Elisabeth Röhm

Elisabeth Röhm (/rm, rm/, German: [eˈliːzabɛt ˈʁøːm]; born April 28, 1973) is a German-American television and film actress. She is best known for playing Kate Lockley in the television series Angel from 1999 to 2001 and Serena Southerlyn in the television series Law & Order from 2001 to 2005. She has also appeared in films such as American Hustle (2014), Joy (2015) and Bombshell (2019).

Elisabeth Röhm
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Röhm in 2012
Born (1973-04-28) April 28, 1973 (age 47)
Other namesElisabeth Rohm
EducationSarah Lawrence College
Years active1997–present
Ron Anthony Wooster
(m. 2008; div. 2014)

Early lifeEdit

Röhm was born in Düsseldorf, West Germany, to Lisa Loverde and Eberhard Röhm. Her father was a German partner at the law firm of Duane Morris LLP New York, and the family moved to New York City before her first birthday. Her mother was an American scriptwriter, who once wrote for the TV soap opera Guiding Light. Röhm's parents divorced when she was 8 or 9. Her maternal grandfather was an Italian immigrant.[1]

Röhm attended grades 11–12 at St. Andrew's-Sewanee School, a small private boarding school in Sewanee, Tennessee, and then graduated from Sarah Lawrence College,[2] where she studied writing and European History.


Röhm received her first TV acting role in 1997, as Dorothy Hayes in the American soap opera One Life to Live. She had a starring role in the 1999 BBC Northern Ireland miniseries Eureka Street, then portrayed recurring character Detective Kate Lockley in the first two seasons (1999–2001) of the TV series Angel. While appearing in Angel, Röhm also had a regular role in the only season (2000–2001) of the Turner Network Television drama series Bull.

Röhm portrayed regular character Assistant District Attorney Serena Southerlyn through four seasons (2001–2005) in the television series Law & Order. She also portrayed deputy DA Amanda Taylor on Stalker.[3][4] More recently, Röhm has received critical acclaim for her roles in two David O. Russell films, American Hustle and Joy.

Röhm recently completed a role on NCIS’s 14th season, Netflix's Flaked, and the film Once Upon a Time in Venice. In 2019, she starred in the film Bombshell with Charlize Theron and Margot Robbie.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Röhm was a longtime avid equestrienne, but gave up professional equestrianism after a 2005 accident that she spoke about in a 2011 episode of the Biography Channel series Celebrity Close Calls.[6] She did have a horse-riding scene with Mark Harmon in an NCIS episode.

Röhm was engaged to director Austin Smithard in 2000. In 2005, Röhm began a relationship with Ron Anthony Wooster. Röhm and Wooster have a daughter born in 2008.[7][8] Röhm and Wooster married in October 2008.[9] They later divorced in October 2014.[10][11] In January 2019, Röhm announced her engagement to judge Jonathan T. Colby.[12] As of March 2020, Röhm's publicist revealed that she and Colby are no longer together.[13]

Röhm has included a blog on her personal website, where she often wrote about life with her daughter and her then-fiancé.[14] On January 6, 2011, People added Röhm's blog to the "Moms & Babies" section of its website.[15]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Röhm, as part of the cast of the TV series Law & Order, was nominated for their 2001 performance, and again for their 2003 performance, for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. In 2014, Röhm and the rest of the cast won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for their roles in American Hustle.[citation needed]

Röhm was selected for Maxim magazine's "Hot 100" list in 2002.[16]


