Natalie Zea (born March 17, 1975) is an American actress known for her roles as Gwen Hotchkiss on the NBC daytime soap Passions, socialite Karen Darling on Dirty Sexy Money on ABC and Winona Hawkins on Justified on FX.
Zea had a few small film roles before joining the cast of Passions in 2000 as Gwen Hotchkiss, replacing exiting actress Liza Huber. Zea left the show in 2002, and was replaced by Huber.
She has made several different guest appearances in primetime, guest starring on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation in 2001. In 2004, she recurred on the FX cop drama The Shield playing a love interest to Michael Chiklis' Vic Mackey, leaving the show for the short-lived ABC drama Eyes. Her next major role was on the ABC soap Dirty Sexy Money, playing spoiled socialite Karen Darling. Following the series' cancellation after two seasons, Zea recurred on the HBO series Hung. She has appeared as a series regular on the FX drama Justified.
Most recently, Zea portrayed high-powered defense lawyer Sarah Goodwin on Law and Order: Los Angeles. Zea's character defended a female oil rig worker (portrayed by Sprague Grayden) accused of murdering a co-worker.
In 2010, she played Will Ferrell's character's ex-girlfriend, Christinith, in the action comedy The Other Guys.
Zea was born in Harris County, Texas, and attended Monahans High School, graduating in 1993. She then graduated from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City.
Zea resides with her partner, actor Travis Schuldt (her former co-star in Passions), although they are not technically married. They celebrate their anniversary for when they bought property together.
Year Show Role Notes
2000 D.C. Blame (1.4)
2000–2002 Passions Gwen Winthrop (#2) Series regular
2001 CSI Needra Fenway Gentle, Gentle (1.19)
2002 MDs Ghost R.I.P. (1.6)
2004 The Shield Lauren Riley Recurring role (5 episodes)
2005 Two and a Half Men Colleen We Called It Mr. Pinky (3.5)
Eyes Trish Agermeyer Series regular
2006 Just Legal The Rainmaker (1.6)
Without a Trace Jennifer Nichols Crossroads (4.24)
Freddie Sally Freddie and the Hot Mom (1.20)
2007–2009 Dirty Sexy Money Karen Darling Series regular
2009 Medium Sophie Cullen Deja Vu All Over Again (6.1)
Hung Jemma Recurring role (4 episodes)
2010 Justified Winona Hawkins Guest star (1.1), Series regular (1.2-)
The Defenders Meredith Kramer Recurring role (3 episodes)
Law & Order: Los Angeles Sarah Goodwin Hondo Field (1.6)
2011 Franklin and Bash Isabella Kaplowitz She Came Upstairs to Kill Me (1.2)
Person of Interest Diane Hanson Pilot
Royal Pains Judy Season 3 Episode 1
2012 Californication Carrie 2 episodes
Year Film Role Notes
1995 Boys Don't Cry Lana Tisdel Short film
1999 Boys Don't Cry Uncredited
Lucid Days in Hell Naomi
Macbeth in Manhattan Samantha
2008 From a Place of Darkness Brenda
2010 The Other Guys Christinith
2011 InSight Kaitlyn Post-production
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