Appleby was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Dina
(née Bouader), an Israeli-born Hebrew school teacher, and
Jerry Appleby, a Jewish-American telecommunications executive.
She and her younger brother, Evan, were raised in Calabasas, in
Los Angeles County. Her mother is of Sephardic Moroccan Jewish background.
In Hebrew, "Shiri" means either "my song" or
simply "sing". She has a scar above her left eyebrow,
resulting from a dog bite when she was young. To get over her fear
of dogs, she went on the show Emergency Vets, accompanying staff
veterinarian Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald (she also overcame another phobia
in the same episode by holding a live snake, one of Fitzgerald's
patients) and shortly after adopted a Tabby, which she named Abby.
Appleby graduated from Calabasas High School in
1997 and went on to major in English literature at the University
of Southern California while also studying theater arts.
Appleby began her acting career at the age of four, starting with
advertising for various products such as Cheerios and M&M's.
Her first advertisement was for Raisin Bran but it was never aired.
She has had guest appearances on many television programs, most
notably thirtysomething (1987), Doogie Howser, M.D. (1989), ER (1994),
Baywatch (1989), Xena: Warrior Princess (1995), 7th Heaven (1996)
and Beverly Hills 90210 (1990). For Roswell, she tried out for the
roles of both Isabel and Maria before landing the role of Liz Parker.
On 7th Heaven, she played a gang member who hid weapons underneath
her little brother's mattress.
Appleby was in Bon Jovi's music video for "It's
My Life" with Will Estes. She was also featured in the 2004
music video for the song "I Don't Want To Be" by Gavin
DeGraw, opposite Scott Mechlowicz. She also appeared in Sense Field's
music video for "Save Yourself" which is part of the Roswell
soundtrack and featured in the first season DVD boxset.
In 2006 she could be seen in a recurring role on
the now cancelled ABC drama Six Degrees as Anya, a young assistant
in a relationship with a much older photographer. Later this year
she was chosen to play Hildy Young in the new USA Network series
To Love and Die that is scheduled to air early 2008. Shiri also
participated in a short film called Carjacking directed by Dan Passman
and co-stared by Geoff Stults from 7th Heaven fame.
In 2007, she was part of the movie What Love Is
with Cuba Gooding Jr., Matthew Lillard and Anne Heche. She also
participated in another short film, Love Like Wind, this one from
Shaolin Film Productions. At the end the year, she appeared as Charlie
Wilson's press secretary, aka Jailbait, in the film Charlie Wilson's
War, which stars Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts.
In Summer 2007, Appleby dated actor Zach Braff. She previously dated
Rob Bourdon, drummer of Linkin Park.
Year Series Role Episodes
1985 Santa Barbara Little Girl Episode #1.359
1986 Mystery Magical Special Herself Halloween special
1987 Thirtysomething Little Hope "The Parents Are Coming, the
Parents Are Coming"
1988 The Bronx Zoo Nicole "Truancy Blues" & "Behind
1988 Freddy's Nightmares Marsha (age 10) "Freddy's Tricks and
1988 Dear John Girl "Hello/Goodbye"
1989 Knight & Daye Amy Escobar Unknown episodes
1989 Who's the Boss? "To Tony, with Love"
1990 Knots Landing Mary Frances (age 10) "My Firstborn"
& "My Bullet"
1991 Sunday Dinner Rachel "Whose House Is It Anyway?"
1993 Doogie Howser, M.D. Molly Harris "Love Makes the World
Go 'Round... or Is It Money?"
1993 Raven Jess (uncredited) "The Guardians of the Night"
1993 Against the Grain Claire Pilot
1994 ER Ms. Murphy "Pilot: 24 Hours"
1997 Baywatch Jennie "Hot Water"
1997 7th Heaven Karen "Girls Just Want to Have Fun"
1997 City Guys Cindy "Bye Mom"
1998 Xena: Warrior Princess Tara "Forgiven" & "A
Tale of Two Muses"
1999 Beverly Hills, 90210 Rene "Local Hero"
1999 Movie Stars Lori Pilot (scenes deleted)
2002 Roswell Liz Parker All 61 episodes
2000 Batman Beyond Cynthia "Terry's Friend Dates a Robot"
2000 The Amanda Show Nerd Episodes #2.16 & #2.18
2002 The Rosie O'Donnell Show Herself Ep. dated May 28, 2002
2003 Project Greenlight season 2 Herself (see:The Battle of Shaker
2007 Six Degrees Anya 6 episodes
2008 Welcome to The Captain Heather "The Wrecking Crew"
2008 To Love and Die Hildy Young 12 episodes ordered
2008 Fear Itself Begins May 29, 2008 on NBC.
Year Film Role Notes
1987 Blood Vows: The Story of a Mafia Wife TV movie
The Killing Time Annie Winslow
1988 Curse II: The Bite Grace
Go Toward the Light Jessica TV movie
1990 I Love You to Death Millie Girl in the park
1992 Perfect Family Steff TV movie
1993 Family Prayers Nina aka A Family Divided
1999 Deal of a Lifetime Laurie Petler
The Other Sister Free sample girl
The Thirteenth Floor Bridget Manilla
2000 A Time for Dancing Samantha 'Sam' Russell
2002 Swimfan Amy Miller
2003 The Skin Horse Carla
The Battle of Shaker Heights Sarah
2004 Undertow Violet
Darklight Lilith / Elle TV movie
2005 1/4life Debra TV movie
When Do We Eat? Nikki Stuckman
Everything You Want Abby Morrison TV movie
Pizza My Heart Gina Prestolani TV movie
2006 I-See-You.Com Randi Sommers
I'm Reed Fish Jill Cavanaugh
Thrill of the Kill Kelly Holden TV movie
Carjacking Cary Short film
2007 The Killing Floor Rebecca Fay
What Love Is Debbie
Charlie Wilson's War Charlie's Angels - Jailbait
 Nominations and Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1993 Nominated Young Artist Award Best Young Actress in a Cable
Movie for: Perfect Family (1992) (TV)
2000 Nominated Teen Choice Awards TV - Choice Actress for: "Roswell"