Fluent in three languages; a former competitive ice skater; bloodthirsty District 2 tribute Enobaria in the blockbuster "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" (2013). Is there nothing actress Meta Golding cannot accomplish? Raised primarily in Haiti but also a former resident of Italy, India and France, Golding did not begin acting until an injury forced her to quit the Italian national ice skating team, after which her newfound interest led her to move to the U.S. to study drama at Cornell University. By the end of the 1990s she had made minor appearances on sitcoms such as "Malcolm & Eddie" (UPN, 1996-2000), and in the 2000s began juxtaposing her runway-ready looks with tough roles on procedurals such as "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (CBS, 2001-15) and "JAG" (NBC, 1995-96; CBS, 1997-2005). After landing a major role as Taye Diggs' sister on the time-warped "Day Break" (ABC, 2006-2007), Golding was cast as a just-promoted agent in a short story arc on CBS' "Criminal Minds" (2005- ). Her portrayal of a vicious career tribute in the high-profile sequel "Catching Fire" represents just another chapter in Golding's unexpected but thriving career.
Born and raised in Haiti, Golding spent her childhood traveling the world, touching down in India, the U.S. and France. During a particularly long stretch in Italy, the athletic teen joined a national ice skating team and competed regularly until an injury forced her off the ice. During her recovery she became interested in acting, and eventually moved to Ithaca, NY to study drama and (appropriately enough) international relations at Cornell. Upon graduating from the prestigious university, Golding, who by now was fluent in French, English and Italian, made her film debut as a put-upon waitress in the 1995 indie "Quiet Days in Hollywood" and transitioned to TV with minor roles in sitcoms such as "Malcolm & Eddie" and "The Wayans Bros." (The WB, 1995-99). In 2001 she landed a recurring role on the powerhouse procedural "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," which marked the first of her many appearances on police and legal dramas.
After a string of supporting roles on medical and forensic series such as "Crossing Jordan" (NBC, 2001-07) and "Cold Case" (CBS, 2003-2010), in 2005 Golding was featured as a hardened naval prosecutor on several episodes of the military legal drama "JAG." A year later she was cast as schoolteacher Jennifer Mathis on the quickly-canceled "Day Break" (with a repetitive plot owing a debt to Bill Murray's "Groundhog Day"), and in 2008 she portrayed a shaky, newly-promoted counterterrorism agent on the long-running "Criminal Minds." Since appearing as a nagging newlywed on the short-lived TNT cop drama "Dark Blue" (2009-2010), Golding nabbed the most high-profile part of her career playing the feral tribute Enobaria opposite Jennifer Lawrence in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" (2013).
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Made her film debut in "The Quiet Days of Hollywood"
Cast in a recurring role on CBS' "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"
Landed a recurring role on CBS' "JAG"
Cast as a series regular on ABC's "Day Break"
Portrayed Enobaria in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"