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Sprague Grayden (born July 21, 1980) is an American actress. She played schoolteacher Heather Lisinski in the television drama Jericho, Karen Kawalski in John Doe, first daughter Olivia Taylor in the television thriller 24, and Kristi Rey in the films Paranormal Activity 2 and 3.

Sprague Grayden
Sprague Grayden 2009.jpg
Grayden at 24's season 7 finale screening in 2009
Born (1980-07-21) July 21, 1980 (age 39)[1]
Years active2001–present
Lex Cassar (m. 2013)


Grayden was born in Manchester, Massachusetts to two schoolteachers. Sprague is her mother's maiden name.[2] She had a younger brother, Benjamin Grayden, who died in 1999 due to injuries sustained in a fall.[3] Grayden graduated with a degree in American Studies from Barnard College, where she was a performer of the drama department. In January 2013, she announced she had married her 24 co-star Alexis "Lex" Cassar.[4] She gave birth to their son in September 2014.[5] She describes herself as a science fiction geek and likes to collect Pez dispensers.[6] Grayden endorsed Senator Bernie Sanders for President in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.[7]


She was a performing member of the drama department at Barnard College, Columbia University.[2] Her theater credits include productions of Hopscotch: The New York Sex Comedy, Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues, Sam Shepard's Fool for Love, Hamlet, Clifford Odets' Waiting for Lefty, and Ordinary Day. In 2006, she was cast as Heather Lisinski in the cult hit post-apocalypse drama Jericho as a major character within the show. She was also cast as Donna Winston in the outlaw biker series Sons of Anarchy. In 2010 Grayden was cast as Kristi Rey in Paranormal Activity 2 and its sequel Paranormal Activity 3, while appearing in archive footage in the fourth film of the series. Grayden's other television credits include guest appearances on Crossing Jordan, One Tree Hill, CSI: NY, Private Practice, CSI: Miami, Criminal Minds, Law & Order: Los Angeles, House M.D., Grey's Anatomy, and Major Crimes.

In 2009, USA Today called her "one of TV's most interesting young actresses".[8]

Selected filmographyEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1989 Dad Young Annie Tremont
2001 Biohazardous Laura Forman
2002 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mia Kessler Episode: "Popular"
2002–03 John Doe Karen Kawalski 14 episodes
2004–05 Joan of Arcadia Judith Montgomery 9 episodes
2004–05 Six Feet Under Anita Miller 12 episodes
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series[9]
2005 Over There Terry Ryder 12 episodes
2006 Mini's First Time Kayla
2007 Weeds Denise 3 episodes
2007 Private Practice Susan McCullough Episode: "In Which Sam Gets Taken for a Ride"
2006–08 Jericho Heather Lisinski 17 episodes
2008 The Last Lullaby Jules
2008 Sons of Anarchy Donna Winston 7 episodes
2009 Wake Marissa
2009 24 Olivia Taylor[10] 14 episodes
2009 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Pam Galliano Episode: "Liberties"
2010 Paranormal Activity 2 Kristi Rey Lead role
2011 Paranormal Activity 3 Kristi Rey Some archive footage
2011 Grey's Anatomy Mrs. Gordon Episode: "Unaccompanied Minor"
2012 Paranormal Activity 4 Kristi Rey Archive footage
2012–13 White Collar Younger Ellen 2 episodes
2013 Low Winter Sun Maya Callis 5 episodes
2014 The Following Carrie Cooke 8 episodes (Season 2)
2016 Pretty Little Liars Dr. Cochran Episode: "Exes and OMGs"
2018 Kevin (Probably) Saves the World Shea Episode: "Fishtail"
2019 Dirty John Tonia, John's first wife


  1. ^ a b "Sprague Grayden". The New York Times. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  2. ^ a b Crook, John (September 24, 2006). "Close-up". Chicago Tribune. Zap2it. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  3. ^ Weiss, Joanna. "MANCHESTER TEENAGER DIES IN FALL". Boston Globe. Archived from the original on November 5, 2013. Retrieved December 13, 2012 – via Highbeam Research.
  4. ^ sprague grayden [@spragueg] (January 23, 2013). "So it's prob time to say- I fell off the grid because I got married! To a wonderful wonderful man named Lex Cassar:)" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  5. ^ sprague grayden [@spragueg] (September 16, 2014). "My husband & I welcomed a healthy baby boy this week. Thank you to the amazing staff @ #cedar sinai for a safe delivery. We are thrilled😄" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  6. ^ "Interview: Sprague Grayden Talks of New '24' Role And More". November 18, 2008. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  7. ^ Sprague Grayden [@spragueg] (April 8, 2016). "Just attended my first @BernieSanders rally. #registertovote #FeelTheBern" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  8. ^ Bianco, Robert (March 23, 2009). "Critic's Corner Monday". USA Today. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  9. ^ "Nominations Announced for the 11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards". The Futon Critic. November 1, 2005. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  10. ^ TV Guide: 24 Finds its First Daughter in Jericho

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