A fair-haired actress who ultimately parlayed her photogenic looks into a healthy and substantial career in both film and television venues, Charlotte Ross grew up in affluent Winnetka, IL, as the daughter of a saleswoman mother in a single-parent household. Ross graduated almost immediately to acting work, initially stepping before the cameras in late adolescence with small supporting roles in such features as Touch and Go (1986), Foreign Student (1994), and Love and a .45 (1994), but found far greater exposure on the small screen. She essayed the lead role of Lori Volpone on the Showtime pay-cable series Beggars and Choosers (1999-2001), then embarked on a multi-season portrayal of Detective Connie McDowell on Steven Bochco's gritty cop drama NYPD Blue. After that high-profile role, Ross returned to big-screen features in a lead capacity, this time, with roles in Donny Most's comedy Moola (2006) and Mike Robe's family drama Montana Sky (2007).
Biography by Nathan Southern
- Moved to Los Angeles shortly after graduating from high school to pursue acting.
- Breakthrough television role came in 1987, playing Eve Donovan on the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives, a recurring role for which she ultimately received two Daytime Emmy nominations.
- Earned a Gold Record singing on the soundtrack of the Fox music-drama The Heights, on which she costarred during its lone season in 1992.
- Famously appeared semi-nude during a 2003 episode of ABC's procedural crime drama NYPD Blue, a scene which prompted the FCC to levy a record indecency fine in excess of $1.2 million against the network and dozens of its affiliates.
- Is a passionate animal rights activist and in December 2011 received the Animal Advocate Award from the Humane Society of the United States.