Samantha Who? Christina Applegate Bio

SAMANTHA WHO? - Christina Applegate stars as Samantha on the ABC Television Network's

SAMANTHA WHO? – Christina Applegate stars as Samantha on the ABC Television Network’s “Samantha Who?” (ABC/BOB D’AMICO)

Christina Applegate has garnered critical praise for her strength and versatility as an actress in theater, film and television. After receiving accolades for her performance starring alongside Cameron Diaz and Selma Blair in the raucous feature comedy, “The Sweetest Thing,” Applegate’s range of skill landed her numerous roles in both independent and studio projects. Her feature film credits include “Surviving Christmas,” for director Mike Mitchell, the DreamWorks comedy “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” the dark comedy “Employee of the Month,” the indie film “Grand Theft Parsons,” for director David Caffrey, Lionsgate Films’ “Wonderland,” Miramax’s “View from the Top,” “Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead” and “Mars Attacks!”

Applegate recently made her Broadway debut in the revival of “Sweet Charity,” in the starring role of Charity Hope Valentine. For her role, she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical, as well as a Drama Desk Award in the category of Outstanding Actress in a Musical. “Sweet Charity” ended its run in January 2006. Other stage credits include an appearance in John Cassavetes’ Los Angeles production of “The Third Day,” with Gena Rowlands, “The Axeman’s Jazz,” “Nobody Leaves Empty Handed,” “The Run-Through” and “The Grass Harp.”

Applegate first gained widespread attention as the sexy and sarcastic Kelly Bundy on the long-running series “Married with Children.” After a very successful 11-season run, she furthered her television success by starring in her own comedy series, “Jesse.” In 1999 the highly-rated show garnered Applegate a People’s Choice Award as Favorite Female Performer in a New Television Series and a Golden Globe nomination in the category of Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical.

In 2004 Applegate returned to television as a guest star on “Friends,” as Rachel’s (Jennifer Aniston) younger sister, Amy. Her performance earned her an Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her role. She was nominated for an Emmy once again the following year for yet another witty performance.

In 2005 Applegate appeared in the telefilm “James Patterson’s Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas,” directed by Richard Friedenberg and based on the author’s bestselling novel. She is currently filming the feature “The Rocker,” with Rainn Wilson (“The Office”) and directed by Peter Cattaneo (“The Full Monty”).

HOMETOWN: Los Angeles, CA
BIRTHDATE: November 25