Claudia Christian (born Claudia Ann Coghlan; August 10, 1965) is an American actress, singer and author, known for her roles as Commander Susan Ivanova on Babylon 5, as Captain Maynard on Fox's 9-1-1, and as the voice of Hera on the Netflix series Blood of Zeus. She is also the voice of Helga Sinclair in Atlantis: The Lost Empire. She is the founder and CEO of the C Three Foundation, the most recognized proponent of The Sinclair Method.
Claudia Ann Coghlan
August 10, 1965
Glendale, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, singer, author|
(m. 1988; div. 1992)
Christian was born in Glendale, California, the only daughter of Hildegard (née Christian), who worked as the director of Giorgio Beverly Hills, and James Michael Coghlan. Her mother is from Germany and her father has Irish ancestry. Christian and her three elder brothers were raised in Connecticut. Her eldest brother was killed by a drunk driver during a short stint in Houston, Texas. The family moved to California when she was 14. She changed her name by deed poll from Coghlan to Christian and moved to Hollywood to begin her acting career.
Her first screen appearance was in an under-five role on Dallas. Further work included television guest appearances on Falcon Crest, Quantum Leap, Matlock, Murder, She Wrote, L.A. Law, and It's Garry Shandling's Show, and as a series regular on Berrenger's.
She also appeared in TV movies Lies of the Twins with Isabella Rossellini, Calendar Girl Murders with Sharon Stone, A Masterpiece of Murder with Bob Hope and Don Ameche, Kaleidoscope with Jaclyn Smith and Coleen Dewhurst, and as Faye Dunaway's daughter in Columbo: It's All in the Game.
Christian's film career launched with Clean and Sober opposite Morgan Freeman and Michael Keaton, Never on Tuesday with Andrew Lauer and Peter Berg, The Hidden with Kyle MacLachlan, 20th Century Fox's The Chase with Charlie Sheen, as well as the Columbia comedy Hexed, and Adam Rifkind's The Dark Backward.
From 1994 to 1998, Christian starred as Commander Susan Ivanova on Babylon 5. She left the science fiction series when contract negotiations for the fifth and final season broke down. Series creator J. Michael Straczynski maintains that she chose to leave on her own, while Christian avers that she wished to return for the final season but was released when she requested a reduction in the number of episodes in which she would appear so she could complete another project. Christian did appear in the series finale, reprised her role in Babylon 5: In the Beginning and Babylon 5: Thirdspace, collaborated with cast members on the album The Be Five, and conceived her own interactive fan convention, Claudia Con UK, which took place in the UK.
Following the success of Babylon 5, Christian's guest starred on series including Highlander: The Series, Judd Apatow's Freaks and Geeks, NYPD Blue, Everwood, Nip/Tuck, Grimm, Criminal Minds, Castle, The Mentalist, and NCIS, and voiced the role of Helga in Atlantis: The Lost Empire. In 2004, she returned to Laguna Beach, California, where she attended high school, to star in the American premiere of Michael Weller's play What the Night Is For with Kip Gilman and directed by Richard Stein. She also starred in the British series Starhyke, on Showtime's Look, and in the BBC comedy series Broken News. In addition, Christian played Janine Foster in the Doctor Who audio drama The Reaping and appeared in the films The Garden with Lance Henriksen and Half Past Dead with Steven Seagal.
As of 2020, Christian appears as Captain Elaine Maynard on the Fox series 9-1-1 and as the voice of the goddess Hera in the Netflix series Blood of Zeus. She also plays the title role in the Anne Manx radio series and voices characters in major video games including Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Skyrim, Fallout 4 and Pizza Morgana.
Christian is the author of Journeys: Inspirational Stories of Recovery from Alcohol Addiction Using a Breakthrough Scientific Method and Babylon Confidential: A Memoir of Love, Sex, and Addiction and wrote the introduction for The Cure for Alcoholism: The Medically Proven Way to Eliminate Alcohol Addiction. She is also the author of the memoir My Life with Geeks and Freaks and the fictional works Wolf's Empire: Gladiator, The Original: The Trials of Sara Larkin and The Misadventures of Miss Emma Bradford (aka Emma Bradford and the Mystery of Queen Tut). She has also co-authored (with Mark Michel) a cook book, Snack Hacks.
