Denise Dowse

Denise Yvonne Dowse (born February 21, 1958) is an American actress and director. She is best known for her roles as Mrs. Yvonne Teasley in the Fox teen drama television series Beverly Hills, 90210 (1991–2000),[1] Judge Rebecca Damsen in the CBS drama series The Guardian (2001–2004), and Dr. Rhonda Pine in the HBO comedy-drama television series Insecure.

Denise Dowse
Denise Yvonne Dowse

(1958-02-21) February 21, 1958 (age 63)
Other namesDenise Dowes
Denise Y. Dowse
EducationNorfolk State University
OccupationActress, director
Years active1988–present

Her film roles include Olivia Biggs in the comedy film Bio-Dome (1996), Sky Marshal Meru in the science-fiction action film Starship Troopers (1997), Judge Constance Mullen in the drama film A Civil Action (1998), Marlene Andre in the autobiographical drama film Ray, Principal Garrison in the drama film Coach Carter (2005) and Flora in the thriller film The Call (2013).

Early lifeEdit

Denise Yvonne Dowse was born on February 21, 1958 in Honolulu, Hawaii, the daughter of a naval officer. She graduated with a B.A. degree from Norfolk State University in 1984.[2]


She started acting in 1989 in one episode of the television series Almost There, in which she played Angela Quartermane.

From 1989, she appeared in numerous TV series, such as ALF, Full House, Murphy Brown, Seinfeld, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, ER, Charmed, Shark, The Mentalist, Monk and House. In these series, she usually only played in one episode.

She appeared in the 2005 comedy film Guess Who, featuring Bernie Mac and Ashton Kutcher.

She became most well known for her role of Yvonne Teasley in 23 episodes of Beverly Hills, 90210 (1991 through 2000)[3][4] after portraying a minor character in 1990, and as Judge Rebecca Damsen in 32 episodes of The Guardian from 2001 through 2004. From 1993 to 1994, she appeared as a recurring character known as Vice Principal McBride in the television series California Dreams.

In 1997, she appeared as Sky Marshal Meru in the science-fiction action film Starship Troopers, featuring Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer, Denise Richards, Neil Patrick Harris, Michael Ironside and Clancy Brown.

She appeared in films such as Pleasantville, Dr. Dolittle 2, Requiem for a Dream, Eulogy and Reign Over Me.

From 2000 to 2004, she has provided the voice of Officer Shirley in the Nickelodeon animated series Rocket Power for the remaining three seasons, replacing CCH Pounder, who voiced the latter in the first season.

In 2004, she played Marlene, the manager of Jamie Foxx's character during the late 1940s in the autobiographical drama film Ray, directed by Taylor Hackford.

In 2020, she appeared as Valeria in the thriller film Fatale, featuring Hilary Swank, Michael Ealy and Mike Colter.[5]



