April Michelle Bowlby (born July 30, 1980) is an American actress. She is known for portraying Kandi on the CBS comedy series Two and a Half Men (2006–2015), Stacy Barrett on Drop Dead Diva (2009–2014) and Rita Farr on Titans (2018) and Doom Patrol (2019–present).
Bowlby in 2008
Bowlby was born in Vallejo, California. She moved to Manteca, California, as a child, and attended East Union High School. She studied ballet, French, and marine biology at Moorpark College, and began a modelling career before deciding to pursue acting. She studied drama with Ivana Chubbuck.
Bowlby secured the role of Kandi on the television series Two and a Half Men within months of her first-ever auditions. She is also known for her role as Stacy Barrett in Drop Dead Diva. She played Barney Stinson's obsessive ex-girlfriend Meg in How I Met Your Mother, and has made appearances in CSI, Psych, and CSI: NY. She has appeared in films such as All Roads Lead Home (2008), The Slammin' Salmon (2009), and From Prada to Nada (2011).
|2008||All Roads Lead Home||Natasha|
|2009||The Slammin' Salmon||Mia|
|2011||From Prada to Nada||Olivia|
|2018||Unbroken: Path to Redemption||Cecy Phillips|
|2004||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Kaitlin Rackish||Episode: "What's Eating Gilbert Grissom?"|
|2005||CSI: NY||Jenny Lee||Episode: "Crime and Misdemeanor"|
|2005||Stacked||Jasmine||Episode: "The Ex-Appeal"|
|2005||Freddie||Sydney||Episode: "Rich Man, Poor Girl"|
|2005–15||Two and a Half Men||Kandi / Kimber||17 episodes |
Main Role (Season 4) Recurring role (Season 3) Guest star (Seasons 10 & 12)
|2007||Sands of Oblivion||Heather||Television film|
|2007–2014||How I Met Your Mother||Meg||4 episodes|
|2008||Out of Jimmy's Head||Princess Gugulfa||Episode: "Princess"|
|2009||Kath & Kim||Ashley||Episode: "Bachelorette"|
|2009–14||Drop Dead Diva||Stacy Barrett||78 episodes |
Main role (Seasons 1–6)
|2010||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Marta Petrovich||Episode: "Unshockable"|
|2010||Psych||Lauren Lassiter||Episode: "Dead Bear Walking"|
|2015||Mom||Selene||Episode: "Cheeseburger Salad and Jazz"|
|2015||You're the Worst||Bernadette||Episode: "Born Dead"|
|2016||Marriage of Lies||Rachel Wilson||Television film; originally titled Presumed|
|2016||The Engagement Clause||Katie Tate||Television film; originally titled Married by Christmas|
|2017||The Big Bang Theory||Rebecca||Episode: "The Separation Agitation"|
|2017||Love's Last Resort||Alyssa||Television film|
|2017||A Mother's Crime||Nikki||Television film|
|2018||Titans||Rita Farr||Episode: "Doom Patrol"|
|2018||The Wrong Daughter||Ms. Hanson||Television film|
|2018||Dying for the Crown||Isabelle Wagner||Television film; originally titled Homecoming Revenge|
|2019–present||Doom Patrol||Rita Farr/Elasti-Woman||Main role|
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- Genzlinger, Neil (December 10, 2009). "Movie Review: The Slammin' Salmon". The New York Times. New York City: New York Times Company. Retrieved May 21, 2013.
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- "From Prada to Nada (2011)". Rotten Tomatoes. San Francisco, California: Flixster, Inc. Retrieved May 21, 2013.
- Abrams, Natalie (February 20, 2018). "Titans casts Drop Dead Diva star as Elasti-Girl". Entertainment Weekly. New York City: Meredith Corporation. Retrieved February 21, 2018.