Christian is the most recognized advocate of The Sinclair Method (TSM). This is a medication-based treatment for alcohol use disorder (AUD) which involves the targeted use of Naltrexone. She credits TSM with saving her life in 2009. To increase awareness of this treatment, she wrote, with Morgan Grant Buchanan, her book, Babylon Confidential, and made a documentary, One Little Pill, about the science behind this method. In 2013, she founded the 501c3 non-profit C Three Foundation to educate medical professionals and people suffering from AUD about the success of TSM. Her TEDx talk on the subject, How I Overcame Alcoholism has received over 3 million views. She has given interviews to Larry King, and Megyn Kelly discussing the treatment, as well as numerous podcast appearances and contributed to many articles and interviews published in newspapers and magazines. She has also testified before the U.S. Senate on harm reduction.
|1984||Calendar Girl Murders||Kara||Television movie|
|1986||Houston: The Legend of Texas||Eliza Allen||Also known as Gone to Texas|
|1987||The Hidden||Brenda Lee Van Buren|
|1988||Police Story: Monster Manor||Officer Barbara 'Babs' Altoon|
|1988||Clean and Sober||Iris|
|1989||Never on Tuesday||Tuesday|
|1989||A Masterpiece of Murder||Julia Forsythe|
|1989||Shannon's Deal||Molly Temple|
|1989||Tale of Two Sisters||Liz|
|1990||Danielle Steel's Kaleidoscope||Meagan||Television movie|
|1990||Mad About You||Casey|
|1990||Maniac Cop 2||Officer Susan Riley|
|1990||Think Big||Dr. Irene Marsh|
|1990||A Gnome Named Gnorm||Samantha|
|1991||Lie of the Twins||Felice|
|1991||The Woman Who Sinned||Judy Reinhardt|
|1991||Strays||Claire Lederer||Television movie|
|1991||The Dark Backward||Kitty|
|1993||Relentless: Mind of a Killer||Leeann Hardy||Television movie|
|1994||The Chase||Yvonne Voss|
|1997||Lancelot: Guardian of Time||Katherine Shelley|
|1997||Mercenary II: Thick & Thin||Patricia Van Lier|
|1998||A Wing and a Prayer||Shelley Lowe|
|1998||Babylon 5: In the Beginning||Commander Susan Ivanova|
|1998||Babylon 5: Thirdspace||Commander Susan Ivanova|
|1998||Snide and Prejudice||Renate Müller|
|1998||Highlander the Series: Two of Heart||Katherine|
|1999||Haunting of Hell House||Lucy|
|1999||Running Home||Jules Daniels|
|1999||The Substitute 3: Winner Takes All||Andrea 'Andy'|
|1999||Final Voyage||Maxine 'Max'|
|2000||Love & Sex||Woman in gallery||Cameo|
|2000||True Rights||Elaine Kilgore|
|2001||Atlantis: The Lost Empire||Helga Sinclair||Voice role|
|2002||Half Past Dead||FBI Agent Ellen 'EZ' Williams|
|2005||The Garden||Dr. Cairns|
|2006||The Dot Man||Lieutenant Colonel Dunst|
|2010||Meteor Apocalypse||Kate Dematti|
|2012||Rise of an Exile||Hannah Benedict||Pre-production|
|2014||The Writer with No Hands||Herself|
|2014||One Little Pill||Herself and The Narrator||Documentary|
|2017||The Dot Man||Lieutenant Colonel Dunst|
|2018||Dirty Dead Con Men||Donna|
|TBA||The Pipeline||Asta Folkart||Post-production|
|TBA||Dreadnought: Invasion Six||Lord Marshall (voice)||Pre-production|
|1984||T.J. Hooker||Betty MacRae||Episode: "The Lipstick Killer"|
|1984||Dallas||Peter's friend||Episode: "Some Do...Some Don't"|
|1984||Falcon Crest||Kate Mars||Episode: "Tests of Faith"|
|1984||Riptide||Marion Gordon||Episode: "Where the Girls Are"|
