Lauren Holly (born Lauren Michael Holly, October 28, 1963) is an American actress who played NCIS Director Jennifer Shepard in "NCIS".
She joined NCIS in 2005, playing Director Shepard for three seasons before leaving the show for good following the airing of the fifth season finale episode, Judgment Day Part 2 (episode).
She also played Medical Examiner Dr. Betty Rogers in the Canadian drama series, "Motive" with the show ending on August 30, 2016.
Holly was born in Bristol, Pennsylvania.
Her father, Grant Holly is an English Literature professor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges while her mother Michael Ann Holly an eminent art historian who was a professor at the University of Rochester.
Holly was raised in upstate Geneva, New York, and is a 1981 graduate of Geneva High School, where she was a cheerleader.
She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature.