Shannen Doherty is an American actor and director. Doherty portrays Brenda Walsh on FOX teen soap Beverly Hills, 90210.


Although Doherty attained teen-idol status in 1990 with her portrayal of Midwestern transplant Brenda Walsh on Beverly Hills, 90210[1] [2], the 19-year-old was already a show-business veteran, having spent the prior decade appearing on TV series such as Little House on the Prairie and popular films including the cult flick Heathers. Doherty left 90210 in 1994 and went on to star in 1995 Kevin Smith comedy Mallrats.

In 1998 Doherty re-teamed with Beverly Hills, 90210 executive producer Aaron Spelling for the TV series Charmed, playing a family orientated, responsible modern-day witch. Following her exit from that series in 2001, Doherty branched out into reality TV, hosting series including Scare Tactics and Breaking Up With Shannen Doherty. In 2008, the actress reprised her role as Brenda Walsh on the reinvented 90210. Doherty is currently filming the 2018 TV Land series Heathers, based on the 1988 film in which Doherty originally starred.[3]


  • Writer/producer on Seasons 3–7 of Beverly Hills, 90210, Larry Mollin, lamented in a 2010 interview the departure of Shannen Doherty, saying that the writers loved Shannen. [4]
  • Film debut in 1982 voicing Teresa in the animated adventure The Secrets of NIMH.
  • Was cast as Jenny Wilder on Little House on the Prairie by Michael Landon after he saw her performance in Father Murphy.
  • Appeared in the Slaughter music video "Real Love."
  • Was featured in Playboy magazine in 1993 and as the cover girl in December 2003.
  • Lent her voice to the Web series Mari-Kari (2010), playing the dual parts of a girl and her evil twin.



italics denote projects currently in production
2018 Heathers Heather Duke
2017 Bethany Susan
2013 Bukowski Katharina Bukowski
2010 Mari-Kari Mari-Kari
1998–2001 Charmed Prue Halliwell
1995 Mallrats Rene Mosier
1990–1994 Beverly Hills, 90210 Brenda Walsh/Wendy Edwards
1988 Heathers Heather Duke

Notes and references

  1. 12 things you never knew about 'Beverly Hills, 90210' (October 2015)
  2. How Former Teen Idols Are Getting Second Lives on YA Shows Like ‘Riverdale’ and ‘13 Reasons Why’ (April 2017)
  3. Shannen Doherty Instagram Post (August 2017)
  4. Exclusive: Beverly Hills 90210 Producer Talks College Years, Slams New 90210 (January 2010)

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