Charlotte L. Ross, born January 21, 1968[1], is a 50-year-old American actress. She is known for her role on NYPD Blue as Det. Connie McDowell and she guest starred as Judy Fabray on Glee between 2009 and 2012.

Personal life

Charlotte as a baby
Ross was born (and raised) in Winnetka, Illinois to Deborah Kulby and Peter Ross. She has a younger brother, George, a hedge fund-analyst. After graduating from New Trier High School, Charlotte moved to Los Angeles.[1]

She married Michael Goldman in 2003 and they divorced in 2008. Their son, Maxwell Ross Goldman, was born in March 2004.


Ross appeared on Days of our Lives as Eve Baron Donovan from 1987 to 1991; her work on the soap opera led to two Emmy nominations. Her television credits also include The Heights, The 5 Mrs. Buchanans, Drexell's Class, Married... with Children, Pauly, Law & Order, Trinity, Beggars and Choosers, Frasier, Jake in Progress, NYPD Blue, and Glee. She also co-starred in the 2007 Lifetime Television film Montana Sky Ross co-stared in a lead role in Drive Angry, alongside Nicolas Cage and Amber Heard.

Ross was announced to have joined the cast of Arrow in August 2014 as Felicity Smoak’s mother, Donna.[2] She portrayed her in the fifth episode, the eighteenth episode[3] of Season 3 and returned in the sixth episode of Season 4[4], by September 2015 her return was extended into multiple episodes.[5]She later returned to the show in 2017 for one episode in season 6.


Year Title Role Notes
1986 Touch and Go Courtney's Girlfriend
1987 Days of Our Lives Eve Donovan 1987 - 1991
1991 Reasonable Doubts Meredith Little ("Dicky's Got the Blues")
She Says She's Innocent Justine Essex TV movie
1992 The Heights Hope Linden (12 episodes)
Married with Children Darlene ("Teacher Pets")
Drexell's Class Janet ("The Resentments")
Empty Nest Antoinette ("Sayonara")
1994 The 5 Mrs. Buchanans Bree Buchanan 1994 - 1995 (17 episodes)
Savage Land Mandy
Love and a .45 Mary Ann
Foreign Student Elizabeth 'Sue Ann' Baldridge
Birdland Ronnie ("Crazy for You")
1995 Murder One Stephanie Lambert 1995 ("Chapter Eight")
1996 ("Chapter Seventeen")
1996 Fall Into Darkness Ann Price
A Kiss So Deadly Amanda Blake
Minor Adjustments Amy ("Baba-Doo-Wang")
ER Angel ("The Right Thing")
1997 Pauly Dawn Delaney (7 episodes)
1998 NYPD Blue Laurie Richardson/Det. Connie McDowell (72 episodes)
Trinity Fiona McCallister ("Pilot," "No Secrets," and In a Yellow Wood")
A Will of Their Own Susan Peterson TV mini series
Looking for Lola Debbie
1999 Kidnapped in Paradise Megan Emerson TV movie
2001 Frasier Monica ("Sliding Frasiers")
2006 Jake in Progress Annie ("PB & J," "The Lying, the Watch, and Jake's Wardrobe" and "The Elaine-Elaine")
2007 Christmas in Paradise Dana Marino TV movie
Live! Jennifer
Moola Nora
Montana Sky Tess Mercy TV movie
Law & Order Judith Barlow ("Talking Points")
2008 Ring of Death Mary Wyatt TV movie
2009 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Sabrina Owen ("If I Had a Hammer")
Glee Judy Fabray 2009 - 2012; ("Ballad," "Journey to Regionals," "Prom Queen" and "Goodbye")
2011 Street Kings 2: Motor City Beth Kingston video
Drive Angry Candy
The Umpire Billie Satriano short
2013 Hit the Floor Olivia Vincent (10 episodes)
2014 Nashville Ruth Bennett ("Guilty Street")
Arrow Donna Smoak Season 3, 2014 (1 episode)
Season 4, 2015 (3 episodes) - 2016 (7 episodes)

Season 6, 2017 (1 episode)

2015 Rita Mahtoubian Is Not A Terrorist Lana short


  • She is in Hit the Floor which also stars Glee co-star, Courtney Galiano, even though they didn't share any Glee scenes.

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AMA 2010 Extended Interview with Charlotte Ross

AMA 2010 Extended Interview with Charlotte Ross

An Interview with Glee's Charlotte Ross

An Interview with Glee's Charlotte Ross


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