Jenna Elfman

American actress and producer

Jennifer Mary "Jenna" Elfman (born September 30, 1971, Los Angeles) is an American movie and television actress. She is highly known for her role as Dharma in the television sitcom Dharma & Greg

Jenna Elfman
Elfman at The Heart Truth's Red Dress Collection Fashion Show 2012
Jennifer Mary Butala

(1971-09-30) September 30, 1971 (age 52)
Years active1990–present
(m. 1995)
2 children

She began taking ballet class at the age of five and became a classically trained ballet dancer. She attended high school at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA). She then attended college at California State University, Northridge (CSUN)[2]

Elfman began her professional career as a dancer. She appeared in the music video for "Halo", a song by Depeche Mode.She also danced in the video for Chris Isaak's 1995 single "Somebody's Crying". She toured with the rock band ZZ Top on their 1994 World Tour.

She was in a number of national television commercials. Her first television program role was on the short-lived 1996 American sitcom called Townies. This role led to her part in Dharma & Greg.[3]

Personal life


Elfman met her husband, actor Bodhi Elfman, at a Sprite commercial audition in February 1991. They married on February 18, 1995.

On July 23, 2007, Elfman's first child, a son, Story Elias, was born in Los Angeles.[4] On September 16, 2009, Elfman said she was expecting her second child.[5] On March 2, 2010, their son Easton Quinn Monroe was born.[6]


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Grosse Pointe Blank Tanya
1998 Dr. Dolittle Owl Voice
1998 Can't Hardly Wait The Angel Uncredited
1998 Krippendorf's Tribe Prof. Veronica Micelli
1999 EDtv Shari
1999 Venus Venus
2000 The Tangerine Bear Lorelei Voice
2000 Cyberworld Phig Voice
2000 Keeping the Faith Anna Riley Nominated — Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actress - Comedy/Romance
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
2001 Town & Country Auburn
2003 Looney Tunes: Back in Action Kate
2004 Clifford's Really Big Movie Dorothy Voice
2005 Touched Angela Martin Executive producer
2005 What's Hip, Doc? Supermodel Voice
2008 Struck Pregnant date Short film
2009 The Six Wives of Henry Lefay Ophelia
2009 Love Hurts Darlene
2011 Friends with Benefits Annie
Year Title Role Notes
1992 Murder, She Wrote Ballet Dancer in background 1 episode
1994 The George Carlin Show Psychedelic girl 1 episode
1995 The Monroes Lily 1 episode
1995 Roseanne Garland 1 episode
1996 Townies Shannon Canotis 15 episodes, 5 unaired
1996 Murder One Angela Scalese 1 episode
1996 Almost Perfect Becky Toll 1 episode
1997 The Single Guy Jordan 1 episode
1997–2002 Dharma & Greg Dharma Freedom Finkelstein Montgomery 119 episodes
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy (1999)
TV Guide Award for Favorite Actress in a Comedy (1999, 2000)
Nominated — American Comedy Award for Funniest Female Performer in a TV Series (Leading Role) Network, Cable or Syndication (1999)
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (1998, 1999, 2000)
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy (1998, 2000)
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2000, 2001, 2002)
Nominated — TV Guide Award for Favorite Actress in a Comedy (2001)
2002 Obsessed Ellena Roberts Television movie
2004 Two and a Half Men Frankie 2 episodes
2006 Courting Alex Alex Rose 13 episodes, producer
2007 Brothers & Sisters Lizzie Jones-Baker 1 episode
2008 My Name Is Earl Kimmi Himmler 1 episode
2009–10 Accidentally on Purpose Billie 18 episodes
2011 Two and a Half Men Dharma Montgomery Episode: "Nice to Meet You, Walden Schmidt"
2012 Shameless Jill Season 2 Finale which aired on April 1, 2012[7]
2012 Damages Naomi Walling Recurring role[8]
2012 1600 Penn Emily Nash Gilchrist NBC series expected to premiere during the 2012–13 television season [9]


  1. "Jenna Elfman Biography (1971-)".
  2. University, New Student Orientation © California State; Street, Northridge 18111 Nordhoff; Northridge; Us, CA 91330 Phone:677-1200 / Contact. "New Student Orientation" (PDF). California State University, Northridge.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  3. Rubin, Sylvia; Writer, Chronicle Staff (14 September 1997). "FALL TV PREVIEW / ABC's Golden Girl? / Perky Jenna Elfman rises out of the Valley Girl masses to play San Francisco free spirit". SFGate.
  4. Chiu, Alexis (July 30, 2007). "Jenna Elfman Welcomes a Baby Boy". People. Archived from the original on March 30, 2011. Retrieved September 16, 2009.
  5. "Jenna Elfman Expecting Second Baby!". US. September 16, 2009. Retrieved September 16, 2009.
  6. "Jenna Elfman Welcomes Second Son". People Magazine. March 5, 2010. Archived from the original on October 8, 2012. Retrieved March 7, 2010.
  7. Archived 2012-03-05 at the Wayback Machine Jenna Elfman gets Shameless
  8. Archived 2012-01-05 at the Wayback Machine Jenna Elfman Joins DirecTV’s ‘Damages’
  9. "2ND UPDATE: '1600 Penn', 'Animal Practice', 'New Normal', 'Revolution' & 'Save Me' Picked Up To Series At NBC". NELLIE ANDREEVA. May 7, 2012. Retrieved May 16, 2012.

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