• Christina Pickles is an actress born in Halifax, Yorkshire, England in 193•
• She has appeared in over 90 movies and TV series and is known for her role in St. Elsewhere, Friends and Romeo + Juliet.
• She is still active in the industry and recently was cast to portray Hannah in the upcoming drama “Finding Hannah”.
• She has been nominated for 5 Primetime Emmy Awards and won one in 2018.
• As of September 2020, her net worth is estimated to be over $12 million.

Known for movies

Short Info

SpouseIan Masters, Victor Lobl
FactShe was awarded the 1985 Drama Logue Award for Outstanding Performance for "Undiscovered Country" at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

Who is Christina Pickles, and what is she doing now?

Christina Pickles was born in Halifax, Yorkshire, England, on 17 February 1935 – her zodiac sign is Aquarius, and she holds both British and American nationality – she became an American citizen in 1989. She is an actress who is perhaps still best known for her portrayal of Nurse Helen Rosenthal in the comedy drama series “St. Elsewhere” which starred Ed Begley Jr., Howi Mandel and David Morse, and which follows the lives of people working at the St. Eligius Hospital in Boston – the series was a huge success, as it won 25 awards while it was nominated for 83 others including five Golden Globes during its airing from 1982 to 1988.

There are rumors circulating the internet about how Christina has retired from acting, however, she is still quite active, and has recently been cast to portray Hannah in the upcoming drama “Finding Hannah”.

Childhood and education

Christina was raised alongside her late brother James and her sister Vivian Pickles in Halifax, by their father Arthur Pickles who was The Mayor of Halifax, and their mother Gladys who was a housewife – Christina’s brother was a barrister and circuit judge, who also spent a part of his life working as a newspaper columnist, while Vivian is an actress.

Christina became interested in acting at a very early age, and was 15 when she enrolled at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) at which she practiced acting together with the future famous actors Peter O’ Toole and Albert Finney.

Christina matriculated in 1953, and then moved in with her friend Donald Moffat and his wife in New York City, while spending most of her free time auditioning for roles in both movies and TV series.

Roles in movies

Christina has been credited with appearing in over 90 movies and TV series, and we will mention some of her most notable performances in this article.

She gained recognition in 1974, when she played the supporting character Nicole Blackstone in Oliver Stone’s comedy horror movie “Seizure”, and four year later she played the lead character Eve in the comedy “Rush It” starring Judith Kahan and Tom Berenger, and which received mixed reviews. Christina went on to appear in the Christmas drama “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear” in 1984, the science fiction fantasy action movie “Masters of the Universe” in 1987 and the drama “The Hijacking of the Achille Lauro” in 1989.

Christina Pickles

She was praised for her portrayal of Tippy in the comedy movie “Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love” which starred Curtis Armstrong and Julia Montgomery, and is about Dudley who is about to marry the love of his life while her father doesn’t really want her to marry a nerd.

In 1996, Christina played Caroline Montague in the romantic crime tragedy “Romeo + Juliet” based on Shakespeare’s tragedy, and a few of her following roles were in the romantic comedy “The Wedding Singer” which starred Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore in 1998, the drama “Valerie Flake” in 1999, and the thriller “Angels Don’t Sleep Here” in 2002.

The year 2003 saw Christina portray Sol’s Mom in the romantic comedy “Sol Goode”, while she also appeared as Beatrice Stanhope in the Disney’s film “George of the Jungle 2”.

Three of her most recent notable performances in movies have been in the 2008 Hungarian-American adult animated movie “Immigrants” in which she voiced Harriet, the political science fiction drama “Atlas Shrugged: Part I” playing Mother Rearden in 2011, and the short drama “Wild & Precious” which saw her star as Bea in 2014.

Roles in TV series

Christina’s first notable performance in a TV series was in 1977 when she was invited to play one of the lead characters Countess Elena DePulignac in the romantic drama “Another World” which also starred Victoria Wyndham and Constance Ford and which won 43 awards and was nominated for 176 others including one Primetime Emmy during its airing from 1964 to 1999.

After her initial success, Christina was invited to guest star in single episodes of several series, such as the drama “The White Shadow” in 1981, another drama “Lou Grant” in 1982, and the sitcom “Roseanne” in 1988.

She was praised for her portrayal of Cissy MacIntyre in the sitcom “The People Next Door” in 1989 which starred Jeffrey Jones and Mary Gross, and is about a cartoonist who becomes famous and able to buy the things he has always dreamed of.

The following years saw Christina appear in several critically acclaimed series such as the police procedural crime drama “In the Heat of the Night” in 1991, the mystery legal drama “Matlock” in 1992, and the family drama “Sisters” in 1994. Many people still remember Christina for her portrayal of Judi Geller in the sitcom “Friends” – she appeared in 19 episodes between 1994 and 2003. In 1999, she was cast to play Elizabeth Parker, one of the lead characters in the comedy drama “Get Real”, which starred Jon Tenney and Debrah Farentino, and is about two parents going through a mid-life crisis while raising their teenage children.

