Who is Alexandra Paul?
Alexandra Elizabeth Paul is an American actor, health coach, activist, and former model, best known for playing ‘Lt. Stephanie Holden’ in the TV series ‘Baywatch.’ She stepped into the entertainment industry with modeling and later pursued acting with the TV film ‘Paper Dolls.’ She earned her first major role in the supernatural-horror film ‘Christine.’ This was followed by starring roles in many other films, such as ‘American Flyers,’ ‘8 Million Ways to Die,’ ‘The Paperboy,’ and ‘Dragnet.’ Some of her notable TV projects were the series ‘Baywatch’ and the TV movies ‘Death Train’ and ‘Nightwatch.’ She also hosted the series ‘Wild Waters’ and ‘Winning Women’ and co-hosted the talk show ‘Earth Talk Today.’ Alexandra co-wrote and co-produced two documentaries: ‘Jampacked’ and ‘The Cost of Cool: Finding Happiness in a Materialistic World.’ She also produced eight PSAs for ‘Plug In America.’ She is also an outspoken activist for animal rights, peace, environmental issues, and gay rights. Over the years, she has campaigned for various causes and issues that have seen her clash with the law and face arrests.
Childhood & Early Life
Alexandra Elizabeth Paul was born on July 29, 1963, in New York City, New York, US, to social worker Sarah (originally from England) and investment banker Mark Paul. Alexandra once mentioned that her father was a conservative ‘Republican’ and her mother was a liberal ‘Democrat.’
She grew up in Cornwall, Connecticut, along with her identical twin sister, Caroline, who later became a writer, and her younger brother, Jonathan, who is also an animal rights activist.
Alexandra studied at the ‘Cornwall Consolidated School’ and the ‘Groton School’ in Massachusetts. Although she was accepted into ‘Stanford University,’ Alexandra decided not to attend university and chose to concentrate on her acting career instead. She was focusing on modeling at that time.
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Alexandra commenced her career with modeling in New York City. She eventually resolved to pursue acting and thus relocated to Los Angeles. She made her acting debut as ‘Laurie Caswell’ in the 1982 TV film ‘Paper Dolls.’ This was followed by a starring role in the 1983 neo-noir crime slasher film ‘American Nightmare.’
Her first major role was that of ‘Leigh Cabot’ in the 1983-released commercially hit supernatural-horror film ‘Christine.’ Following this, she starred in several other films. These include the sports drama ‘American Flyers’ (1985), with Kevin Costner; the crime thriller ‘8 Million Ways to Die’ (1986), with Jeff Bridges and Rosanna Arquette; and the buddy-cop comedy ‘Dragnet’ (1987), with Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks. She was also featured in films such as ‘Spy Hard’ (1996) and ‘In My Sleep’ (2010).
Meanwhile, she appeared in various TV films, such as ‘Death Train’ (1993) and ‘Night Watch’ (1995), with Pierce Brosnan; ‘Piranha’ (1995), with William Katt; and ‘Disaster Zone: Volcano in New York’ (2006), with Costas Mandylor and Michael Ironside.
One of her most memorable portrayals was that of ‘Lt. Stephanie Holden’ in the action–drama TV series ‘Baywatch.’ She featured in the series from 1992 to 1997 and reprised the role in an episode of its spin-off, ‘Baywatch Nights’ (1997), and in the action–drama film ‘Baywatch: Forbidden Paradise’ (1995). She was also featured in other TV series such as ‘L.A. Firefighters’ (1996–97) and ‘Melrose Place’ (1999).
She hosted the extreme sports series ‘Wild Waters’ for 4 years and the series ‘Winning Women’ for two seasons. She co-hosted the environmental TV talk show ‘Earth Talk Today’ for 150 episodes in 2008.
She won the ‘Indie Series Award’ for the ‘Best Supporting Actress’ for playing ‘Alexandra’ in ‘Mentor’ (2013).
The documentary ‘Jampacked’ that focused on the global population crisis was co-written and co-produced by Alexandra and won a ‘Bronze Apple Award.’ It also earned recognition at the ‘EarthVision Environmental Film and Video Festival.’ Another documentary co-written and co-produced by her, titled ‘The Cost of Cool: Finding Happiness in a Materialistic World,’ earned a ‘CINE Golden Eagle Award.’ Alexandra also produced eight PSAs on the benefits of driving electric vehicles for the non-profit educational organization ‘Plug In America.’
As an activist, Alexandra is quite candid on animal rights, peace, environmental issues, and gay rights. She participated in the ‘Great Peace March for Global Nuclear Disarmament’ in 1986 and walked for 5.5 weeks. From 1987 to 2000, Alexandra was arrested several times at the ‘Nevada Test Site.’ In fact, her political activism caused her to face arrest many times. She was once apprehended while advocating on behalf of people with HIV and again while protesting the Iraq War.
She went to Nicaragua with the non-profit humanitarian organization ‘Operation USA’ and to South Africa for registering voters. In Sierra Leone, she volunteered with international non-profit organization ‘Population Media Center.’ Her contribution to issues such as overpopulation earned her a ‘United Nations Environment Programme’ honor. ‘Last Chance for Animals’ named Alexandra (a vegan since 2010) the 2014 ‘Vegan of the Year.’ She was involved with ‘DxE’ in rescuing several pigs from a factory farm in 2016.
Family & Personal Life
On September 16, 2000, she married Ian Murray. She is childless by choice.
She ran during the ‘Hawaii Ironman’ in 1997 and the ‘Boston Marathon’ in 2000. She also participated in various swimming events, such as the 2014 ‘Reto Acapulco’ 14-mile swim. She became a certified health coach in 2015 and currently runs her own wellness coaching center.