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Born: March 17, 1975 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Harris County, Texas, USA Profession: Actor

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Playing complicated and self-assured women was Natalie Zeaâ¿¿s ticket to stardom. Since launching her career as a spoiled socialite on the soap opera "Passions" (NBC, 1999-2008), Zea continued to impress on the small screen. After "Passions" ended, she guest starred on many hit dramas such as "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (CBS, 2000- ) and appeared as a regular on "The Shield" (FX, 2002-08), as the love interest of the programâ¿¿s antihero, Vic Mackey. She once again played the part of a manipulative socialite on "Dirty Sexy Money" (ABC, 2007-09), a move that boosted her career and made her a favorite to play sexy sirens on hit shows like "Californication" (Showtime, 2007- ). Zea finally hit her stride when she joined the cast of "Justified" (FX, 2010- ), in a role that stripped the actress of her "eye candy" image, and showcased her dramatic talent and endless drive.Natalie Zea was born on March 17, 1975 in Harris County, TX. She aspired to be an actress at an early age, and began performing in school productions at Monahans High School. She had to put a stop to her acting dreams, however, when a drunk driver hit her as she walked home from a party. The accident left the then-17-year-old with a...

Playing complicated and self-assured women was Natalie Zeaâ¿¿s ticket to stardom. Since launching her career as a spoiled socialite on the soap opera "Passions" (NBC, 1999-2008), Zea continued to impress on the small screen. After "Passions" ended, she guest starred on many hit dramas such as "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (CBS, 2000- ) and appeared as a regular on "The Shield" (FX, 2002-08), as the love interest of the programâ¿¿s antihero, Vic Mackey. She once again played the part of a manipulative socialite on "Dirty Sexy Money" (ABC, 2007-09), a move that boosted her career and made her a favorite to play sexy sirens on hit shows like "Californication" (Showtime, 2007- ). Zea finally hit her stride when she joined the cast of "Justified" (FX, 2010- ), in a role that stripped the actress of her "eye candy" image, and showcased her dramatic talent and endless drive.

Natalie Zea was born on March 17, 1975 in Harris County, TX. She aspired to be an actress at an early age, and began performing in school productions at Monahans High School. She had to put a stop to her acting dreams, however, when a drunk driver hit her as she walked home from a party. The accident left the then-17-year-old with a broken nose, pelvis, and leg. After she recovered, Zea moved to New York City to attend The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Shortly after graduating from college, Zea launched her acting career with small parts in the short film "Boys Donâ¿¿t Cry" (1995) and its Hollywood version released in 1999, starring Hilary Swank as a transgender teen who is murdered after people discovered his real sexual identity.

In 2000, Zea landed her first big break after joining the cast of the soap opera "Passions," as Gwen Hotchkiss, a socialite involved in a love triangle with lawyer Ethan Crane (Eric Martsolf) and her friend Theresa Lopez-Fitzgerald (Lindsay Hartley). After two years on "Passions," Zea continued to make inroads on television with guest starring roles on popular dramas like "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and "Without a Trace" (CBS, 2002-09), as well as a series regular role on FXâ¿¿s crime thriller "The Shield," where she played the brief love interest of series lead Michael Chiklisâ¿¿ Vic Mackey, an LAPD detective who enforces his own brand of justice through breaking any laws he deems a roadblock.

Zea kept building career momentum with a starring role on the drama series "Dirty Sexy Money" (ABC, 2007-09) about the Darlings, one of New York Cityâ¿¿s most powerful families, and their reluctant lawyer Nick George (Peter Krause). She played Karen Darling, a socialite who had been married three times and had an affair with their family lawyer. Zea was pitch-perfect as a predatory vamp, and often stole scenes from the showâ¿¿s more seasoned actors, including Donald Sutherland. After the series ended, Zea kept up her TV guest appearances on shows such as "Hung" (HBO, 2009-2011) and "Law & Order: LA" (NBC, 2010- ), where she played a high-powered defense lawyer, and on Showtimeâ¿¿s comedy-drama series "Californication," as one of the many love interests of David Duchovnyâ¿¿s Hank Moody.

Her steamy scenes on "Californication" helped shape a sexier image and landed Zea a spot on Maximâ¿¿s Hot 100 list in 2008. In 2010, Zea guest starred on the action drama "Justified," based on Elmore Leonardâ¿¿s novels Pronto (1993) and Riding the Rap (1995). She played the ex-wife of Timothy Olyphantâ¿¿s character, Raylan Givens, a U.S. Marshall with unconventional methods of enforcing the law. After a few guest stints on the showâ¿¿s first season, Zea was promoted to a series regular. Her character evolved from being the woman who left Givens for a realtor, to being drawn back into Givensâ¿¿ world while struggling to make her current relationship work.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Too Late (2015)
2.
 Grey Lady (2014)
3.
 Sweet Talk (2013)
4.
 Burden of Evil (2012)
5.
 Insight (2011)
6.
 Other Guys, The (2010)
8.
 Kiss and Tell (1999)
9.
 Macbeth in Manhattan (1999) First Witch; Samantha
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1995:
Played role of Lana Tisdel in Kimberly Peirce's short film "Boys Don't Cry"; also had uncredited cameo in 1999 film
1999:
Made feature film debut in "Macbeth in Manhattan"
2000:
Cast in role of Gwen Hotchkiss on NBC daytime soap "Passions"
2004:
Landed recurring role on FX's "The Shield," playing a love interest to Michael Chiklis' Vic Mackey
2005:
Cast as series regular on short-lived ABC drama "Eyes"
2007:
Played socialite Karen Darling on ABC's "Dirty Sexy Money"
2009:
Cast in recurring role of Jemma on HBO series "Hung"
2010:
Cast as Raylan's ex-wife Winona Hawkins on FX's "Justified"
2013:
Played the ex-wife of an escaped serial killer (James Purefoy) on Fox drama thriller "The Following"
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Education

Monahans High School: Monahans , Texas - 1993
The American Musical and Dramatic Academy: New York , New York -

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