Three of Christina’s most recent notable performances in TV series have been in the sitcom “Animal Practice” in 2013, another sitcom “Great News” and the comedy series “9JKL” both in 2017.


Between 1983 and 1988, Christina was nominated for five Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her performance in “St. Elsewhere”, and in 1995, she was nominated for another Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance in “Friends”.

In 2018, Christina won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series for “Break a Hip”.

Love life and husband

Christina met her first future husband Victor Lobl several years after she moved to New York City, and they dated for five years before marrying in a private ceremony attended by their closest friends and family in 1962.

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Victor is a film director who is known for his works on the series “American Playhouse” in 1980, “V” in 1984, and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” in 1993. Christina gave birth to their children Oliver and Rebecca, but after 23 years of being together, the two quietly divorced in 1985.

Not long afterwards, she began dating Herbert Edelman who was an American actor and a comedian, and they remained together until Herb died in 1996. In 2005, Christina exchanged vows with the American author and documentary filmmaker Ian Masters, and they have since been leading a seemingly happy life together, and there are no rumors nor controversies surrounding their marriage.

As of September 2020, Christina is married to her second husband and has two children.

Hobbies and other interests

Christina enjoys spending her free time in her garden, eating grapes and drinking red wine.

She likes to read books, and although she liked deep and psychological books in the past, she today prefers to read some easier material such as romance and comedy – “The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden” by Jonas Jonasson and “I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman” by Nora Ephron.

She has travelled all around the world since the launch of her acting career, and two of her dream travel destinations are Melbourne in Australia and Venice in Italy.

Some of her personal favorite actors and actresses are Will Smith, Emma Watson and Julia Roberts, while a few of her favorite movies include “Seven Pounds”, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” and “The Runaway Bride”.

Net worth

Christina’s age is 85. She has brown hair which she has dyed gray, and her eyes are blue; she is 5ft 6ins (1.67m) tall and weighs around 128lbs (58kgs).

As of September 2020, Christina’s net worth has been estimated at over $12 million.

General Info

Full NameChristina Pickles
ProfessionVoice Actor
EducationRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art


SpouseIan Masters, Victor Lobl
ChildrenRebecca Lobl, Oliver Lobl
ParentsArthur Pickles, Gladys Pickles
SiblingsVivian Pickles, James Pickles


NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress - Comedy Series
MoviesLegends of the Fall, Masters of the Universe, The Wedding Singer, George of the Jungle 2, Romeo + Juliet, Sol Goode, Grace of My Heart, Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love, The Land Before Time V: The Mysterious Island, The Family Holiday, Atlas Shrugged: Part I, Angels Don't Sleep Here, Immigran...
TV ShowsFriends, Get Real, Another World, Veronica Clare, St. Elsewhere, The People Next Door

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1She was awarded the 1988 Drama Logue Award for Outstanding Performance for "Darlinghissima," in a Sundays at the Itchey Foot production at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
2She was awarded the 1985 Drama Logue Award for Outstanding Performance for "Undiscovered Country" at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
3Sister of Judge James Pickles.
4Christina attended Crossley and Porter School in Halifax, Yorkshire.
5Sister of actress Vivian Pickles.
6Aunt of actor Harry Gostelow.
7Attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London with Albert Finney and Peter O'Toole as classmates.
8Niece of actor Wilfred Pickles.
9Auditioned for the role of Dr. Katharine Pulaski on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987).
10Naturalized U.S. citizen.
11Broadway stage actress born in Britain who has played everything from Ibsen and Chekhov to Pirandello and Moliere in New York during the 60s. Turned to TV soaps and guest comedy roles in the mid-70s.
12Best known for her sly, subtle digs as Elliott Gould's wife in a recurring role on the classic sitcom "Friends," the politely disapproving mother of Courteney Cox Arquette and David Schwimmer.
13She has a son, Oliver, and a daughter, Rebecca.




