Claudia Ann Christian (born Claudia Ann Coghlan; August 10, 1965) is an American actress and singer, known for her role as Commander Susan Ivanova on the science fiction television series Babylon 5. She has also voiced several characters for the Bethesda Softworks video games Skyrim and Fallout 4. Her main charity work is publicizing The Sinclair Method as a cure for alcoholism.
Claudia Christian in June 2009
Claudia Ann Coghlan
August 10, 1965
Glendale, California, U.S.
(m. 1988; div. 1992)
Christian was born in Glendale, California, the daughter of Hildegard (née Christian), who worked as the director of Giorgio Beverly Hills, and James Michael Coghlan. Her mother is from Germany and her father has Irish ancestry. She was raised in Connecticut and England. She has two older brothers and currently resides in Los Angeles and London.
Christian's first role on television was a guest appearance on Dallas, followed by a series regular role as Melody Hughes on the short-lived drama Berrenger's. She performed feature-film roles such as a stripper possessed by an alien serial killer in The Hidden (1987), police department psychologist Susan Riley in Maniac Cop 2 and model Hexina in Hexed (1993).
In 1994–1998, she appeared as Commander Susan Ivanova, one of the series leads, in the first four seasons of Babylon 5. She left unexpectedly when contract negotiations for the fifth and final season – aggravated by the possibility that there would not be one – broke down. J. Michael Straczynski, the series' creator, maintains that she chose to leave on her own. However, Christian stated that she did wish to return for the fifth season, but was rebuffed and let go when she requested a small reduction in the number of episodes she would appear in so that she could complete another project. She appeared in the series finale, which had been filmed during the fourth season, when it seemed likely that the series would end prematurely, and subsequently reprised her role in Babylon 5: In the Beginning and Babylon 5: Thirdspace.
She posed nude for Playboy magazine in October 1999, appeared in two episodes of Freaks and Geeks in 2000, and appeared in the She Spies 2002 episode "Spy vs Spy". In 2004, she returned to the live stage (and to Laguna Beach, California, where she had attended high school), starring in the United States premiere of Michael Weller's play What the Night is For, with Kip Gilman, directed by Richard Stein, at the Laguna Playhouse. She starred in the BBC comedy series Broken News in 2005. She also plays Janine Foster, mother of Peri Brown, in the Doctor Who audio drama The Reaping, produced by Big Finish Productions released in the United Kingdom in September 2006.
She also had a music career, having released a solo album, Once Upon a Time, a single, "Taboo", a collaboration with Claudia Cummings, Claudia Squared, and a collaboration with some of the other cast members of Babylon 5 on the album The Be Five.
Christian conceived her own convention, Claudia Con UK, which took place in the United Kingdom on August 13–14, 2011.
Christian has been publicizing The Sinclair Method, a treatment for alcohol dependency, through her book Babylon Confidential. In this book she recalls her own experiences with the condition, and credits The Sinclair Method for saving her life in 2009.
She made a documentary titled One Little Pill about the method under the auspices of the C3 Foundation, which she founded in order to reach more sufferers of addiction who might benefit from the Sinclair Method.
