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Peri Gilpin (born Peri Kay Oldham; May 27, 1961)[1] is an American actress. Best known for portraying Roz Doyle in the U.S. television series Frasier, Gilpin is also known for portraying Kim Keeler in the ABC Family television drama Make It or Break It.

Peri Gilpin
Born Peri Kay Oldham
(1961-05-27) May 27, 1961 (age 56)
Waco, Texas, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Texas at Austin
Occupation Actress, voice actress, producer
Years active 1988–present
Notable credit(s)
Spouse(s) Christian Vincent (m. 1999)
Children 2
  • James Franklin Oldham aka Jim O'Brien (father)
  • Sandra Jo Hauck (mother)
  • Allen W Gilpin Jr. (stepfather)
  • Patti Jo Wynne (née Oldham; sister)


Early lifeEdit

Gilpin was born in Waco, Texas, as Peri Oldham, daughter of James Franklin Oldham and his wife Sandra Jo Hauck. Her parents divorced and her mother remarried, to Allen W Gilpin Jr., in 1969. Peri then took her stepfather's surname.

Gilpin grew up in Dallas, where her family encouraged her acting abilities. After studying at the Dallas Theater Center, she pursued acting at the University of Texas at Austin and the British-American Academy in London. She began using the name "Peri Gilpin" after becoming a professional actress.

Her birthfather Jim became a Philadelphia weatherman and radio disc jockey, using the stage name Jim O'Brien. He died in a skydiving accident on September 25, 1983.[2]


Gilpin appeared on the TV series Cheers, playing Holly Matheson in the 21st episode of the 11th season.

From 1993 until 2004, Gilpin played Roz Doyle in the television series Frasier, a spin-off of Cheers, starring Kelsey Grammer as Frasier Crane, the role he had played on Cheers since 1984. Along with the principal cast, Gilpin won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 2000.

In 2009, Gilpin appeared in the ABC Family drama Make It or Break It, for which she received a Gracie Award in the category of "Outstanding Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Drama Series".

Gilpin and Frasier co-star Jane Leeves ran a production company, "Bristol Cities" (named from the cockney rhyming slang), whose projects included a Fox network pilot titled Minister of Divine, an American remake of the British sitcom The Vicar of Dibley, with Kirstie Alley (another Cheers regular) in a starring role. However, the pilot was not picked up by the network.

Gilpin is the voice artist for the character Jane Proudfoot in Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. She also provided the voices of Desiree in the Nickelodeon animated television series Danny Phantom, Volcana in Superman: The Animated Series and Justice League, Hecate in Hercules: The Animated Series, and Kate Corrigan in the Hellboy animated films. Gilpin also did voice work for several Wells Fargo and Johnsonville Meats TV commercials.

Gilpin has appeared on the television series Medium and Desperate Housewives. She has a supporting role on the television series Make It or Break It, and appeared on Law & Order and Law and Order: Criminal Intent. She starred alongside Teri Polo in the Lifetime movie For the Love of a Child. In 2012, Gilpin guest-starred with another Cheers stalwart, Ted Danson, in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. She also had a small, recurring role in Men at Work on TBS as editor of Full Steam magazine. In the second season of Scorpion, she was introduced as Katherine Cooper, a superior in homeland security above the Scorpion team.

Personal lifeEdit

Since her mother's death from leiomyosarcoma,[3] Gilpin has led efforts for cancer research[4] through The Sarcoma Foundation of America (SFA).[3] Her sister, Patti Jo Wynne (née Oldham), diagnosed with leiomyosarcoma in 2009,[5] participates with SFA by sharing access to her case and sarcoma awareness advocacy; she was once married to restaurateur Shannon Wynne. Patti and Marc and April Gilpin, their half-siblings by her mother's second marriage, also are actors with credits of their own. Some of them also have children: Sam, Spencer, Daisy and Presley, making Peri an aunt.

