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Cassidy Freeman (born April 22, 1982)[1] is an American actress and musician. She is known for her role as Tess Mercer in The CW's superhero drama Smallville and Cady Longmire in Longmire.[2]

Cassidy Freeman
Cassidy Freeman Oct 2014 (cropped).jpg
Freeman at the Stars Strike Out Child Abuse Celebrity Bowling Fundraiser on October 19, 2014
Born (1982-04-22) April 22, 1982 (age 37)
OccupationActress, singer, pianist
Years active2006–present

Early life and educationEdit

Freeman was born in Chicago, Illinois[1] to prominent Chicago-area attorneys Glynna and Lee Freeman, who also own a cattle ranch in Montana. She is the youngest of three children, with two brothers, voice actor Crispin Freeman and musician Clark Freeman. She has German, Scottish, and Jewish ancestry.[citation needed]

Freeman graduated from The Latin School of Chicago and then magna cum laude from Middlebury College in 2005 with degrees in theater and Spanish.


Freeman in 2010


Freeman starred in the thriller film YellowBrickRoad which was written and directed by Andy Mitton and Jesse Holland.[3] She has appeared in several films and television series. Freeman played the character Veronica Sharpe in the award-winning short film Razor Sharp. The film won "Best Action Film" at the 2007 Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival. In September 2008, she began starring in The CW Superman-inspired drama Smallville where she played Tess Mercer after the departure of Michael Rosenbaum's Lex Luthor and continued this role until the show ended in May 2011.[4]

Freeman has appeared three times in the CBS crime drama franchise CSI. In October 2009, she appeared in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation season 10, episode four called "Coup de Grâce". In September 2011, she appeared in CSI: NY season 8, episode one called "Indelible". In March 2012, she appeared in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation season 10, episode fifteen called "No Good Deed".

On January 13, 2012, Freeman was confirmed to be in The CW fantasy drama The Vampire Diaries as Sage in the third season.[5] Between 2012 and 2017, Freeman starred as Cady Longmire in the A&E and Netflix crime drama Longmire.[2][6]

Between 2016 and 2017, she played as Russian spy Eva Azarova in NCIS: New Orleans. She also played in a crossover episode with its parent series NCIS.


Freeman, her brother Clark Freeman, and Andy Mitton formed the band called The Real D'Coy, in which Freeman sings and plays piano.[6][7]


Freeman is an active member of the Heal the Bay charity, which works toward cleaning up and protecting the West Coast waters, and tutors children in Santa Monica as a part of the Virginia Avenue Project.[8]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 Razor Sharp Veronica Sharpe Short
2006 Clock Short
2007 Finishing the Game Shirley
2008 Starlet Courtney Short
2009 Shades of Gray Lisa Short
2009 You've Reached Richarde & Gribbeen Theresa Short
2010 YellowBrickRoad Erin Luger
2012 Guitar Face Hope Short
2013 Brahmin Bulls Ellie
2014 One Last Look Kate Short
2014 Don't Look Back Peyton Lake
2016 We Go On Young Charlotte
2016 Fender Bender Jennifer
2017 Cortez Rosie


Year Title Role Notes
2007 An Accidental Christmas Kristine TV film
2008 Austin Golden Hour Charlie TV film
2008 Cold Case Laura McKinney (1991) "True Calling"
2008–2011 Smallville Tess Mercer Main role (seasons 8–10)
2009 Buzz Serena Zorn TV film
2009 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Off. Donna Grayson "Coup de Grace"
2011 CSI: NY Devon Hargrove "Indelible"
2011 The Playboy Club Frances Dunhill Guest role (4 episodes)
2012 CSI: Miami Connie Jaden "No Good Deed"
2012 The Vampire Diaries Sage "1912", "Break on Through", "The Murder of One"
2012–2017 Longmire Cady Longmire Main role
2013 Once Upon a Time Jacqueline 'Jack' "Tiny"
2016 NCIS Eva Azarova "Sister City, Part I"
2016 Stitchers Ellie "Hack Me If You Can"
2016–17 NCIS: New Orleans Eva Azarova "Sister City, Part II", "Pandora's Box, Part II", "The Asset"
2017 Doubt ADA Abby Burris Recurring role
2019 The Righteous Gemstones Amber Gemstone Main role


  1. ^ a b "Cassidy Freeman". TV Guide. Retrieved June 8, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Cassidy Freeman as Cady Longmire - Longmire Cast & Characters". A&E TV.
  3. ^ "DON'T Follow the YellowBrickRoad". Dread Central.
  4. ^ "Slamdance '10: First Stills from 'YellowBrickRoad'". Bloody Disgusting.
  5. ^ "See the Extended Preview of The Vampire Diaries Episode 5.08 - Dead Man on Campus". Dread Central. November 15, 2013.
  6. ^ a b "Cassidy Freeman Talks LONGMIRE, SMALLVILLE, and Her Band, THE REAL D'COY". June 24, 2012.
  7. ^ Steven Eramo (May 1, 2009). "'Lex Schmex' – Meet SMALLVILLE's Tess Mercer". Retrieved June 8, 2016.
  8. ^ "Bios – Cassidy Freeman". CW TV. Archived from the original on December 15, 2010.

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