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at a book signing, October 2007
Danica Mae McKellar

January 3, 1975 (1975-01-03) (age 46)
Education Bachelor's degree (summa cum laude)
Alma mater UCLA
Occupation Actress, author, education advocate, and director
Years active 1985–present
Spouse(s) Mike Verta (2009–present)

Danica Mae McKellar (born January 3, 1975) is an American actress and mathematician. She is best known for playing Winnie Cooper in The Wonder Years. She also starred in several television movies.

She is also a New York Times bestselling author. She wrote four popular non-fiction books: Math Doesn't Suck, Kiss My Math, Hot X: Algebra Exposed and Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape. The books are meant to encourage middle-school and high-school girls to have confidence and succeed in mathematics.

Personal life

She married composer Mike Verta on March 22, 2009, in La Jolla, California. The couple had dated since 2001. They had their first child on September 7, 2010, a boy they named Draco. McKellar filed for divorce from Verta in June 2012.


Year Title Role Notes
1985 The Twilight Zone Nola Segment: "Her Pilgrim Soul"
1987 The Twilight Zone Deidre Dobbs Episode: "Shelter Skelter"
1988 The Wonder Years Winnie Cooper 88 episodes (1988–1993)
1989 The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! Patty Episode: "Day of the Orphan/King Mario of Cramalot"
1990 Camp Cucamonga Lindsey Scott TV movie
1992 Captain Planet and the Planeteers Lisa (voice) Episode: "A Formula for Hate"
Sidekicks Lauren
1994 Babylon 5 Aria Tensus Episode: "The War Prayer"
Moment of Truth: Cradle of Conspiracy Kristin Guthrie TV movie
Walker, Texas Ranger Laurie Maston Episode: "Stolen Lullaby"
Sirens Allison Trent Episode: "Victims"
1996 Justice for Annie: A Moment of Truth Movie Annie Mills Carman TV movie
1998 The Love Boat: The Next Wave Mary Dutton Episode: "How Long Has This Been Going On?"
Working Jolie Episode: "As Bad as It Gets"
1999 Episode: "She Loves Me Yeah, Yeah, Yeah"
Random Play Daughter Episode: 1.4
2000 Static Shock Freida Goren (voice) 14 episodes (2000–2004)
2001 Good Neighbor Molly Wright
The Division Wendy Episode: "Don't Ask"
XCU: Extreme Close Up Sarah
Speechless... Dana Woodman
Even Stevens Sandrine Episode: "Sibling Rivalry"
2002 Black Hole Rachael
Sex and the Teenage Mind Debbie
Jane White Is Sick & Twisted Tiffany
The Year That Trembled Pam Hatch
Justice League Sapphire Stagg (voice) Episode: "Metamorphosis: Part 1"
Episode: "Metamorphosis: Part 2"
The West Wing Elsie Snuffin 8 episodes (2002–2003)
2004 King of the Hill Sharona (voice) Episode: "My Hair Lady"
Misty (voice) Episode: "Cheer Factor"
Raising Genius Lacy Baldwin
Game Over Elsa / Renee (voice) TV series
Century City Sally Episode: "Without a Tracer"
Intermission Sleepwalker
Quiet Kill Pet Shop Girl
Eve Claudia Episode: "Friend or Foe?"
2005 NCIS Erin Kendall Episode: "Witness"
Jack & Bobby Keirsten Episode: "And Justice for All"
NYPD Blue Rosemary Wyatt Episode: "Moving Day"
Strong Medicine Natalie Pascal Episode: "Feeling No Pain"
Path of Destruction Katherine Stern TV movie
How I Met Your Mother Trudy Episode: "The Pineapple Incident"
2006 Cyberchase Wanda Episode: "Designing Mr. Perfect"
Bongee Bear and the Kingdom of Rhythm Brittany (The Flower Shop Lady)
Inspector Mom Maddie Monroe 10 episodes (2006–2007) + TV movie
2007 Inspector Mom: Kidnapped in Ten Easy Steps Maddie Monroe TV movie
Random! Cartoons Katerina "Kat" Metropoulos (voice) Episode: "Girls on the Go!"
How I Met Your Mother Trudy Episode: "Third Wheel"
Hack! Emily
2008 Heatstroke Caroline
2009 21 and a Wake-Up Jenny Valentine
2010 The Big Bang Theory Abby Episode: "The Psychic Vortex"
Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra-Doo Madelyn Dinkley (voice) Video
Young Justice Miss Martian/M'Gann M'orzz/Megan Morse Voice
2011 G.I. Joe: Renegades Sister Leah Episode: "Brothers of Light"
2011-2012 Generator Rex Claire Bowman 4 episodes
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