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Andrea Bowen
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Bowen in 2009
Columbus, Ohio, United States
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1996–present

Andrea Bowen is an American actress and singer. She began her career appearing on Broadway musicals, including Les Misérables and The Sound of Music. In 2004, she began playing the role of Julie Mayer on the ABC comedy-drama series Desperate Housewives, a role she played on a regular basis until 2008. She later appeared on a recurring basis until the show ended in 2012. Bowen later went on to star in a number of Lifetime television movies.

Life and career

Early life

Bowen is of Welsh, English, and German descent. She is the younger sister of Graham Bowen, Alex Bowen, Cameron Bowen, Jessica Bowen, and Jillian Bowen (who are also actors). Bowen briefly attended the Professional Performing Arts School in New York alongside best friend Sarah Hyland.

She made her Broadway debut in 1996 as Young Cosette/Young Eponine in Les Misérables. At six, she was the youngest actress ever to play the role. From 1996 to 2001 Bowen was a consistent presence on Broadway. She appeared in the original company of the 1998 revival of The Sound of Music as Marta, and created the role of Adele in the musical version of Jane Eyre in 2000. She returned to The Sound of Music in 2006 for the Hollywood Bowl production, this time playing Liesl. Bowen was also a member of The Broadway Kids concert group. Several of Bowen's siblings have also been heavily involved in musical theatre, performing roles in various other Broadway shows.

Desperate Housewives at 2008 GLAAD Awards
Bowen with Desperate Housewives co-stars at 2008 GLAAD Awards

Bowen has also had recurring or guest starring roles on such shows as One Tree Hill (with friend Sophia Bush), Boston Public and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Desperate Housewives

From 2004 to 2012, Bowen portrayed Julie Mayer on Desperate Housewives. Prior to being cast in the role, Bowen did not think she would get it, explaining "they were looking for a 12-year-old brunette ... and I was a 13-year-old blonde." As a result, Bowen was asked to dye her hair for the role. Bowen was initially attracted to the series because of the amount of attention paid to the younger characters. She stated, "If you watch a lot of other television shows, the kids don't have that much [of a] part in it. On this show, the writers give us each our own individual storylines that have a lot of layers to them." For season three, the character's storylines began revolving around themes of teenage rebellion and angst. Bowen commented: "She’s going to have, you know, primarily one love interest, and he’s a bit of a bad boy. We’re going to see if she has a positive effect on him, or if he has a negative effect on her. I’m definitely very excited about it ... because you kind of get to see a different side to her." Her character was written off the series after season four. Teri Hatcher expressed disappointment in the decision, but series creator Marc Cherry promised that Bowen would return to the series. Bowen returned to the series for one episode during season five and rejoined the main cast as a series regular for season six. She appeared once in season seven and returned for a string of episodes in the final season.

In the 2006 film Red Riding Hood, she appears as one of "The Three Ashleys". Also that year, she played the role of Candace in the esoteric adventure film Eye of the Dolphin. She also starred in the Lifetime Original film Girl, Positive, an experience that allowed her to help spread the message among youth that "HIV is something you can protect yourself from."

Later years

After leaving Desperate Housewives, Bowen guest starred on The Closer, Ghost Whisperer, Hawaii Five-0 and Scandal. She found work playing leading roles in a number of television movies for Lifetime and Hallmark. Her films include After the Fall (2010), The Preacher's Daughter (2013), Zoe Gone (2014), Under Fire (2016), Pretty Little Addict (2016) and A Family for the Holidays (2017). In 2013, she went to star in a teen comedy film G.B.F..



Year Title Role Notes
1996 New York Crossing Child Television film
1997 Highball Witch, Fairy
2004 Luckey's Quarter Patsy Short film
2004 Party Wagon Billie Bartley / Manifest Destiny (voice) Television film
2006 Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Moogle Girl (voice) English version
2006 Bambi II Faline (voice) Direct-to-video
2006 Red Riding Hood Ashley #2
2006 Eye of the Dolphin Candace
2007 Girl, Positive Rachel Sandler Television film
2010 After the Fall Jenna Danville Television film
2012 Twinkle Toes Pretty Tall (voice) Direct-to-video
2012 Divorce Invitation Melanie
2013 The Preacher's Daughter Hannah White Television film
2013 G.B.F. 'Shley
2013 Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Voice artist
2013 Stoker Voice artist
2014 Zoe Gone Tammy Roberts
2016 Who Killed My Husband? Sophie Howell Television film
2016 Pretty Little Addict Jennifer Philips Television film
2017 Jonny's Sweet Revenge Nikki
2017 A Winter Wedding Hailey Reynolds
2020 Psycho Sister-In-Law Haley Downes Television film


Year Title Role Notes
1996–1997 Law & Order Rankin Toddler, Bess 2 episodes
2001 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Sophie Douglas Episode: "Countdown"
2001 Third Watch Rachel Episode: "Adam 55-3"
2002 Arliss Ginny Episode: "In with the News"
2002 That Was Then Zooey Glass 7 episodes
2003 Boston Public Riley Ellis 3 episodes
2003 One Tree Hill Stella Episode: "With Arms Outstretched" (deleted scenes only)
2003 Strong Medicine Sara Buck Episode: "Seize the Day"
2004–2012 Desperate Housewives Julie Mayer Main Role (Season 1-4)
Recurring Role (Season 5-8); 95 episodes
2006–2007, 2009 King of the Hill Sandy, Teen Girl (voice) 3 episodes
2005 Without a Trace Becky Grolnick Episode: "A Day in the Life"
2008 The Closer Michelle Clark Episode: "Cherry Bomb"
2009 Ghost Whisperer Rebecca Kelly Episode: "Greek Tragedy"
2010 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Talia al Ghul (voice) Episode: "Sidekicks Assemble!"
2011 Hawaii Five-0 Amy / Pauline Lucero Episode: "Ho'ohuli Na'au"
2012 The Secret Life of the American Teenager Jackie Episode: "Allies"
2013 Scandal Maybell Doyle Episode: "Snake in the Garden"
2021 Station 19 Amy Episode: "All I Want for Christmas Is You"

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2000 The Longest Journey Young April, Alatien Child English version
2003 The Cat in the Hat Sally
2008 Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Aerith Gainsborough English version
2011 Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy Aerith Gainsborough English version
2016 Final Fantasy Explorers Aerith Gainsborough English version, Archived audio
2019 Mobius Final Fantasy Aerith Gainsborough English version
2020 Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind Aerith Gainsborough English version


  • The Night of the Hunter, concept album
  • The Sound of Music original Broadway revival cast recording, 1998
  • Jane Eyre original Broadway cast recording, 2001
  • Sugar Beats
  • The Broadway Kids
  • Preachers Daughter (2011)


Bowen has 3 wins and 4 nominations

See also

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