Peri Gilpin (born Periwinkle Kay O'Brien on May 27 1961, in Waco, Texas) is an American actress, best known for her role as Roz Doyle on the successful U.S. television series Frasier, for which she won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series.
Gilpin is one of the children of the late Jim O'Brien, a Baptist minister who became a musician and was later a well-known and respected radio and TV News weatherman/personality in Philadelphia until his death in a skydiving accident on September 25 1983. Her siblings, Marc Gilpin and April Gilpin, are also actors. Peri was known as Peri Kay Oldham before becoming an actress. She was raised in Dallas, Texas, where she graduated from Skyline High School, and studied acting at the University of Texas at Austin and the British-American Academy in London.
With Frasier co-star Jane Leeves, she runs the production company Bristol Cities. Their latest project was a pilot for a US remake of the British sitcom The Vicar of Dibley, with Kirstie Alley in the title role.
Gilpin is the voice actress for the character Jane Proudfoot in Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. She also provides the voices of Desiree in the Nickelodeon animated television series, Danny Phantom, Volcana in Superman: The Animated Series and Justice League Unlimited, and Kate Corrigan in the Hellboy animated films. She was the voice actress for several Wells Fargo and Johnsonville Meats TV commercials. More recently Peri has appeared in the television series Medium, as Diane Benoit, Allison Dubois' mother, and in the popular Desperate Housewives. She has also appeared on Law and Order, in both the original and Law and Order: Criminal Intent. She also stars alongside Teri Polo in the Lifetime movie For the Love of a Child, where she plays an actress entertaining troops on a USO tour and tries to help poor children.
She was named after the squirrel "Perri" from a Disney True-Life Adventures documentary.