Sprague Grayden

Sprague Grayden
Grayden at 24's season 7 finale screening in 2009
Born (1980-07-21) July 21, 1980
Manchester, Massachusetts, U.S.
Alma materBarnard College
Years active1989, 2001–present
Spouse Lex Cassar ​(m. 2013)​

Sprague Grayden (born July 21, 1980) is an American actress. She played schoolteacher Heather Lisinski in the television drama Jericho, Karen Kawalski in John Doe, first daughter Olivia Taylor in the television thriller 24, and Kristi Rey in the films Paranormal Activity 2 and 3.


Grayden was born in Manchester, Massachusetts, to two schoolteachers. Sprague is her mother's maiden name. She had a younger brother, Benjamin Grayden, who died in 1999 due to injuries sustained in a fall. Grayden graduated with a degree in American Studies from Barnard College, where she also performed in the drama department. In January 2013, she announced she had married her 24 co-star Alexis "Lex" Cassar. She gave birth to their son in September 2014. She describes herself as a science fiction geek and likes to collect Pez dispensers. Grayden endorsed Senator Bernie Sanders for president in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.


She was a performing member of the drama department at Barnard College, Columbia University. Her theater credits include productions of Hopscotch: The New York Sex Comedy, Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues, Sam Shepard's Fool for Love, Hamlet, Clifford Odets' Waiting for Lefty, and Ordinary Day. In 2006, she was cast as Heather Lisinski in the cult hit post-apocalypse drama Jericho. She was also cast as Donna Winston in the outlaw biker series Sons of Anarchy. In 2010 Grayden was cast as Kristi Rey in Paranormal Activity 2 and its sequel Paranormal Activity 3, while appearing in archive footage in the fourth film of the series. Grayden's other television credits include guest appearances on Crossing Jordan, One Tree Hill, CSI: NY, Private Practice, CSI: Miami, Criminal Minds, Law & Order: Los Angeles, House M.D., Grey's Anatomy, Just Add Magic, and Major Crimes.

In 2009, USA Today called her "one of TV's most interesting young actresses".

In 2019, Grayden stars in the movie Samir with Ethan Rains, Michelle Lukes, and Peter Greene.



Year Title Role Notes
1989 Dad Annie Tremont (young)
2001 Biohazardous Laura Forman
2006 Mini's First Time Kayla
2008 The Last Lullaby Jules
2009 Wake Marissa
2010 Paranormal Activity 2 Kristi Rey
2011 Paranormal Activity 3 Kristi (adult)
2019 Samir Autumn
2020 Gossamer Folds Frannie
2021 Unknown Dimension: The Story of Paranormal Activity Herself Documentary film


Year Title Role Notes
2002, 2009 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mia Kessler, Pam Galliano Episodes: "Popular", "Liberties"
2002–2003 John Doe Karen Kawalski Main role
2003 Sixteen to Life Julie TV film
2004 Crossing Jordan Clarissa Harrison Episode: "Intruded"
2004–2005 Joan of Arcadia Judith Montgomery Recurring role (season 2)
2004–2005 Six Feet Under Anita Miller Recurring role (seasons 4–5)
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
2005 One Tree Hill Darby Episode: "The Lonesome Road"
Over There Terry Rider Main role
2006 CSI: NY Jennifer Cooper Episode: "Fare Game"
2006–2008 Jericho Heather Lisinski Regular role
2007 Weeds Denise Episodes: "The Dark Time", "Risk", "Protection"
Private Practice Susan McCullough Episode: "In Which Sam Gets Taken for a Ride"
2008 Without a Trace Paula Reiser Episode: "A Dollar and a Dream"
Sons of Anarchy Donna Winston Recurring role (season 1)
2009 CSI: Miami Tonya Rush Episode: "Collateral Damage"
24 Olivia Taylor Recurring role (season 7)
2010 Criminal Minds Meg Collins Episode: "Public Enemy"
Three Rivers Gwen Richards Episode: "Every Breath You Take"
Drop Dead Diva Faye Newland Episode: "A Mother's Secret"
Jimmy Kimmel Live! Kristi Episode: "9.27"
Law & Order: LA Valerie Roberts Episode: "Hondo Field"
2011 House Eva Episode: "Larger Than Life"
Grey's Anatomy Mrs. Gordon Episode: "Unaccompanied Minor"
Prime Suspect Fionna Davey Episode: "A Gorgeous Mosaic"
2012 Touch Laura Davis Episode: "Kite Strings"
Major Crimes Laura Elkins Episode: "Cheaters Never Prosper"
2012–2013 White Collar Ellen (younger) Episodes: "Gloves Off", "Family Business", "In the Wind"
2013 Low Winter Sun Maya Callis Main role
2014 The Following Carrie Cooke Recurring role (season 2)
2015 True Detective Joyce Episode: "Church in Ruins"
2015–2016 Rosewood Dina Katz Episodes: "Aortic Atresia and Art Installations", "Paralytics and Priorities"
2016 Code Black Leslie Garcia Episode: "Love Hurts"
Rush Hour Pam Sanders Episode: "Prisoner of Love"
Pretty Little Liars Dr. Cochran Episode: "Exes and OMGs"
Lethal Weapon Genie Babcock Episode: "Pilot"
NCIS: New Orleans Anne Foreman Episode: "Suspicious Minds"
2018 Just Add Magic Jill / Caroline Recurring role
Kevin (Probably) Saves the World Shea Episode: "Fishtail"
Seven Seconds Alison TV miniseries
The Last Ship Elli Episodes: "Air Drop", "Somos la Sangre"
Station 19 Mary Episode: "Weather the Storm"
Dirty John Tonia Sells Episodes: "Remember It Was Me", "One Shoe"
2019 NCIS: Los Angeles Olivia Baird Episodes: "The Guardian", "False Flag"
The Fix Brianna Dear Episodes: "Jeopardy!", "Making a Murderer"
What Just Happened??! with Fred Savage Sheriff Amy Episode: "Elevator"
2020 Interrogation Det. Carol Young Episodes: "Carol Young & Brian Chen vs Melanie Pruitt", "Ian Lynch & Brian Chen vs Trey Carano"
A Million Little Things Lindsay Saville Episodes: "Change of Plans", "Mothers and Daughters", "'Til Death Do Us Part"


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  4. ^ sprague grayden (January 23, 2013). "So it's prob time to say- I fell off the grid because I got married! To a wonderful wonderful man named Lex Cassar:)" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  5. ^ sprague grayden (September 16, 2014). "My husband & I welcomed a healthy baby boy this week. Thank you to the amazing staff @ #cedar sinai for a safe delivery. We are thrilled😄" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
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  7. ^ Sprague Grayden (April 8, 2016). "Just attended my first @BernieSanders rally. #registertovote #FeelTheBern" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
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