Emmy Award-nominated actress Carolyn Hennesy most recently as the deliciously vicious “Rosalyn Harris” on Alan Ball’s critically acclaimed HBO series TRUE BLOOD.
Hennesy joined the cast for the fifth season of the sleek vampires-meet-world saga and fast become a fan favorite. As Rosalyn, the ageless vamp with a Texas twang, Hennesy is at the top of her game. She tosses one-liners like firecrackers, occasionally enjoys a juicy stake, and gleefully partakes in old-timey interrogation.
Prior to TRUE BLOOD, Hennesy was best known for her memorable work as “Barb Coman” on ABC’s COUGAR TOWN; she currently continues her Emmy nominated run as “Diane Miller” on ABC’s GENERAL HOSPITAL. Kids across America also know her as the hilariously haughty Mrs. Chesterfield on Disney Channel’s JESSIE. Other lengthy runs include shows such as THAT 70’s SHOW and STRIP MALL. On the big screen, Hennesy’s credits include CLICK starring Adam Sandler, LEGALLY BLONDE 2 with Reese Witherspoon, and TERMINATOR 3 starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Hennesy received her training at the esteemed American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Her razor sharp comedic timing was honed as a member of The Groundling’s Sunday Company and in ACME Theatre’s main company. Hennesy has appeared in over a hundred productions worldwide. Among other accolades, the LA Drama Critics Circle has distinguished her with the Natalie Schafer Award and the LA Stage Alliance has honored her with an Ovation Award.
Hennesy’s creative endeavors also include a very successful career as an author. She created the wildly popular “Pandora…” children’s book series (Bloomsbury USA) and she is the New York Times bestselling author of “The Secret Life of Damian Spinelli” (Hyperion).
When not on set, Hennesy is privileged to lend her time and talent to a number of causes including care for our wounded warriors, animal rescue with a particular emphasis on elephants, and fitness for kids. She is also a practitioner of the flying trapeze and lives in her native Los Angeles two groovy dogs a cool cat.