Erica Gimpel

Erica Fawn Gimpel (born June 25, 1964) is an American actress, singer, songwriter and dancer. She is best known for her roles on television shows Fame as Coco Hernandez[2] and on Profiler as Angel Brown. She is also known for her recurring roles on the television shows ER as Adele Newman and on Veronica Mars as Alicia Fennel. From 2018-2020, Gimpel had a recurring role as Trisha on the series God Friended Me.

Erica Gimpel
Erica Fawn Gimpel

(1964-06-25) June 25, 1964 (age 56)[1]
Years active1982–present

Gimpel was a judge on RTÉ One's Fame: The Musical, an Irish TV talent show seeking a boy and a girl to play Nick and Serena respectively in the Irish touring production of Fame.[3]

In January 2010, Gimpel released her first CD, Spread your Wings and Fly.

Personal lifeEdit

Gimpel was born in Manhattan, New York. In 1982, she graduated from New York's High School of Performing Arts,[3] a few months after she started filming her role as a student at the same school for the television show Fame. She had toured the United States and Europe with her mother, singer Phyllis Bash, in the play Porgy and Bess. Her father is Joseph Gimpel, a short story writer.



Year Title Role Notes
1990 King of New York Dr. Shute
1990 Penny Ante: The Motion Picture Dale Martinez
1991 Undertow Nina
1994 The Fence Jackie
1995 Smoke Doreen Cole
1996 Sticks & Stones Miss William
1997 Touch Me Kareen
2001 No Such Thing Judy
2003 Freaky Friday Harry's Teacher
2004 In Your Eyes Yolie
2004 Betty's Treats Mrs. Wilson Short film
2007 The List Gail
2009 Veronika Decides to Die Nurse White
2009 Blue Eyes Sandra
2010 Machete Joe Erica
2013 Tio Papi Det. Johnson
2015 Sex, Death and Bowling Shanti
2017 Romeo and Juliet in Harlem Nurse
2020 Sylvie's Love Eunice


Year Title Role Notes
1982–1987 Fame Coco Hernandez (60 episodes)
1985 Spenser: For Hire Shelley Episode: "Original Sin"
1985 North and South Semiramis TV miniseries
1986 North and South, Book II Semiramis TV miniseries
1988 The Cosby Show Jennifer Episode: "Waterworks"
1988 Case Closed Kathy TV film
1990 American Playhouse Wendy Episode: "Women & Wallace"
1994 Law & Order Templeton Episode: "Breeder"
1994–2002 Touched by an Angel Sydney Jessup 2 episodes
1995 New York Undercover Melinda Episode: "The Smoking Section"
1995 The Price of Love Officer Hudson TV film
1996 Babylon 5 Cailyn Episode: "Walkabout"
1996–1999 Profiler Angel Brown Regular role (45 episodes)
1997 The Big Easy Felice Carlyle Episode: "Driving Ms. Money"
1997–2003 ER Adele Newman Recurring role (19 episodes)
1999 Santa and Pete Cassie Moore TV film
1999 Intimate Betrayal Toni TV film
2000 The District Ella's Lawyer Episodes: "The Real Terrorist", "How They Lived"
2001 Roswell FBI Agent Suzanne Duff Episodes: "We Are Family", "Disturbing Behavior", "How the Other Half Live"
2002 MDs Allison Greely Episode: "Cruel and Unusual"
2003–2004 JAG Varese Chestnut 2 episodes
2004 Beck and Call Leah TV short
2004 The Division Aimee Breckridge Episode: "Bite Me"
2004 A Boyfriend for Christmas Beth TV film
2004–2006 Veronica Mars Alicia Fennel Recurring role (9 episodes)
2005 Everwood Dr. Gans Episode: "Surprise"
2006 House Elizabeth Stone Episode: "Failure to Communicate"
2006 Jane Doe: The Harder They Fall Margaret Monroe TV film
2006 Numb3rs Principal Riva Bell Episode: "Waste Not"
2006–2012 Criminal Minds Sarah 2 episodes
2006–2007 Boston Legal Attorney Samantha Fried Episodes: "The Cancer Man Can", "Helping Hands", "Breast in Show", "Selling Sickness"
2007 Close to Home Dr. Udell Episode: "Protégé"
2007 Murder 101: If Wishes Were Horses Police Sgt. Joanne Matterson TV film
2008 Eleventh Hour Lizzie Summers Episode: "Cardiac"
2009 Grey's Anatomy Bethany Anderson Episode: "Invest in Love"
2011 Prime Suspect Principal Episode: "Wednesday's Child"
2011 The Young and the Restless Det. Harriet Mauro Recurring role (10 episodes)
2011–2012 Rizzoli & Isles ER Doctor 2 episodes
2012 Nikita Carla Bennett Episodes: "Rogue", "Origins", "Doublecross"
2012 True Blood Faerie Elder Episode: "Sunset"
2013 Cult Ginny Yarrow Episodes: "The Good Fight", "The Devil You Know"
2014 Switched at Birth Yvette Gifford Episodes: "Have You Really the Courage?", "Memory Is Your Image of Perfection"
2015 Code Black Alice Sellers Episode: "Black Tag"
2016 The Catch Renée Etheridge Episode: "The Larágan Gambit"
2016 Murder in the First Corinne Hager Episode: "The Barbers of Seville"
2017 Shut Eye Agent Sims 3 episodes
2018 Chicago Med Lydia Singleton Episode: "An Inconvenient Truth"
2018–2020 God Friended Me Trisha Recurring role (Season 1), Main role (season 2)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "This day in history". 25 June 2011. Retrieved 20 December 2011.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Rothenberg, Fred (7 January 1982). "'Fame' Series Pilot 'Sparkling'". The Sumter Daily Item. Retrieved 20 December 2011.
  3. ^ a b Sweeney, Ken (23 January 2010). "'Fame' beckons as 1980s star Coco seeks new talent". Irish Independent. Retrieved 20 December 2011.

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