[[caption-width-right:326:Julie Benz]]
'''Julie Benz''' is an actress, born July 1, 1972, best known as Darla from ''[[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]]'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}'', Rita Bennett on ''Series/{{Dexter}}'', and Stephanie Powell on ''Series/NoOrdinaryFamily'', as well as such movies as ''Film/{{Jawbreaker}}'', ''Film/ShriekIfYouKnowWhatIDidLastFridayTheThirteenth'', ''Film/{{Rambo}}'' and ''[[Film/{{Saw}} Saw V]]''. Now starring in Creator/{{Syfy}}'s new series ''Series/{{Defiance}}'' as Mayor Amanda Rosewater.

She was once married to [[Series/TalesFromTheCrypt John Kassir]].

Not known to be related to anyone named [[IncrediblyLamePun Mercedes]].[[note]]although she did co-star with one on ''Buffy'' and ''Angel''[[/note]]
!!This actress exhibits the examples of:

* FascinatingEyebrow
* HeyItsThatGuy : Before moving into major roles, she played many one-off roles on shows in the 1990s, including ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' and ''Series/{{Sliders}}''.
* HotMom : On ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' and ''Series/NoOrdinaryFamily''.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: She is known for being extremely nice and sweet despite having played a 400-year-old murderous vampire.
* MsFanservice: Notably in ''Series/DesperateHousewives''.
* TheDanza : She played different characters, each named Julie, on both ''Diagnosis: Murder'' and ''Conrad Bloom.''