Canadian actress and model Tricia Helfer was born April 11, 1974 in rural Donalda, Alberta. She grew up on a grain farm with three sisters. “I grew up one of four daughters on a farm, so I was driving tractors and fixing machinery,” Tricia told the New York Post. “I certainly appreciate a nice pair of high heels and a pretty dress, but I have no problem getting down and dirty.”
She was discovered by a modeling scout at age 17 and won Ford Models’ Supermodel of the World Contest in 1992. She was signed to Elite Model Management and later to Trump Model Management. Tricia found success walking the runway for Carolina Herrera, Christian Dior, and Dolce & Gabbana, and modeling in magazines like Elle, Marie Claire, and Vogue.
In 2002, Tricia moved to Los Angeles to start a new chapter in her career—acting. She did guest spots on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and the TV series Jeremiah before landing the role of Number Six on Battlestar Galactica in 2003. She continued the role through 2009.
“Because I modeled for 10 years, people don’t realize that I’m a tomboy or that I do my own stunts,” Tricia told the New York Post.
In addition to her Galactica work, she played Carla on Burn Notice from 2007 to 2009 and made a guest appearance on Chuck. She starred opposite Dylan McDermott on the TV series Dark Blue from 2009 to 2010, and also had a recurring role on Two and a Half Men. She starred on ABC’s short-lived series Killer Women about a Texas Rangers squad in 2014, and then returned to sci-fi playing Viondra Denniger on the SyFy channel mini-series Ascension.
“I like to think I’m a strong female myself, so I’m more drawn to that than to someone meek,” Tricia told the Post.
In addition to her acting work, she has appeared in Playboy and Maxim, and made Maxim’s Hot 100 list.
With former Galactica co-star Katee Sackhoff, she founded the charity Acting Outlaws, which uses a love of motorcycles to raise money for charities like the Gulf Restoration Network.
She is married to lawyer Johnathan Marshall.