|1984||Calendar Girl Murders||Kara||Television movie|
|1986||Houston: The Legend of Texas||Also known as Gone to Texas|
|1987||The Hidden||Brenda Lee Van Buren|
|1988||Police Story: Monster Manor||Officer Babs Altoon|
|1988||Never on Tuesday||Tuesday|
|1988||Clean and Sober||Iris|
|1989||A Masterpiece of Murder||Julia Forsythe|
|1989||Tale of Two Sisters||Liz|
|1990||Danielle Steel's Kaleidoscope||Meagan||Television movie|
|1990||Mad About You||Casey|
|1990||Maniac Cop 2||Officer Susan Riley|
|1990||Think Big||Dr. Irene Marsh|
|1990||A Gnome Named Gnorm||Samantha|
|1991||Lie of the Twins||Felice|
|1991||The Woman Who Sinned||Judy Reinhardt|
|1991||Strays||Claire Lederer||Television movie|
|1991||The Dark Backward||Kitty|
|1993||Relentless: Mind of a Killer||Leeann Hardy||Television movie|
|1994||The Chase||Yvonne Voss|
|1997||Lancelot: Guardian of Time||Katherine Shelley|
|1997||Mercenary II: Thick & Thin||Patricia Van Lier|
|1998||A Wing and a Prayer||Shelley Lowe|
|1998||Babylon 5: In the Beginning||Commander Susan Ivanova|
|1998||Babylon 5: Thirdspace||Commander Susan Ivanova|
|1998||Snide and Prejudice||Renate Muller|
|1999||Haunting of Hell House||Lucy|
|1999||Running Home||Jules Daniels|
|1999||The Substitute 3: Winner Takes All||Andy|
|2000||Love & Sex||Woman in gallery||Cameo|
|2000||True Rights||Elaine Kilgore|
|2001||Atlantis: The Lost Empire||Helga Sinclair||Voice role|
|2002||Half Past Dead||EZ Williams|
|2005||The Garden||Dr Cairns|
|2006||The Dot Man||Lieutenant Colonel Dunst|
|2010||Meteor Apocalypse||Kate Dematti|
|2012||Rise of an Exile||Hannah Benedict||Pre-production|
|2014||The Writer with No Hands||Herself|
|2014||One Little Pill||Herself and as narrator||Documentary|
|1984||T.J. Hooker||Betty MacRae||Episode: "The Lipstick Killer"|
|1984||Dallas||Peter's friend||Episode: "Some Do...Some Don't"|
|1984||Falcon Crest||Kate Mars||Episode: "Tests of Faith"|
|1984||Riptide||Marion Gordon||Episode: "Where the Girls Are"|
|1984||Hunter||Roxanne Hoffmeyer||Episode: "Love, Hate, and Sporty James"|
|1984||Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer||Cassie Conroy||Episodes: "Elegy for a Tramp", "Shots in the Dark"|
|1985||The A-Team||Cathy Rogers||Episode: "Trouble Brewing"|
|1986||Blacke's Magic||Laurie Blacke||Episodes: "Breathing Room", "Death Goes to the Movies"|
|1985||Berrenger's||Melody Hughes||Series regular|
|1987||The Highwayman||The Highwayman's liaison, Dawn||Episode: "Terror on the Blacktop"|
|1987||Jake and the Fatman||Lt. Alex Walker||Episode: "Easy to Love"|
|1987||It's Garry Shandling's Show||Sylvia||Episode: "Dial L for Laundry"|
|1989||Quantum Leap||Allison||Episode: "Play It Again, Seymour"|
|1990||Matlock||Mickey Alder||Episode: "The Blackmailer"|
|1991||Murder, She Wrote||Bonnie Jenks Hastings||Episode: "Prodigal Father"|
|1991||L.A. Law||Susan Convers||Episode: "Speak, Lawyers, for Me"|
|1991||Dark Justice||Dana Hollister Harrison||Episode: "To Die For"|
|1993||Columbo||Lisa Martin||Feature-length special "Columbo: It's All in the Game"|
|1993||Space Rangers||Marla Baker||Episode: "Death Before Dishonor"|
|1994-1997||Babylon 5||Commander Susan Ivanova||Main cast|
|1997||The Oz Kids||Queen Aquareine|
|1997||Total Security||Cheryl Bankston||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1997||Highlander: The Series||Katherine||Episode: "Two of Hearts"|
|1999||Freaks and Geeks||Gloria Haverchuck||Recurring role|
|2000||Family Law||Carla Sims||Episode: "Are You My Father?"|
|2001||Relic Hunter||Carson Inez||Episode: "All Choked Up"|
|2002||She Spies||Tanya||Episode: "Spy vs. Spies"|
|2002||NYPD Blue||Catherine Lowell||Episode "Better Laid Than Never"|
|2003||Everwood||Young Edna||Episode: "My Brother's Keeper"|
