Shannen Doherty filmography

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Doherty attending the premiere of 90210 in 2008

American actress Shannen Doherty has appeared in numerous television programs and motion pictures. After her television debut in Father Murphy in 1981,[1] she landed her first major role in the dramatic western television series Little House on the Prairie (1982–1983), and reprised her role in its three television specials.[2] Doherty received two Young Artist Award nominations for playing the oldest Witherspoon sibling Kris in the family drama Our House (1986–1988).[3][4] She appeared in four films during the 1980s, including the positively-received, animated film The Secret of NIMH (1982)[5] and the cult classic Heathers (1988).[1] Her breakthrough role was as Brenda Walsh in the teen drama Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990-1994), but she was later dropped from the series because of backstage issues and her negative image as a "bad girl".[6] She starred in television films in the early and mid-1990s, and played Rene Mosier in the romantic comedy Mallrats (1995) in an attempt to rebuild her career.[7][8]

Doherty enjoyed a resurgence in popularity after being cast by producer Aaron Spelling to play Prue Halliwell on the supernatural drama Charmed (1998–2001). The series was their second collaboration following Beverly Hills, 90210.[1] The character was praised by critics and fans, earning a spot as one of the best witches in television history according to a TVLine article,[9] and Doherty took an active role in the show's production, directing three of its episodes. Following disagreements with Spelling and co-star Alyssa Milano, Doherty left the series in its third season.[7][10] Doherty starred in a string of television films, and reunited with Spelling taking a recurring role on the prime-time soap opera North Shore (2004–2005). The following year, she was cast as Denise Johnson in the unaired pilot of the sitcom Love, Inc.,[11][12] but was dropped from the show by producer United Paramount Network (UPN).[13] She reprised her role as Brenda Walsh in the reboot of 90210 (2008–2009), appearing as a special guest star in eight episodes in its first season.[14]

While acting in scripted material, Doherty also participated in five reality television shows, none of which had much success, except Shannen Says (2012), in which she received positive reviews.[15][16] In 2010, Doherty competed in the tenth season of Dancing with the Stars to honor her father who had a stroke in December 2009.[17] Later that year, she also voiced the identical twins Mari and Kari on the animated web series Mari-Kari, and starred in the independent satirical thriller Burning Palms after a nine-year absence from film. In 2012 and 2014, she directed two music videos for the band Radical Something. In 2016, she starred alongside Alec Baldwin, Danny Glover, and Michael Madsen in the sports drama film Back in the Day.


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Title Year Role Notes Ref(s)
The Secret of NIMH 1982 Teresa Brisby (voice)
Night Shift 1982 Bluebird
Girls Just Want to Have Fun 1985 Maggie Malene
Heathers 1988 Heather Duke
Almost Dead 1994 Katherine Roshak
Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult 1994 Herself Cameo
Mallrats 1995 Rene Mosier
Nowhere 1997 Val-Chick 2 Cameo
Striking Poses 1999 Gage Sullivan
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back 2001 Herself Cameo
Burning Palms 2010 Dr. Shelly
Back in the Day 2016 Maria
Bethany 2017 Susan Producer
Undateable John dagger TBA Charlene In post-production
How to Make a Deal with the Devil dagger TBA The Devil Completed
Bukowski dagger TBA Young Katherina Bukowski In post-production
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