Gilpin married realist painter Christian Vincent on July 31, 1999 at Kelsey Grammer's house.[6] The couple have twins, Stella Mae and Ava Pearl, born by a surrogate mother on May 7, 2004.[7] She is godmother to Frasier co-star Jane Leeves's daughter Isabella, and Leeves is godmother to Peri's daughter Stella. Gilpin and Leeves also have lived near the ocean, next door to each other, in the greater Los Angeles area.[8]



Year Title Role Notes
1998 The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story Raksha the Wolf (voice) Direct-to-video
1999 Spring Forward Georgia
2000 How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog Debra Salhany
2001 Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within Officer Jane Proudfoot (voice)
2005 Thru the Moebius Strip Caroline Weir (voice)
2016 Flock of Dudes Adam's Mom


Year Title Role Notes
1988 21 Jump Street Fitzgerald Episode: "The Currency We Trade In"
1988 Almost Grown Kim Episode: "Santa Claus Got Stuck in My Chimney"
1990 Matlock Leslie Matthews Episode: "The Pro"
1991 Flesh 'n' Blood Irene 12 episodes
1992 Wings Barbara #242 Episode: "Four Dates That Will Live in Infamy"
1993 Designing Women Jade Herman Episode: "Shovel Off to Buffalo"
1993 Cheers Holly Matheson Episode: "Woody Gets an Election"
1993–2004 Frasier Roz Doyle 260 episodes
1993 Pride & Joy Brenda Episode: "Brenda's Secret"
1995 Fight for Justice: The Nancy Conn Story Charlotte Parks Television movie
1996 The Outer Limits Dr. Rebecca Warfield Episode: "Out of Body"
1996 Early Edition Lenore Episode: "After Midnight"
1998 The Lionhearts Lana Lionheart (voice) 13 episodes
1998 Hercules: The Animated Series Hecate (voice) 2 episodes
1998–1999 Superman: The Animated Series Volcana (voice) 2 episodes
2000 Baby Blues Ms. Brennan Episode: "Ugly Zoe"
2001 Laughter on the 23rd Floor Carol Wyman Television movie
2003 Justice League Volcana (voice) Episode: "Only a Dream"
2003–2009 King of the Hill Additional voices 4 episodes
2004–2005 Danny Phantom Desiree (voice) 2 episodes
2005 Uncommon Sense Tracy Television movie
2005 Women of a Certain Age Dianne Television movie
2006 For the Love of a Child Sara O'Meara Television movie
2006 Hellboy: Sword of Storms Professor Kate Corrigan (voice) Television movie
2007 Hellboy: Blood and Iron Professor Kate Corrigan (voice) Television movie
2007 Crossroads: A Story of Forgiveness Erin Teller Television movie
2007 Medium Diane Benoit Episode: "The Boy Next Door"
2007 Desperate Housewives Maggie Gilroy Episode: "God, That's Good"
2007 Side Order of Life Celia Hutchinson Episode: "Awakenings"
2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Grace Pardue Episode: "Offense"
2009–2011 Make It or Break It Kim Keeler 40 episodes
2011 Hot in Cleveland Taylor Episode: "I Love Lucci: Part One"
2012 Grey's Anatomy Marcy Episode: "Hope for the Hopeless"
2012–2013 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Barbara Russell 3 episodes
2013 Men at Work Alex Turner 4 episodes
2013 Modern Family Jeannie Episode: "The Help"
2013 Drop Dead Diva Miss Ortiz Episode: "Jane's Secret Revealed"
2014 The Choking Game Heidi Television movie
2014 Masters of Sex Florence Duncan Episode: "Mirror, Mirror"
2015 Mr. Robinson Eileen Taylor 6 episodes
2015–2016 Scorpion Katherine Cooper 5 episodes
2016 Adam Ruins Everything Miss Pearl Episode: "Adam Ruins the Wild West"
2017 A Dash of Love Holly Hanson Television movie
2017 Broad City Joanne Episode: "Abbi's Mom"


  1. ^ "Behind The Voice Actors - Peri Gilpin". Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  2. ^; The Death of Jim O'Brien
  3. ^ a b "Peri Gilpin Interview". Ability Magazine. August–September 2010. 
  4. ^ "Peri Gilpin broadcasts breast cancer awareness". USA Today. April 12, 2002. Retrieved August 27, 2009. 
  5. ^ at UTSW-NCI,
  6. ^ "Exist Laughing". Retrieved 19 December 2017. 
  7. ^ Lynch, Jason (May 7, 2004). "Happy Mothers' Days: First-Time Parents Peri Gilpin and Heidi Klum Welcome Their New Arrivals". People. 
  8. ^ Mulkerrins, Jane (2011-02-13). "Jane Leeves in Hot in Cleaveland has struck sitcom gold again". Dailymail. Retrieved 2011-03-20. 

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