Childhood & Early Life
April Michelle Bowlby was born on July 30, 1980, in Vallejo, California, US. Not much is known about her parents, family background, and childhood, except that she relocated with her family to Manteca, California, as a child. There, she studied at the secondary school named ‘East Union High School.’
She attended a California state community college named ‘Moorpark College,’ located in Moorpark, in Ventura County, California. There, she studied marine biology, French, and ballet. As a child, she wished to become a ballerina.
Bowlby stepped into the world of glamor and entertainment as a model. She later resolved to take up acting and learned acting from Ivana Chubbuck, who has coached stars such as Sharon Stone, Brad Pitt, and Beyoncé.
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Bowlby relocated to Los Angeles, California, and started auditioning for films. She made her acting debut with TV, playing the role of an “extra” named ‘Kaitlin Rackish’ in an episode of the ‘CBS’ forensic crime drama ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,’ titled Eating Gilbert Grissom?’ She then appeared in single-episode roles in other series, such as ‘CSI: NY’ (2005) and ‘Freddie’ (2005).
Her real breakthrough came in 2005, when she bagged the recurring role of ‘Kandi/Kimber’ in the third season of the ‘CBS’ sitcom ‘Two and a Half Men.’ She appeared in a total of 17 episodes of the series, with her role being credited as part of the main cast in the fourth season of the series and as a guest star in the tenth and the twelfth seasons.
Meanwhile, she essayed the role of ‘Heather’ in the David Flores-directed ‘Sci-Fi Channel’ original movie ‘Sands of Oblivion,’ which premiered on July 28, 2007. She also featured as ‘Meg’ in four episodes of the ‘CBS’ sitcom ‘How I Met Your Mother.’
She made her feature-film debut with the 2008 film ‘All Roads Lead Home.’ The film emerged as the ‘Best Feature Drama’ at the ‘International Family Film Festival’ and featured her in the role of ‘Natasha’.
She starred as ‘Mia’ in ‘Broken Lizard’s comedy film ‘The Slammin' Salmon.’ The film premiered on January 17, 2009, at the ‘Slamdance Film Festival’ and later had a limited theatrical release in the US on December 11, 2009. It received mostly negative reviews.
The main role of ‘Stacy Barrett’ in the American legal comedy–drama/fantasy series ‘Drop Dead Diva’ marked her next notable TV project and has perhaps been the most remarkable role of her career so far. She essayed the role in all six seasons of the series that originally aired on ‘Lifetime’ from July 12, 2009, to June 22, 2014. The series not only furthered her fame to new heights in the US but also earned her international recognition. It was broadcast in several nations, including the UK, Australia, Mexico, Italy, Switzerland, and Germany.
She appeared as the mean and selfish ‘Olivia’ in the Angel Gracia-directed US romantic comedy ‘From Prada to Nada.’ The film had a limited theatrical release in the US on January 28, 2011. It grossed $3 million.
She essayed the starring role of ‘Rachel Wilson’ in the TV film ‘Marriage of Lies,’ which was originally titled ‘Presumed.’ The movie premiered in the US on May 21, 2016, and then in France and Spain the following year. In 2016, she also starred as ‘Katie Tate’ in the TV comedy ‘The Engagement Clause,’ originally titled ‘Married by Christmas.’ It released in the US on November 6 and also premiered in the UK, France, and Spain later that year.
On April 13, 2017, she appeared as ‘Rebecca’ in an episode of the tenth season of the ‘CBS’ sitcom ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ titled ‘The Separation Agitation.’ The series was created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady. The same year, she starred as ‘Nikki,’ along with Jenny Gabrielle and Matt Page, in the TV movie ‘A Mother's Crime.’ It released in Canada on August 21 and then in Spain and France.
Bowlby appeared as the ‘DC Comics’ superheroine ‘Elasti-Girl in the character’s first live-action appearance, in the series ‘Titans.’ The series premiered on October 12, 2018. A spin-off of the series, titled ‘Doom Patrol,’ is set to premiere in 2019 and will see Bowlby reprising the role as part of the main cast.
She has appeared in single episodes of series such as ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’ (2010), ‘Psych’ (2010), and ‘You're the Worst’ (2015). She has also appeared in the TV movies ‘The Wrong Daughter’ (2018) and ‘Homecoming Revenge’ (2018).
Family & Personal Life
Bowlby was romantically involved with American singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer Josh Groban from November 2009 till March 2010. She has not divulged anything about her present relationship status, although she often shares pictures with many men. While there were rumors of her marriage and a probable pregnancy, Bowlby is presently single and does not have a child.
The net worth of this gorgeous diva is estimated to be around $2 million. Her hobbies include reading, bicycling, and boxing. She has earned significant popularity on social media through her ‘Instagram’ and ‘Twitter’ accounts. She has earned over 62 thousand followers on ‘Instagram’ and over 37 thousand followers on ‘Twitter.’ She currently lives in Los Angeles.