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Date Of BirthDecember 7, 1978
FactAudtioned for all 3 female roles on Roswell (1999) several times before being cast as Liz.

Shiri Appleby is an American actress, director, and producer. She is known for her leading role as Rachel Goldberg in the Lifetime drama series UnREAL.

Appleby was born in Los Angeles, California, on December 7, 1978, to Dina Appleby, a Jewish day school teacher, and Jerry Appleby, a telecommunications executive. She has a younger brother, Evan. Appleby was raised in Calabasas, a suburb of Los Angeles. She attended Calabasas High School, where she was a cheerleader and a member of the drama club.

After high school, Appleby attended the University of Southern California, where she studied English and Creative Writing. She later transferred to the University of California, Los Angeles, where she graduated with a degree in English in 2000.

Appleby began her acting career in 1997 with a recurring role on the NBC teen drama series Beverly Hills, 90210. She later appeared in episodes of the CBS medical drama series ER and the WB drama series Roswell. In 1999, she had a starring role in the short-lived ABC comedy-drama series Push, Nevada.

In 2002, Appleby starred in the independent film Swimfan. The following year, she had a supporting role in the romantic comedy A Guy Thing. In 2004, she appeared in the teen comedy Mean Girls and the horror film The Grudge.

In 2005, Appleby had a recurring role on the NBC drama series Six Degrees. The following year, she starred in the Lifetime television film A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story.

In 2007, Appleby starred in the independent film Charlie Wilson’s War. The following year, she had a recurring role on the NBC medical drama series ER.

In 2009, Appleby starred in the independent film My Life Untitled. The following year, she had a recurring role on the ABC Family drama series Life Unexpected.

In 2011, Appleby starred in the Lifetime television film Unrealistic Expectations. The following year, she had a starring role in the web series Dating Rules from My Future Self.

In 2013, Appleby starred in the Lifetime drama series UnREAL. The show was critically acclaimed and Appleby received praise for her performance.

In 2016, Appleby directed an episode of UnREAL. The following year, she starred in the independent film A Light Beneath Their Feet.

Appleby has been married to chef Jon Shook since 2012. They have two daughters together.

Appleby is 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 115 pounds.

General Info

Full NameShiri Appleby
Date Of BirthDecember 7, 1978
Height1.59 m
EducationCalabasas High School, University of Southern California


ChildrenOwen Lee Shook, Natalie Bouader Shook
ParentsDina Bouader, Jerry Appleby
SiblingsEvan Appleby
PartnerJon Shook, Jon Shook


NominationsCritics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series, Teen Choice Award for TV - Choice Actress
MoviesSwimfan, Kristin's Christmas Past, The Battle of Shaker Heights, When Do We Eat?, The Killing Floor, Charlie Wilson's War, Havoc, Darklight, I Love You to Death, The Thirteenth Floor, To Love and Die, Pizza My Heart, What Love Is, Everything You Want, I-See-You.Com, A Time for Dancing, Deal of a Lif...
TV ShowsLife Unexpected, Six Degrees, Roswell, Unreal, Dating Rules from My Future Self, Girls, Sunday Dinner, Knight & Daye

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1The people were just so lovely and accommodating and had really interesting questions and it was just interesting to see how the show is actually received in so many different countries.
2They ask questions like 'do you believe in aliens' and those types of things. They were really interested in aliens, and that was really something that the Japanese have an interest in, and they are also very big fans of romances.
3She wasn't as naive and innocent as she was in the first season.
4There are a lot of different sides to me. I don't know if I'm always peaches-and-cream.
5There was a scene early on during the first season of Roswell and I broke down crying. Since then, I've always just been able to do it.
6I find that people are constantly coming up to me now. There's been a definite surge of people recognizing me and I'm not sure if it has to do with the DVDs or not, but I've sort of assumed that it does because the show has been off the air for three years now.
7I think from here on it's up to me to prove that I'm growing up and that I have other things to say, but in terms of the show it definitely gave me all of the opportunities I've had so far.
8I think the show has sort of given me a name in this business and allowed a lot of people the opportunity to see what I can do, and it's just sort of like a sweet starting point.
9I had a really normal childhood except I acted. It was like, my brother played soccer, and I was on television sometimes.
10I never went to any of the Hollywood child parties.
11I took my waitress uniform. Seemed fitting.
12I've been watching so many movies and they all have to do with the DVDs. It's just so much more convenient.


1Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 37, a son named Owen Lee Shook Shook on December 16, 2015. Child's father is her husband, Jon Shook.
2Gave birth to her 1st child at age 34, a daughter named Natalie Bouader Shook on March 23, 2013. Child's father is her fiancé (now husband), Jon Shook.
3Started a relationship with Jon Shook in 2010, they became engaged in July 2012 and have married sometime after daughter Natalie's March 2013's birth.
4Has worked with both Colin Hanks in Roswell (1999) and Tom Hanks in Charlie Wilson's War (2007).
5While in high school, she was on yearbook committee, student council, and was a cheerleader for one year.
6Her mother, Dina (Bouader), who was born in Israel, is of Moroccan Jewish background. Her father, Jerry Appleby, who is American-born, is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent.
7Former girlfriend of Florida Panthers' back-up goaltender Steve Shields.
8Graduated in 1997 from Calabasas High School (located in Los Angeles' West San Fernando Valley); she was voted "Most Spirited" by classmates.
9Attended the University of Southern California, studying English literature in addition to theatre arts.
10Has a younger brother, Evan Appleby.
11Her first name, Shiri, means "song of mine" in Hebrew.
12Audtioned for all 3 female roles on Roswell (1999) several times before being cast as Liz.



The Bronx Zoo1988TV SeriesNicole
The Killing Time1987Annie Winslow
Thirtysomething1987TV SeriesLittle Hope
Blood Vows: The Story of a Mafia Wife1987TV Movie
Mystery Magical Special1986TV MovieShiri
Santa Barbara1985TV SeriesLittle Girl
UnREAL2015-2017TV SeriesRachel Goldberg
Code Black2015-2016TV SeriesCarla Niven
An Entanglement2015ShortViolet Novak
The Meddler2015TV Daughter
The Devil's Candy2015Astrid Hellman
Elementary2014TV SeriesDalit Zirin
Girls2013-2014TV SeriesNatalia
Kristin's Christmas Past2013TV MovieKristin
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2013TV SeriesOfficer Amelia Albers
All American Christmas Carol2013Pam
Seven Minutes to Save the World2013ShortCaroline
Chicago Fire2012-2013TV SeriesClarice
The Happiest Person in America2012ShortSusan
Franklin & Bash2012TV SeriesEmily Adams
Dating Rules from My Future Self2012TV SeriesLucy
Royal Pains2011TV SeriesStella
Whole Day Down2011TV SeriesMoon
Life Unexpected2010-2011TV SeriesCatherine 'Cate' Cassidy
Unstable2009TV MovieMegan Walker
ER1994-2009TV SeriesDr. Daria Wade / Ms. Murphy
To Love and Die2008TV MovieHildy Young
Fear Itself2008TV SeriesTracy
Welcome to the Captain2008TV SeriesHeather
Love Like Wind2007ShortThe ghost
Charlie Wilson's War2007Jailbait - Charlie's Angels
Six Degrees2006-2007TV SeriesAnya
What Love Is2007Debbie
The Killing Floor2007Rebecca Fay
Thrill of the Kill2006TV MovieKelly Holden
I'm Reed Fish2006Jill Cavanaugh
I-See-You.Com2006Randi Sommers
Pizza My Heart2005TV MovieGina Prestolani
Everything You Want2005TV MovieAbby Morrison
When Do We Eat?2005Nikki
1/4life2005TV MovieDebra
Darklight2004TV MovieLilith / Elle
The Skin Horse2003Carla
The Battle of Shaker Heights2003Sarah
Swimfan2002Amy Miller
A Time for Dancing2002Sam
Roswell1999-2002TV SeriesLiz Parker / Yvonne White
Batman Beyond2000TV SeriesCynthia
The Amanda Show2000TV SeriesNerd
Deal of a Lifetime1999Laurie Petler
Movie Stars1999TV SeriesLori Lansford
Beverly Hills, 902101999TV SeriesRené
The Thirteenth Floor1999Bridget Manilla
The Other Sister1999Free Sample Girl
Xena: Warrior Princess1998TV SeriesTara
City Guys1997TV SeriesCindy
7th Heaven1997TV SeriesKaren
Baywatch1997TV SeriesJennie
Brotherly Love1995TV SeriesFairy #1
Against the Grain1993TV SeriesClaire
Raven1993TV SeriesJess
Family Prayers1993Nina
Doogie Howser, M.D.1993TV SeriesMolly Harris
Perfect Family1992TV MovieSteff
Sunday Dinner1991TV SeriesRachel
The New Adam-121990TV SeriesDebbie Lavender
I Love You to Death1990Millie
Knots Landing1990TV SeriesMary Frances - Age 10
Who's the Boss?1989TV SeriesKid #1
Knight & Daye1989TV SeriesAmy Escobar
Curse II: The Bite1989Grace Newman
Dear John1988TV SeriesGirl
Go Toward the Light1988TV MovieJessica
Freddy's Nightmares1988TV SeriesMarsha at ten


