Born in 1980 and raised in her hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canadian actress Carly Pope quickly carved out an acting niche for herself by honing in on socially progressive dramatic material about hot-button issues, and specializing in rebellious, alternative characterizations -- assertive and aggressive counterculture figures. The actress landed her breakthrough part on the WB series Popular (1999-2001) -- a satirical program that relentlessly skewered the conventions of such teen soapers as Beverly Hills 90210. After chalking up a long and full cinematic resumé that found the up-and-comer tackling scattered roles in features including Orange County (2002), Window Theory (2004), and The French Guy (2005), Pope returned to television once again for a multi-episode turn on the controversial series Dirt -- a wicked, acerbic satire about a pathologically ruthless tabloid publisher (Courteney Cox Arquette). On that program, Pope played a lesbian drug pusher who aggressively "hooks" and seduces one of the publication's prize starlets. The actress followed it up with a key supporting role in the comedy Itty Bitty Titty Committee (2007), as Shulamith, a radical feminist graffiti painter. She appeared in Yeti in 2008, and the next year she joined the cast of 24 in that show's seventh season. In 2011 she was cast in Textuality.
Biography by Nathan Southern
- Trained as a dancer until she became active in theater during high school.
- Debut film role in 1998 thriller Disturbing Behavior was cut from the movie before its release.
- Auditioned for the role of Liz on the WB series Roswell before being cast in her breakout role on the network's Popular.
- Named one of Teen People's 25 Hottest Stars Under 25 in 2000.
- Made headlines in December 2009 when she and her brother, Kris, were injured during a carjacking in Vancouver.
- Confessed to having a crush on talk-show host Conan O'Brien, whose Conaco produces the NBC legal drama Outlaw, in which Pope plays a private investigator.