Shannon Elizabeth Fadal (born September 7, 1973),[2] known professionally as Shannon Elizabeth, is an American actress and former fashion model. Elizabeth is well known for her roles in comedy films such as American Pie, Scary Movie and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. She is also known for her work in horror films such as Thirteen Ghosts, Cursed, and Night of the Demons. She became widely known as a sex symbol for her role in the 1999 comedy film American Pie. She also had a cameo in the film Love Actually and in Catch A Christmas Star where she sings for the first time on camera.

Early life

Born Shannon Elizabeth Fadal, Elizabeth's father is an Arab Christian[3] of Syrian [4] and Lebanese[5] origin and her mother is of German, English and Irish ancestry.[6] She was born in Houston, Texas, and raised in Bellmead, Texas.[8] In high school, she was very much interested in tennis and at one point even considered a professional tennis career. She worked as a model for Ford & Elite models before she began a career in film.[9]


Acting and modeling

Elizabeth appeared in several films and television shows before being cast in 1999's American Pie in the now iconic role of Nadia. It was a major box office success. Elizabeth subsequently appeared in several Hollywood films, including Scary Movie, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and Tomcats. Elizabeth starred in the UPN series Cuts until the show was canceled in May 2006. Cuts and its parent show, One on One, were two of the many shows not to be picked up by The CW. Elizabeth recurred in That '70s Show for a number of episodes.

In 2000 and 2003, she was featured in Maxim.[10] In June 2008 she was Maxim's cover girl. She provided the likeness and voice for Serena St. Germaine in the 2004 video game, James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing.[11] Elizabeth was one of the celebrities on an episode of NBC's Thank God You're Here along with Tom Green, Chelsea Handler, and George Takei. Elizabeth was among the cast of the sixth season of Dancing with the Stars, partnered with Derek Hough. Elizabeth was the seventh star eliminated from the competition. Elizabeth was the host of the comedy/burlesque series "Live Nude Comedy" in 2009. Shannon also featured in Chris Brown's "Next to You" music video as Brown's girlfriend in 2011.


Elizabeth describes poker as her "second career" and has been called "one of the leading celebrity poker players."[12] She visits the Las Vegas Valley up to three times each month to participate in poker games with the top players of the United States. Elizabeth played in the Main Event of the 2005 World Series of Poker under the guidance of Daniel Negreanu, and won a special tournament celebrating the opening of a new poker room at Caesars Palace hotel in January 2006, beating out 83 celebrities and poker professionals to win $55,000.[2]

She has also cashed four times in the World Series of Poker in 2006 and 2007,[14] but again busted out of the Main Event early. In 2007, she advanced to the semi-finals of the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship in a field consisting of the top poker professionals before losing to eventual champion Paul Wasicka. Among the four opponents she defeated were three World Series of Poker multiple bracelet winners: Jeff Madsen, Barry Greenstein, and Humberto Brenes.

Personal life

After the September 11 attacks, Elizabeth recorded a public service announcement in which she said, "I'm half Arabic [sic], but I am 100 percent American. What is going on affects me the same as everyone else."[2]

Elizabeth was married to actor Joseph Reitman from 2002–2005.[2] After being eliminated from Dancing with the Stars in April 2008, Elizabeth began dating Derek Hough, her dancing partner on the show. Their relationship reportedly lasted until August 2009.[2] She is an environmentalist and vegan. Elizabeth has been dating fellow vegan and environmentalist Russell Simmons since early 2014.[2] Elizabeth is the cousin of the TV host and relationship coach Tamsen Fadal.[2]

Charity work

Animal Avengers, a non-profit animal rescue organization founded by Elizabeth and her then-husband Reitman,[9] is dedicated to rescuing and finding a home for homeless pets, reducing pet overpopulation, promoting responsible pet guardianship and preventing animal cruelty. Among the many fundraising events, Team Bodog raised over $50,000 for Animal Avengers in a celebrity poker night on October 8, 2005. The event was hosted by noted tournament director Matt Savage. Over the past year Shannon Elizabeth has participated in numerous other Bodog-sponsored charity events as well.[2]

Elizabeth has served as the spokesperson for Farm Sanctuary's Adopt a Turkey program, urging people to adopt a turkey instead of eating one for Thanksgiving.[2]



1997Jack FrostJill MetznerCredited as Shannon Elizabeth Fadal
1998Blade SquadNurseTV film
1999Seamless: Kidz RuleNicole
1999Dying to LiveVanessa CanninghamTV film
1999American PieNadia
2000Scary MovieBuffy Gilmore
2000Dish DogsAnneShot and completed in 1998, Direct-to-DVD release
2001TomcatsNatalie Parker
2001American Pie 2Nadia
2001Jay and Silent Bob Strike BackJustice
2001Thir13en GhostsKathy Kriticos
2002Survivin' the IslandOffice workerUncredited
2003The Crooked E: The Unshredded Truth About EnronCourtneyTV film
2003Love ActuallyHarriet, the sexy one
2004Johnson Family VacationChrishelle Rene Boudreau
2005CursedBecky MortonCameo
2005Confessions of an American BrideSamTV film
2005The Kid & IShelby Roman
2007The GrandToni
2008You Belong to MeAlex WilsonTV film
2009Night of the DemonsAngela Feld
2011A Novel RomanceAdi Schwartz
2012American ReunionNadiaCameo
2012A Green StoryKelly
2012Golden WinterJessica Richmond
2013In the DarkLindaTV film
2013Catch a Christmas StarNikki CrandonTV film
2014The OutsiderMargo
2015Marshall the Miracle DogCynthia WillenbrockPost-production


1996ArlissAnya SlovachekEpisode: "Crossing the Line"
1996Hang TimeNicole BarrettEpisode: "Green-Eyed Julie"
1997USA HighMelanieEpisode: "Internet Love Story"
1997Step by StepCindiEpisode: "Can't Buy Me Love"
1998Pacific BlueJoEpisode: "Damaged Goods"
1999G vs ECherry ValenceEpisode: "Men Are from Mars, Women Are Evil"
2002Just Shoot Me!KarenEpisode: "About a Boy"
2002Off CentreDawnEpisode: "Addicted to Love"
2002The Twilight ZoneSondra LomaxEpisode: "Dream Lover"
2003–2005That '70s ShowBrooke9 episodes
2004One on OneTiffany SherwoodEpisode: "Splitting Hairs"
2004Punk'dHerselfEpisode: "Carmelo Anthony, Shannon Elizabeth and Jena Malone"
2005–2006CutsTiffany Sherwood31 episodes
2005MADtvHerselfEpisode: "OK Go"
2005King of the HillCandee (Voice)Episode: "Harlottown"
2008Dancing with the StarsHerselfSeason 6 contestant; finished 6th
2009Live Nude ComedyHost6 episodes
2013What Not to WearHerselfEpisode: "Shannon Elizabeth"
2013Melissa & JoeyAnitaEpisode: "The Unfriending"

Video Games

2003James Bond 007: Everything or NothingSerena St. Germaine (voice)
2009Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office BustAmy Loveheart (voice)