Who is Christa Miller?
Christa Beatrice Miller is an American actor who is best known for her portrayals of witty and funny characters. She has earned fame as one of the most talented actors in sitcoms. Born and raised in New York, US, she began appearing in the commercials at a tender age. After completing her school graduation, she modeled for a brief period, and was seen in the first edition of ‘Maxim.’ She then moved to Los Angeles. She appeared as a guest artist in TV series such as ‘Katie and Allie,’ ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,’ ‘Northern Exposure,’ and ‘Seinfeld.’ Miller earned recognition with her portrayal of ‘Kate O’Brien’ in ‘The Drew Carey Show.’ Her roles of ‘Jordan Sullivan’ in the comedy series ‘Scrubs’ and ‘Ellie Torres’ in ‘Cougar Town,’ both of which were created by her husband, Bill Lawrence, brought her immense appreciation. She has also worked in a number of movies (‘Stepfather III,’ ‘A Friend to Die For,’ ‘The Operator,’ and ‘Breaking In’). Miller is married to producer-director Bill Lawrence, and they have three children.
Childhood & Early Life
Miller was born on May 28, 1964, in Manhattan, New York City, to Chuck Miller, an aeronautical engineer, and Bonnie Trompeter, a model. She is a niece of actor and activist Susan Saint James and her husband, Dick Ebersol, who is an ‘NBC Sports’ executive. She has a brother, John Miller, and a sister.
Miller began modeling for commercials at the age of 6 months, and her first project was a ‘Wonder Bread’ ad. Later, at age 3, she was seen in an ‘Ivory Soap’ commercial, which was photographed by fashion photographer Francesco Scavullo. As a child, she also appeared on the cover of the American women’s magazine ‘Redbook.’ She underwent an operation for the removal of a benign bone tumor in her leg. Following this, she stopped working as a child model.
While growing up, she aspired to work in the entertainment industry. However, her parents were concerned about her choice of profession. She was sent to the ‘Convent of the Sacred Heart.’ However, she later pursued a career in modeling. At age 16, she got her first modeling assignment as an adult when she earned a campaign for ‘Polaroid.’
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Miller worked as a model for a brief period. She appeared in the first edition of ‘Maxim’ and also in other magazines. She attended acting classes. In 1985, she earned her first role, which was that of a student in the ‘CBC’ sitcom ‘Kate and Allie.’ Her aunt, Saint James, played one of the lead roles in it. However, she maintained that Miller had earned the role without her help.
In 1990, Miller relocated to Los Angeles and made guest appearances in TV series such as the sitcom ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,’ the comedy–drama ‘Northern Exposure,’ and the family drama ‘Party of Five.’
On two different occasions, Miller appeared as a guest star in ‘Seinfeld.’ In one of the episodes of the fifth season (1993), ‘The Sniffing Accountant,’ she essayed the role of ‘George Constanza’s boss. Her next appearance was in a season-six episode named ‘The Doodle,’ as ‘Paula,’ ‘George’s girlfriend from his painting class.
She used the video of her last ‘Seinfeld’ episode (before its broadcast) for the audition of the ‘ABC’ sitcom ‘The Drew Carey Show’ to earn the role of ‘Kate O’Brien,’ which made her a well-known name. Miller essayed this popular role from 1995 till the end of the series in 2004.
One of her most notable roles was that of ‘Jordan Sullivan’ the medical comedy ‘Scrubs’ (2001–2010), created by her husband, Bill Lawrence. Miller portrayed the icy, derisive, malicious wife of ‘Dr. Perry Cox’ so convincingly that she received accolades for her comedic timing. Her role earned her a nomination for the ‘Satellite Award’ for the ‘Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or TV Film.
Miller lent her voice to the character ‘Cleopatra’ in the Canadian–American adult animated TV series ‘Clone High’ (2002–2003). The 2008 science-fiction miniseries ‘The Andromeda Strain’ featured her as ‘Dr. Angela Noyce,’ the lead. She made a guest appearance in an episode of ‘CSI: Miami.’
The comedy show ‘Cougar Town,’ created and produced by her husband, Bill Lawrence, featured Miller as one of its main characters, ‘Ellie Torres.’ Starring alongside Courtney Cox, she essayed this role of a witty, sardonic, spirited woman in all six seasons of the series (2009–2015). This performance fetched her the ‘Gracie Award’ for ‘Outstanding Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Comedy Series’ (2014).
Miller made her movie debut in 1992, with the role of ‘Beth Davis’ in the horror film ‘Stepfather III.’ She appeared as ‘Terri’ in the commended crime thriller TV movie ‘A Friend to Die For’ (1994). She also appeared in ‘Love and Happiness’ (1995), ‘Kiss and Tell’ (1997), ‘Smiling Fish and Goat on Fire’ (1999), ‘The Operator’ (2000), and ‘Hot Air’ (2015). Her latest movie appearance was in the 2018 thriller ‘Breaking In.’
Family & Personal Life
In 1999, Miller married director, screenwriter, and producer Bill Lawrence, who is known for hit TV shows such as ‘Scrubs,’ ‘Clone High,’ ‘Ground Floor,’ ‘Spin City,’ and ‘Cougar Town.’ The couple has three children: Charlotte Sarah (born on June 8, 2000), William Stoddard (born on January 3, 2003), and Henry Vanduzer (born on October 8, 2006).