A Los Angeles native who largely credits her faith in helping her find the strength to endure the demanding life of a career in show business, actress Tarri Markel rose through the ranks following her feature debut in the 1999 horror film Eyes of the Werewolf. It wasn't long before Markel transcended genre films with the 2000 drama Ivans xtc. (To Live and Die in Hollywood) and the 2004 Wesley Snipes action film Nine Lives and began receiving the widespread exposure she'd been working toward. A lifelong resident of L.A. whose interest in acting was sparked by her parent's love of theater, Markel studied under such stars as Jeffrey Tambor at the Beverly Hills Playhouse and honed her improvisational skills as a member of the famed Groundlings. Her supporting roles in such films as The Family Man in 2000 led to subsequent appearances in Death Train (2001), Killer Rats (2001), and Air Marshal (2002). In addition to her acting duties, Markel also served as the creator and co-writer in the development of a sitcom.