Doubt2017TV Series filmingGail Meyers
Bella and the Bulldogs2016TV SeriesDoris Mekkena
Pilot2016/IITV MovieAstrid Monroe
Break a Hip2015TV SeriesBiz
Rush2014TV SeriesMrs. Atchison
Growing Up Fisher2014TV SeriesDr. La Croix
Wild & Precious2014ShortBea
Live at the Foxes Den2013Mrs. Ducksworth
Animal Practice2013TV SeriesSabrina French
Childrens Hospital2012TV SeriesGlenn's Mom
How I Met Your Mother2009-2011TV SeriesRita
Friends with Benefits2011TV SeriesHazel
Atlas Shrugged: Part I2011Mother Rearden
Retired at 352011TV SeriesJudy
Flower Girl2009TV MovieEvangeline Walker
Privileged2009TV SeriesMrs. Bennington
Immigrants (L.A. Dolce Vita)2008Harriet (English version, voice)
The Family Holiday2007VideoMrs. Pendergast
Conan2007Video GameNarrator (voice)
Medium2006TV SeriesMrs. Walker
Tim Robbins: The Punk Gets Responsible2006Video short
Friends: The One with All the Trivia2005Video Game voice
Father of the Pride2004TV SeriesBarbara Walters
The Division2004TV SeriesFlorence Hayes
Kat Plus One2004TV MovieGloria
Friends1994-2003TV SeriesJudy Geller
George of the Jungle 22003VideoBeatrice Stanhope
Sol Goode2003Sol's Mom
Dragnet2003TV SeriesHelena Rosemont
Spellbound2003TV Movie
As Told by Ginger2002TV SeriesCarl's Art Teacher
Angels Don't Sleep Here2002Angela Porter
Julius and Friends: Yeti, Set, Go2002ShortNarrator
Tucker2000TV SeriesTucker's Grandmother
JAG1998-2000TV SeriesTrish Burnett
The Wild Thornberrys2000TV SeriesMali
Get Real1999-2000TV SeriesElizabeth Parker
Poseidon's Fury: Escape from the Lost City1999ShortGoddess, Guardian of the Temple (2001-)
Valerie Flake1999Meg Darnell
The Wonderful World of Disney1998TV SeriesMim Sanburne
Party of Five1998TV SeriesBarbara
Monday After the Miracle1998TV MovieKate Keller
Silk Stalkings1996-1998TV SeriesEvelyn St John Evelyn St. John
The Wedding Singer1998Angie Sullivan
The Pretender1998TV SeriesJarod's Employer
The Land Before Time V: The Mysterious Island1997VideoElsie (voice)
Weapons of Mass Distraction1997TV MovieMrs. Frieda Messinger
Touched by an Angel1997TV SeriesStephanie Hancock
No Easy Way1996Mrs. Livingston
Romeo + Juliet1996Caroline Montague
Grace of My Heart1996Mrs. Buxton
Diagnosis Murder1996TV SeriesBea Michaels
Murder, She Wrote1995TV SeriesSusan McGregor
The Nanny1995TV SeriesNurse
Cybill1995TV SeriesBetty
Legends of the Fall1994Isabel Ludlow
Sisters1994TV SeriesDidi Poncell
Love & War1994TV SeriesMrs. Tynan
Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love1994TV MovieTippy
Room for Two1993TV Series
A Twist of the Knife1993TV MovieMarilyn Cabot
Nightmare in the Daylight1992TV MovieSarah Jenner
Matlock1992TV SeriesDiana Huntington
Laurie Hill1992TV SeriesMary
Veronica Clare1991TV SeriesKelsey Horne
In the Heat of the Night1991TV SeriesDr. Lureen Allcott
Mancuso, FBI1990TV Series
The Hijacking of the Achille Lauro1989TV MovieCharlotte
The People Next Door1989TV SeriesCissy MacIntyre
Tales from the Hollywood Hills: Golden Land1988TV MovieIrene
Who's the Boss?1988TV SeriesLaura
Family Ties1988TV SeriesRuth Hobart
Roseanne1988TV SeriesPerfume Counter Saleswoman
St. Elsewhere1982-1988TV SeriesNurse Helen Rosenthal
Masters of the Universe1987Sorceress of Castle Grayskull
Space1985TV Mini-SeriesMrs. McKellar
It Came Upon the Midnight Clear1984TV MovieChris
Lou Grant1982TV SeriesElsa
The White Shadow1981TV SeriesTeacher
Another World1977-1979TV SeriesCountess Elena dePoulignac
Rush It1978Eve
The Andros Targets1977TV SeriesMrs. Fuller
Seizure1974Nicole Blackstone
Guiding Light1970-1972TV SeriesLinell Conway


Break a Hip2015TV Series producer - 16 episodes


Home & Family2015TV SeriesHerself
Pioneers of Television2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
Friends: Friends from the Start2012Video documentary shortHerself
Whatever Happened To?2009TV SeriesHerself
St. Elsewhere: The Place to Be2006Video shortHerself
George of the Jungle 2: Behind the Trees2003Video shortHerself
Robert F Kennedy Medical Foundation2002Video documentary shortHerself - Narrator
The Living Edens2000TV Series documentaryNarrator
The 40th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1988TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Hour Magazine1987TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1987TV SeriesHerself
The 39th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1987TV SpecialHerself - Nominee
The New Hollywood Squares1987TV SeriesGuest Appearance
The 38th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1986TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Outstanding Supporitng Actress in Drama Series
Star's Table1986TV SeriesHerself
The 37th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1985TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour1984TV SeriesHerself
The 35th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1983TV SpecialHerself - Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
The 9th Annual People's Choice Awards1983TV SpecialHerself - Accepting Award for Favourite New Television Dramatic Program

Archive Footage

Tvist2005TV SeriesNurse Helen Rosenthal
Friends: The One Before the Last One - Ten Years of Friends2004TV MovieJudy Geller (uncredited)
Friends1998-2001TV SeriesJudy Geller


Nominated Awards

1995Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy SeriesFriends (1994)
1988Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesSt. Elsewhere (1982)
1987Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesSt. Elsewhere (1982)
1986Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesSt. Elsewhere (1982)
1985Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesSt. Elsewhere (1982)
1983Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesSt. Elsewhere (1982)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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