Charisma Carpenter first made her television debut with a guest spot on Baywatch, before receiving a call from legendary producer Aaron Spelling and subsequently being cast on the primetime soap opera, Malibu Shores. But her big break — and the one that would forever change the trajectory of her life — came shortly thereafter when she was cast as Cordelia Chase on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a role she would portray for three seasons before migrating to its spin-off series, Angel, and continuing on for four more seasons. In total, Carpenter portrayed Cordelia in 140 episodes across both franchises. The former series has been ranked by Time, The Hollywood Reporter, TV Guide, Rolling Stone and Entertainment Weekly amongst its lists of greatest television series’ of all time.
Carpenter went on to recur on Charmed as the demon Kyra and on Veronica Mars as gold digging stepmother Kendall Casablanacas as well as Greek and, most recently, CW’s Pandora. While working as a series regular on ABC Family’s The Lying Game, Carpenter subsequently served as host and producer of Investigation Discovery’s Surviving Evil, a series featuring survivors who fought back against their attackers. Additional guest starring roles include CSI, Burn Notice, Supernatural, Blue Bloods, Sons of Anarchy, Scream Queens, Chicago, P.D., Lucifer and 9-1-1.
Carpenter has also segued into movies, with a supporting role as Lacey in The Expendables and its sequel, The Expendables 2, as well as roles in over 12 made for television movies for Lifetime, Syfy and more.
Offscreen, Carpenter is the proud founder of MyCon, a platform intended to lift the spirits of socially isolated fans throughout the pandemic by connecting them with their favorite actors. Additionally, she works closely with the Thirst Project, an international water charity bringing safe, clean drinking water to the most vulnerable people around the world, as well as The Ronan Thompson Foundation, which is dedicated to researching pediatric cancer. In addition to her first love, that of a devoted mother, Carpenter spends much of her time working as a philanthropist, political activist and social justice advocate. So passionate about these causes, she recently completed a course on administrative justice.