Julia Benson

Julia Benson
Julia Benson at 2011 Wizard World Chicago.jpg
Julia Benson at 2011 Wizard World Chicago
Born (1979-06-29) 29 June 1979 (age 39)
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada [1]
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Actress
Years active 2003–present
Spouse(s) Peter Benson[2]
Children 1 (born 2013)
Website www.juliabenson.net

Julia Benson (born Julia Anderson; 26 June 1979) is a Canadian actress. She played the character Vanessa James in the science fiction series Stargate Universe.

Early life

Benson trained as a ballet, tap, jazz dancer since age six.[3] She graduated from the University of British Columbia (Vancouver) in 2001 with a degree in theatre and psychology. She trained as an actress at David Mamet's Atlantic Theater Company in New York City.[2]


Benson played the role of Anna in the 2007 film Road to Victory about a stripper who falls in love with a football player who is unable to sexually perform due to an injury. She trained with a dancer from Brandi's strip club in Vancouver, British Columbia.[3]

From 2009 to 2011, Benson appeared as 2nd Lt. Vanessa James in both seasons of TV science fiction series Stargate Universe. Her performance in the show's first season episode "Pain" earned her a 2010 Leo award as "Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series".[4]



Year Title Role Notes
2005 Crazy Late Sarah Jones Short film
2007 Road to Victory Anna
2007 Zero Hour Allie
2007 Numb Sara's Girlfriend
2008 Blonde and Blonder Last Dancer in Line
2008 Robin, Chuck, and Shirley Shirley Sutherland Short film
2009 Scott's Lands Melissa Short film
2009 Everything's Coming Up Rosie Catherine Short film
2012 Now and Forever Lucy Redd Short film, completed
2012 Death Do Us Part Kennedy Post-production
2013 Kid Cannabis Julie Morgan Post-production
2013 Leap 4 Your Life Julianna Post-production
2013 That Burning Feeling Joyce Filming
2014 Death Do Us Part Kennedy Jamieson Producer, Writer
2014 What an Idiot Jackie Post-production
2015 Dead Rising: Watchtower Amy
2016 Interrogation Sara Ward
2017 My Little Pony: The Movie Additional voices
2018 To All the Boys I've Loved Before Ms. Kavinsky
TBA The Ferret Squad Marcie In production


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Tru Calling Tara Episode: "Past Tense"
2005 The Dead Zone Crying Girl Episode: "The Collector"
2006 The Evidence Sadie McAbee Episode: "Stringers"
2006 Stargate Atlantis Willa Episode: "Irresistible"
2007 Masters of Horror Abbey Addison Episode: "Right to Die"
2007 My Neighbor's Keeper Mom TV film
2007 Reaper Gloria Episode: "All Mine"
2007 Supernatural Woman at Bar Episode: "Sin City"
2007 Whistler James Episode: "Passion Plays"
2007 Aliens in America Clerk Episode: "Church"
2008 Past Lies Sarah TV film
2008 The Unquiet Christina TV film
2008 Smallville Nurse Episode: "Arctic"
2009 Mr. Troop Mom CC Turner TV film
2009 Harper's Island Officer Tyra Coulter Episode: "Snap"
2009 SGU Stargate Universe Kino Vanessa James Episode: "Covered Kino"
2009–11 Stargate Universe Lt. Vanessa James Recurring role (36 episodes)
2010 The Ex-Convict's Guide Shirley Sutherland Episodes: "Be Gracious", "Respect the Rules of the House", "Do Not Convert Your Host's Possessions - Into Weapons",
"Remember to Bid Your Host a Gracious Farewell!"
2010 Lying to Be Perfect Joy TV film (Lifetime)
2010–11 SGU Stargate Universe Kino Vanessa James Episodes: "Wait for It", "Favorite Meal of All Time", "One Long Endless Night", "All the Stages"
2011 Shattered Hostess Episode: "Unaired Pilot"
2011 Hiccups Penelope Episode: "Welcome Back Potter"
2011 R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour Mom Episodes: "Brush with Madness", "Sick"
2011 Earth's Final Hours Chloe Edwards TV film
2012 Mr. Young Bianca Boyd Episode: "Mr. Sci-Fi"
2013 Chupacabra vs. the Alamo Tracy TV film (Syfy)
2014-15 Cedar Cove Jeri Drake Episodes: "Trials and Tribulations", "One Day at a Time", "Point of No Return", "Secrets and Lies", "Stand and Deliver", "Resolutions and Revelations", "Hello Again", "A Helping Hand", "Civil War", "Batter Up", "Runaway", "The Good Fight"
2017 A Bramble House Christmas Molly Television film (Hallmark)
2018 Marrying Father Christmas Ellie Whitcomb Television film (Hallmark Movies and Mysteries)
2019 The Order Professor Robin Benson 3 episodes


  1. ^ "24H : Health : Julia Benson toughens up to get into character" (PDF). Official Website of Actress Julia Benson. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Julia Benson Biography". Official Website of Actress Julia Benson. 2018. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  3. ^ a b Jamie Steinberg. "Julia Anderson on The Road to Victory". Starrymag.com. Retrieved 13 December 2009.
  4. ^ "Leo Awards 2010 Winners by Name". Leo Awards. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 1 November 2010.

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