Andrea Anders (born May 10, 1975) is an American actress, known for her roles as Alex Garrett in the NBC sitcom Joey, Nicole Allen in the CBS sitcom The Class, and Linda Zwordling in the ABC sitcom Better Off Ted.
1993 graduate of DeForest Area High School, in DeForest, Wisconsin. Attended the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, earning a bachelor degree of fine arts in 1997. From there, attended Rutgers University in New Jersey, earning a master of fine arts in 2001. After leaving Rutgers, headed to the New York area to work on her acting career. After 2 years in New York, moved to Los Angeles and worked on some unsuccessful pilots before landing her role on Joey (2004) co-starring Matt LeBlanc and Drea de Matteo.
In 2001, Anders began her career in theatre. She was an understudy for Mary-Louise Parker in the Broadway production of Proof and later played the part of Elaine Robinson in The Graduate. She also appeared in On the Jump at the Arena Stage, New Doors at the Guthrie Theater, and two New York Stage & Film productions: Cold/Tender and New World Rhapsody.
In May 2007, Anders started in the Geffen Playhouse performance of Fat Pig. She played the part of Jeannie, an accountant. Fat Pig closed on July 1, 2007.
Television and film
One of Anders' first appearances on television was a commercial for Dannon that ran in the 1990s and then again around 2006.
She also appeared on an episode of Law And Order "The Fire This Time" (2001) as teenager Emily Hoyt.
Anders is most notable for her work on Joey as lawyer Alex Garrett and on the ensemble situation comedy The Class as Nicole Allen (née Campbell), an ex-football player's wife. She appeared in all episodes of both Joey and The Class. Both shows were shortly canceled.
Anders has also made guest appearances on One Life to Live, Law & Order, Guiding Light, and Tru Calling. She appeared in five episodes of HBO drama series Oz as Donna Degenhart in 2003 and made a minor appearance in the 2004 film The Stepford Wives, playing the part of Heather. Anders also appeared on Numb3rs in 2008.
Anders appeared in two unsuccessful television pilots, Spellbound and News To Me. More recently, Anders appeared on Better Off Ted, a single-camera workplace satirical comedy written by Victor Fresco for ABC.
In 2011, Anders co-starred in the television series Mr. Sunshine alongside creator Matthew Perry.