American actress Judith Scott is a journeyman performer who moved deftly between film and television assignments for more than two decades, giving polished turns as poised women of authority in features like "Flightplan" (2005) and on high-profile series such as "Dexter" (Showtime, 2006-13) and "Castle" (ABC, 2009-16). Born in Fort Bragg, NC, she began her career with the famed Second City Theatre, where she wrote and performed on both its Chicago and Toronto stages. In 1990, Scott made her feature film debut in the Dana Carvey vehicle "Opportunity Knocks," which was soon followed by a steady stream of supporting turns in minor film and television projects. With 1994's "The Santa Clause," Scott transitioned to mainstream fare, where she continued to lend her capable presence to a series of roles as professional women and the occasional love interest, most notably in the short-lived sitcom "The Preston Episodes" (Fox, 1995), which marked her debut as a series regular.
Television soon provided her with a consistent showcase as a guest performer on such popular episodic series like "Judging Amy" (CBS, 1999-2005) and "The X-Files" (Fox, 1993-2002) and made-for-TV features, as well as additional stints as a series regular or recurring player on "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (CBS, 2000-15) and "Jake 2.0" (UPN, 2003). In 2005, Scott enjoyed two of her most high-profile projects - the thriller "Flightplan" (2005), which cast her as a forthright flight attendant opposite Jodie Foster, and "Guess Who" (2005), a broad remake of "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" (1967) with Scott as lead Bernie Mac's patient wife. She then segued to a season-long assignment as a police lieutenant plagued by fears about her fiancé's fidelity on "Dexter." Recurring roles on the critically acclaimed "Lincoln Heights" (ABC Family, 2007-2010) and "Castle," as the bereaved wife of Ruben Santiago-Hudson's dedicated police captain, preceded her first leading role as a frequently married actress who served as inspiration for her adopted children in the independent film "The Longer Day of Happiness" (2012). In addition to her acting career, Scott was a dedicated food activist who campaigned actively for the passage of California Proposition 37, which required labeling on food that was made with genetically modified material, in 2012.
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Feature film debut in "Opportunity Knocks"
First live-action television role in "E.N.G." (CTV, 1989-1994)
Recurring role on "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (CBS, 2000- )
First role as a series regular in "The Preston Episodes" (UPN, 2005)
First starring role in a feature in "The Longer Day of Happiness"