Jenna Elfman

Actor Biography

Jenna Elfman began her career as a professional dancer, appearing in music videos by Depeche Mode and Anthrax, and danced on the 1991 Academy Awards live broadcast, choreographed by Debbie Allen. She ultimately transitioned to acting, best known for her role as Dharma in the hit television series Dharma and Greg, for which she garnered a Golden Globe Award, three Emmy Award nominations and two TV Guide Awards.

She recently starred in the film Barry alongside Devon Terrell, Anya Taylor-Joy, Jason Mitchell, Ashley Judd, Ellar Coltrane and Avi Nash. Previously she played Joyce Fisher on NBC's family comedy Growing Up Fisher, with J.K. Simmons, which followed on the heels of 1600 Penn, with Josh Gad, and critically-acclaimed guest appearances on Shameless and the final season of the award-winning drama Damages, with Glenn Close and Rose Byrne. Other notable television credits include a guest appearance on The Mindy Project, as well as appearances on Two and a Half Men, My Name is Earl and Royal Pains.

She appeared in the hit comedy feature film Friends with Benefits, starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis, and her film credits also include Keeping the Faith, opposite Ben Stiller and Edward Norton, the cult classic Can't Hardly Wait, and Ron Howard's Edtv, opposite Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. Elfman can also be seen in the feature film Big Stone Gap, with Patrick Wilson, Ashley Judd, Whoopi Goldberg and Jane Krakowski.

As a classically trained ballerina, Jenna has been invited twice to be a guest judge on the hit dance competition show So You Think You Can Dance. She is also proudly on the board of directors of the Dizzy Feet Foundation (founded by producer Nigel Lythgoe and Adam Shankman), whose mission is to support, improve and increase access to dance education in the United States.

Jenna was born and raised in Los Angeles, where she currently lives with her husband, Bodhi Elfman, and their two young sons. She currently films a video podcast with her husband Bodhi called Kicking and Screaming, in which they humorously discuss their 20+ year marriage together.