Natasha Henstridge life and biography

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Natasha Henstridge biography

Date of birth : 1974-08-15
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Springdale, Newfoundland, Canada
Nationality : Canadian
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2011-10-13
Credited as : Actress, Model, MTV Movie award

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Henstridge was born in Springdale, Newfoundland and Labrador, the daughter of Helen Henstridge, a homemaker, and Brian Henstridge, a construction manager and business owner. She was raised in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada with her younger brother, Shane.

At the age of 14, Henstridge entered the Casablanca Modeling Agency's "Look of the Year" contest and was chosen first runner-up. The following year, she went to Paris to pursue her modeling ambitions. At 15, she was featured on her first magazine cover, the French edition of Cosmopolitan. Several more magazine covers followed and Henstridge went on to do television commercials for products such as Olay, Old Spice, and Lady Stetson. Her modeling career established, Henstridge moved on to a career in movies.

In her 1995 film debut Species, Henstridge played Sil, a genetically engineered alien/human hybrid created from a message received by SETI, who breaks free from the captivity of a laboratory. Pursued by a team of experts who band together to stop her before she multiplies, Sil embarks on a killing spree while also discovering her powerful instinct to mate. Species was an instant hit, making $113 million (USD) at the box office. Notable for its sexual content, the film won Henstridge the MTV Movie award for "best kiss" for a scene in which her character, while kissing an aggressive would-be suitor, impales his head on her tongue. In 1998, she played Eve, a more ambiguous genetic duplicate of Sil, in Species II, which was a failure at the box office.
Henstridge turned down the role ultimately played by Linda Fiorentino in Men in Black (1997), and she was the first choice for the role of videogame heroine Jill Valentine in Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004) which she had to pull out of due to conflicts with Species III.

Henstridge has played a number of roles on television, for example in Caracara and The Outer Limits. From 2005 to 2006, she had a recurring role on the ABC drama Commander in Chief, which starred Geena Davis as a fictional female U.S. President. She also hosted Mostly True Stories: Urban Legends Revealed on TLC, a show about urban legends. She guest-starred in the South Park first season episode "Tom's Rhinoplasty" as a substitute teacher, and was credited as "the chick from Species".

Henstridge was working on the TV show She Spies, prior to its cancellation. She has also completed a TV movie for the Lifetime channel titled Widow on the Hill. In 2006, she filmed the CTV original mini-series Would Be Kings in Hamilton, Ontario, for which she won a Gemini Award. She also starred in the expansion set to the video game Command and Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars, entitled Kane's Wrath.

In 2008, Henstridge played a role on the ABC show, Eli Stone. She has also been involved with two other productions, joining the cast of Dave Rodriguez's Anytown, an indie drama that examines a racist high school attack and its aftermath. She has also been involved with the production of Should've Been Romeo from American Independent Pictures.

In 2009, Henstridge did a guest spot on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien. During this she demonstrated a Newfoundland custom called "Screeching In" which involved getting O'Brien to drink Newfoundland Screech rum and kiss a large fish.

In 2011, she appeared on the Season 9 finale and Season 10 premiere of CSI: Miami as Renee Locklear. She then starred in the CW TV series The Secret Circle as Dawn Chamberlain.

Henstridge was married to actor Damian Chapa from 1995 to 1996. She has two sons by actor Liam Waite, named Tristan River, born October 1998, and Asher Sky, born September 2001. Henstridge then had a five-year relationship with Scottish singer-songwriter, stage actor, and author Darius Campbell. The two broke off their engagement in early 2010, but changed their mind and got married on Valentine's Day, 2011.

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