Julie M. Benz was born on May 1, 1972 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

After graduating from high school, Benz entered New York University to study acting. After graduation, she moved to Los Angeles where two weeks after, she obtained a bit part in a 1994 episode of Married… with Children.

Her first movie role was a small speaking part in “The Black Cat” segment of the Dario Argento/George A. Romero horror movie Two Evil Eyes (1990).

In 1996, she auditioned for the role of Buffy Summers in the series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997), but lost out to Sarah Michelle Gellar. She was offered the role of the vampire Darla in several episodes and reprised this role in the Buffy spin-off series Angel.

From 2006 to 2010 she played Rita Bennett in the popular series Dexter for which she won the 2006 Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress and the 2009 Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress.

She also had recurring roles in the series Roswell, Desperate Housewives and No Ordinary Family.

Her film roles include Rambo, Saw V and Punisher: War Zone and The Boondock Saints II.

In 2013, she plays the lead female role, Amanda Rosewater, in the new science fiction series Defiance.

Present at FACTS: 2013