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Name: Alison Elizabeth Larter                                                         
Born: 28 February 1976 Cherry Hill, New Jersey, U.S.A.                               
Alison Elizabeth "Ali" Larter (born February 28, 1976) is a Saturn Awards-nominated   
American actress and former fashion model best known for her screen roles aimed       
at teenage audiences. Larter is currently starring on the hit television series       
Heroes. She has also had roles in successful Hollywood films including, Varsity       
Blues (1999), House on Haunted Hill (1999), Final Destination (2000), Legally         
Blonde (2001), and most recently Resident Evil: Extinction (2007).                   
In November 1996, Larter portrayed the hoax model Allegra Coleman in Esquire         
magazine. The article published in the magazine told of the fictional model's         
relationship with David Schwimmer, how Quentin Tarantino broke up with Mira           
Sorvino to date her, and Woody Allen's overhaul of a film to have her star. Even     
after the hoax had been revealed, its effects lingered, and various talent           
agencies sought to represent the non-existent Coleman.                               
Larter landed her first professional roles in 1997, in which she appeared for         
one episode in the Brooke Shields' television series, Suddenly Susan, and the         
short lived television series Chicago Sons. The roles were followed by a number       
of other appearances on Dawson's Creek with James Van Der Beek, Chicago Hope and     
Just Shoot Me!                                                                       
In 1999, Larter began her film career with an appearance in Varsity Blues which       
re-united her with Dawson's Creek star Van Der Beek, and close friend Amy Smart.     
Varsity Blues drew a domestic box office gross of $53 million, making Larter's       
first film a commercial success. Afterwards, Larter appeared in teen comedies,       
Giving It Up and Drive Me Crazy. That year as well, Larter starred in the horror     
remake House on Haunted Hill. Made for around $20 million, the movie was panned       
by the critics but grossed $15 million on its opening weekend and went on to         
earn over $40 million.                                                               
In 2000, Larter starred in the teenage audience aimed horror film Final               
Destination as the "final girl" Clear Rivers. The following year in 2001, she         
appeared in the comedy Legally Blonde with Reese Witherspoon, western American       
Outlaws with Colin Farrell and the Kevin Smith film Jay and Silent Bob Strike         
Back. That year as well, Larter performed in the stage play The Vagina               
Monologues in New York City. The next year in 2002, Larter was ranked #40 in         
Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women in the World". In 2003, Larter reprised her       
role as Clear Rivers in the sequel to Final Destination, Final Destination 2. In     
2005, Larter appeared in the independent film Confess and the romantic comedy A       
Lot Like Love alongside Amanda Peet and Ashton Kutcher.                               
2006 saw Larter in the biographical film Crazy based on guitarist Hank Garland.       
As of September 2006, Larter has been portraying Niki Sanders on the NBC Emmy         
Award-nominated science fiction drama television series Heroes, created by           
Tim Kring. The show includes an ensemble cast including Hayden Panettiere, Milo       
Ventimiglia, Leonard Roberts, Masi Oka and Greg Grunberg. Larter's character         
Niki Sanders, who is a wife and mother, is a former internet stripper from Las       
Vegas who exhibits superhuman strength and an alternate personality who goes by       
the name of Jessica. After completing half its first season, Heroes had already       
collected an assortment of honors and accolades, and Larter had been nominated       
for "Best Supporting Actress" for the 33rd Saturn Awards.                             
In 2007, Larter starred in the Bollywood Marigold as the title character along       
side Salman Khan, which was released in August. She also joined the cast of the       
popular film franchise Resident Evil: Extinction portraying the character Claire     
Redfield in the horror film with Milla Jovovich. Her role sent her to Mexicali,       
Mexico for filming from May to late July in which she also dyed her hair a light     
red for the film. Larter explains on her character Claire, "She became the           
leader of this convoy. She's incredibly strong, patient. I think she serves a         
role for everyone within this convoy, let it be a mother to someone, a buddy, a       
best friend." Larter also attended the 2007 Comic Con International, her             
second appearance at the event, to promote the film, which was released in           
theaters on September 21, 2007. This year as well, she will appear in the comedy     
Homo Erectus. Larter was also featured as #6 in Maxim's Hot 100 for 2007.             
In an interview for Resident Evil: Extinction, Larter had expressed interest in       
producing films in the future, saying, "I definitely have many ideas and             
different avenues that I want to take as my career goes on."                         
Larter has been revealed to be part of the cast of When Angels Fall, a film           
where 7 demons, each representing one of the deadly sins, are unleashed upon the     
world and enact their biblical vengeance for being banished to a prison-like         
dimension, it has been revealed that she will play Lustacia, the queen of lust       
and seduction.