Year Title Role Notes
1990 Coldfire Channing
1992 Sneakers Bank Teller
1992 Out for Blood Neighborhood Woman Credited as Denise Y. Dowse
1993 Merchant of Evil Nurse #1
1994 Helicopter Malik's Mother Short film
1995 Theodore Rex Voice Performer (voice)
1996 Bio-Dome Olivia Biggs
1997 Starship Troopers Sky Marshal Meru
1998 Pleasantville Health Teacher
1998 A Civil Action Judge Constance Mullen
1999 K-911 Dr. Perkins, DVM
2000 Requiem for a Dream Tyrone's Mother
2001 Dr. Dolittle 2 Secretary
2002 Book of Love: The Definitive Reason Why Men Are Dogs Mom
2003 Rats Matilda
2004 The Seat Filler Derrick's Mom
2004 Eulogy Judge
2004 Ray Marlene Andre
2005 Coach Carter Principal Garrison
2005 Guess Who Lisa
2007 Reign Over Me Psychiatric Hospital Therapist
2007 Her Best Move Lisa
2010 Anger Has a Secret Sarah
2011 Fly Away Susan Credited as Denise Y. Dowse
2012 The Longer Day of Happiness Lydia Jones
2013 The Call Flora
2017 Please Stand By Doris the Bus Driver
2017 Like Father Olivia Short film
2017 By His Stripes Ruth Short film
2018 A Stone Cold Christmas Deaconess
2019 Loners Clara Maloy
2020 Grey Streets Aunt Suzanna
2020 Fatale Valeria
2020 Celeste's Dream Dr. Soji Spark Short film
2021 A Cloud So High Detective Trina McWilliams Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1989 Almost There! Angela Quartermane Episode: "Miss Shelley B."
1989 ALF FBI #4 Credited as Denise Y. Dowse
Episode: "Wanted Dead or Alive"
1990 Beverly Hills, 90210 Professor Harriet Strathmore Episode: "The 17 Year Itch"
1991 Jake and the Fatman Maggie Day Episode: "Come Along with Me"
1991–2000 Beverly Hills, 90210 Vice-Principal Yvonne Teasley[6] 23 episodes
1991 Roc Dr. Worthy Credited as Denise Y. Dowse
Episodes: "Rock-A-Bye Baby: Parts 1 & 2"
1992 Seinfeld Receptionist Episode: "The Wallet"
1992 Bodies of Evidence Kim's Mother Episode: "Afternoon Delights"
1992 Roc Dr. Russell Episode: "The Artificial Insemination Story"
1993 Full House Mrs. Jacobs Episode: "Be True to Your Pre-School"
1993–1994 California Dreams Vice Principal McBride Recurring cast
1993 Thea Episode: "A Christmas Story"
1994 The Enemy Within Dr. Jarvis Television movie
1994 Murphy Brown Woman #2 Episode: "Brown vs. the Board of Education"
1994 Seinfeld Mother Episode: "The Couch"
1995 See Jane Run Television movie
1995 Sketch Artist II: Hands That See Dispatcher Television movie
1995 Vanishing Son Trailer Park Neighbor Episode: "Sweet Sixteen"
1995 Kissing Miranda Cristianne Television movie
1996 Touched by an Angel Judge Caldwell Episode: "Flesh and Blood"
1996 Men Behaving Badly Mrs. Carlson Episode: "Drunken Proposal"
1997 Killing Mr. Griffin Detective Pruitt Television movie
1997 Tracey Takes On... Arthell Episode: "Race Relations"
1997 Ink Mrs. Punter Episode: "Logan's Run"
1997 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Ms. Miller Episode: "Out of Mind, Out of Sight"
1997 Built to Last Sylvia Watkins 8 episodes
1997 Chicago Hope Doris Harper Episode: "On Golden Pons"
1998 NewsRadio Adoption Agent Episode: "Look Who's Talking"
1998 Step by Step Judge Martin Episode: "And Justice for Some"
1998 ER Mrs. Lysell Episode: "Day for Knight"
1998 Any Day Now Councilwoman Rene Broussard Episode: "No Comment"
1998 Sister, Sister Alease Episode: "The Domino Effect"
1998 Party of Five Nora Episode: "Gifts"
1999 Promised Land Mrs. Groves Episode: "What's in a Word"
1999 Rugrats Sheila Swann (voice) Episode: "Share and Share a Spike/Tommy for Mayor"
2000 Moesha Hattie Episode: "Secrets & Lies"
2000 The West Wing Nurse #1 Uncredited
Episode: "In the Shadow of Two Gunmen: Part 1"
2000–2004 Rocket Power Officer Shirley (voice) 7 episodes
Seasons 2–4
2000 Grown Ups Episode: "New Job"
2001 Becker Janet Katz Episode: "The Trouble with Harry"
2001 Girlfriends Emily Griffin Episode: "The Burning Vagina Monologues"
2001–2004 The Guardian Judge Rebecca Damsen 32 episodes
2001 The Practice Caroline Episode: "The Thin Line"
2001 The Drew Carey Show Doctor #2 Episode: "Drew and the Baby"
2002 Philly Sondra Herman Episode: "Mojo Rising"
2002 What About Your Friends: Weekend Getaway Mona Television movie
2002 Judging Amy Ms. Shepard Episode: "Lost in the System"
2002 Without a Trace Mrs. Ray Episode: "Little Big Man"
2003 Dragnet Juanita Hendrucks 3 episodes
2003 Girlfriends Lucyruth Episode: "Inherit the Lynn"
2004 Nip/Tuck Cecily Sutherland Episode: "Joel Gideon"
2004–2006 All of Us Counselor / Dr. Shapiro 4 episodes
2004 Everwood Laura Hoover Episode: "The Birds and the Batteries"
2005 Inconceivable Alice Godchaux Episode: "Balls in Your Court"
2005–2006 Charmed Angel of Destiny 3 episodes
2005 Threshold Dr. Margaret Johnson Episode: "Progeny"
2006 The Bernie Mac Show Doctor Episode: "Exercise in Fertility: Part 2"
2007 Gilmore Girls Judge Episode: "To Whom It May Concern"
2007 Law & Order Judge Nora Glover Episode: "Good Faith"
2007 Shark Judge Jane Briar 3 episodes
2008 The Mentalist Detective Carla Mulvey Episode: "Ladies in Red"
2009 Saving Grace Mrs. Williams Episode: "Take Me Somewhere, Earl"
2009 Monk Samantha Austin Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Dog"
2010 House Glenda Episode: "Moving the Chains"
2010 Class Patty Allen Television movie
2011 Bones Dr. Sherry Bannon Episode: "The Change in the Game"
2011–2012 Criminal Minds Yvonne Burns Episodes: "Big Sea" and "The Company"
2011 Reed Between the Lines Ms. Ellis Episode: "Let's Talk About Boundaries"
2013 Monday Mornings Mrs. Fisher Episode: "Family Ties"
2013 Rizzoli & Isles Judge Episode: "Dance with the Devil"
2014 Hungry Ann Episode: "Interviews"
2014 Laugh Gym Agnes Television movie
2015 Secrets and Lies Elaine Williams 9 episodes
2016 Castle Judge Gloria Wollcott Episode: "Witness for the Prosecution"
2016 Murder in the First Rainelle James 3 episodes
2017–2018 Imposters Auntie Colleen / Agent Cook 10 episodes
2017–2020 Insecure Dr. Rhonda Pine 6 episodes
2018 The X-Files Dr. Babsi Russel Episode: "Plus One"
2018 Mr. Mercedes Judge Helfrick Episode: "Fade to Blue"
2019 9-1-1 David's Wife Episode: "Chimney Begins"
2019 Good Trouble Naomi / Secretary 4 episodes
2019–2021 Snowfall Mrs. Mosley Episode: "Confessions" and "All the Way Down"
2019 New Amsterdam Alfreda Watson Episode: "Righteous Right Hand"
2019 The Resident Carol Austin Episodes: "Choice Words" and "Peking Duck Day"
2020 Grey's Anatomy Lorraine Simms Episode: "Help Me Through the Night"
2020 Stumptown Mrs. Hofman Episodes: "Til Dex Do Us Part" and "At All Costs: The Conrad Costas Chronicles"
2020 Pandemically Single[7][8] Donna Sawyer Unknown episodes
2021 Three Days Will's Mom Episode: "Pilot"
2021 Bronzeville Emma / Sarah Davis 2 episodes


