Tricia Janine Helfer (born April 11, 1974) is a Canadian actress, voice actress and former model. She is best known for playing the Cylon model Number Six in Ronald D. Moore's re-imagined Battlestar Galactica series (2004–2009) and voicing Sarah Kerrigan in the StarCraft video games (2010–2015). She most recently played Charlotte Richards / Mom on the FOX series Lucifer (2016–2018).
Helfer at the Scream Awards in 2007
Tricia Janine Helfer
April 11, 1974
|Occupation||Actress, voice actress|
|Years active||1992–2002 (model)|
|Number Six in Battlestar Galactica|
Charlotte Richards / Mom in Lucifer
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
(m. 2003; sep. 2017)
Helfer was born in rural Donalda, Alberta, Canada, to Dennis and Elaine Helfer. She studied at William E. Hay Composite High School in Stettler, Alberta. She lived and worked on the family's grain farm with her three sisters; Trina, Tammy and Tara. She was discovered at age 17 by a modeling agency scout while standing in line at a movie theatre. She is of German, English, Swedish and Norwegian descent.
In 1992 she won Ford Models' Supermodel of the World contest. Helfer retired from fashion modelling in 2002 and claimed all her shoots since then are related to projects or product endorsements. She has appeared in ad campaigns for Ralph Lauren, Versace, Chanel, and Giorgio Armani.
Helfer has walked for top fashion shows, such as Carolina Herrera, Christian Dior, Claude Montana, Givenchy, John Galliano, and Dolce & Gabbana. Helfer has appeared on the covers of Flare, Amica, ELLE, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, and Vogue, among others. She also regularly appeared in photo shoots by Maxim magazine, was the magazine's wall calendar girl for 2005, and was ranked #57 on the Maxim's Hot 100 Women of 2007. Helfer was also featured as the cover model for the February 2007 issue of Playboy.
Helfer relocated to Los Angeles in 2002 to pursue a full-time acting career. Her first acting assignment was a co-starring role as Sarah on the television series Jeremiah. She later played a model named Ashleigh James on the May 16, 2002, episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation ("The Hunger Artist"). In 2002, she played "Eva" in the independent film White Rush.
In 2003, she played Number Six on Battlestar Galactica. In 2004, she portrayed Farrah Fawcett in the telefilm Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Charlie's Angels. Concurrent with her role in Battlestar Galactica, Helfer began producing and hosting Canada's Next Top Model on May 31, 2006. She appeared in Spiral and The Green Chain later the same year.
In October 2006, it was announced that Helfer would not return to host the second season of Canada's Next Top Model so she could concentrate on Battlestar Galactica. Helfer also played a major role in Electronic Arts Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars, as the high-level Nod general Kilian Qatar, along with her Battlestar Galactica co-star, actress Grace Park. She also starred in the episode "Roadkill" on the second season of Supernatural.
Helfer had a recurring role on CBS' Two and a Half Men. She played Gail, best friend of Charlie's (Charlie Sheen) fiancée Chelsea (Jennifer Taylor). When Chelsea finds out that her friend is recovering from a breakup, she says she should do so at Charlie's house. Shortly after Chelsea and Charlie begin a trial separation, Gail begins a sexual relationship with Charlie.
In 2003, the television series Battlestar Galactica was used as the basis for a three-hour miniseries on the Sci Fi channel. The project was written and produced by Ronald D. Moore and directed by Michael Rymer. Helfer played the role of Number Six, a humanoid Cylon operative. She continued that role as a regular cast member in the TV series, which completed its fourth and final season on March 20, 2009. Due to the special nature of the Number Six character – there are many "copies" of Number Six with distinct personalities – Helfer has, in effect, played numerous roles on the series. In 2009, she reprised her role as Number Six in Battlestar Galactica: The Plan – a television movie that tells the story of the series from the Cylons' point of view. In 2012, she voiced a prototype Cylon in the prequel Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome.
