Taylor Cole (born April 29, 1984) is an American actress and former fashion model who portrays Samantha Owens in CSI: Miami.

Early life and modeling[]

Cole was born in Arlington, Tarrant County, Texas. Cole attended Mirabeau B. Lamar High School where she traveled with the Junior Olympics volleyball squad. It was also in high school she got her start as a model. Cole later moved to New York to further her modeling career. She has appeared in commercials and advertisements for Crest toothpaste, Old Spice, and Dooney & Bourke handbags.

Though Cole has mainly focused on acting, she is still signed to Los Angeles agency Nous Models Management. She currently lives in Los Angeles, California.


After visiting her mother, Deborah Quinn, and stepfather, actor Shawn Christian (parents of her half-brother Kameron Christian), Cole landed an audition for the now-defunct WB show Summerland. She won the role of Erika Spalding in 2004, relocating to Los Angeles to film the series.

Cole appeared in Ryan Cabrera's True music video and Papa Roach's video for "Scars". She guest-starred in the The WB show Supernatural episode titled "Provenance", where she played Sarah Blake, an art dealer. She reprised her role in Season 8's episode "Clip Show". She has played guest roles in the CBS' show NUMB3RS. Cole has appeared in an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as Bianca. Taylor stars as Desiree in the horror remake, April Fool's Day. Cole had a part in the film 12 Rounds, produced by WWE films and starring John Cena.

In December 2008, Cole appeared as Private Rachel Mills in the Heroes webisode series, The Recruit, and subsequently joined the main series in a recurring capacity playing the same character as at the start of 2009. She stars alongside Tiffany Shepis in The Violent Kind.

She played the role of "Hot Neighbor" in the short-lived TV show Secret Girlfriend in 2009.

In April 2010, she guest starred in the NCIS episode "Guilty Pleasure" as DC escort Charlotte Cook.

From September 2010 to May 2011, she starred in The Event as Vicky Roberts, an assassin for a covert organization.

In October 2011, she starred in the music video for the The Walk by Mayer Hawthorne.

Starting in November 2011, she has starred in CSI: Miami in the recurring role of Samantha Owens, a new lab technician.


Year Title Role Notes
2006 That Guy Beautiful Girl Short film
2006 All You've Got Kaitlan
2008 Loaded Alex
2008 April Fool's Day Desiree Cartier Video
2008 Template:Sortname Jennifer
2009 12 Rounds Erica Kessen
2010 Template:Sortname Shade
2012 Melvin Smarty June
2013 Sins of the Preacher Brianna Daniels
2014 Dumbbells Rachel Corelli
2014 Template:Sortname Becket
2014 Bad Blood Lauren Malone
2016 Weaponized Angela Walker


Year Title Role Notes
2004–05 Summerland Erika Spalding Main role (21 episodes)
2006 Numb3rs Brandi Episode: "Double Down"
2006 Supernatural Sarah Blake Episode: "Provenance"
2006 CSI: Miami Taylor Episode: "Dead Air"
2006 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Bianca Desmond Episode: "Daddy's Little Girl"
2008 Finish Line Jessie Chase Television film
2008 Do Not Disturb Tasha Episode: "Work Sex"
2008 Heroes: The Recruit Rachel Mills Episodes: "It Was Nothing", "Do What We Have to Do"
2008 Heroes Rachel Mills Episode: "Our Father"
2009 Heroes Rachel Mills Episodes: "Trust and Blood", "Exposed", "Shades of Gray"
2009 Cold Case Nikki Atkins Episode: "Lotto Fever"
2009 Melrose Place Trudy Chandler Episode: "Nightingale"
2009 Secret Girlfriend Martina Recurring role (6 episodes)
2010 NCIS Charlotte Cook Episode: "Guilty Pleasure"
2010–11 Template:Sortname Vicky Roberts Main role (16 episodes)
2011 Two and a Half Men Melanie Laughlin Episode: "Thank You for the Intercourse"
2011–12 CSI: Miami Samantha Owens Recurring role (10 episodes)
2012 Hawaii Five-0 Hillary Chaver Episode: "Ua Hala"
2012 Template:Sortname Jennifer Starke Recurring role (8 episodes)
2013 Castle Regina Cane Episode: "Under the Influence"
2013 Supernatural Sarah Blake Episode: "Clip Show"
2013 Addicts Anonymous Julie Episode: "Mistakes"
2015 Ballers Stephanie Michaels Episode: Pilot
2016 Second Chance Jilly Episode: "Palimpsest"
2016 Appetite for Love Mina Jones Television film
2016 The Originals Sofya Episode: "Alone with Everybody"
2016 Below the Surface Monica Television film
2016 My Summer Prince Mandy Television film