Danneel Harris

Not to be confused with Danielle Harris.
Danneel Ackles

Harris in September 2011
Born Elta Danneel Graul
(1979-03-18) March 18, 1979
Lafayette, Louisiana, U.S.
Other names Danneel Harris
Occupation Actress
Years active 2003–
Spouse(s) Jensen Ackles[1] (m. 2010)
Children 3

Danneel Ackles (née Elta Danneel Graul; March 18, 1979) is an American actress and model. She is best known for her roles as Shannon McBain on One Life to Live and Rachel Gatina on One Tree Hill.

Early life

Elta Danneel Graul was born in Lafayette, Louisiana, and was raised in the small town of Eunice in St. Landry Parish. Her father Edward E.Graul,Jr. is a practicing ophthalmologist and her mother Deborah Graul works as an interior designer. She was named after her great-grandmother. Her first name is Elta, but she goes by her middle name, Danneel, professionally. The name "Danneel" was inspired by Danneel Street in New Orleans. Her cousin is actress Mary Lou. She moved to Los Angeles and continued her acting training.


Modeling and acting

Before she landed her first acting role, Harris worked as a model with such companies as Big Sexy Hair and Juicy Jeans. She first appeared in a television commercial. In 2003 Harris landed her first role on the American Broadcasting Company Soap Opera television series One Life to Live as Shannon McBain a student attending the fictional Llanview University. Harris relocated to New York for the role and left the series in December 2004.[2] Harris has since gone on to appear in shows such as How I Met Your Mother, What I Like About You and CSI: Miami.[3] Harris's first film role was in the short film The Plight of Clownana.

In 2005 Harris was announced to have a major recurring role in the third season of The CW Teen Drama television series One Tree Hill. Harris portrayed the role of Rachel Gattina a bad girl who creates havoc for the residents of Tree Hill and returned to her role as a series regular for the shows fourth season. However, in season five, Harris only reprises the role of Rachel in two episodes due to the seasons format change.

In June 2009 Harris was confirmed to reprise the role of Rachel in the series seventh season over the course of seven episodes.[4] Harris was in-talks to return for the series eighth season but due to scheduling conflicts these plans never materialized.[5]

In January 2007 Harris was cast as the female lead in the New Line Cinema Comedy film Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay the sequel to the 2004 film Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle. Filming took place in Shreveport, Louisiana that same month.[6] The film was released in April 2008 to mostly negative reviews (with aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes giving it an average of 53%), despite the film grossing over $43,439,123 worldwide.[7] Harris reprises the role of Vanessa Fanning in the third and final installment of the trilogy A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas which was released in November 2011.[8] In both 2009 and 2010, Harris had small supporting roles in the films Fired Up! and The Back-up Plan.

In May 2009 Harris was announced to have been cast in the Screen Gems Thriller film The Roommate.[9] The film, also starring Leighton Meester and Cam Gigandet, centers on a college freshman whose roommate has a violent obsession with her. Harris portrays Irene Crew, a high-profile fashion designer. The film was shot on location at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and suffered numerous push-backs for unknown reasons.[10] The film was eventually released in February 2011 to a $15.6 million opening weekend despite negative reviews from critics and went on to gross over $40 million worldwide.[11]

In September 2009, Harris appeared in the sitcom television series pilot Friends with Benefits which was picked up by NBC.[12] It was originally set to air as a midseason replacement during the 2010–11 television season but was delayed until August 2011.[13][14] Harris took on the role of Sara Maxwell, a doctor desperate to find the right guy. The series premiered to a low 2.34 million viewers[15] and to mixed reviews from critics. The rest of the season's inability to retain viewers guaranteed that the series was not renewed.

In June 2012, Harris was brought in for a recurring role in the second season of the TV Land series Retired at 35. (Johnathan McClain).[16] In December, 2012, the network announced it would not be renewing the series for a third season, making it the first of TV Land's original sitcom series to be cancelled from the network.

Personal life

Harris dated actor/singer Riley Smith for four years (from 2001-2005). After three years of dating, Harris became engaged to Supernatural actor Jensen Ackles in November 2009.[17] The couple married on May 15, 2010, in Dallas, Texas.[1][18] It was announced on January 7, 2013, that the couple were expecting their first child together.[19] Their daughter was born in May 2013.[20] On August 10, 2016, the couple announced that they were expecting twins together, a boy and a girl, later in the year. [21] On December 2, 2016, they welcomed twins, Zeppelin Bram and Arrow Rhodes.[22]



Year Film Role Notes
2004 The Plight of Clownana DildoMan's Fan Short
2005 Rule Number One April Short
2007 Ten Inch Hero Platisha 'Tish' Madison
2008 Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay Vanessa Fanning
Extreme Movie Melissa
2009 Still Waiting... Sherry
Fired Up! Bianca
2010 The Back-up Plan Olivia
2011 The Roommate Irene Crew
A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas Vanessa Fanning
2012 Mardi Gras: Spring Break Erica


Year Title Role Notes
2003 One Life to Live Shannon McBain Main cast
68 episodes
2004 What I Like About You Kate Episode 2.14 "Your Cheatin' Heart"
Episode 2.16 "Lunar Eclipse of the Heart"
Episode 2.19 "The Big Picture"
Episode 2.21 "Anti-Prom"
Joey London / Katie Harper Episode 1.10 "Joey and the Big Audition"
Episode 1.12 "Joey and the Plot Twist"
Episode 1.13 "Joey and the Taste Test"
2005 Charmed "Glamoured" Paige Matthews Episode 7.22 "Something Wicca this way Goes"
JAG Cammie Cresswell Episode 10.16 "Straits of Malacca"
Episode 10.18 "Death at the Mosque"
2005–10 One Tree Hill Rachel Gatina Recurring role (Seasons 3,5,7)
Main cast (Season 4)
52 episodes
2007 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Shasta McCloud Episode 8.02 "A La Cart"
2008 Free Radio Danneel Harris Episode 1.07 "Lance Gets a Bodyguard"
How I Met Your Mother Nora Zinman Episode 4.05 "Shelter Island"
2009 NCIS Jessica Shore Episode 6.14 "Love & War"
Trust Me Jessica Episode 1.02 "All Hell the Victors"
CSI: Miami Abby Dawson Episode 7.16 "Sink or Swim"
2011 Friends with Benefits Sara Maxwell Main cast
13 episodes
2012 Retired at 35 Jenn Harris Episode 2.04 "The Grifters"
Episode 2.06 "The Apartment"
Episode 2.07 "The Break-Up"
Naughty or Nice Jill Rhodes Television film
2013 How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) Olivia Episode 1.06 "How to Fix Up Your Ex"
Episode 1.08 "How to Live with Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life"
2014 Baby Boot Camp Julia Television film


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