Tricia Janine Helfer (born April 11, 1974) is a Canadian model and actress. She is best known for playing the humanoid Cylon Number Six in Ronald D. Moore's re-imagined Battlestar Galactica television series.


 [hide*1 Early life

Early life[edit]Edit

Tricia Helfer was born in rural Donalda, Alberta to Dennis and Elaine Helfer.[1] She lived and worked on the family's grain farm with her three sisters, Trina, Tammy, and Tara. She was discovered at age 17 by a modeling agency scout while standing in line at a local movie theatre.[1] She is of German, English, Swedish and Norwegian descent.[2]


Fashion modeling[edit]Edit

In 1992, she won Ford ModelsSupermodel of the World Contest and was subsequently signed to Elite Model Management and later to Trump Model Management.[3]Helfer retired from fashion modeling in 2002 and claimed all her shoots since then are related to projects or product endorsements. She has appeared in ad campaigns forRalph LaurenVersaceChanel, and Giorgio Armani.[3]

Helfer has walked for top fashion shows such as Carolina HerreraChristian DiorClaude MontanaGivenchyJohn Galliano, and Dolce & Gabbana.[3] Helfer has appeared on the covers of FlareAmicaELLE,CosmopolitanMarie Claire, and Vogue, among others.[3] She also regularly appeared in photo shoots by Maxim magazine, was the magazine's wall calendar girl for 2005, and was ranked #57 on the Maxim's Hot 100 Women of 2007.[4]


[1][2]Helfer arriving at the gala showing of her film Walk All Over Me at the 2007 Calgary International Film Festival

Helfer hosted a Canadian television fashion program, Canada's Next Top Model.[5] She relocated to Los Angeles in 2002 to pursue a full-time acting career.[6] Her first acting assignment was a co-starring role as Sarah on the television series Jeremiah. She later played a model named Ashleigh James on the May 16, 2002episode of CSI ("The Hunger Artist"). In 2002, she played "Eva" in the independent film White Rush.[7]

In 2003, she played Number Six on Battlestar Galactica. In 2004, she portrayed Farrah Fawcett in the telemovie The Unauthorized Story of 'Charlie's Angels'.[8] Concurrent with her role in Battlestar Galactica, Helfer began producing and hosting Canada's Next Top Model on May 31, 2006. She appeared in Spiral and The Green Chain later the same year.

In October 2006, it was announced that Helfer would not return to host the second season of Canada's Next Top Model so she could concentrate on Battlestar Galactica.[9] Helfer also played a major role in Electronic Arts Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars, as the high-level Nod general Kilian Qatar, along with her Battlestar Galactica co-star, actress Grace Park.[10] She also starred in the episode "Roadkill" on the second season of Supernatural.

Helfer had a recurring role on CBS' Two and a Half Men. She played Gail, best friend of Charlie's (Charlie Sheen) fiancé Chelsea (Jennifer Bini Taylor). When Chelsea finds out that her friend is recovering from a breakup, she says she should do so at Charlie's house.[11] Shortly after Chelsea and Charlie begin a trial separation, Gail begins a sexual relationship with Charlie.

Battlestar Galactica[edit]Edit

Main article: Number Six (Battlestar Galactica)

In 2003, the television series Battlestar Galactica was used as the basis for a three hour miniseries on the Sci Fi channel. The project was written and produced by Ronald D. Mooreand directed by Michael Rymer. Helfer played the role of Number Six, a humanoid Cylon operative. She continued that role as a regular cast member in the TV series, which completed its fourth and final season on March 20, 2009. Due to the special nature of the Number Six character – there are many "copies" of Number Six with distinct personalities – Helfer has, in effect, played numerous roles on the series. In 2009, she reprised her role as Number Six in Battlestar Galactica: The Plan – a television movie that tells the story of the series from the Cylons' point of view. In 2012, she voiced a prototype Cylon in the prequel Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome.


