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Sunday, May 14, 2006

Andrea Bowen as Julie Mayer

Andrea Bowen began her life as a professional performer on Broadway in New York at the age of six, playing Young Cosette in Les Mis�rables, the youngest Cosette in the show's 16-year run. She went on to originate the role of Marta Von Trapp in the Original Cast of the Broadway revival of The Sound of Music with Richard Chamberlain, and the role of Adele in the Broadway musical production of Jane Eyre. While performing on Broadway, she also began to guest star on such New York-based TV shows as Law & Order and Third Watch, and in the films New York Crossing and Highball. Now living in Los Angeles, Andrea just started the second season of the ABC hit series Desperate Housewives, in which she plays Julie Mayer, daughter of Susan Mayer, played by Teri Hatcher. This spring Bowen won a SAG Actor Award for "Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series." Prior to being cast in Desperate Housewives, Andrea played the role of Zooey Glass in the ABC primetime series, That Was Then. She also played 12-year-old genius Riley Ellis in a recurring role on Fox's Boston Public, and has had numerous guest star appearances on other shows in a wide variety of roles, ranging from an altruistic, cystic fibrosis patient on Strong Medicine to an ill-tempered and foul mouthed foster child on One Tree Hill, from the bratty child of a sports star on Arli$$ to a shy, suicidal teenager on Nip/Tuck. Andrea has also found success as a voiceover artist, lending her vocal talents to many projects, including the film The Ice Age and two recently completed animated pilots for the Cartoon Network, Party Wagon and Ben-10. As a recording artist, she can be heard on the original-cast albums of "Jane Eyre, the Musical" and "The Sound of Music," "'98 Broadway Revival," as well as "Night of the Hunter," "Z, the Masked Musical," "Broadway Kids Sing America" and the Sugar Beats discs "Car Tunes" and "Christmas Album." Andrea is the youngest of six siblings, all of whom have found considerable success as performers on Broadway and in film and television. She currently lives with her mom and dad in the Los Angeles area. In addition to acting, she is an accomplished singer and dancer who also enjoys swimming and horseback riding.