Birth Place: Los Angeles,
Laurie Holden (Heather Laurie Holden) is an American-Canadian actress and producer that was born on December 17, 1969 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is 5' 7" (1.7 m) and is a human rights activist. She holds dual citizenship in both the U.S. and Canada because she was raised in Toronto, Canada. Laurie’s father, actor Glen Corbett (aka Lawrence Holden) and mother, Adrienne Ellis, divorced when Laurie was 5-year-old. Her mother remarried to director Michael Anderson, which resulted in Laurie splitting her time between Los Angeles and Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She has a younger brother Christopher, a half sister and is the step sister of actor Michael Anderson Jr. and producer David Anderson.
She is known for her roles as Andrea in AMC's The Walking Dead, Cybil Bennett in Silent Hill (2006), Marita Covarrubias in The X-Files, and Olivia Murray in The Shield. Laurie got her first role in a movie when she visited her stepfather on the set. She played Rock Hudson's daughter in TV mini-series The Martian Chronicles (1980) because the child actor did not show up for her part. She had a minor role in her step father’s comedy Separate Vacations (1986) after she won The Look of the Year modeling contest in Toronto. She graduated from the Bishop Strachan School and then went on to studying economics and political science at McGill University. She transferred to the University of California, Los Angeles after her freshman year at McGill University and graduated in 1993 with a degree in theater and film. She was a member of the National Honor Society and received the prestigious Natalie Wood Acting Award. Laurie furthered her studies at Columbia University by pursuing her Master of Human Rights degree.
Co-starring with Burt Reynolds in Physical Evidence (1989) was her big break that she was recognized as a star. She also starred in Young Catherine (1991), TekWar: TekLab (1994) and The Pathfinder (1996). Some of her appearance on stage includes Time and the Conways, The Winter's Tale and Ghosts and Procne in The Love of the Nightingale. Some of her recurring roles are seen in The X-Files (1996–2002) as Marita Covarrubias, CBS TV series The Magnificent Seven (1998–2000) as Mary Travis and Highlander: The Series as Debra Campbell. Her character as a civil rights attorney and survivor of a global zombie apocalypse, Andrea in AMC drama The Walking Dead. She was cast in 2010, and her character died in 2013.
2002 - She was named as one of "Ten Actors To Watch" by Variety
2014 - She was part of Operation Underground Railroad. It is an organization with volunteers that hunts down and arrest child sex traffickers. The organizations work, and they recently aided authorities in breaking up a major sex-trafficking ring that force young kids, both boys and girls in prostitution in Cartagena, Colombia. The officials rescue 55 children including an 11-year-old and sent 11 Colombians to jail. There was one arrest where the nationality was not released.
- She is also actively involved in Planet Hope and Feed the Children charity.
- He brother Christopher worked with her in Silent Hill (2006)
- She did the voice of Marita Covarrubias in 2004 The X-Files: Resist or Serve videogame.
- She is a Founding Board Member of the Canadian Somaly Mam Foundation
- She is an Advisory Board Member of The Somaly Mam Foundation in the U.S.
- She helps HIV-infected children by working with the nonprofit Home From Home.