UnREAL2016TV Series 1 episode
Sketchy2012TV Series 1 episode
Dating Rules from My Future Self2012TV Series 1 episode


Dating Rules from My Future Self2012TV Series producer - 2 episodes


Roswell2001TV Series performer - 1 episode


Entertainment Tonight2016TV SeriesHerself
The Insider2016TV SeriesHerself
Late Night with Seth Meyers2016TV SeriesHerself
The View2016TV SeriesHerself
Good Morning America2016TV SeriesHerself
Access Hollywood Live2016TV SeriesHerself
Chelsea2016TV SeriesHerself
Hollywood Today Live2016TV SeriesHerself
Btwn2Flrs2016TV SeriesHerself
The Talk2015-2016TV SeriesHerself
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert2016TV SeriesHerself
Project Runway2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest Judge
2015 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards2015TV MovieHerself - Co-Presenter: Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series / Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series / Outstanding Casting for a Limited Series, Movie or a Special and Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
The Late Late Show with James Corden2015TV SeriesHerself
The 5th Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards2015TV SpecialHerself
Today2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest
In Bed with Joan2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Fashion Police2013TV SeriesHerself
Good Morning Portland: The Making of Life Unexpected2011Video shortHerself
Lux, Cate, Baze, Ryan, & Math: The Casting of Life Unexpected2011Video shortHerself
The Bonnie Hunt Show2010TV SeriesHerself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2010TV SeriesHerself
Under the Undertow2005Video documentary shortHerself
Behind the Scenes of Everything You Want?2005Video documentary shortHerself / Abby Morrison
The Rosie O'Donnell Show2002TV SeriesHerself
Swimfan: The Girlfriend from Hell2002Video documentary shortHerself / Amy Miller
Project Greenlight2001TV SeriesHerself
The Teen Choice Awards 20002000TV SpecialHerself
Emergency Vets1997TV Series documentaryHerself

Archive Footage

Entertainment Tonight2016TV SeriesHerself
The Insider2016TV SeriesHerself


Nominated Awards

2016Critics' Choice TV AwardCritics Choice Television AwardsBest Actress in a Drama SeriesUnREAL (2015)
2014OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesLaw & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999)
2000Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsTV - Choice ActressRoswell (1999)
1993Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Actress in a Cable MoviePerfect Family (1992)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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