him. Miller also was the voice of Cleopatra in the short-lived animated show Clone High. She had a leading role in the 2008 two-part TV miniseries The Andromeda Strain. She also appeared in the CSI: Miami episode "Divorce Party".

In 2009, Miller began starring on Cougar Town, a sitcom created and produced by her husband, which stars Courteney Cox, with whom Miller worked in a three-part story-arc of season 8 of Scrubs.

Personal life

Miller married Bill Lawrence in 1999.[3] They have three children, Charlotte Sarah (born June 8, 2000), William Stoddard (born January 3, 2003), and Henry Vanduzer (born October 8, 2006). Her last two pregnancies were written into Scrubs.



Year Title Role Notes
1992 Stepfather III Beth Davis Television film
1994 A Friend to Die For Terri Television film
1995 Love and Happiness
1997 Kiss & Tell Alex Stoddard
1999 Goat on Fire and Smiling Fish Kathy
2000 The Operator Janice Wheelan
2015 Hot Air[4]


Year Title Role Notes
1985 Kate & Allie Student Episode: "Allie's Affair"
1988 Kate & Allie Blair Episodes: "Allie Doesn't Live Here Anymore" and "The Odd Couples"
1990 Northern Exposure Laurie Batan Episode: "Soapy Sanderson"
1993 Seinfeld Ms. De Granmont Episode: "The Sniffing Accountant"
1994 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Girl Episode: "Who's the Boss?"
1994 Party of Five Theresa Episode: "Much Ado"
1995 Seinfeld Paula Episode: "The Doodle"
1995-2002 The Drew Carey Show Kate O'Brien Series regular, 180 episodes
2002-2003 Clone High Cleopatra (voice) Series regular, 13 episodes
2008 The Andromeda Strain Dr. Angela Noyce Miniseries
2009 CSI: Miami Amy Lansing Episode: "Divorce Party"
2001–2010 Scrubs Jordan Sullivan Recurring role, 89 episodes
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2003-04)
2009–2015 Cougar Town Ellie Torres Main Cast. 102 episodes
Gracie Award for Outstanding Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Comedy Series (2014)
2015 Undateable Ally Episode: "A Live Episode Walks Into a Bar"


  1. ^ a b Slewinski, Christy (September 15, 1996). "Growing up was a real soap opera sitcom star Christa Miller says her mother was the model mom".  
  2. ^ Rizzo, Carita. "Before They Were Stars", TV Guide, January 3, 2011, page 23
  3. ^ a b Brady, Lois Smith (December 5, 1999). "WEDDINGS: VOWS; Christa Miller, William Lawrence IV". The New York Times. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  4. ^ Cougar Town' Actress Joins Indie Comedy 'Hot Air' (Exclusive)"'". The Hollywood Reporter. 2014-05-21. Retrieved 2014-06-04. 

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