Charisma Carpenter Biography
Charisma Carpenter an American actress kownfor her role as Cordelia Chase in the supernatural drama series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–1999) and its spin-off series Angel (1999–2004). She as well starred as Kyra in Charmed (2004), Kendall Casablancas in Veronica Mars (2005–2006), Rebecca Sewell in The Lying Game (2012–2013), and Lacy in The Expendables film series (2010–2012).
Charisma Carpenter Age
Carpenter was born in 1970 in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.
Charisma Carpenter Career
Carpenter was discovered by a commercial agent while waiting tables in Los Angeles to save money for her college education. This led to her role on theatrical productions and more than twenty commercials.
She had her first television role in 1994 by featuring in an episode of Baywatch. Shortly after that, she had a starring role in the NBC short-lived teen drama/soap opera series Malibu Shores.
In 1996, she auditioned for the title role in The WB supernatural drama series Buffy the vampire slayer but instead was cast as Cordelia Chase, a snobby and popular high school student. After three seasons on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Carpenter was offered an even larger role as the same character on the spin-off series Angel alongside David Boreanaz.
She as well played Cordelia Chase for four seasons on Angel. Although her character leaves the series during Angel‘s fourth season, Carpenter returned for the 100th episode in the fifth and final season. In 2004, she guest appeared on The WB fantasy drama series Charmed as a psychic demon named Kyra for three episodes and played a recurring role on NBC’s Miss Match, appearing in four episodes.
She as well had a recurring role as Kendall Casablancas in the UPN mystery drama series Veronica Mars for the 2005–06 season, appearing in 11 episodes. Carpenter guest-starred in the first-season finale of the ABC Family comedy-drama series Greek and reprised her role for two episodes of Season 2.
As of TV Guide in September 2007, she was set to join the cast of The Apprentice: Celebrity Edition, but chose to do a guest appearance in the Fox comedy series Back to You as well as a two episode role on the short-lived series Big Shots. Carpenter also had a guest appearance in an April 2009 episode of CSI: Crime scene Investigation entitled “The Descent of Man”.
On March 20, 2008, Paley Fest hosted a Buffy the Vampire Slayer reunion. Carpenter attended the event together with Buffy creator Joss Whedon, producers Marti Noxon and David Greenwalt, and other Buffy alumni including Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, James Marsters, Emma Caulfield, Amber Benson, Seth Green, and Michelle Trachtenberg.
She has starred in an assortment of made-for-TV and direct-to-video films including the sex comedy What Boys Like, the horror film Voodoo Moon, and the romantic comedies See Jane Date and Relative Chaos on ABC Family. She also appeared in the original films Flirting with Danger and Cheaters’ Club (both 2006) both on Lifetime and the Syfy original film House of Bones broadcast in 2010, around the same time as her guest spot in Legend of the seeker.
In 2009, she starred in production company Red Sparrow’s first film, Psychosis, that was released on January 11, 2011. In August 2010, she got a supporting role in Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables. After the success of The Expendables, Carpenter was cast in Human Factor and in the indie thriller Crash Site. She appeared in an episode of the seventh season of Supernatural alongside Buffy co-star James Marsters.
In 2012, she landed a recurring role as Rebecca Sewell in the first season of ABC Family drama series The Lying Game. She was upgraded to a series regular for the second season. Later in the same year, she reprised her role as Lacy in The Expendables 2.
On August 28, 2013, Surviving Evil (original working title: I Survived Evil) debuted on Investigation Discovery, that saw Carpenter as host; in the premiere episode, Carpenter herself was featured as a crime survivor, revisiting the horrific attack she and two friends suffered at the hands of violent serial rapist and police officer Henry Hubbard Jr. on San Diego’s Torrey Pines State Beach in 1991. She as welll starred in the 2015 erotic film Bound, alongside Morgan Obenreder, which received a lukewarm reception. She later led the television film Mommy’s Secret.
Charisma Carpenter Net worth
Carpenter has an estimated net worth of $5 million.
Charisma Carpenter Parents
Carpenter was born to Christine, a bird sanctuary worker, and Don Carpenter, a salesman. She is of Spanish, from her maternal grandfather, French and German descent.
Charisma Carpenter Education
Carpenter enrolled at Bishop Gorman High school in Las Vegas where she was also a part of a song-and-dance troupe which performed in the Las Vegas Valley when she was nine years old. At 15, her family relocated to Rosarito Beach, Baja California, Mexico and then to San Diego, California.
She jooined Bonita Vista High school and Chula Vista School of the Creative and performing arts. After graduation, she toured Europe. When she returned to San Diego, she served as as a video store clerk, an aerobics instructor, and in property management. In 1991, she as well worked as a Cheerleader for the San Diego Chargers football team. In 1992, she moved to Los Angeles.
Charisma Carpenter Husband
Carpenter was previously married to Damian Hardy on October 5, 2002, in her hometown of Las Vegas. The duo were blessed with a child. In March 2003, Carpenter gave birth to a son, Donovan Charles Hardy. In late 2007, the couple separated and finalized their divorce on July 8, 2008.