Alessandra Torresani (born Alessandra Olivia Toreson; May 29, 1987) is an American actress. She is best known for her portrayal of Zoe Graystone in the science fiction television series Caprica and Claire in The Big Bang Theory. Prior to 2007, she was credited as Alessandra Toreson.
Torresani in April 2009
Alessandra Olivia Toreson
May 29, 1987
Palo Alto, California, U.S.
|Other names||Alessandra Toreson|
Alessandra Olivia Toreson was born on May 29, 1987, in Palo Alto, California. Her mother, Marcia Glow, was a CEO, while her father, James Sylvester Toreson, ran startup tech companies. She began studying dancing and singing when she was two years old. At the age of 8, she landed a job doing interviews between cartoons on The WB Television Network. She holds a black belt in taekwondo.
Torresani's television debut was at age nine when she hosted the "Kids' WB Club" for San Francisco's KBWB (Channel 20). She co-starred in the Disney Channel Original Movie Going to the Mat. Her other television credits include guest appearances on Even Stevens, JAG, ER, The War at Home, Malcolm In The Middle, Arrested Development, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation among others. In May 2008, Torresani was cast as Zoe Graystone in Syfy's Caprica, a prequel spin-off of Battlestar Galactica, which debuted in 2009.
In 2009, Rolling Stone announced that she was cast to play Lita Ford in The Runaways, a biopic about the all-girl punk band of the same name. Variety later reported that it was Scout Taylor-Compton who would play Ford. In 2010, Torresani was featured as a Girl of Maxim.
In 2016, she made a few appearances on The Big Bang Theory, playing the role of bartender and aspiring screenwriter, Claire.
|1999||Lost and Found||Park Girl|
|2010||Annie Goes Boating||Annie||Short film|
|2018||Step Sisters||Amber||Direct-to-video film|
|1997||KaBlam!||n/a||Episode: "Brothers Tiki"|
|1998||ER||Kate||Episode: "Stuck on You"|
|1999||Working||Tiffany||Episode: "The Prodigy"|
|1999||My Last Love||Emma||Movie|
|2000||Popular||Emily/Emma||Episode: "Baby, Don't Do It!"|
|2000||Even Stevens||Mimi Nagurski||Episode: "Luscious Lou"|
|2001, 2003||Malcolm in the Middle||Sara Coleman/Kirsten||Episodes: "Malcolm's Girlfriend", "Thanksgiving"|
|2004||Going to the Mat||Mary Beth Rice||Movie|
|2004||JAG||Susan Smithfield||Episode: "Coming Home"|
|2004||Arrested Development||Ann Veal||Episode: "Let 'Em Eat Cake", character was portrayed by Mae Whitman in every other appearance|
|2004||Grounded for Life||Carolyn||Episode: "I'm Looking Through You"|
|2005||Love, Inc.||Holly||Episode: "Major Dad"|
|2005||The War at Home||Alison||Episode: "The Bigger They Come"|
|2006||Grand Union||Meaghan McBride||Movie|
|2007||Bones||Teenaged Girl Elf||Episode: "The Santa in the Slush"|
|2008||Happy Campers||Dylan Dixon||Movie|
|2008||Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles||Jordan Cowan||Episode: "The Turk"|
|2009||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Bree Lindale||Episode: "Turn, Turn, Turn"|
|2009–2010||Caprica||Zoe Graystone||Series regular (16 episodes)|
|2011||RuPaul's Drag Race||Herself/Guest judge||Episode: "Queens in Space"|
|2011||Warehouse 13||Meagan Reese||Episode: "Shadows"|
|2011||American Horror Story||Stephanie Boggs||Episodes: "Halloween: Part 2", "Piggy Piggy"|
|2014||Two and a Half Men||Kathy||Episode: "Thirty-Eight, Sixty-Two, Thirty-Eight"|
|2015||The Fosters||Brooke||Season 3. 3 episodes|
|2015||Workaholics||Crystal||Episode: "Dorm Daze"|
|2016–2017||The Big Bang Theory||Claire||Recurring (season 9)|
Guest (season 10)
- "Alessandra Torresani: Biography, Latest News & Videos". TV Guide; retrieved August 15, 2012.
- Hart, Hugh (January 21, 2010). "Alessandra Torresani Gets Inside Caprica's Prime Cylon". Wired.
- Goldman, Eric (January 28, 2010). "Caprica: Alessandra Torresani on Life as a Cylon", ign.com; accessed March 18, 2015.
- "Alessandra Toressani also joins 'Caprica'". Zap2it. May 12, 2008.
- Kreps, Daniel (June 9, 2009). "Alessandra Torresani Cast As Lita Ford in "The Runaways" Biopic". Rolling Stone.
- Goldberg, Matt (June 24, 2009). "Will The Real Fake Lita Ford Please Stand Up?". Collider.
- "Sci-Fi has a new Red Hot Robot!". Maxim. February 8, 2010. Retrieved November 26, 2016.
- "Jane Espenson Talks 'Husbands'". The Bambola Factory. July 26, 2011.