Andrea Roth

Active - 1981 - 2015  |   Born - Sep 30, 1967 in Woodstock, Ontario, Canada  |   Genres - Thriller, Drama, Horror, Mystery

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Every actor or actress with a substantial degree of public recognition can attest to a big break; for Andrea Roth, that break arrived in the form of Rescue Me (2004), a smash-hit seriocomedy on the FX channel where the actress played Janet Gavin, the estranged ex-wife of brash, acid-mouthed firefighter Tommy (Denis Leary). It marked one of the first roles to secure the Canadian actress' national reputation, but -- in actuality -- only the tail end of a series of parts that stretched back to 1981. Roth debuted auspiciously, that year, with the role of Amy in the Australian sports drama The Club, directed by Bruce Beresford and scripted by David Williamson (Don's Party).

Many projects followed over the next three decades, but more often than not, Roth appeared to be stuck in a rut and saddled with exploitative pap -- such as the made-for-television Canadian thriller Psychic, the 1998 big-screen feature Burn, and the 2002 gorefest Sasquatch. Rescue Me unquestionably lifted Roth's reputation by several notches and oriented her toward more respected material. In 2007, Roth also appeared in the Jet Li action vehicle War, about a federal agent unwittingly caught in a turf war between the yakuza and a violent triad. In the years to follow, Roth would find continued success on the small screen, starring on the series Ringer.

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  • Born of Scottish and Dutch parents.
  • Wanted to act from an early age, and landed her first theatrical role in a production of The Miracle Worker at the age of 11.
  • While working her way through college, was approached by a modeling scout who helped her jump-start a career in print and runway modeling, which led to acting jobs on Canadian television.
  • First American acting role was in an episode of HBO's Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
  • Big break came when she played Sally Field's daughter Eleanor in the miniseries A Woman of Independent Means.