Who is Beth Riesgraf?
Beth Jean Riesgraf was born in Belle Plaine, Minnesota USA, on 24 August 1978 – her zodiac sign’s Virgo, and she holds American nationality. She’s an actress, film producer and director, with more than 40 acting credits to her name, while she’s perhaps known best for her portrayal of Parker, one of the main characters in the 2021 crime thriller series “Leverage: Redemption”, created by Chris Downey and John Rogers, and which also starred Gina Bellman and Christian Kane. It follows the lives of five friends in crime, and the series won one of the six awards for which it was nominated.
Early life and education
Beth was raised in Belle Plaine alongside her sister Mary Riesgraf, by their mother Janet Ann Riesgraf and father Elroy Othman Riesgraf; Mary’s today also an actress and film producer, and has appeared in six movies and TV series, while she’s probably known best for her portrayal of Marissa in the 2019 horror movie “Onryo”.
Beth became interested in acting while attending Cimarron-Memorial High School, where she was a member of the school’s drama club, and could’ve been seen appearing in nearly all the plays performed there. She was also into a couple of other activities during her teenage years, as she practiced creative writing, dancing and singing.
Upon matriculating in 1996, Beth chose not to pursue a college degree, but to work on her way up in the film industry; she worked several jobs in the following a couple of years, to financially support herself while pursuing acting.
Roles in movies
Beth made her debut film appearance in the 2000 short romantic drama “The Summer of My Deflowering”, and a couple of her following roles were in the 2002 action adventure drama “Scorcher”, the 2003 mystery drama “I Love Your Work”, and the 2005 comedy drama “The Stereo Sound Agency”.
She gained recognition in 2007, when cast to play Mother in Store in the popular animated adventure comedy “Alvin and the Chipmunks”, directed by Tim Hill, and which starred Jason Lee, Ross Bagdasarian Jr. and Janice Karman. It follows three chipmunks who’re dreaming about becoming singers, and the movie won three of the five awards for which it was nominated. The remainder of the decade saw Beth appear in only two movies: the 2008 short romantic drama “Struck” and the 2009 comedy “Nobody”.
The year 2015 saw Beth star as Anna Rook in the horror thriller drama “Intruders”, directed by Adam Schindler, and which also starred Rory Culkin, Leticia Jimenez and Jack Kesy. It follows three criminals who’ve broken into the house of a woman suffering from agoraphobia – the film was nominated for three awards.
Three of Beth’s most recent movie roles have been in 2019 in the adventure comedy “I Hate Kids” and the comedy drama “Lovestruck” and ,the 2020 short drama “Mail Companion”.
Roles in TV series
Beth made her debut TV series appearance in the 2001 episode “Trainstopping” of the comedy “Spin City”, and the following years saw her appear in an episode or two of several hit series, such as the romantic comedy “How I Met Your Mother”, the comedy “My Name Is Earl” and the comedy drama “Big Shots”.
Between 2008 and 2012, Beth portrayed Parker, Stephanie Ritter Reynolds and Dorothy Ross in 77 episodes of the mystery crime thriller “Leverage”, created by Chris Downey and John Rogers, and which co-starred Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman and Christian Kane. It follows a group of crooks as they’re stealing from corrupt businessmen and wealthy criminals, and the series won three of the 23 awards for which it was nominated.
Beth’s also known for her portrayal of the lead character Samantha Ellison in the 2015 crime thriller drama “Complications”, created by Matt Nix, and which also starred Jessica Szohr and Lauren Stamile. It follows ER doctor John Ellison who’s just rescued a young boy from a drive-by shooting, and has killed one of his attackers.
Three of Beth’s most recent roles in TV series have been in the episode “Slay Anything” of the action adventure drama “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”, the episode “And in the End” of the mystery crime drama “Criminal Minds” and all the 10 episodes of the war comedy drama “68 Whiskey”, all in 2020.
Beth produced the 2006 short romantic movie “The White Door”, and the 2016 short action film “Kat Fight!”, while she wrote and directed the 2011 short movie “A Standard Story” and the 2020 short film “Mail Companion”.
She’s made a guest appearance in a number of talk-shows, most recently in “Entertainment Tonight”, “Hollywood First Look Features” and “In Creative Company”.
Awards and nominations
She was nominated for three Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Saturn Awards for Best Supporting Actress in 2011, ‘12 and ‘13, all for her performance in “Leverage”.
Beth was also nominated for a 2022 Saturn Award for Best Actress in a Streaming Series, for her performance in “Leverage: Redemption”.
Love life and relationships
Beth prefers to keep the details of her love life away from the media’s attention, while it’s still widely known that she was once close to marrying, as well as that she’s a mother of one.
She began dating American actor, comedian, singer, and former professional skateboarder Jason Michael Lee in 2001; Jason’s appeared in more than 70 movies and TV series, and is perhaps still known best for his portrayal of Jeff Bebe in the critically acclaimed 2000 adventure comedy movie “Almost Famous”, which won 54 awards, including an Oscar for Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen.
Beth gave birth to their son Pilot Inspektor Lee in September 2003. She and Jason became engaged in 2006, but split in the following year.
Since May 2017, Beth’s been in a relationship with Jon Fletcher, an American actor, film writer and producer, who’s appeared in close to 20 movies and TV series, and is probably known best for his portrayal of Marcel Grossmann in the 2017 biographical historical series “Genius”; the two could’ve been seen attending many of their red carpet events hand in hand, and Jon has also become close to Beth’s son.
She hasn’t mentioned any other men whom she’s perhaps been with, so as of August 2022, Beth’s in a relationship with Jon Fletcher, and has a son with ex-boyfriend Jason Michael Lee.
Hobbies and other interests
Beth enjoys being active on Instagram, and is today followed by close to 70,000 people, while she’s uploaded nearly 300 pictures onto the network, the majority of which have been taken during her everyday life; she’s passionate about photography, and some of her pictures have been taken by herself.
She loves being in nature, and usually spends her vacations at natural locations, such as high up in the mountains or deep into the woods.
Beth’s a huge lover of animals, and her pet dog can be seen featured in a couple of her Instagram pictures.
She’s physically quite active, mostly because it’s important for her acting career to stay in shape; Beth has multiple training sessions at the gym every week, and also follows a strict diet.
She has her own favorite actor and actress, Channing Tatum and Anne Hathaway, while some of her favorite movies include “Les Miserables”, “One Day” and “Dear John”.
Age, height and net worth
Beth’s age is 44. She has long blonde hair and blue eyes, her height is 5ft 7ins (1.7m) and she weighs around 130lbs (60kgs).
As of August 2022, her net worth’s been estimated at over $3 million.