Tricia Helfer is a Canadian model turned actress who has developed her resume beyond the catwalk to include a diverse array of roles, highlighting her versatile and natural screen presence. Best known as the face of the series, and for her Leo award-winning lead performance as the humanoid, Cylon ‘Number Six’ in the critically acclaimed SyFy series, “Battlestar Galactica,” written and produced by Ronald D. Moore, Helfer has gone on to book leading and guest roles on a wide variety of networks.
She will be seen next in executive producer Sofia Vergara’s ABC series, “Killer Women,” debuting in early 2014. The series follows beautiful badass Molly Parker (Helfer), the only woman in the notorious Texas Rangers frontier patrol, as she pursues justice despite being embroiled in a continuous fight for her peers’ respect.
Born in Donalda, Alberta, Canada, Helfer launched her modeling career at age 17, and erupted into an international superstar after winning the Ford Models’ Supermodel of the World Contest in 1992. Her modeling credits include appearances in high-end ad campaigns for Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, Versace, Givenchy, and Dolce & Gabbana as well as covers for national publications such as ELLE, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Flare and Vogue.
In 2002, Helfer turned her focus to acting, moving to Los Angeles and quickly earning a guest star spot on the second season finale of “C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation.” The following year she earned her break with “Battlestar Galactica,” achieving a remarkably fast and successful transition into acting. During her hiatus from “Battlestar Galactica,” Helfer portrayed the legendary Farrah Fawcett in NBC’s film, “Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Charlie’s Angels.” She furthered expanded her portfolio by starring as ‘Stephanie Jacobs’ opposite Dennis Hopper and Billy Zane in the independent feature “Memory,” and later starred alongside LeeLee Sobieski in another independent, “Walk All Over Me,” which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Helfer returned to the small-screen in 2008, joining the cast of the USA Network’s hit series, “Burn Notice” for a multi-episode arc. The next year she filmed recurring guest spots on the award-winning CBS comedy, “Two and a Half Men,” while appearing on Fox’s crime shows “Chuck,” and “Lie to Me.” In 2010, Helfer booked a ten-episode arc on Jerry Bruckheimer’s “Dark Blue,” starring opposite Dylan McDermott and appeared again at the Toronto International Film Festival in the film, “A Beginner’s Guide to Endings,” with Harvey Keitel, Scott Caan, and JK Simmons.
During this period, Helfer also did prolific voiceover work in mega-hit video game franchises, playing the roles of Commander Veronica Dare in Halo: ODST, EDI in Mass Effect 2, and Sarah Kerrigan in Blizzard Entertainment’s StarCraft II: Wings of LIberty, where she won an award for Best Performance by a Human Female. She also showcased her voice talent in animated superhero productions, “Green Lantern: First Flight,” a Cartoon Network TV movie, and on Disney XD’s, “The Spectacular Spiderman.”
Currently, in addition to filming “Killer Women,” Helfer continues to support as many causes as she can, as she believes in giving back. Currently she has worked with the Humane Society of United States, Best Friends Animal Society, AmFAR, PETA, Kitten Rescue and Richmond Animal Protection Society.
Tricia, who has dual citizenship in the US and Canada, currently resides in Los Angeles.