Heather Laurie Holden is an American-Canadian actress and human rights activist. She is perhaps best known for her roles as Marita Covarrubias on The X-Files, Adele Stanton on The Majestic, Cybil Bennett on Silent Hill, Amanda Dumfries on The Mist, Olivia Murray on The Shield, and now as Andrea on The Walking Dead.
The stepdaughter of veteran film director Michael Anderson, Holden traveled the world with her family growing up on various locations and got her first break as Rock Hudson's daughter in Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles (1980). Holden was raised in Canada, spent her freshman year at McGill University, then transferred to UCLA to do a BA in Theatre Arts. She is the recipient of the prestigious Natalie Wood Acting Award. She is currently enrolled at Columbia University where she is acquiring her Master of Human Rights degree.
Holden has starred in numerous television and film projects and has received worldwide critical acclaim and honorable recognition for her diverse and eclectic choice of roles.
Early in her career, Holden made a name for herself by costarring opposite Vanessa Redgrave in the TNT miniseries Young Catherine. Later, she also found some success on the small screen, playing a memorable recurring role on the seminal sci-fi series The X-Files, that of Marita Covarrubias, a mysterious government worker who becomes an informant to Special Agent Fox Mulder starting in the fourth season of that show through the final one (1996-2002). She also had a supporting role, as Mary Travis, opposite Michael Biehn and Ron Perlman in the remake of the MGM classic The Magnificent Seven (1998-2000) for CBS.
Holden's most notable roles include starring opposite Jim Carrey in Frank Darabont's film The Majestic. Her memorable roles are in such hits as Fantastic Four (where she played Michael Chiklis love interest), playing cult hero Cybil Bennett in Christophe Gans artistic-horror video game adaptation of Silent Hill, and co-starring as Amanda Dumfries opposite Marcia Gay Harden and Thomas Jane in Stephen King's The Mist. Holden recently starred as Olivia Murray in FX's critically acclaimed series The Shield and starred as Andrea AMC's critically acclaimed The Walking Dead, based on the graphic novel.
Holden will next be seen starring opposite Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, and Jennifer Lawrence in Dumb and Dumber To as Adele Pichlow, set to release November 2014.