- Leo Awards, Best Lead Performance By A Female in a Dramatic Series, Tricia Helfer ("Pegasus")
- Scream Awards, Breakout Performance, Tricia Helfer as Number Six
- Scream Awards, Best Television Actress, Tricia Helfer
In August 2008 Helfer appeared on the stage of NVISION 08, an event sponsored by NVIDIA, where she discussed her role in Battlestar Galactica as well as the use of computer graphics on the show. Helfer appeared in an episode of the NBC series Chuck, and as Michael Westen's nemesis in the USA Network series Burn Notice as "Carla Baxter". She appears as herself in Old 97's music video for their song, "Dance with Me".
She guest starred in "Resonance", the second episode of Warehouse 13 as FBI Agent Bonnie Belski on Syfy. She made a guest appearance in the pilot episode of Fox's 2009 mid-season series Human Target. She has played several prominent video game roles in recent years; including Kilian Quatar in Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars, Veronica Dare in Halo 3: ODST and EDI, the artificial intelligence aboard the Normandy SR-2 in Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3. She voices Sarah Kerrigan in StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty and the expansion sets Heart of the Swarm and Legacy of the Void. Helfer voices Black Cat in The Spectacular Spider-Man and reprised her role in Spider-Man: Web of Shadows.
Helfer joined the cast of Jerry Bruckheimer's TNT drama, Dark Blue, as FBI Special Agent Alex Rice. The show was cancelled in November 2010 because of its very low ratings. In October 2010 she made a guest appearance on Lie to Me.
In 2011 she starred in The Black Keys' music video for "Howlin' for You". She made guest appearances in No Ordinary Family (2011), and Franklin & Bash (2011). In 2011, Helfer starred as Morgana, a necromancer, in the TV series pilot 17th Precinct from Ron Moore with Galactica's co-stars James Callis and Jamie Bamber. In October 2011 she got the lead role in the TV Pilot Scent of the Missing as Susannah, a K-9 Search and Rescue Volunteer. In November 2011, she appeared in the Hallmark TV movie Mistletoe Over Manhattan. For 2012, she signed for the recurring role of Alex Clark in the new NBC TV Series The Firm. On May 16, 2012, she appeared in season seven of the CBS series Criminal Minds, in which she led a team of bank-robbing serial killers. She guest starred in the second season of the Jane Espenson web series, Husbands.
In 2014 she played Molly Parker on ABC's Killer Women, a remake of the Argentinian drama Mujeres Asesinas, with producer Sofia Vergara. Also in 2014 she played Viondra Denniger, the steward and captain's wife of the titular starship in the miniseries Ascension on its long journey carrying people to populate a new world. Helfer voiced Sonya Blade in the fighting game, Mortal Kombat X, which was released in April 2015.
In 2015, she appeared in the series finale of Falling Skies as the Espheni Queen, the leader of the alien race that had invaded Earth and devastated humanity. She also played Louise, a woman attending a doll convention, in the web series Con Man.
In 2003, Helfer married Jonathan Marshall, a lawyer whom she met at a mutual friend's birthday party. They separated in May 2017 and Helfer filed for divorce in January 2018, citing irreconcilable differences.
She has four artificial discs in her back and two in her neck, resulting from an incident in which a piece of luggage was dropped on her head while sitting on a commercial airliner, and two in her lower back from mishaps while doing her own stunts.[better source needed]
She co-founded the charity web site "Acting Outlaws" with former Battlestar Galactica co-star Katee Sackhoff, which is open for donations for different causes and charity events. She is also involved in various causes, from animal rescue to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In 2014, she appeared in a PETA video campaign, encouraging cat owners to keep their pets indoors.