|2005||Starhyke||Captain Belinda Blowhard||Main cast|
|2005||Broken News||Julia Regan||Series regular|
|2007||Nip/Tuck||Gwen||Episode: "Dawn Budge II"|
|2010||Look: The Series||Stella||Series regular|
|2011||Grimm||Mrs. Clark||Episode "Let Your Hair Down"|
|2013||Criminal Minds||Agent Gretchen Stern||Episode: "Alchemy"|
|2014||Castle||Mrs. Logan||Episode: "Law & Boarder"|
|2014||The Mentalist||Greta Fortensky||Episode: "Black Market"|
|2017||NCIS||Louise Moreau||Episode: "Willoughby"|
|2018||9-1-1||Capt. Maynard||Recurring role|
|2002||Summoner 2||Sangaril / Logosarch / Rosalind / Dama Heras|
|2004||Shrek 2||Fairy Godmother|
|2009||Pizza Morgana||Abbie Positive|
|2011||The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim||Multiple, including Aela the Huntress, Bryling, Legate Rikke, Sorli the Builder and Wolf-Queen Potema (various other characters)|
|2012||Guild Wars 2||Female Norn PC|
|2012||Halo 4||Additional voices|
|2014||Heroes of the Storm||Lady of Thorns|
|2015||Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void||Rohana|
|2015||Fallout 4||Desdemona / Mrs. Whitfield / Mistress Mysterious|
|2016||Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare||Captain Ferran|
|2016||World of Warcraft: Legion||Xal'atath, Blade of the Black Empire|
A Gnome Named Gnorm (also known in some markets as Upworld) is a 1990 fantasy comedy film directed by Stan Winston and starring Anthony Michael Hall, Jerry Orbach and Claudia Christian.Arena (1989 film)
Arena is a 1989 American science fiction film directed by Peter Manoogian and starring Paul Satterfield and Claudia Christian. Set in 4038, Satterfield plays Steve Armstrong, the first human in 50 years to compete in the intergalactic boxing sport called simply "The Arena". The film was produced by Irwin Yablans and features original music by Richard Band.Darth Vader's Psychic Hotline
Darth Vader's Psychic Hotline is a fan film that made its debut on the Internet on April 16, 2002, created by fans of the Star Wars franchise. It is a spoof of Star Wars and Miss Cleo-type psychic hotline infomercials, with Darth Vader taking calls and giving advice to various Star Wars characters.
While the film primarily spoofs the Star Wars universe in the format of an infomercial, there are several other notable targets, including subtle references to Star Trek, Babylon 5, Back to the Future, Battlestar Galactica, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
The film also uses a similar concept as the television show Frasier, where many of the guest callers are voiced by celebrities. This film features the voices of Kevin J. Anderson as Luke Skywalker, Claudia Christian as Princess Leia, Peter David as an Imperial officer, and Mike Jittlov as Han Solo.
The film has played at many film festivals, and proven popular with Star Wars fans, winning several awards, including Best Visual Effects and a Special Award for Merit at the 2003 Dahlonega International Film Festival. It was the second runner-up for the Audience Choice Award in the Lucasfilm-sponsored 2002 Official Star Wars Fan Film Awards.Final Voyage
Final Voyage is an action thriller film released in 1999. The film stars Dylan Walsh, Ice-T, Erika Eleniak, and Claudia Christian.
Tagline: "2,500 passengers, 1 sinking ship, no escape."Hexed
Hexed is a 1993 American black comedy film starring Arye Gross, Claudia Christian, Adrienne Shelly, and R. Lee Ermey, and written and directed by Alan Spencer, best known as the creator of the satirical TV series Sledge Hammer!. The film centers on a nebbish clerk who is seduced by a supermodel, unaware that she's a psychotic murderess. The film was shot in Dallas and Fort Worth.
