Susan Walters (born September 28, 1963) is an American actress and former model who portrayed Carol Lockwood on The Vampire Diaries. She is best known for her role as Diane Jenkins Newman in the CBS soap opera, The Young and the Restless, from 2001 to 2004. Walters also had the role as a principal on The CW's One Tree Hill. She also played Natalie Martin in Teen Wolf, alongside her onscreen husband, Rob Pralgo (the late Richard Lockwood on The Vampire Diaries), and her real-life husband, Linden Ashby.



Susan Walters was born on September 28, 1963 in Atlanta, Georgia. Her first major role was as Priscilla Presley in the 1988 television mini-series Elvis and Me. Her other screen credits include a starring role in 1990 in Dear John, the short-lived prime time series Point Pleasant, and a guest role on CSI: Miami. Walters' is also known for her appearances as "Mulva" (really Dolores) on the NBC sitcom Seinfeld, which she played in 1993 and again from 1996-97. She also starred as Anne Osborne in the television version of The Big Easy on the USA Network at this time (1996).

In 1999, she appeared in the Disney Channel movie Horse Sense, as well as its sequel, Jumping Ship, in 2001. She began her career as Lorna Forbes Perelli on the soap opera Loving from the pilot on June 1983 to late 1986. She then left the daytime soap and appeared in various Aaron Spelling prime time television productions, such as Hotel during its entire last season (as Ryan Thomas), as well as Melrose Place (as Tiffany Hart). She also played one of the student nurses on Nightingales during its entire run. She is married to former Young and the Restless co-star Linden Ashby (ex-Cameron Kirsten). Ashby appeared briefly on the Y&R in the early 2000s as an evil man that Sharon Newman encountered while on the road, after she left Nick Newman and the Newman ranch for many weeks. Cameron abused Sharon and then killed Cassie's biological father before being killed himself. They have two daughters, Frances Grace (born 1991) and Savannah Elizabeth (born 1992).

Brief return to Y&R

At the end of February 2010, Susan Walters briefly took on her past role as Diane Jenkins on Y&R bringing Jack's never-seen son Kyle with her.


Year Title Role
2011-2017 Teen Wolf Natalie Martin
2016 The Flash Dr. Carla Tannhauser
2015 How to Get Away with Murder Sharon Tidwell
2015 Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce Karen
2014 Kill the Messenger Los Angeles Times Editor
2014 Reckless Lindsay / Lindsay Adams
2014 Star-Crossed Maia
2013 Grape Shari
2013 Perception Anne Wallace
2013 The Following Prosecutor
2009-2012 The Vampire Diaries Carol Lockwood
2011 Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son Mall Mother
2010 Slow Moe Mrs. Mobley
2010 Marry Me Stella Grafton
2001-2010 The Young and the Restless Diane Jenkins / Dian Jenkins
2010 Blood Done Sign My Name Martha Tyson
2009 Army Wives Annette
2009 Drop Dead Diva Vicki Wellner
2009 One Tree Hill Principal Rimkus
2007 Framed for Murder Claire
2007 Without a Trace Jenny Darcy
2005-2006 Point Pleasant Meg Kramer
2006 Split Decision Debris Radford
2006 Cold Case Jane Robinson
2004 CSI: Miami Mary Kinnan
2004 Combustion Allison Saunders
2004 Summerland Carol McFarlane
2004 JAG Rachel Smithfield
2003 Carnivàle Young Becca Donovan
2003 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Merrit
2002 Gale Force Susan Billings
2002 The Ellen Show Katie
2001 Crossing Jordan Gail Horton
2001 Jumping Ship Jules Biggs
1999-2000 Family Law Tina
2000 Providence Kerry King
2000 The War Next Door Lili Smith
1999 Horse Sense Jules Biggs
1999 Where the Truth Lies Penny Morgan
1998 Love Boat: The Next Wave Amy
1998 I Married a Monster Kelly Victoria Drummond
1998 Melrose Place Christine Denton / Tiffany Hart
1998 Caroline in the City Laura Sterling
1998 Hotel del Sol
1997 Two Came Back Allie
1997 Nash Bridges Mary Tod Butler
1997 Spy Game Margo DeSalle
1997 'Til There Was You Robin
1996-1997 The Big Easy Anne Osborne
1993-1996 Seinfeld Dolores / Mystery Woman
1996 Two Guys Talkin' About Girls Cindy One
1995 Strange Luck Rosemary
1995 Il barone Claudine de Martigny
1995 Texas Justice Karen Masters
1995 X-Men 2: Clone Wars Mystique (voice)
1994 XXX's & OOO's Reed Barrett
1994 The Counterfeit Contessa Palmer Hewitt
1993 Matlock Melanie Kerns
1993 Murder, She Wrote Lee Gillrich
1993 X-Men Mystique (voice)
1992 Galaxies Are Colliding Beth
1990-1992 Dear John Mary Beth Sutton
1991 Defending Your Life Daniel's Wife
1990 In the Line of Duty: A Cop for the Killing Julie Tobias
1990 Grand Slam Ann
1989 Hardball Madeline Warwick
1989 Nightingales Bridget Loring
1988 Simon & Simon Marian Fitzwalter
1988 Nightingales Bridget Loring
1988 Elvis and Me Priscilla Beaulieu Presley
1987-1988 Hotel Ryan Thomas
1987 Russkies Diane
1987 Who's the Boss? Kitty
1987 The Facts of Life Cynthia Parks
1983 Loving Lorna Forbes




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