List of acting performances in film
Year Title Role Notes
1997 Deconstructing Harry Uncredited
2004 Push Samantha Short film
2005 Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous Agent Janet McKaren
2007 Ghost Image Jennifer
2008 The Kreutzer Sonata Abigail
2008 San Saba Leigh
2009 The Whole Truth Angela Masters
2009 Crimes of the Past Josephine Sparrow
2011 Abduction Lorna Price
2012 Transit Robyn
2013 Officer Down Alexandra Callahan
2013 Aftermath Rebecca Fiorini
2013 Chlorine Katherine
2013 American Hustle Dolly Polito
2014 Mega Shark Versus Mecha Shark Rosie
2014 Finding Happiness Juliet Palmer
2015 Joy Peggy Mangano
2016 Everlasting Jessie's Mom
2016 Love Is All You Need? Reverend Rachel
2016 Polaris Christine
2017 Once Upon a Time in Venice Anne Phillips
2017 Wish Upon Johanna Shannon
2017 Scales: Mermaids are Real Tiffany
2017 Trafficked Rachel
2017 The Tribes of Palos Verdes Kristen
2018 Con Man Lisa Minkow
2019 Sgt. Will Gardner Kimmy
2019 Bombshell Martha MacCallum
List of acting performances in television
Year Title Role Notes
1997–1998 One Life to Live Dorothy Hayes Unknown episodes
1998 The Invisible Man TV movie
1998 Fantasy Island Beautiful Cindy Episode: "We're Not Worthy"
1999 Puppet, Love and Mertz Love Short film
1999 The '60s Amanda Stone TV movie
1999 Turks Marla Episode: "Live, Love, Lose and Learn"
1999 Eureka Street Max TV mini-series; 4 episodes
1999–2001 Angel Kate Lockley 15 episodes
2000–2001 Bull Alison Jeffers 20 episodes
2001–2005 Law & Order ADA Serena Southerlyn 85 episodes
2005 Briar & Graves Dr. Laurie Graves TV movie
2005 FBI: Negotiator Laura Martin TV movie
2006 Amber's Story Donna Whitson TV movie
2007 Masters of Science Fiction Lt. Granger Episode: "The Awakening"
2007 Big Shots Alex Mason 3 episodes
2008–2013 The Mentalist Dr. Sophie Miller 2 episodes
2009 90210 Bitsy Epstein Episode: "To New Beginnings!"
2009–2010 Heroes Lauren Gilmore 8 episodes
2009 Desperate Escape Brooke Harris TV movie
2011 A Christmas Kiss Priscilla Hall TV movie
2012 CSI: Miami Jill Ferris Episode: "Terminal Velocity"
2012–2013 The Client List Taylor Berkhalter Recurring role, 14 episodes
2012 Lake Placid: The Final Chapter Sheriff Theresa Giovi TV movie
2013 In the Dark Ali TV movie
2014 A Christmas Kiss II Miss Hall TV movie
2014 Beauty & the Beast FBI Special Agent Dana Landon 4 episodes
2014 Forget and Forgive Det. Anne Walker TV movie
2014–2015 Stalker Amanda Taylor 11 episodes
2014 Hell's Kitchen Herself Episode: "16 Chefs Compete"
2016 Seduced Caroline TV movie
2016 Revenge Porn Elaine Harris TV movie; AKA My Daughter's Disgrace
2016 The Last Ship Allison Shaw 13 episodes
2016–2017 Hawaii Five-0 Dr. Madison Gray 3 episodes
2017 Flaked Alex 5 episodes
2017 NCIS May Dawson Episode: "Beastmaster"
2017–2019 Jane the Virgin Eileen 6 episodes
2018–2019 The Oath Aria Price Recurring role (13 episodes)
2018 Magnum P.I. Brooke Mason Episode: "Sudden Death"
2019 Family Pictures Maggie TV movie
2019 Tales Mrs. Sinclair Episode: "My Life"
List of acting performances in video games
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Law & Order: Dead on the Money ADA Serena Southerlyn (voice) Video game
2003 Law & Order: Double or Nothing ADA Serena Southerlyn (voice) Video game
2004 Law & Order: Justice is Served ADA Serena Southerlyn (voice) Video game


  1. ^ Rohm, Elisabeth; Adamson, Eve (2013). Baby Steps: Having the Child I Always Wanted (Just Not as I Expected). Da Capo Press. p. 26. ISBN 978-0-7382-1663-8.
  2. ^ Spear, Linda (March 1, 1998). "Film Set in Yonkers Native's Locale". The New York Times.
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (July 22, 2014). "Elisabeth Rohm Joins New CBS Drama 'Stalker' As New Regular". Deadline Hollywood.
  4. ^ "Elisabeth Rohm: Does 'Stalker' Glorify Stalking?". Access Hollywood. Retrieved October 18, 2014.
  5. ^ "Elisabeth Röhm—Martha MacCallum from Bombshell Stars Compared to Their Real-Life Counterparts". E! Online. Retrieved February 24, 2020.
  6. ^ "Jermaine Jackson, Angie Everhart, Elisabeth Rohm, Jose Canseco." Dir. Seth Jarrett, Timothy F. Smith, and Erich Storm. Celebrity Close Calls, The Biography Channel, 16 July 2011.
  7. ^ Mascia, Kristen (April 11, 2008). "Elisabeth Röhm Welcomes a Baby Girl". People. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
  8. ^ Röhm, Elisabeth (March 10, 2011). "Sharing My IVF Secret". Elisabeth Röhm's Blog. People. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
  9. ^ Nome, Valerie (August 9, 2008). "Elisabeth Rohm Makes Room For Dog, Baby in Wedding". OK Magazine. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  10. ^ Schott, Heather Morgan (December 2015). "20 Questions: Elisabeth Rohm Fills Us In". Momtastic. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  11. ^ Rohm, Elisabeth (August 21, 2018). "Elisabeth Röhm's Blog: I'm Back — and Ready to Talk Parenting Post-Split". People. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  12. ^ Hearon, Sarah (January 30, 2019). "'Law & Order' Alum Elisabeth Rohm Is Engaged to Judge Jonathan T. Colby". US Weekly. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  13. ^ Us Weekly Staff (March 19, 2020). "Celebrity Splits of 2020". Us Weekly. Retrieved March 20, 2020.
  14. ^ Röhm, Elisabeth (April 14, 2011). "Easton Turns Three!". Elisabeth Röhm's Blog. elisabeth-rohm.com. Archived from the original on April 3, 2012. Retrieved October 7, 2011.
  15. ^ Röhm, Elisabeth (January 6, 2011). "Elisabeth Röhm's Blog: Embracing Change In the New Year". People. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
  16. ^ "2002 HOT 100 LIST". Maxim. May 1, 2002. Retrieved June 9, 2018.

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