Shelly Cole

Shelly Cole

With her striking dark looks and an enduringly youthful prettiness, Shelly Cole kickstarted her career playing characters in the throes of their younger days. Small parts in popular TV shows such as the legal drama "Boston Public" (2000) and medical procedural "ER" (2001) helped get her noticed. Before long, she advanced to her first significant recurring role, in the highly successful, teenage female-friendly saga "Gilmore Girls" (2000). For four seasons, Cole played the spacey Madeline Lynn, a student at the elite Chilton Prep. Cole then worked steadily on TV, with guest appearances on some of the era's most well-known series, including the durable crime-of-the-week procedural "CSI: NY" (2006) and the medical crisis drama "House M.D." (2010). Her youthful appearance also served her well in the film world. He first significant role on the silver screen was in "Prey for Rock & Roll" (2003), a drama about an all-female band starring Gina Gershon. In what was quite a change from her Gilmore Girls character, Cole played the band's hard-pounding drummer, Sally, and also contributed to the soundtrack. Her other film credits include "Art School Confidential" (2006) and the 2010 sex comedy "How to Make Love to a Woman."