Alexandra Hetherington Breckenridge (born May 15, 1982) is an American actress. She began her career with supporting roles in the teen comedy films Big Fat Liar (2002) and She’s the Man (2006). She later played reporter Willa McPherson in the FX series Dirt and had a supporting role in the short-lived series The Ex List. She starred as a young Moira O’Hara in the first season of FX’s American Horror Story, and played Kaylee in the third season. She played Jessie Anderson in the AMC series The Walking Dead and Sophie in the NBC series This Is Us. She is also the voice of various characters in the animated comedy series Family Guy. Since 2019, she has starred as Melinda “Mel” Monroe in the Netflix series Virgin River.
Alexandra Hetherington Breckenridge was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, on May 15, 1982. She lived in nearby Darien until the age of 10, when she and her mother moved to California, where they moved around for a year before settling in Mill Valley. Breckenridge became interested in acting, photography, and singing at age 13. When she was 15, she moved with her mother back to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career.
In 2000, Breckenridge guest starred as Shelly Weaver in Freaks and Geeks. She also guest starred in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charmed, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Dawson’s Creek, JAG, Medium, and Undeclared. Breckenridge also guest-starred as Francise in three episodes of Opposite Sex. In 2002, she appeared in the film Big Fat Liar, starring Frankie Muniz, as Jason Shepherd’s older sister Janie.
Breckenridge has had numerous voice roles in the animated television series Family Guy. During an interview with FHM, she stated: “When I first went for Family Guy, I auditioned for a guest voice. I don’t know why, but [creator] Seth MacFarlane really likes the sound of my voice. I’ll never understand that. He just liked me and they call me back all the time to do different things.” Breckenridge often does celebrity impressions in the series, such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Renée Zellweger. She also had roles in MacFarlane’s web series Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy. Breckenridge also guest starred in the episode “With Friends Like Steve’s” of American Dad!, also created by MacFarlane.
In 2006, Breckenridge starred as Monique in the film She’s the Man. She has also appeared in a couple of series that have later been canceled, such as the FX drama series Dirt from 2007 to 2008, in which she played Willa McPherson, a young upstart writer. In 2009, Breckenridge co-starred in the independent film The Bridge to Nowhere, directed by Blair Underwood. In 2012, she had a role in the film Ticket Out.
Breckenridge had a recurring role in season four of HBO’s True Blood as Katerina Pelham and also in season one of FX’s American Horror Story as young Moira O’Hara, the ghost of a maid trapped in the house in which she was employed. In addition, she returned for two episodes in season three of the series, Coven, as Kaylee, a young witch who excels in pyrokinesis.
From 2015 to 2016, Breckenridge portrayed Jessie Anderson, a character from the comic book series of the same name, in season five and season six of the AMC post-apocalyptic horror series The Walking Dead. In 2015, she co-starred in the psychological thriller Dark from executive producer Joe Dante and director Nick Basile. In 2017, Breckenridge appeared in the recurring role of Sophie, Kate’s childhood friend and Kevin’s ex-wife, in the first season of the NBC drama series This Is Us. She was promoted to a series regular for the second season, and appeared in one episode in the third season and two episodes in the fourth season.
Since 2019, Breckenridge has played lead character Melinda “Mel” Monroe, a nurse practitioner who moves to a small northern California town following a personal tragedy, in the Netflix series Virgin River. The series was renewed for a third season by Netflix in December 2020.
Breckenridge married guitarist Casey Hooper in September 2015. They had their first child, a son named Jack, in September 2016. Their second child, a daughter named Billie, was born in December 2017.
Breckenridge is the niece of actor Michael Weatherly. She has several tattoos which are covered by make-up for her on-screen projects, but not during photo shoots.
|2002||Big Fat Liar||Janie Shepherd|
|2002||Vampire Clan||Charity Lynn Keesee|
|2002||Slasher Flick||Laura||Short film|
|2006||She’s the Man||Monique Valentine|
|2006||Jack Rabbit||Harley||Short film|
|2008||The Art of Travel||Kate|
|2009||The Bridge to Nowhere||Sienna|
|2011||Darkest Hour||Alicia||Short film|
|2014||Other People’s Children||Ariel|
|2015||Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story||Sara|
|1998||Even the Losers||Unknown||Television film|
|1999||Locust Valley||Arden||Television film|
|2000||Dawson’s Creek||Kate Douglas||Episode: “Valentine’s Day Massacre”|
|2000||Freaks and Geeks||Shelly Weaver||Episode: “Looks and Books”|
|2000||Opposite Sex||Francise||3 episodes|
|2001–2002||Undeclared||Prim and Proper Girl / Celeste||2 episodes|
|2002||Charmed||Michelle Miglis||Episode: “A Paige from the Past”|
|2002||Buffy the Vampire Slayer||Kit Holburn||Episode: “Lessons”|
|2004||Mystery Girl||Katie Hill||Television short|
|2004||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Lisa “Cleopatra” Hunt||Episode: “Turn of the Screws”|
|2004||JAG||Pia Bonfilio||Episode: “There Goes the Neighborhood”|
|2005||Murder Book||Sarah||Television film|
|2005||Romy and Michele: In the Beginning||Michele Weinberger||Television film|
|2005||Medium||Isabel Galvan||Episode: “Jump Start”|
|2005||Sex, Love & Secrets||Maddie Lyall||Episode: “Protection”|
|2005–2018||Family Guy||Various characters||Voice role; 64 episodes|
|2006||American Dad!||Girl||Voice role; Episode: “With Friends Like Steve’s”|
|2007||Psych||Betty||Episode: “Scary Sherry: Bianca’s Toast”|
|2007–2008||Dirt||Willa McPherson||Main role|
|2008||Seth MacFarlane’s Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy||Princess Peach||Voice role; 2 episodes|
|2008||The Ex List||Vivian||Main role|
|2010||Sons of Tucson||Gina||2 episodes|
|2010||Life Unexpected||Abby Cassidy||Recurring role; 5 episodes|
|2011||Cooper and Stone||Jenna Cooper||Television film|
|2011||Franklin & Bash||Emily Claire||Episode: “Bachelor Party”|
|2011||True Blood||Katerina Pelham||4 episodes|
|2011, 2013||American Horror Story||Young Moira O’Hara||Recurring role; 6 episodes (Murder House)|
|Kaylee||2 episodes (Coven)|
|2012||Men at Work||Katelyn||Episode: “Wake and Bake”|
|2013||Save Me||Carly Brugano||Main role|
|2014||Rake||Brooke Alexander||Episode: “A Close Shave”|
|2015–2016||The Walking Dead||Jessie Anderson||Recurring role (season 5); also starring (season 6); 11 episodes|
|2015||Extant||Zoe Grant||Episode: “Morphoses”|
|2016||Pure Genius||Margot Byer||Episode: “Pilot”|
|2017–2018, 2020||This Is Us||Sophie||Recurring role (season 1); main role (season 2); guest role (seasons 3–4)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2017)
|2018||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Sarah Kent||Episode: “Mea Culpa”|
|2018||Christmas Around the Corner||Claire||Television film|
|2019–present||Virgin River||Melinda Monroe||Main role|
|2020||Love in Store||Terrie Carpenter||Television film|
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