|2000||Eventual Wife||Inga||Short film|
|2006||The Genius Club||Ally Simon|
|The Green Chain||Leila Cole|
|Walk All over Me||Celene|
|2009||Green Lantern: First Flight||Boodikka (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|2010||A Beginner's Guide to Endings||Miranda|
|PostHuman||Kali (voice)||Short film|
|Authors Anonymous||Sigrid Hagenguth||Also known as Strudel|
|2002||Jeremiah||Sarah||Episode: "The Long Road: Part 1"|
|CSI||Ashleigh James||Episode: "The Hunger Artist"|
|2003||Battlestar Galactica||Number Six||Miniseries|
|2004||Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Charlie's Angels||Farrah Fawcett||Television film|
|2004–2009||Battlestar Galactica||Number Six||Main role, 73 episodes|
|2006||The Collector||Janis Eisner||Episode: "The V.J."|
|Canada's Next Top Model||Host||Cycle 1|
|2007||Battlestar Galactica: Razor||Number Six||Television film|
|Them||Naomi Tyler Moore||Pilot|
|The Green Chain||Leila Cole||Television film|
|Supernatural||Molly McNamara||Episode: "Roadkill"|
|2007–2009||Burn Notice||Carla||Recurring role, 8 episodes|
|2008–2009||The Spectacular Spider-Man||Felicia Hardy / Black Cat (voice)||3 episodes|
|2009||Battlestar Galactica: The Plan||Number Six||Television film|
|Hidden Crimes||Julia Carver||Television film|
|The Dealership||Rachel Carson||Unsold television pilot|
|Chuck||Alex Forrest||Episode: "Chuck Versus the Broken Heart"|
|Warehouse 13||Bonnie Belski||Episode: "Resonance"|
|2009–2011||Two and a Half Men||Gail||3 episodes|
|2010||The Super Hero Squad Show||Sif (voice)||Episode: "O, Brother!"|
|Human Target||Stephanie Dobbs||Episode: "Pilot"|
|Dark Blue||Alex Rice||Main role (season 2), 10 episodes|
|Lie to Me||Naomi Russell||Episode: "Double Blind"|
|The Whole Truth||Bitsie Katz||Episode: "Liars"|
|2011||No Ordinary Family||Sophie Adler||Episode: "No Ordinary Love"|
|Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated||Amanda Smyth / Aphrodite (voice)||Episode: "Where Walks Aphrodite"|
|Franklin & Bash||Brett Caiman||Episode: "Go Tell It on the Mountain"|
|17th Precinct||Morgana Kurlansky||Unsold television pilot|
|Mistletoe over Manhattan||Lucy Martel||Television film|
|2012||The Firm||Alex Clark||Recurring role, 12 episodes|
|Criminal Minds||Izzy Rogers||2 episodes|
|Husbands||Pillow Girl #2||2 episodes|
|Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome||Cylon Prototype||Episode: "Pilot"|
|Scent of the Missing||Susannah||Television film|
|2012–2013||Tron: Uprising||The Grid (voice)||19 episodes|
|2013||Community||Lauren||Episode: "Conventions of Space and Time"|
|Finding Christmas||Ryan Harrison||Television film|
|Dangerous Intuition||Kate Aldrich||Television film|
|2014||Killer Women||Molly Parker||Lead role, 8 episodes|
|The Librarians||Ms. Willis||Episode: "And the Horns of a Dilemma"|
|Spun Out||Claudia||Episode: "Parental Indiscretion"|
|2015||Suits||Evan Smith||2 episodes|
|Key & Peele||Agent Jackson||Episode: "The Job Interview"|
|Falling Skies||Espheni Queen (voice)||Episode: "Reborn"|
|Con Man||Louise||4 episodes|
|Rick and Morty||Donna Gueterman (voice)||Episode: "The Wedding Squanchers"|
|2016||Powers||FBI Special Agent Angela Lange / Lynx||Recurring role (season 2)|
|Operation Christmas||Olivia Young Roberts||Television film|
|2016–2018||Lucifer||Charlotte Richards / Mom||Main role|
|2017||Sun, Sand and Romance||Kate||Television film|
|2019||S.W.A.T.||Elle Trask||Episode: "The B-Team"|
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|2007||Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars||Kilian Qatar|
|Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath|
|2008||Spider-Man: Web of Shadows||Felicia Hardy / Black Cat|||
|2009||Halo 3: ODST||Captain Veronica Dare|||
|2010||Mass Effect 2||EDI|||
|StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty||Sarah Kerrigan|||
|2012||Mass Effect 3||EDI|||
|2013||StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm||Sarah Kerrigan|||
|2015||Mortal Kombat X||Sonya Blade|||
|StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void||Sarah Kerrigan|||
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