Charisma Carpenter


Date Of Birth

July 23, 1970


American actress Charisma Carpenter was born on July 23, 1970 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her family moved across the country during her years as a student, studying in Las Vegas, Rosarito in Mexico, and San Diego. After graduating from the Chula Vista School of the Creative and Performing Arts there, she toured Europe and took on odd jobs, at one point working as a cheerleader for the San Diego Chargers before moving to Los Angeles in 1992.

While working as a waitress, she was discovered by a commercial agent, which led to her being cast in several television commercials and stage productions. Her first television role came in 1994, when she starred in an episode of Baywatch. She subsequently starred in the short-lived teen drama Malibu Shores, which aired in 1996. In 1997, she auditioned for the title role in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It was eventually given to Sarah Michelle Gellar, but Carpenter was nevertheless given the role of self-centered and airheaded Cordelia Chase. Her character eventually evolved into a moral character, especially when her character was brought to the spin-off series Angel in 1999, where she became a more major character than previously. She played the role until 2004, when she suddenly left the series; however, she made a guest appearance in 2005 in an episode that acts as a send-off to her character.

Carpenter also had recurring roles in several other television shows. She played the psychic demon “The Seer” in three episodes of Charmed; client Serena Lockner in Miss Match; trophy wife Kendall Casablancas in Veronica Mars; and sorority representative Tegan Walker in Greek. Her guest roles in television include those for shows such as Boy Meets World, Strange Frequency, The Division, LAX and Back to You. She’s also appeared in several films, including The Groomsmen, Voodoo Moon, What Boys Like, See Jane Date and Relative Chaos.

In 2012, Carpenter joined the cast of The Lying Game as Ann Rebecca Sewell.

Place of Birth

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Birth Name

Charisma Lee Carpenter



Fun Facts

-Charisma has stated that her favorite actor is Jack Nicholson.

-Charisma has stated that her favorite color is yellow.

-Charisma has a tribal sun tattooed on her back.

-Charisma was named by her mother after an Avon perfume.

-She has a large scar on her belly from a childhood accident. While five years old, and playing around a swimming pool that was still under construction, she fell onto a piece of rebar. The scar was incorporated into Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the episode "Lovers Walk", when her character fell onto an exposed piece of rebar.


2004 Nominated Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series
for: "Angel" (1999)

2003 Nominated Saturn Award Best Actress in a Television Series
for: "Angel" (1999)

2001 Nominated Saturn Award Best Actress on Television
for: "Angel" (1999)

2000 Nominated Saturn Award Best Genre TV Supporting Actress
for: "Angel" (1999)



1994 Baywatch
1995 Boy Meets World
1996 Malibu Shores
1997-1999 Buffy the Vampire Slayer
1999 Hey Arnold!
1999-2004 Angel
2001 Strange Frequency
2003 Miss Match
2004 Like Cats and Dogs
2004 The Division
2004 Charmed
2004 LAX
2005-2006 Veronica Mars
2007 Greek
2007 Back to You
2007 Big Shots
2011 Supernatural
2011 Burn Notice
2012 The Lying Game


1995-1996 Josh Kirby... Time Warrior!
2001 What Boys Like
2003 See Jane Date
2005 Voodoo Moon
2006 Flirting with Danger
2006 Cheaters' Club
2006 Relative Chaos
2010 The Expendables
2011 Crash Site




5' 7.5" (1.71 M)


-I'm not trying to play the heroine chick anymore. I grew out of that. Now it's just about having fun.

- I don't really see myself being a sex symbol at all.

-People might think I'm this awful person, but I'm not, I'm a nice girl.

-I'm a mixed breed and hope to live longer because of it.

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