Born in Reading, Pennsylvania. Jillian Leigh Murray left at 15 and moved to Tucson, Arizona, where she began her professional career with independent films. She completed high school in Tucson and immediately headed to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career. Her credits include roles in An American Carol alongside Kelsey Grammer and Dennis Hopper and Cougar Hunting with Lara Flynn Boyle. She has also starred in such cult horror films as The Graves, erotic thrillers like Wild Things 4 and the action film Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown (2011) with Michael Jai White. This film is where she met her longtime boyfriend Dean Geyer.
Known for her recurring roles as Portlyn on the Disney Channel’s Sonny With a Chance, Olivia on MTV’s Awkward, She currently plays Dr. Heather Pinkney on the CBS medical drama Code Black.
Murray’s face and body were used as the model for the character of Liara T’soni in the Mass Effect franchise of video games. She recently appeared in the premier episode of the 2011 revival of the reality series Fear Factor (where she came in second place and lost the first place title because her partner fell).
A few years ago, Murray starred alongside Danny Trejo and Ron Perlman in the action film Bad Ass, and was cast in the horror film Cabin Fever: Patient Zero. She also produced her first film, Visible Scars, and starred in the film alongside Tom Sizemore. In 2015, Murray was cast in the recurring role of Dr. Heather Pinkney on CBS‘s Code Black; in summer 2016 she was promoted to series regular for the second season of Code Black.
Some things you may not know about Jillian Murray:
Jillian has a teacup Yorkshire terrier named Bijou.
She is fluent in American Sign Language.
Is a champion chess player.
Automobile enthusiast and used to spend time racing at the drag strip. And also knows how to ride a motorcycle. Used to ride a Kawasaki ninja sport bike.
Mother’s family is Scottish and fathers family is Irish.
Was a stunt person in a live western stunt show.
On the set of The Graves (2009) her fist accidentally went through a glass door mid scene. She continued the scene drenched in blood. In the final cut of the film you can still see the glass wedged in her finger.
Went to the same high school in Wyomissing, PA, as Taylor Swift.
Is in a relationship with actor Dean Geyer from October 2010.
Has a small dog named Lyric.
Follow Jillian Murray at @jillianmurrayofficial