  1. ^ "TV Guide: Beverly Hills, 90210 Cast". TV Guide. Retrieved July 12, 2020.
  2. ^ "Denise Dowes Hollywood Fringe Page". Hollywood Fringe. Retrieved July 12, 2020.
  3. ^ Clements, Erin (October 5, 2020). "'Beverly Hills, 90210' cast celebrates 30th anniversary with epic reunion". Today News. Retrieved October 11, 2020.
  4. ^ "068 Denise Dowse – Home and Away". 90210 Blaze Podcast. March 21, 2016.
  5. ^ Tomassi, Rollo (December 4, 2020). "Fatale (2020) Movie Trailer: Deon Taylor's Fatal Attraction-like thriller starring Hilary Swank & Michael Ealy". FilmBook. Retrieved March 11, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ White, Jamie (July 7, 2020). "Beverly Hills 90210 Revisited: Graduation at West Beverly or Why Donna Martin shouldn't graduate". Daily Soapdish. Retrieved August 2, 2020.
  7. ^ LaSure, Dea (September 1, 2020). ""Pandemically Single" Hilarious New Comedy Webseries Featuring An All-Star Cast". PRNewswire. Retrieved November 2, 2020.
  8. ^ Jack, Fisher (September 4, 2020). "Loretta Devine/Kym Whitley Star in 'Pandemically Single' – Hilarious New Comedy Web Series Premiers Sunday". Eurweb. Retrieved November 2, 2020.

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