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Julie Benz

Julie M. Benz is an American actress 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. She most recently starred as Mayor Amanda Rosewater on the Syfy series Defiance.
Born in Pennsylvania, Benz's father is a Pittsburgh surgeon and her mother is a figure ice skater. The family settled in nearby Murrysville, when Julie was two, and she started ice skating at age three. She competed in the 1988 U.S. Championships in junior ice dancing with her partner David Schilling, coming in 13th. Her older brother and sister, Jeffrey and Jennifer, were in the 1987 U.S. Junior Champions in ice dancing and competed internationally. When Benz was 14, she had a bad stress fracture and had to take time off.
By 1989, with her figure skating career over, Benz turned to acting and got involved in the local theater where she got a role in the play Street Law. Her first movie role was a small, credited, speaking part in in the Black Cat episode in the 'Dario Argento' 'George A. Romero' co-direction horror flick, Due occhidiabolici (1990) playing in one scene alongside 'Harvey Keitel'. A year later, she got a role on a TV show called Hi Honey, I'm Home (1991).
After graduating from high school, Benz entered New York University to study acting there. After graduation, Benz moved to Los Angeles to further pursue her career and landed some small roles in movies and TV shows including a guest appearance on Married with Children (1987) and in the 'Aaron Spelling' TV pilot Crosstown Traffic (1995).
In 1996, Benz auditioned for the role of Buffy in the series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997), but lost out to 'Sarah Michelle Gellar'. However, she was offered a small role as a vampire girl in which she did such a good job that her part was expanded to a few more episodes in playing the vampire Darla. With that, Benz's career had finally taken off. She reprised her role as Darla in the Buffy spin-off series Angel (1999) for two years and has had several small roles in various film productions. She also had a small, but memorable, role playing a receptionist in the movie As Good as It Gets (1997).
Even after her role on Angel (1999) wrapped up, Benz continued to find work on television in playing many guest staring roles in numerous popular TV shows from CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000), to Supernatural (2005), to playing the lead and supporting roles in various made-for-TV movies. Most recently, she landed another notable role on the TV-cable series Dexter (2006) playing Rita, a troubled divorcee and lover of the title character played by 'Michael C. Hall'.

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Cast Credits

Welcome to the Blumhouse (2020)
Guest starring as Cassie Lowe
  • Episode 2020-10-13: Nocturne (Oct 13, 2020)
Love, Victor (2020)
Guest starring as Shelby (4 episodes)
9-1-1: Lone Star (2020)
Guest starring as Sadie Becker (4 episodes)
On Becoming a God in Central Florida (2019)
Guest starring as Carole Wilkes (7 episodes)
V.C. Andrews' Casteel Family (2019)
Starring as Kitty
  • Episode 1x01: Heaven (Jul 27, 2019)
Dark/Web (2019)
Guest starring as I Am Rideshare
  • Episode 1x01: Chapter One (Jul 19, 2019) [Special Guest Star]
Light as a Feather (2018)
Guest starring as Skye (2 episodes)
Inside of You with Michael Rosenbaum (2018)
Guest starring as Julie Benz
Battle of the Network Stars (2017)
Guest starring as Julie Benz
Training Day (2017)
Starring as Holly Butler (9 episodes)
Dinner at Tiffani's (2015)
Guest starring as Julie Benz
Celebrity Name Game (2014)
Guest starring as Julie Benz (3 episodes)
Defiance (2013)
Starring as Amanda Rosewater (38 episodes)
A Gifted Man (2011)
Guest starring as Christina Holt (6 episodes)
No Ordinary Family (2010)
Starring as Stephanie Powell (20 episodes)
Hawaii Five-0 (2010)
Guest starring as Inspector Abby Dunn (12 episodes)
Dexter (2006)
Starring as Rita Bennett (48 episodes)
Guest starring as Rita Bennett
  • Episode 5x01: My Bad (Sep 26, 2010) [Special Guest Star]
Supernatural (2005)
Guest starring as Layla Rourke
  • Episode 1x12: Faith (Jan 17, 2006)
Desperate Housewives (2004)
Guest starring as Robin Gallagher (5 episodes)
The Soup (2004)
Guest starring as Julie Benz
Coupling (2003)
Guest starring as Amanda
NCIS (2003)
Guest starring as Mrs. Denise Johnson
Taken (2002)
Starring as Kate Keys
CSI: Miami (2002)
Guest starring as Hayley Gordon
  • Episode 4x16: Deviant (Feb 27, 2006)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000)
Guest starring as Heidi Wolff
Roswell (1999)
Guest starring as Kathleen Topolsky (7 episodes)
Angel (1999)
Guest starring as Darla (21 episodes)
The King of Queens (1998)
Guest starring as Julie Patterson
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)
Guest starring as Darla (5 episodes)
The Big Easy (1996)
Guest starring as Roxanne
Sliders (1995)
Guest starring as Jenny Michener
Boy Meets World (1993)
Guest starring as Bianca
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