Natalie Zea

Natalie Zea Biography

Natalie Zea (born March 17, 1975) is an American actress known for her roles as Gwen Hotchkiss on the NBC daytime soap Passions, socialite Karen Darling on Dirty Sexy Money on ABC, Winona Hawkins on Justified on FX and Claire Matthews on The Following on Fox.

Early life and education

Zea was born in Harris County, Texas, and attended Monahans High School, graduating in 1993. She then graduated from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City.

Personal life

Zea resides with her partner, actor Travis Schuldt who is her former co-star in Passions. They celebrate the anniversary of when they bought property together.Zea and Schuldt announced on June 26, 2013 that they are engaged.


Zea had a few small film roles before joining the cast of Passions in 2000 as Gwen Hotchkiss, replacing exiting actress Liza Huber. Zea left the show in 2002, and was replaced by Huber.

Zea has made several different guest appearances in primetime, guest starring on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation in 2001. In 2004, she had a recurring role on the FX police drama The Shield playing a love interest of Michael Chiklis' Vic Mackey, leaving the show for the short-lived ABC drama Eyes. Zea's next major role was on the ABC soap Dirty Sexy Money from 2007 to 2009, playing spoiled socialite Karen Darling. Following the series' cancellation after two seasons, She had a recurring role during the first season of the HBO series Hung.

Zea was a series regular during the first three seasons of the FX drama Justified, changing to a recurring role from Season 4. In 2010, she played Will Ferrell's character's ex-girlfriend, Christinith, in the action comedy The Other Guys. She also portrayed high-powered defence lawyer Sarah Goodwin in one episode of Law and Order: Los Angeles.

In 2013 she appeared in the major role of Dr. Claire Matthews, the wife of a serial killer, in the Fox thriller drama The Following.


Year Show Role Notes
2000 D.C. Blame (1.4)
2000"2002 Passions Gwen Winthrop (#2) Series regular
2001 CSI Needra Fenway "Gentle, Gentle" (1.19)
2002 MDs Ghost "R.I.P." (1.6)
2004 The Shield Lauren Riley Recurring role (5 episodes)
2005 Two and a Half Men Colleen "We Called It Mr. Pinky" (3.5)
Eyes Trish Agermeyer Series regular
2006 Just Legal "The Rainmaker" (1.6)
Without a Trace Jennifer Nichols "Crossroads" (4.24)
Freddie Sally "Freddie and the Hot Mom" (1.20)
2007"2009 Dirty Sexy Money Karen Darling Series regular
2009 Medium Sophie Cullen "Deja Vu All Over Again" (6.1)
Hung Jemma Recurring role (4 episodes)
2010"present Justified Winona Hawkins Guest star (1.1), Series regular (1.2"3.12), Guest star (4.4")
2010 The Defenders Meredith Kramer Recurring role (3 episodes)
Law & Order: Los Angeles Sarah Goodwin "Hondo Field" (1.6)
2011 Franklin and Bash Isabella Kaplowitz "She Came Upstairs to Kill Me" (1.2)
Person of Interest Diane Hanson "Pilot"
Royal Pains Judy Season 3 Episode 1
2012 Californication Carrie 4 episodes
2013"present The Following Claire Matthews Series regular (1.1")
2013 Under the Dome Maxine Seagrave guest role
Year Film Role Notes
1995 Boys Don't Cry Lana Tisdel Short film
1999 Boys Don't Cry Uncredited
Lucid Days in Hell Naomi
Macbeth in Manhattan Samantha
2008 From a Place of Darkness Brenda
2010 The Other Guys Christinith
2011 InSight Kaitlyn Post-production
2012 Burden of evil  ? Post-production

See also

  • Gwen Winthrop
  • Hotchkiss family (Passions)

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