Claudia Christian

Claudia Ann Christian[1] (born Claudia Ann Coghlan;[2] August 10, 1965)[1] 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.[3][4][5] Her main charity work is publicizing The Sinclair Method as a cure for alcoholism.[6]

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Claudia Christian in June 2009
Claudia Ann Coghlan

August 10, 1965 (age 53)
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1984–present
Gary DeVore
(m. 1988; div. 1992)

Early life

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.[7][8][9] Her mother is from Germany and her father has Irish ancestry.[10][11] She was raised in Connecticut and England.[10] 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,[3][12] followed by a series regular role as Melody Hughes on the short-lived drama Berrenger's.[3] She performed feature-film roles such as a stripper possessed by an alien serial killer in The Hidden (1987),[3] police department psychologist Susan Riley in Maniac Cop 2[1] and model Hexina in Hexed (1993).[1]

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.[13] 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 voices Anne Manx in the full cast recordings for the Radio Repertory Company of America.[1] In 2010, Christian appeared in the Showtime series Look: The Series.

She also had a music career, having released a solo album, Once Upon a Time,[3] a single, "Taboo",[3] a collaboration with Claudia Cummings, Claudia Squared,[3] and a collaboration with some of the other cast members of Babylon 5 on the album The Be Five.

Claudia Con UK

Christian conceived her own convention, Claudia Con UK, which took place in the United Kingdom on August 13–14, 2011.[14]


Christian has been publicizing The Sinclair Method, a treatment for alcohol dependency, through her book Babylon Confidential.[15] In this book she recalls her own experiences with the condition, and credits The Sinclair Method for saving her life in 2009.[16][17]

She made a documentary titled One Little Pill[18][19] 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.[6]



Year Title Role Notes
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 Shannon's Dead
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
1991 Arena Quinn
1993 Hexed Hexina
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
1999 Final Voyage Max
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
2002 The Failures Anna
2005 The Garden Dr Cairns
2006 The Dot Man Lieutenant Colonel Dunst
2008 Serbian Scars Meggie Co-producer
2010 Meteor Apocalypse Kate Dematti
2012 Overnight Sandy
2012 Rise of an Exile Hannah Benedict Pre-production
2014 Watercolor Postcards Cheryl
2014 The Writer with No Hands Herself
2014 One Little Pill Herself and as narrator Documentary

Television series

Year Title Role Notes
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

Video games

Year Title Role
1995 Titan Wars
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[20]
2012 Darksiders II Muria
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


  • "Revenge is a Bitch to Swallow." Short story. Published in Forbidden Love Issue 2: Wicked Women.[21]
  • My Life With Geeks and Freaks. Autobiography. Published by Yard Dog Press.
  • Babylon Confidential: A Memoir of Love, Sex, and Addiction Autobiography.[15]
  • Wolf's Empire: Gladiator. Novel, co-written with Morgan Grant Buchanan. 2016.


  • Claudia Squared with Claudia Cummings (1996)
  • Trying to Forget by The Be Five (1998)
  • "Taboo" single (1998, Zard)
  • Once Upon a Time (2001, Zard)


  1. ^ a b c d e Claudia Christian Biography (1965–)
  2. ^ According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905–1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. Searchable at (subscription required)
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Claudia Christian". Retrieved June 19, 2012.
  4. ^ Claudia Christian. Retrieved on 2012-06-19. Archived November 23, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ About The Cast. Pizza Morgana. Retrieved on 2012-06-19.
  6. ^ a b "C3 Foundation". Retrieved July 22, 2013.
  7. ^ Los Angeles Times: Archives – Give and Take Mothers in the Business of Dressing Well Swap Clothes With Their Grateful Daughters
  8. ^ Give and Take : Mothers in the Business of Dressing Well Swap Clothes With Their Grateful Daughters – Los Angeles Times
  9. ^ Now I've found my own space; Babylon 5 's Claudia on the split from Scots Braveheart Angus MacFadyen. – Free Online Library
  10. ^ a b retroCRUSH: The World's Greatest Pop Culture Site
  11. ^ Claudia Christian Profile – Metacritic
  12. ^ "Actress Claudia Christian". KATU. AM Northwest. June 3, 2014. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  13. ^ Joe M. Straczynski, Claudia Christian (quoted from correspondence). "About Claudia Christian's Departure". The Lurker's Guide to Babylon 5.
  14. ^ "Claudia Con UK" (video). goldmister. August 8, 2011. Retrieved November 7, 2018 – via YouTube.
  15. ^ a b Babylon Confidential by Claudia Christian with Morgan Grant Buchanan. Retrieved on 2012-06-19.
  16. ^ Claudia Christian; Morgan Grant Buchanan; Dr. Roy Eskapa (2012). Babylon Confidential (First ed.). BenBella Books, Inc. pp. Afterword. ISBN 978-1-937856-06-9.
  17. ^ "C3 Foundation website". C Three Foundation. Retrieved December 22, 2013.
  18. ^ Glaser, Gabrielle (April 2015). "The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous". The Atlantic. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  19. ^ "One Little Pill". Retrieved September 10, 2013.
  20. ^ red post on Guild Wars 2 forums
  21. ^ "Under the Moon Official Website". Archived from the original on April 4, 2007. Retrieved April 29, 2007.

External links

A Gnome Named Gnorm

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 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 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 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.

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