  • Leo Awards, Best Lead Performance By A Female in a Dramatic Series, Tricia Helfer ("Pegasus")


  • Scream Awards, Breakout Performance, Tricia Helfer as Number Six
  • Scream Awards, Best Television Actress, Tricia Helfer

Other appearances[edit]Edit

In August 2008, Helfer appeared on the stage of NVISION 08, an event sponsored by NVIDIA, where she discussed her role in Battlestar Galactica as well as the use of computer graphics on the show.[12] Helfer appeared as Chuck’s Season 2 secret agent "handler" in the NBC series Chuck,[13] and as Michael Westen's Season 2 nemesis in the USA Network series Burn Notice as "Carla". She appears as herself in Old 97'smusic video for Old 97's song, "Dance with Me".

[3][4]Helfer at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival

She guest starred in "Resonance", the second episode of Warehouse 13 as FBI Agent Bonnie Belski on Syfy. She made a guest appearance in the pilot episode of Fox's 2009 mid-season series Human Target. She has played several prominent video game roles in recent years; including Kilian Quatar in Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars, Veronica Dare inHalo 3: ODST and EDI, the ship-borne artificial intelligence aboard the Normandy SR-2 in Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3. She voices Sarah Kerrigan in StarCraft II: Wings of Libertyas well as the expansion sets Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm and Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void. Helfer voices the "Black Cat" in The Spectacular Spider-Man and she reprises the role in Spider-Man: Web of Shadows and Ultimate Spider-Man.[7]

Helfer joined the cast of Jerry Bruckheimer's TNT drama, Dark Blue,[14] as FBI Special Agent Alex Rice. The show was cancelled in November 2010 because of its very low ratings.[15] In October 2010, she made a guest appearance on Lie to Me.[16]

In 2011, she starred in The Black Keys' music video for "Howlin' for You".[17] She made guest appearances in No Ordinary Family (2011),[18] and Franklin & Bash (2011).[19] In 2011, Helfer starred as Morgana, a necromancer, in the TV series pilot 17th Precinct from Ron Moore with Galactica's co-stars James Callis and Jamie Bamber.[20]

In October 2011, she got the lead role in the TV Pilot Scent of the Missing as Susannah, a K-9 Search and Rescue Volunteer.[21] In November 2011, she appeared in the Hallmark TV Movie Mistletoe Over Manhattan.[22] For 2012, she signed for the recurring role of Alex Clark in the new NBC TV Series The Firm.[22]

On May 16, 2012, she appeared in the two-part finale of season 7 of the CBS series Criminal Minds, in which she led a team of bank-robbing serial killers. She guest starred in the second season of the Jane Espenson scripted romantic comedy web series, Husbands.[23]

In 2014, she played Molly Parker on ABC´s Killer Women, a remake of Argentinian drama Mujeres Asesinas, with producer Sofia Vergara.[7] On April 30, the Syfy network announced Helfer has been cast in the miniseries Ascension, slated to air in November and December 2014. She will play Viondra Denniger, the steward and wife of the captain of the titular starship on its long journey carrying people to populate a new world.[24]

Personal life[edit]Edit

She is married to Johnathan Marshall, a lawyer whom she met at a mutual friend's birthday party.[2]

She has four artificial discs in her back and two in her neck, resulting from an incident in which a piece of luggage was dropped on her head while sitting on a commercial airliner, and two in her lower back from mishaps while doing her own stunts.[25]

She co-founded the charity web site "Acting Outlaws"[26] with Katee Sackhoff, which is open for donations for different causes and charity events.[27] She is also involved in various causes, from animal rescue[28] to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.[29]

In 2014, she appeared in a PETA video campaign, encouraging cat owners to keep their pets indoors.[30]


[5][6]Helfer at the Supernova Pop Culture Expo Hits Sydney, Australia 2012===Film[edit]===

