On television, Emmy Award winning actress Carolyn Hennesy has dazzled as the deliciously vicious “Penelope Ellis” on ABC’s critically acclaimed series REVENGE. She also joined the cast for the fifth season of the sleek vampires-meet-world saga, TRUE BLOOD, and fast become a fan favorite as Rosalyn, the ageless vamp with a Texas twang. Prior to REVENGE and TRUE BLOOD, Hennesy was best known for her memorable work as “Barb” on ABC’s COUGAR TOWN and for her Emmy nominated work as “Diane Miller” on ABC’s GENERAL HOSPITAL. Kids across America also know her as the hilariously haughty Mrs. Chesterfield on Disney Channel’s JESSIE. On the big screen, Hennesy’s credits include CLICK starring Adam Sandler, LEGALLY BLONDE 2 with Reese Witherspoon, and TERMINATOR 3 starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and she stars in the soon to be released horror film, ST. AGATHA. Most recently, she’s starred in TBS online series Business Doing Pleasure, Two Sentence Horror Stories for Time/Warner’s new streaming channel and on The Bay for Amazon Prime in the role of Karen Blackwell…for which she received her Emmy and a 2016 Indie Series Award. Hennesy received her training at the esteemed American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Her razor sharp comedic timing was honed as a member of The Groundling’s Sunday Company and in ACME Theatre’s main company.
Hennesy has appeared in over a hundred stage productions worldwide. Among other accolades, the LA Drama Critics Circle has distinguished her with the Natalie Schafer Award and the LA Stage Alliance has honored her with an Ovation Award. Hennesy’s creative endeavors also include a successful career as a writer. She created the wildly popular “Pandora” (Bloomsbury USA) children’s book series as well as penned the New York Times Bestseller “The Secret Life of Damian Spinelli” (Hyperion). When not on set, Hennesy is privileged to lend her time to a number of causes but she focuses on animal rescue, preservation, conservation and advocacy with her online podcast, “Animal Magnetism” on www.ubnradio.com.
This past January 2nd. Hennesy crossed something off of her relatively short bucket list; she rode on a float (Lucy Pet Foundation) in the Tournament of Roses Parade. Now she simply has to go into space (hard) and fly over Disneyland as Tinkerbell to set of the fireworks (harder) and the bucket list is done. She lives in her native Los Angeles with three dogs and one cat, rescues all, and … in what spare time is left, she flies trapeze.