Who is Denise Dowse?
Fans of “The Resident”, the drama series which follows the story of work and lives of the group of doctors at Chastain Memorial Hospital, are certainly familiar with the character of Carol Austin, who was portrayed by Denise Dowse. Let us tell you more about this talented actress; she was born under the zodiac sign of Pisces on 21 February 1958, in Honolulu, Hawaii USA, thus she holds American nationality and her ethnicity is African-American. Denise has over 120 acting credits to her name, and besides mentioned role, she is perhaps still known best for her role as Mrs Yvonne Teasley in the popular ‘90s teenage series “Beverly Hills, 90210” which had 23 award nominations, including one for Primetime Emmy, and won 14.
Early life, family, and education
Denise was raised in Honolulu by her parents, although being secretive when it comes to her personal matters, she hasn’t spoken about her childhood thus hasn’t shared information regarding her parents’ names and occupations. Denise hasn’t spoken about having any siblings, so her fans believe that she was raised as an only child.
She attended a local high school, and upon matriculating in 1976, she enrolled at Norfolk State University, in Virginia, from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Art (English and Theatre), in 1980.
Denise hasn’t spoken about her life, thus not much is known about her outside of her acting career, except that before she started acting, she worked as an operator, and as a process manager for a law firm.
Roles in series
She made her acting debut in 1989, portraying Angela Quartermaine in an episode of the series “Almost There”, followed by her roles in “ALF”, “Bodies of Evidence”, and “Roc”, before she was cast to play Mrs Jacobs in “Full House”, alongside Bob Saget, Dave Coulier and John Stamos, followed by her most notable role as Mrs Yvonne Teasley in “Beverly Hills, 90210” in 1991.
In the following years, Denise made appearances in numerous series, including “California Dreams”, “Murphy Brown”, “Seinfeld”, and “Men Behaving Badly”, before she was cast to play Sylvia Watkins in “Built to Last”, also starring Juan Pope and Geoffrey Owens, in 1997.
The early 2000s saw Denise as Judge Rebecca Damsen in 32 episodes of “The Guardian” from 2001 to 2004, concurrently guest starring in “The Practice” and “Judging Amy”, portraying Juanita Hendrucks in three episodes of “Dragnet”, and Officer Shirley in seven episodes of “Rocket Power”.
Denise made an appearance as Angel of Destiny in three episodes of “Charmed”, followed by her roles in “All of Us”, “Gilmore Girls”, and “The Mentalist” in 2008.
The list of Denise’s roles is too long to enumerate, so we’ll mention some of her most notable, such as her portrayal of Elaine Williams in “Secrets and Lies” in 2015, and then her role as Agent Cook in “Imposters”, before she portrayed Carol Austin in “The Resident”, in 2019.
Denise’s most recent television roles were in “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Insecure”, and “Snowfall”, in 2021.
Roles in movies
Denise made her first big-screen appearance in 1990, when cast to play Channing in the action thriller “Coldfire”, followed by her roles in “Sneakers” and “Out for Blood” two years later.
In the following years, Denise starred in “Merchant of Evil”, “The Enemy Within”, and “Bio-Dome” through 1997, when she was cast to play Sky Marshall Meru in the Oscar-nominated science-fiction adventure action “Starship Troopers”, also starring Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer, and Denise Richards; the movie had 16 award nominations, including one for the Oscar Best Effects, Visual Effects, and won three.
Denise was seen alongside John Travolta, Kathleen Quinlan, and Robert Duvall in the twice Oscar-nominated 1999 drama “A Civil Action”, which had 10 award nominations, including two for the Oscars Best Cinematography, and Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Robert Duvall), and won five.
In the following year, Denise was seen in another Oscar-nominated movie, portraying Tyrone’s Mother in the drama “Requiem for a Dream”, based on the novel of the same title by Hubert Selby Jr, starring Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn and Jennifer Connelly; the movie had 70 award nominations, including the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Ellen Burstyn), and won 37.
In the comedy drama “Dr. Dolittle 2”, Denise was cast to play Secretary, followed by her role as Mom in the romantic comedy “Book of Love: The Definitive Reason Why Men Are Dogs” in 2002, and the early 2000s, also saw her starring in “Killer Rats” and “Eulogy”, before she was cast to play Marlene in “Ray”, the biographic music drama about the legendary blues musician and singer Ray Charles, starring Jamie Foxx, Regina King and Kerry Washington.
The movie had 54 award nominations, and 53 wins, including two Oscars for Best Achievement in Sound Mixing, and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Jamie Foxx), in 2005.
In the following years, Denise was seen in “Coach Carter”, “Guess Who”, and “Reign Over Me”, in 2007, and then in 2010, Denise portrayed Sarah in “Anger Has a Secret”, a drama written and directed by Terrisha Kearse.
In 2013, she was seen alongside Halle Berry in “The Call”, followed by her roles in “Laugh Gym”, “Please Stand By”, “A Stone Cold Christmas” and “Loners” (2019), while her most recent role was her portrayal of Derrick’s Mom in “Fatale” in 2020, while currently, her fans can see her as Detective Trina McWilliams in the 2022 movie “A Cloud So High”.
Love life and relationships
There have been various rumors both concerning Denise’s love life and her sexual orientation, mostly caused by her wish to keep her private life away from the media’s attention.
She hasn’t spoken about any man or woman whom she has been with, and although she was romantically linked to a various man from the movie industry, she remained silent about these assumptions.
Denise is active on Instagram, although she gives away nothing regarding her relationship status, thus as of March 2022, it’s assumed that Denise is single, she hasn’t been married or engaged, and doesn’t have children.
Age, height, and net worth
Denise’s age is 64, with short, grey hair and brown eyes; she weighs around 145lbs (65kgs) and is 5ft 8ins (1.75m) tall.
Denise has earned most of her net worth by appearing in numerous movies and series, but besides her acting career, she works as a director at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, California, where she currently resides. As of early 2022, her net worth has been estimated at over $5 million.