|1984||Hunter||Roxanne Hoffmeyer||Episode: "Love, Hate, and Sporty James"|
|1984||Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer||Cassie Conroy||Episodes: "Elegy for a Tramp", "Shots in the Dark"|
|1985||The A-Team||Cathy Rogers||Episode: "Trouble Brewing"|
|1986||Blacke's Magic||Laurie Blacke||Episodes: "Breathing Room", "Death Goes to the Movies"|
|1985||Berrenger's||Melody Hughes||Series regular|
|1987||The Highwayman||The Highwayman's liaison, Dawn||Episode: "Terror on the Blacktop"|
|1987||Jake and the Fatman||Lieutenant Alexandra 'Alex' Walker||Episode: "Easy to Love"|
|1987||It's Garry Shandling's Show||Sylvia||Episode: "Dial L for Laundry"|
|1989||Quantum Leap||Allison||Episode: "Play It Again, Seymour"|
|1990||Matlock||Mickey Alder||Episode: "The Blackmailer"|
|1991||Murder, She Wrote||Bonnie Jenks Hastings||Episode: "Prodigal Father"|
|1991||L.A. Law||Susan Convers||Episode: "Speak, Lawyers, for Me"|
|1991||Dark Justice||Dana Hollister Harrison||Episode: "To Die For"|
|1993||Columbo||Lisa Martin||Feature-length special "Columbo: It's All in the Game"|
|1993||Space Rangers||Marla Baker||Episode: "Death Before Dishonor"|
|1994-1997||Babylon 5||Commander Susan Ivanova||Main cast, seasons 1-4|
|1997||The Oz Kids||Queen Aquareine|
|1997||Total Security||Cheryl Bankston||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1997||Highlander: The Series||Katherine||Episode: "Two of Hearts"|
|1999||Freaks and Geeks||Gloria Haverchuck||Recurring role|
|2000||Family Law||Carla Sims||Episode: "Are You My Father?"|
|2001||Relic Hunter||Inez Carson||Episode: "All Choked Up"|
|2002||She Spies||Tanya||Episode: "Spy vs. Spies"|
|2002||NYPD Blue||Catherine Lowell||Episode "Better Laid Than Never"|
|2003||Everwood||Young Edna||Episode: "My Brother's Keeper"|
|2004||Starhyke||Captain Belinda Blowhard||Main cast|
|2005||Broken News||Julia Regan||Series regular|
|2007||Nip/Tuck||Gwen||Episode: "Dawn Budge II"|
|2010||Look: The Series||Stella||Series regular|
|2011||Grimm||Mrs. Clark||Episode "Let Your Hair Down"|
|2013||Criminal Minds||Agent Gretchen Stern||Episode: "Alchemy"|
|2014||Castle||Mrs. Logan||Episode: "Law & Boarder"|
|2014||The Mentalist||Greta Fortensky||Episode: "Black Market"|
|2017||NCIS||Louise Moreau||Episode: "Willoughby"|
|2017||Space Diner Tales||Leila Walker||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2018–present||9-1-1||Captain Maynard||Guest roles|
|2020||Blood of Zeus||Hera||Series regular|
|1995||Solar Eclipse||Major Delany "Raven" Kelt|
|2002||Summoner 2||Sangaril / Logosarch / Rosalind / Dama Heras|
|2004||Shrek 2||Fairy Godmother|
|2009||Pizza Morgana||Abbie Positive|
|2011||The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim||Multiple, including Aela the Huntress, Bryling, Legate Rikke, Sorli the Builder and Wolf-Queen Potema (various other characters)|
|2012||Guild Wars 2||Female Norn PC|
|2012||Halo 4||Additional voices|
|2014||Heroes of the Storm||Lady of Thorns|
|2015||Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void||Rohana|
|2015||Fallout 4||Desdemona / Mrs. Whitfield / Mistress of Mystery|
|2016||Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare||Captain Ferran|
|2016||World of Warcraft: Legion||Xal'atath, Blade of the Black Empire|
|2018||World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth||(voice)|
