Charisma Lee Carpenter (born July 23, 1970) is an American actress. She is best known for playing the character Cordelia Chase in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off Angel.
In 1997, Carpenter auditioned for the title role in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer but instead was cast as Cordelia Chase, a snobby and popular high school student. After three seasons on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Carpenter was offered an even larger role as the same character on the spin-off series Angel along with David Boreanaz. She played Cordelia Chase for three seasons on Buffy from 1997 to 1999 and four seasons on Angel from 1999 to 2003. Although her character leaves the series during Angel's fourth season, Carpenter returned for the 100th episode in the fifth and final season because she felt that Cordelia's fans deserved closure after the controversy of her unexplained removal from the show.
In the June 2004 issue of Playboy Magazine, Carpenter appeared in a ten-page nude layout and on the cover. When asked by People Magazine in 2005 about her nude pictorial and whether or not she would ever pose for Playboy again, she replied "I don't know. I did Playboy for a very specific reason. Not only was it a good financial move, but it was about the place I was at in my life. I had just had my son [Donovan] and I'd gained 50 lbs. during pregnancy. I wanted to get back to my old self. I wanted to feel desirable and sexy. So I thought, 'What if I went full throttle?'"
Also in 2004, Carpenter had a three episode guest appearance on the TV show Charmed as a psychic demon called The Seer and played a recurring role on NBC's Miss Match, appearing in four episodes. She also had a recurring role as Kendall Casablancas in the TV series Veronica Mars for the 2005-2006 season, appearing in 11 episodes. Carpenter guest-starred in the season finale of ABC Family's television show Greek and according to TV Guide will reprise her role in the Season 2 premiere. According to TV Guide in September 2007, she was set to join the cast of The Apprentice: Celebrity Edition, but instead chose to do a guest appearance on the show Back to You as well as a recurring role on the short-lived series Big Shots.
Carpenter has starred in an assortment of movies including the sex comedy What Boys Like, the horror film Voodoo Moon, the romantic comedy See Jane Date, and Relative Chaos on ABC Family, co-starring with Nicholas Brendon, who was also one of her co-stars from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The mysteries "Flirting with Danger" and "Cheaters' Club" on Lifetime Television.
On March 20, 2008, Paley Fest hosted a Buffy the Vampire Slayer reunion. Carpenter attended the event alongside Buffy creator Joss Whedon, producer Marti Noxon, and other Buffy alumni including Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, James Marsters, Emma Caulfield, Amber Benson, Seth Green, and Michelle Trachtenberg.
As a fitness enthusiast, her outdoor hobbies are biking, rollerblading, horseback riding, hiking, rock climbing, and sky-diving. Carpenter lives in Los Angeles.
|1994||Baywatch||Wendie Sanders||Guest Star||Season 5, Episode 5|
|1995||Boy Meets World||Caterer||Guest Star||Season 3, Episode 10|
|1996||Malibu Shores||Ashley Green||Regular||Show lasted 10 episodes|
|1997-1999||Buffy the Vampire Slayer||Cordelia Chase||Regular (Seasons 1-3)||Appeared in 56 episodes|
|1999||Hey Arnold!||Simone, a 6th grader||Guest Star (Voice)||Season 4, Episode 5 ("Phoebe Skips")|
|1999-2004||Angel||Cordelia Chase||Regular (Seasons 1-4), Special Guest Star*||Appeared in 86 episodes|
|2001||Strange Frequency||Jules||Guest Star||Season 1, Episode 12|
|2003||Miss Match||Serena Lockner||Special Guest Star||Appeared in 4 episodes|
|2004||Like Cats and Dogs||Sarah||Regular||Rejected UPN sitcom pilot|
|2004||The Division||Emma Campbell||Guest Star||Season 4, Episode 14|
|2004||Charmed||Kira / The Seer||Guest Star||Season 7, Episodes 3,5 & 10|
|2004||LAX||Julie Random||Special Guest Star||Season 1, Episode 9|
|2005-2006||Veronica Mars||Kendall Casablancas||Guest Star||Appeared in 11 episodes|
|2007||Greek||Tegan Walker||Guest Star||Season 1, Episode 10 / Season 2, Episode 1|
|2007||Back to You||Brooke Schimmel||Guest Star||Season 1, Episode 6|
|2007||Big Shots||Heather/Janelle Johns||Special Guest Star/Recurring Character||Season 1, Episodes 09 &11|
|1995-1996||Josh Kirby... Time Warrior!||Beth Sullivan||3 Movie Series, Direct to Video|
|2001||What Boys Like||Kim||Release in Europe as The Groomsmen|
|2003||See Jane Date||Jane Grant||ABC Family Original Movie|
|2005||Voodoo Moon||Heather||IDT Entertainment|
|2006||Flirting with Danger||Laura Clifford||Lifetime Movie|
|2006||Cheaters' Club||Linda Stern||Lifetime Movie|
|2006||Relative Chaos||Katherine||ABC Family Original Movie|
Nicholas Brendon, and Charisma Carpenter, both alums of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," have joined the cast of ABC Family's telepic "Relative Chaos.".(Players)(Brief article)
Jun 05, 2006; Nicholas Brendon, right, and Charisma Carpenter, far right, both alums of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," have joined the cast of ABC...