Charisma Carpenter
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Biographical Information
Date of Birth: July 23, 1970 (age 45)
Origin: Las Vegas, Nevada
Years active: 1994-present
Show Information
Character(s): Mrs. Herfmann
Season(s): Season One
Show Status: Inactive

Charisma Carpenter is an American actress. She's best known for her role as Cordelia Chase in the popular TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off series Angel.

She guest-starred in the episode Chainsaw as Mrs. Herfmann on Season One of Scream Queens.


Charisma during her Buffy days.

Charisma made her first television role in 1994, appearing in an episode of Baywatch. She eventually got a starring role on Aaron Spelling's short-lived soap opera, Malibu Shores. In 1996, Charisma auditioned for the role of Buffy Summers in Buffy the Vampire Slayer but was given the role of Cordelia Chase, a snobby and popular high school student. She played the character for three seasons (1997-1999) and joined the spinoff, Angel, along with David Boreanaz. After her departure from the series after four seasons (1999-2004), she returned for the 100th episode in the final season to give her character closure, marking her final appearance in the series and her last time playing Cordelia Chase.

Charisma continued to do television roles by guest starring on Charmed, playing The Seer, a psychic demon. She then had a recurring role on NBC series', Miss Match and Veronica Mars. She also guest starred on Greek, Back to You, Big Shots and CSI.

Personal life

Carpenter married Damian Hardy on October 5, 2002, in Las Vegas. On March 24, 2003, Carpenter gave birth to their son, Donovan Charles Hardy. Late 2007, Carpenter and Hardy separated and their divorce was made final in July 2008.



Year Title Role Notes
1995-1996 Josh Kirby...Time Warrior! Beth Sullivan Chapters 1, 2 and 6
2003 What Boys Like Kim
See Jane Date Jane Grant TV Film, Lead Role
2004 Like Cats and Dogs Susan Hayes
2006 Flirting with Danger Laura Clifford TV film
Voodoo Moon Heather TV film
Cheaters' Club Linda Stern TV film
Relative Chaos Katherine TV film
2010 Psychosis Susan Golden
2010 The Expendables Lacy
House of Bones Heather Burton TV Film
2011 Crash Site Rita Sanders
Deadly Sibling Rivalry Janna/Callie TV Film
A Trusted Man Sonia Paston TV Film
2012 The Expendables 2 Lacy
Haunted High Persia the Librarian TV Film
2013 Heaven's Door Julie
2015 Bound Michelle
A Horse Tail Samantha Harrison TV Film


Year Title Role Notes
1994 Baywatch Wendie Sanders Episode: "Air Buchannon"
1995 Boy Meets World Caterer Episode: "Train of Fools"
1996 Malibu Shores Ashley Green Main role (10 episodes)
1997–1999 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Cordelia Chase Main role (Seasons 1–3; 54 episodes)
1999 Hey Arnold! Simone (voice) Episode: "Dinner for Four/Phoebe Skips"
1999–2004 Angel Cordelia Chase Main Role (Seasons 1–4) Guest (Season 5); 86 episodes
2001 Strange Frequency Jules Episode: "Don't Fear the Reaper"
2003 Miss Match Serena Lockner Episodes: "Most Hopeless Romantics", "Divorce Happens", "Something Nervy", "Santa, Baby"
2004 The Division Emma Campbell Episode: "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep"
2004 LAX Julie Random Episode: "Thanksgiving"
2004 Charmed The Seer/Kira Episodes: "Cheaper by the Coven", "Styx Feet Under", "Witchness Protection"
2005–2006 Veronica Mars Kendall Casablancas Recurring role (11 episodes)
2007 Back to You Brooke Schimmel Episode: "Gracie's Bully"
2007-2011 Greek Tegan Walker Episodes: "Black & White and Read All Over", "Brothers & Sisters", "See You Next Time, Sisters!", "Fools Rush In"
2008 Big Shots Janelle Johns Episodes: "The Better Man", "Who's the Boss?"
2009 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Mink Episode: "The Descent of Man"
2009 Legend of the Seeker Triana Episode: "Marked"
2011 Burn Notice Nicki Skyler Episode: "Better Halves"
2011 Supernatural Maggie Stark Episode: "Shut Up, Dr. Phil"
2012–2013 The Lying Game Ann Rebecca Sewell Main role (20 episodes)
2013–present Surviving Evil Herself Episode: "Terror Beach" (also series host)
2013 Blue Bloods Maryanne Episode: "Growing Boys"
2014 Sons of Anarchy Carol Episode: "Red Rose"
2015 Scream Queens Mrs. Herfmann Episode: "Chainsaw"


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