Brianna Brown

Brianna Lynn Brown (born October 2, 1979) is an American actress and producer. She is known for her television roles as Lisa Niles in the ABC soap opera General Hospital, and as Taylor Stappord in the Lifetime series Devious Maids.

Brianna Brown
Brown in 2012
Brianna Lynn Brown

(1979-10-02) October 2, 1979
Years active1999–present
Richie Keen (m. 2017)


Brown was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota and grew up in the Twin Cities suburb of Apple Valley. She briefly attended St. Olaf College before moving to Los Angeles when she was 19.[1][2]

Brown married film director Richie Keen near Santa Barbara in May 2017. In March 2018, it was reported that the couple was expecting their first child;[3] Brown gave birth to a son in July 2018.[4]


Brown made her first on-screen appearance in 1999 in the episode of NBC series Freaks and Geeks, and in later years acted in many films and television series.[5] On television, she guest starred in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Smallville, Entourage, Without a Trace, The Closer, Joey, and Criminal Minds.[6][7] She has played the lead roles in the horror films Night of the Living Dead 3D (2006) and Timber Falls (2007). Brown also co-starred in horror film The Lost Tribe and the Judd Apatow comedies The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up.

From 2010 to 2011, Brown portrayed Lisa Niles in ABC daytime soap opera General Hospital.[8][9] Later in 2011, she briefly played an undercover informant for the CIA who worked as an escort for a rich Saudi prince in the Showtime thriller series Homeland.[10] In 2012, Brown was cast in a series regular role in the first season of the prime time comedy-drama series Devious Maids.[11][12][13][14] Her character was written out after season one,[15] but returned for the series' third season.[16] In 2014, Brown was cast as regular in ABC drama pilot The Whispers opposite Lily Rabe and Milo Ventimiglia.[17] On June 11, 2014, it was announced that Brown had left The Whispers and that her role would be recast.[18] She later went to appear on Revenge, The Mentalist, Graceland, and NCIS: New Orleans.

In 2017, Brown was cast as Claudia Blaisdel in The CW television series Dynasty, a reboot of the 1980s series of the same name.[19][20]



Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Animal Other Mob as Brianna Lynn Brown
2003 Yuri & Me Dee Dee Short film
2003 Hollywood Homicide Shawna as Brianna Lynn Brown
2004 Spider-Man 2 Train Passenger
2005 The 40-Year-Old Virgin Bar Girl as Brianna Lynn Brown
2005 Conversations with Other Women Bride
2005 Ex Post Facto Lynn Short film
2005 National Lampoon's Adam and Eve Cindy as Brianna Lynn Brown
2006 Night of the Living Dead 3D Barb
2006 Love's Abiding Joy Melinda Klein
2007 Knocked Up Alison's Friend as Brianna Lynn Brown
2007 No Destination Aryl Short film
2007 Timber Falls Sheryl
2010 The Lost Tribe Alexis
2010 The Encounter Bretta Louie Van Seil
2011 Retail Therapy Brianna Hyatt Short film
2013 Screwed Jen
2015 Kiss Me, Kill Me Amanda
2017 The Evil Within Susan Filmed in 2002
2017 Fist Fight News Reporter
2018 Hollywood Checkmate Brianna Brown Documentary film
2018 Elevate Bretta Louie


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Search for the Jewel of Polaris: Mysterious Museum Kim Television film
1999–2000 Freaks and Geeks The Cheerleader / Perky Blonde Episodes: Pilot, "Kim Kelly Is My Friend"
2001 Special Unit 2 Candy Episode: "The Depths"; as Brianna Lynn Brown
2002 Off Centre Customer Episode: "The Gas Crisis"
2002 Robbery Homicide Division Jules Azar Episode: "In/Famous"
2002 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Jane Galloway Episode: "Stalker"; as Brianna Lynn Brown
2003 Lost at Home Lisa Episodes: "The Story of Us", "Best Friends"; as Brianna Lynn Brown
2003 CSI: Miami Amanda Episode: "Big Brother"; as Brianna Lynn Brown
2004 Smallville Abigail Fine Episode: "Facade"; as Brianna Lynn Brown
2005 Joey Elsa Episode: "Joey and the Temptation"; as Brianna Lynn Brown
2005 Entourage Jewelry Salesgirl Episode: "My Maserati Does 185"; as Brianna Lynn Brown
2006 Monk Joanne Raphelson Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Astronaut"
2006 Shark Carrie Reed Episodes:"Pilot, "LAPD Blue"
2007 Dash 4 Cash Noelle Television film
2007 CSI: NY Heidi Pesco Episode: "The Ride In"; as Brianna Lynn Brown
2008 Without a Trace Bobby Kruger Episode: "Driven"
2009 The Closer Lauren Clark Episode: "Power of Attorney"
2009 Criminal Minds Megan Kane Episode: "Pleasure Is My Business"
2010–2011 General Hospital Lisa Niles Regular role
2011 Homeland Lynne Reed Episode: "Grace", "Clean Skin"
2011 Body of Proof Molly Anderson Episode: "Love Bites"
2011 Adults Only Kris Web series
2012 Private Practice Sam's Date Episode: "The Standing Eight Count"
2012 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Paula Bingham Episode: "Tressed to Kill"
2012 Awake Kate Episode: "Kate Is Enough"
2012 True Blood Leda 3 episodes
2012 Drop Dead Diva Hannah Baker Episode: "Jane's Getting Married"
2012 Dating Rules from My Future Self Noelle Williams 2 episodes
2012 Common Law Carine Thompsen Episode: "Performance Anxiety"
2013–2015 Devious Maids Taylor Stappord Main role (seasons 1 & 3); guest role (season 2)
2013 Revenge Lacey Episode: "Mercy"
2014 The Mentalist Krystal Markham Episode: "White Lines"
2014 Graceland Kelly Badillo 4 episodes
2015 Castle Eva Whitfield Episode: "I, Witness"
2015–2017 EastSiders Hillary Whitfield 10 episodes
2016 NCIS: New Orleans Melody James 3 episodes
2017 Secrets in Suburbia Gloria Television film
2017 The Mick Aimee Episode: "The Hotel"
2017–present Dynasty Claudia Blaisdel Recurring role