Year Film Role Notes
2000 Eventual Wife Inga Short film
2003 White Rush Eva
2004 Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Charlie's Angels Farrah Fawcett TV movie
2006 The Genius Club Ally Simon
2006 Memory Stephanie Jacobs
2007 Spiral Sasha
2007 The Green Chain Leila Cole
2007 Walk All Over Me Celene
2007 Battlestar Galactica: Razor Number Six TV movie
2008 Inseparable Rae Wicks
2009 Green Lantern: First Flight Boodikka (voice role)
2009 Battlestar Galactica: The Plan Number Six TV movie
2009 Hidden Crimes Julia Carver TV movie
2009 Open House Lila
2010 A Beginner's Guide to Endings Miranda
2011 Bloodwork Dr. Wilcox
2011 Mistletoe over Manhattan Lucy Martel TV Movie
2011 PostHuman Kali (voice role) Short film
2012 The Forger Sasha
2012 Scent of the Missing Susannah TV movie
2012 Scribble Sigrid Hagenguth
2012 37 Christina
2013 Finding Christmas Ryan Harrison TV movie
2014 Authors Anonymous Sigrid Hagenguth Completed


[7][8]Helfer at Pre-Emmy party in September 2008

Year Program Role Notes
2002 Jeremiah Sarah Episode: "The Long Road: Part 1"
2002 CSI Ashleigh James Episode: "The Hunger Artist"
2003 Battlestar Galactica Number Six Mini-series
2006 The Collector Janis Eisner Episode: "The V.J."
2006 Canada's Next Top Model Host, Judge Cycle 1
2007 Them Naomi Tyler Moore TV pilot
2007 Supernatural Molly McNamara Episode: "Roadkill"
2009 The Dealership Rachel Carson TV pilot
2007–2009 Burn Notice Carla 8 episodes
2008–2009 The Spectacular Spider-Man Felicia Hardy/Black Cat (voice role) 3 episodes
2004–2009 Battlestar Galactica Number Six Main cast
2009 Chuck Alex Forrest Episode: "Chuck Versus the Broken Heart"
2009 Warehouse 13 Bonnie Belski Episode: "Resonance"
2010 The Super Hero Squad Show Sif (voice role) Episode: "O, Brother!"
2010 Human Target Stephanie Dobbs Episode: "Pilot"
2010 Dark Blue Alex Rice 10 episodes
2010 Lie to Me Naomi Russell Episode: "Double Blind"
2010 The Whole Truth Bitsie Katz Episode: "Liars"
2011 No Ordinary Family Sophie Adler Episode: "No Ordinary Love"
2011 Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Amanda Smyth/Aphrodite (voice role) Episode: "Where Walks Aphrodite"
2011 Franklin & Bash Brett Caiman Episode: "Go Tell It on the Mountain"
2009–2011 Two and a Half Men Gail 3 episodes
2011 17th Precinct Morgana Kurlansky TV pilot
2012 The Firm Alex Clark Recurring cast
2012 Criminal Minds Izzy Rogers 2 episodes
2012 Husbands Pillow Girl #2 2 episodes
2012 Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome Cylon Prototype Episode: "Pilot"
2012–2013 Tron: Uprising The Grid (voice role) Main cast
2013 Community Lauren Episode: "Conventions of Space and Time"
2014 Ultimate Spider-Man Felicia Hardy/Black Cat
2014 Killer Women Molly Parker Main character
2014 Ascension[24] Viondra Denninger Main character; in production

Video games[edit]Edit

Video games
Year Title Voice
2007 Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars Kilian Qatar
2007 Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath Kilian Qatar
2008 Spider-Man: Web of Shadows Felicia Hardy/Black Cat
2009 Halo 3: ODST Captain Veronica Dare
2010 Mass Effect 2 EDI.
2010 StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty Sarah Kerrigan
2012 Mass Effect 3 EDI
2013 StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Sarah Kerrigan
2013 Marvel Heroes Black Cat
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