Director and writer Alan Spencer expressed disappointment he was not given full creative control and was forced to film the movie on a tight schedule.Maniac Cop 2
Maniac Cop 2 is a 1990 American action slasher film directed by William Lustig and written by Larry Cohen. It is the second installment in the Maniac Cop series. it stars Robert Davi, Claudia Christian, Michael Lerner, and Bruce Campbell. Robert Z'Dar returns as Matthew Cordell, an undead police officer-turned-serial killer following his own murder.Meteor Apocalypse
Meteor Apocalypse is a 2009 American science fiction film directed by Micho Rutare.Never on Tuesday
Never on Tuesday is a 1989 American comedy film written and directed by Adam Rifkin. The film was released on VHS Video rental by Paramount Home Entertainment in 1989 and was originally slated to be re-released in the United States on DVD format through City Light Entertainment before the company went out of business.Quiet Kill
Quiet Kill, also known as Nightmare Boulevard, is a 2004 film directed by Mark Jones. It stars Corbin Bernsen and Claudia Christian.Running Home
Running Home is a 1999 film directed by Marc F. Voizard and starring Kristian Ayre and Claudia Christian.Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television
The following is a list of Saturn Award winners for Best Actress on Television. The award is presented annually by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, honoring the work of actresses in science fiction, fantasy, and horror fiction on television. The winners are listed in bold (NOTE: Year refers to year of eligibility, the actual ceremonies are held the following year.).Snide and Prejudice
Snide and Prejudice is a 1997 film directed by Philippe Mora.Starhyke
Starhyke is a British science fiction/comedy series filmed in 2004.
Starhyke began production in October 2004 and starred Claudia Christian of Babylon 5 and Jeremy Bulloch from Star Wars. In 2007, the producers aimed to complete post-production, and in March 2008 it was announced that this process was now finished. However, a later post on the official site stated that post-production would be completed at the end of September 2008, and that there was a private screening of all six episodes in Bristol, UK in November 2008.Currently only six episodes have been made. An announcement on the official site reported that the producers were "getting nearer to finalising a deal and being able to announce which channel has been lucky enough to add Starhyke to their spring schedule". Producer, Jonathan Brown, said in March 2008 that Virgin 1 and Sky One had refused the series while Five Life, Bravo and Paramount Comedy were considering buying it. As reported on the official website props, costumes and posters from Starhyke were featured in episode 39 of the BBC drama Casualty, broadcast on 24 May 2008.The series got its world premiere at a press, cast and crew screening at the Showcase Cinema De Lux in Cabot Circus, Bristol on 8 November 2008. The series was released on DVD on 30 November 2009.The series world TV premiere was on the Sky satellite channel Showcase TV in December 2011.The series is now available on the amazon.com TV service, Amazon Prime, free to subscribers.Susan Ivanova
Susan Ivanova (Russian: Сью́зен Ива́нова) is a fictional character in the science fiction television series Babylon 5, played by Claudia Christian.Tale of Two Sisters
Tale of Two Sisters is a 1989 drama film about two sisters who, having not seen each other for 5 years, catch up and relive childhood experiences. It is directed by Adam Rifkin and narrated by Charlie Sheen, and stars Claudia Christian and Valerie Breiman as the two sisters.The Be Five
The Be Five was a band composed of actors from the television show Babylon 5. It was masterminded by Bill Mumy and made up of Mumy, Andreas Katsulas, Mira Furlan, Peter Jurasik and Claudia Christian, with Patricia Tallman singing backup in two tracks. Mumy wrote or co-wrote all tracks, and each performer was given the lead vocal in two songs.
The band's only album, Trying to Forget, was originally released in 1998 as a limited edition of 2500 copies and only available at conventions at which one of the performers were present. In July 1999 it was put on general release and a twelve-page booklet was added. The album was re-released in 2012 by Renaissance Digital with two new tracks "My Brother’s Moved On" (dedicated to the memory of Andreas Katsulas, Richard Biggs, Jeff Conaway, Michael O’Hare and Tim Choate) and "Last Train".The Hidden (film)
The Hidden is an American science fiction action-horror film produced and released in 1987 by New Line Cinema. The film was written by Bob Hunt (pen name of writer/producer/director Jim Kouf) and directed by Jack Sholder. The cast features Kyle MacLachlan and Michael Nouri and includes supporting roles by Clu Gulager, Chris Mulkey, Ed O'Ross, Clarence Felder, Claudia Christian and Larry Cedar. A sequel, The Hidden II, directed by Seth Pinsker was released in 1993.Watercolor Postcards
Watercolor Postcards is a 2012 American drama film directed by Rajeev Dassani and starring Laura Bell Bundy, Conrad Goode, Bailee Madison, John C. McGinley, Jonathan Banks, and Claudia Christian. It was written by Conrad Goode.