Awards and nominations

Year Work Award Category Result Refs
2011 The Encounter Long Island International Film Expo Best Actress Won [21]
Toronto International Film Festival Award Best Actress Won
2013 Adults Only Indie Soap Award Best Supporting Actress — Comedy Nominated [22]
2016 EastSiders Indie Series Award Best Lead Actress — Drama Nominated [23]


  1. Carlson Gustafson, Amy (March 10, 2010). "From Apple Valley to General Hospital Brianna Brown bubbles with enthusiasm about her soap opera role". Twin Cities Magazine.
  2. "Brianna Brown Biography". TV Guide. November 28, 2012. Retrieved July 21, 2013.
  3. Juneau, Jen; Nahas, Aili (March 2, 2018). "Baby Boy on the Way for Brianna Brown". People. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  4. Eades, Chris (July 19, 2018). "General Hospital Alum Brianna Brown Welcomes a Baby Boy!". ABC Soaps In Depth. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  5. "Brianna Brown Biography". Archived from the original on August 14, 2014. Retrieved July 21, 2013.
  6. "Brown Sugar: Brianna Brown 1". Maxim. December 18, 2007. Archived from the original on October 20, 2010. Retrieved July 21, 2013.
  7. "Babe of the Day: Brianna Brown". IGN. November 30, 2007. Archived from the original on September 19, 2012. Retrieved July 21, 2013.
  8. "Brianna Brown Replaces Julie Mond on General Hospital". TV Fanatic. December 7, 2009. Retrieved July 21, 2013.
  9. "GH's Brown Says 'Bye". ABC Soaps In Depth. June 22, 2011. Retrieved July 21, 2013.
  10. "Brianna Brown in Showtime's Homeland". Archived from the original on August 15, 2011. Retrieved July 21, 2013.
  11. "General Hospital Alum Joins Marc Cherry's Devious Maids". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 21, 2013.
  12. "Homeland Brianna Brown added to Devious Maids pilot". Digital Spy. March 7, 2012. Retrieved July 21, 2013.
  13. Andreeva, Nellie (June 22, 2012). "Lifetime Picks Up Devious Maids From Producer Marc Cherry". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 21, 2013.
  14. "Lifetime Sets June 23 Premiere Date for All-New Drama Series Devious Maids". IndieWire. April 10, 2013. Archived from the original on December 20, 2013. Retrieved July 21, 2013.
  15. Brown, Brianna [@BrownBrianna] (September 26, 2013). "It doesn't make sense 4 my character 2 return 4 season 2. But please do continue to tune in as the cast & crew are amazing! @DeviousMaids" (Tweet). Retrieved April 17, 2017 via Twitter.
  16. Andreeva, Nellie (January 27, 2015). "Brianna Brown Returns To Devious Maids As Series Regular". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
  17. Andreeva, Nellie. "Bresha Webb To Star In ABC Pilot Keep It Together; Brianna Brown Joins Visitors". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  18. Ausiello, Michael (June 11, 2014). "ABC's Alien Thriller The Whispers Makes Major Casting Change". TVLine.
  19. Petski, Denise (August 7, 2017). "Dynasty: Brianna Brown Set To Recur In The CW Reboot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  20. Mitovich, Matt Webb (March 22, 2017). "The CW's Dynasty Pilot: Devious Maids' Brianna Brown Guest-Stars as Claudia". TVLine. Retrieved May 11, 2017.
  21. "2011 Winners". Long Island International Film Expo. 2011. Archived from the original on February 15, 2015. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  22. "4th Annual Indie Soap Awards Nominations Announced". We Love Soaps. December 17, 2012. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  23. "Nominations Announced For 7th Annual ISAs". Indie Series Awards. February 3, 2016. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
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