After graduating from Juilliard in New York, Penny Johnson Jerald appeared in shows such as The paper Chase and Homeroom, as well as in several movies. Her first major role was in the HBO comedy The Larry Sanders Show, where she played the title character's assistant, Beverly Barnes. She also held a recurring role in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Jerald's best-known role came in 2001, when she joined the Fox series 24 as Sherry Palmer, the devious wife of President David Palmer. She appeared in the show's first three seasons. This was followed by recurring roles in The 4400, October Road and Eve. She currently appears in ABC's Castle, as new police chief Victoria Gates.
- Jerald played former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice in two productions on the 9/11 attacks: Showtime's DC 9/11 in 2003, and ABC's The Path to 9/11 in 2006.
- Swing Shift (1984)
- The Hills Have Eyes Part II (1985)
- Goin' to Chicago (1991)
- Fear of a Black Hat (1993)
- What's Love Got To Do With It (1993)
- Molly & Gina (1994)
- Automatic (1995)
- Absolute Power (1997)
- The Paper Chase (recurring, 1984-1986)
- Homeroom (regular, 1989)
- The Larry Sanders Show (regular, 1992-1998)
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (recurring, 1995-1999)
- ER (recurring, 1998-1999)
- 24 (regular, 2001-2004)
- Eve (recurring, 2005-2006)
- The 4400 (recurring, 2007)
- October Road (recurring, 2007-2008)
- NCIS (recurring, 2009-2010)
- Castle (regular, 2011-present)