Star Focus – Laurie Holden


Laurie Holden

Age: 45

Number of Roles: 38

Biggest Roles: The Mist, The Majestic, The Walking Dead

Debut Role: TV – The Martian Chronicles (1980)

Film – Separate Vacations (1986)

1980s Career: While Laurie was only making her first steps into the acting world in the 80s we only got a couple of roles. We have a couple of television roles ‘The Martian Chronicles’ and ‘Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future’. We also had two films Separate Vacations and Physical Evidence.

Television Roles:

  • The Martian Chronicles (1980) 2 Episodes
  • Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future (1988)
  • Father Dowling Investigates (1991)
  • Secret Service (1993)
  • Family Passions (1993
  • Destiny Ridge (1993)
  • Due South (1995)
  • Highlander (1995)
  • Murder, She Wrote (1996)
  • Poltergeist: The legacy (1996)
  • Two (1996)
  • The Outer Limits (2000)
  • The Magnificent Seven (1998-2000) 18 Episodes
  • Big Sound (2001)
  • The X-Files (1996-2002) 10 Episodes
  • The Shield (2008) 13 Episodes
  • The Walking Dead (2010-2013) 35 Episodes
  • Major Crimes (2014) 2 Episodes

The 90s: While Laurie appeared in a ton of television shows in the 90s it was this decade where she started to make her make in film. We had ‘Expect No Mercy’ and ‘Past Perfect’. She remained on the edge of breaking out though with those films not being the most successful.

Break Out Role: The Majestic (2001)

The Majestic

2000-2009: Laurie continued her work in television and did get long appearance in shows during this decade but it was her films that really stuck out. We had the brilliant ‘The Majestic’ opposite Jim Carrey. A supporting role in ‘Fantastic Four’ but her performance in ‘Silent Hill’ the best of the video game adaptation really stands out as her character went through a horrific death. We also have her performance reteaming with Frank Darabont for ‘The Mist’ where she is involved in the shocking final moment of this film.

2010 Onwards: So far this part of her career was dominated by her appearance in ‘The Walking Dead’ as Andrea one of the most popular characters from the source material but in the show she became one of the least popular because they changed her too much. Also in this time she appeared in the Dumb and Dumber sequel.


My Favourite Role: Silent Hill – the cop who is trying to help our heroine find her missing daughter, but ends up getting caught up in the middle of the battle in the mysterious town.

Silent Hill

Stars They Work With Often: Frank Darabont


  1. C.H. Newell – St. Johns, Newfoundland – C.H. Newell is first and foremost a passionate lover of film— especially horror. He's also a PhD student at Memorial University of Newfoundland with a concentration in postmodern critical theory and Queer Gothic. He wrote for Film Inquiry frequently during 2016-17, and regularly contributed to Scriptophobic during 2018-2019 in a column called Serial Killer Celluloid focusing on film adaptations about real life murderers. As of September 2018, C.H. Newell is an official member of the Online Film Critics Society, and as of April 2019 he's currently listed as a Rotten Tomatoes-approved critic. He has covered major film festivals such as Fantasia Festival (2019, 2020) and Fantastic Fest. During September 2019, Father Son Holy Gore was one of several media outlets helping to present Randfilmfest in Germany, & will be once again in 2020— Newell will also serve as part of the jury for the prestigious Rand Award.
    fathersonholygore says:

    I love Holden in her guest spot on The Shield. I’m a big fan of her, but I think that’s my favourite role of hers so far.
    Good post!

  2. The Overseer – Dimension Stress – Author of Say No to Drugs, writer for Blumhouse, Dread Central, Horror Novel Reviews and Addicted to Horror Movies.
    Matt Molgaard says:

    I’m not a huge fan of Holden, because I think she comes off as the same semi-snotty person 90-percent of the time, but I did enjoy her work in Silent Hill, and I was entertained by her turn in The Walking Dead (I’m a ridiculous fan of the comic and the live action adaptation).

    • She did seem to fall into the category that all the female characters in the walking dead do, annoying for a season before finally getting interesting before well you know what happens.

      • The Overseer – Dimension Stress – Author of Say No to Drugs, writer for Blumhouse, Dread Central, Horror Novel Reviews and Addicted to Horror Movies.
        Matt Molgaard says:

        oh yeah, by the time her fate is reached, we actually like her. At least we got one awesome episode of her. Although, she brought a good dynamic to the show.

      • yeah, just a shame that she was nothing like her character in the book, but she did help make the Governor look good

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