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Natalie Zea (pronounced "Z") stars in "The Following" on FOX as Claire Matthews. Zea also recently starred in FX's drama "Justified," as Winona Hawkins, and ABC's "Dirty Sexy Money," as Karen Darling. She has also played recurring roles in "Californication," "The Defenders" and "Hung."

The ideal career was never a question for Natalie Zea  — the acting bug bit her as early as she can remember. Born to chiropractor parents, Natalie Zea grew up an only child in the sleepy town of Monahans, Texas.

Natalie Zea in "The Following"
Natalie Zea The Following
Zea's high school drama teacher took her under her wing, but fate almost put an end to Zea's goals when she was hit by a drunk driver while walking home from a party on New Year's Eve, shattering her pelvis, nose and leg. Natalie Zea was 17 at the time, and the bulk of her senior year was spent in a hospital bed. Instead of retreating within herself during recovery, Natalie Zea used this time to focus on her dreams of moving to New York to become a stage actress.

After graduation, Natalie Zea wasted no time in fleeing to the Big Apple on a prestigious scholarship to the American Music and Dramatic Academy. Natalie Zea completed the program in two years and immediately earned the role of Lana Tisdel in the original cast of Kimberly Peirce's "Boys Don't Cry," the basis of the Academy Award winning film. A steady stream of commercial and voiceover work for Natalie Zea followed, along with the role of Samantha in "Macbeth in Manhattan," with John Glover.

When Natalie Zea's agent convinced her to audition for the role of Gwen Hotchkiss Winthrop on NBC's "Passions," she was reluctant. It would mean taking over the role from Susan Lucci's daughter, Liza Huber, and relocating to Los Angeles. A New Yorker through and through, Natalie Zea nevertheless won the role and moved California, which she has called home ever since.

After two years with "Passions," Natalie Zea returned to her theater roots and helped develop LA's Lone Star Ensemble, in which she serves on the Board of Directors. Her production of "Illusion," Tony Kushner's adaptation of Corneille's 17th century French satire, "L'Illusion Comique," received rave reviews from the Los Angeles Times, earning the company a "Ones to Watch" nod. Natalie Zea's resume continued to grow with guest starring roles on hits like "CSI," "Two and a Half Men" and "Without a Trace," and a recurring role on FX's "The Shield." Next came a starring role for Natalie Zea on ABC's drama "Eyes" with Timothy Daly, Eric Mabius and Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon.

Natalie Zea currently resides in Los Angeles and spends her free time dancing, surfing, and sewing, well on the way to the career she dreamed of as a child in Texas.


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Age: 41 years old
Birthday: March 17, 1975
Height: 5' 5"
Birthplace: Harris County, TX
Hometown: Monahans, TX

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hoovier says:
Natalie is pretty skanky as Raylon's ex. I would not boy her a drink anytime, anywhere, just too scary a woman, way to skinny, and never trust a skinny woman that looks like her, run for the door boys.
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