|2018||Fallout 76||Shannon Rivers / Miss Annie / Willie Mae|
|2020||Legends of Runeterra||Tiana Crownguard|
|2020||Fallout 76: Wastelanders||Miss Annie / Mistress of Mystery / Raiders|
- "Revenge is a Bitch to Swallow", short-story, published in Forbidden Love Issue 2: Wicked Women
- My Life with Geeks and Freaks, autobiography, published by Yard Dog Press
- Babylon Confidential: A Memoir of Love, Sex, and Addiction, autobiography
- Wolf's Empire: Gladiator, novel, co-written with Morgan Grant Buchanan, 2016
- Claudia Squared with Claudia Cummings (1996)
- Trying to Forget by The Be Five (1998)
- "Taboo" single (1998, Zard)
- Once upon a Time (2001, Zard)
- "'9-1-1': Ronda Rousey's Lena Sweats Off Some Steam in a Fight Club". TheWrap. October 21, 2019. Retrieved November 24, 2020.
- "The Greek Mythology Behind 'Blood of Zeus' on Netflix". Newsweek. October 28, 2020. Retrieved November 24, 2020.
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- Give and Take : Mothers in the Business of Dressing Well Swap Clothes With Their Grateful Daughters – Los Angeles Times
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- Voros, Drew (October 28, 1993). "Columbo It's All in the Game". Variety. Retrieved November 24, 2020.
- "'He came with a big rubber nose': The untold story behind that insane Nicolas Cage viral clip". EW.com. Retrieved November 24, 2020.
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- Christian, Claudia, Buchanan, Morgan Grant. Chapter 8. Death by irony // Babylon Confidential: A Memoir of Love, Sex, and Addiction. BenBella Books, 2012. P. 132–134. ISBN 978-1-93785606-9.
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- Seliger, Mark. "Photos: The Exclusive Freaks and Geeks Reunion". Vanity Fair. Retrieved November 24, 2020.
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- "The Garden (2008)". East Bay Express. Retrieved November 24, 2020.
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- "Anne Manx and the Black Knight". rrca.com. Retrieved November 24, 2020.
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- About The Cast. Pizza Morgana. Retrieved on June 19, 2012.
- Christian, Claudia (March 24, 2020). Journeys: Inspirational Stories Of Recovery From Alcohol Addiction Using A Breakthrough Scientific Method. Floating World Press. ISBN 978-0-6482831-6-4.
- Claudia Christian; Morgan Grant Buchanan; Dr. Roy Eskapa (2012). Babylon Confidential. BenBella Books, Inc. ISBN 978-1-937856-06-9.
- Eskapa, Roy D. (2012). The Cure for Alcoholism: The Medically Proven Way to Eliminate Alcohol Addiction. BenBella Books. ISBN 978-1-937856-13-7.
- Christian, Claudia (June 2007). My Life with Geeks and Freaks. Yard Dog Press. ISBN 978-1-893687-85-1.
- Christian, Claudia; Buchanan, Morgan Grant (June 28, 2016). Wolf's Empire: Gladiator. Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-7653-3774-0.
- Christian, Claudia (March 2, 2017). The Original: The Trials of Sara Larkin. Independently Published. ISBN 978-1-5206-6258-9.
- Christian, Claudia (February 15, 2013). Emma Bradford and the Mystery of Queen Tut. Xynobooks, LLC.
- Donlan, Christian (July 22, 2019). "Snack Hacks, a cookbook for people who like games, is a strange delight". Eurogamer. Retrieved November 24, 2020.
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