ByJohn Collins, writer at Creators.co
John Collins

Charisma Carpenter celebrated her 45th birthday on Thursday, July 23rd. Carpenter is widely known for her roles in a variety of television shows. In honor of her birthday, here are my Top 5 roles portrayed by Charisma Carpenter.

5. Ashley Green (Malibu Shores)

After a wide variety of guest appearances on other shows, Charisma Carpenter landed her first major role on the short-lived Aaron Spelling soap opera Malibu Shores. Carpenter portrayed a character similar to the one she later played on Buffy — a snobby rich girl whose daddy pays for her designer wardrobe.

4. Kira the Seer (Charmed)

Charmed offered a number of great guest stars, Charisma Carpenter happens to be one of my favorites! Carpenter portrayed the role of Kira, a demonic Seer who turned her back on the Underworld with the intention of one day becoming human.

3. Maggie Stark (Supernatural)

The CW's Supernatural treated us to a mini Buffy reunion, reuniting Charisma Carpenter and James Marsters — a.k.a. Cordelia and Spike. The two portrayed witches with an 800-year-old history. Carpenter's character, Maggie, separated from her husband, Don, after learning of an affair. In anger, she kills people associated with Don through spells mediated by placing a magical coin near them.

2. Kendall Casablancas (Veronica Mars)

Charisma shined on Veronica Mars as Kendall Casablancas, who married real estate magnate Richard Casablancas for his vast wealth. She was a stepmother to two high school boys, Dick and Cassidy, and she began having an affair with their friend Logan Echolls.

1. Cordelia Chase (Buffy The Vampire Slayer/Angel)

Obviously, my favorite Charisma Carpenter role is Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel's Cordelia Chase. In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Carpenter played a stereotype — the typical mean girl who we originally loved to hate. Later her character grew on us, especially in Angel where Cordelia proved to be a downright strong, loyal, and capable heroine. No other actress could have portrayed Cordelia better!

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And something to look out for: Charisma will soon be guest starring in Ryan Murphy's upcoming horror/comedy Scream Queens on FOX. The series also stars horror legend Jamie Lee Curtis.

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