Dahlia Salem (born November 21, 1971 in New York, New York) is an American actress. She played Sofia Carlino on Another World and Claire Walsh on General Hospital. At the age of six, she was already impersonating family and friends at gatherings. After enrolling in Boston University, Salem began exploring her interest in acting by performing in several college productions including Othello and Biloxi Blues, and earned a nomination for The Irene Ryan Award for her portrayal of Helena in R.U.R. After earning her bachelor's degree, Salem was accepted to the Circle in the Square Theater Conservatory program in New York City, where she studied for two years. Among her noteworthy stage performances are a staged reading of the classic Strindberg play The Father, opposite Al Pacino, and her Broadway debut as the understudy for the role of Rosa in the Broadway production of Tennessee Williams' classic, The Rose Tattoo, opposite Mercedes Ruehl and Anthony LaPaglia.Upon completing the Conservatory program, Salem signed on with an agent and landed the role of the sassy and passionate Sofia Carlino on the NBC daytime drama Another World. After three years as Sofia, Salem decided to pursue a career in primetime television and film, and before long, she made guest star appearances on NBC's Third Watch and CBS' Now and Again. Her other television credits include the WB pilot Sullivan Street, Fox Family Channel's The Fearing Mind, and the upcoming Disney film Newport South (executive produced by John Hughes).Not long after wrapping production on Return to Cabin by the Lake, Salem landed a guest starring role in Dope, a new pilot for the FX network featuring Jason Priestley.