Pays was born in London, England, the daughter of Jan (née Miller), an actress, and Howard Pays, a talent agent and former actor. She is the niece of former child actress Mandy Miller, after whom she is named. Her first marriage, from 1984 to 1987, was to Peter Kohn, who later went on to be the production manager for Pirates of the Caribbean. Following her divorce, Pays married American actor Corbin Bernsen on 19 November 1988, with whom she has four sons. Her mother-in-law was long-time The Young and the Restless actress Jeanne Cooper.
Pays made her film debut in Oxford Blues (1984) and she played a French nun, Sister Nicole, in Off Limits (1988 film) with Willem Dafoe, Gregory Hines and Fred Ward. She is known for her roles as Theora Jones in the film and television series Max Headroom and as Christina "Tina" McGee in The Flash. Pays also had a guest role as Phoebe Green in episode "Fire" (1993) of The X-Files, in the episode "Cindy Plumb" (2006) of Nip/Tuck and in the episode "Black and Tan: A Crime of Fashion" (2008) of Psych, opposite husband Corbin Bernsen.
She also appeared in some early 1980s music videos, including those for "Love Shadow" by Fashion, and "Smooth Operator" by Sade.
Pays is an interior designer and hosts Fine Living's Breathing Room.
She made her debut in the dual role of Carla Martin and Christa Bruckner in the 1984 cable film The Cold Room, played Sarah in the 1985 miniseries A.D. (known as Anno Domini in some releases) and narrated the 1988 documentary Computer Dreams. She also appeared in the low-budget 1980s horror film The Kindred and 1989s Leviathan.
In 1985 she played the part of Nikki South in the television film Minder on the Orient Express, alongside Dennis Waterman and George Cole.
In 2014, Pays was cast in another The Flash series to play a reimagined version of the character she played in the 1990 series of the same name.
TV and filmography
- The Cold Room (1984) (TV)—Carla Martin/Christa Bruckner
- Oxford Blues (1984)—Lady Victoria Wingate
- A.D. (1985) (TV Series)—Sarah (5 episodes)
- Thirteen at Dinner (1985) (TV)—Geraldine Marsh
- Dempsey and Makepeace (1985) (TV Series)—Tiffany Grace (1 episode)
- Mr. and Mrs. Edgehill (1985) (TV)—Vivienne
- Minder on the Orient Express (1984) (TV)—Nikki South (1 episode)
- The Frog Prince (1986)
- Max Headroom (1986) (TV)—Theora Jones
- The Kindred (1987)—Melissa Leftridge
- Max Headroom (1987-1988) (TV Series)—Theora Jones
- Off Limits (1988)—Nicole
- CBS Summer Playhouse (1988) (TV Series)—Alexandra Greer (1 episode)
- Leviathan (1989)—Elizabeth "Willie" Williams
- Parker Kane (1990) (TV)—Sarah Taylor
- The Flash (1990-1991) (TV Series)—Christina "Tina" McGee, some episodes edited into films and released on videocassette as The Flash (1990), The Flash II: Revenge of the Trickster (1991) and Flash III: Deadly Nightshade (1992)
- Dead on the Money (1991) (TV)—Jennifer Ashford
- A Grande Arte (1991)—Mariet
- Age of Treason (1993)(TV)—Helena
- Sade - Life Promise Pride Love (1993)—Gangster's Girlfriend (segment "Smooth Operator")
- The X-Files (1993) (TV Series)—Phoebe Green (Episode: "Fire")
- I Know My Son is Alive (1994) (TV)—Katherine Elshant
- Solitaire for 2 (1995)—Katie Burrough
- Subterfuge (1996)—Alex
- Hollywood Confidential (1997) (TV)—Joan Travers
- Spacejacked (1997)—Dawn
- Thief Takers (1996-1998) (TV Series)—Anna Dryden
- Vengeance Unlimited (1999) (TV Series)—Gail Dawson (1 episode)
- 7th Heaven (1999) (TV Series)—Emily Grant (1 episode)
- It's Like, You Know... (1999) (TV Series)—Angela Blendal (1 episode)
- Martial Law (1999) (TV Series)—Dr. Broderick (1 episode)
- Any Day Now (1999) (TV Series)—Helen (1 episode)
- Grapevine (2000) (TV Series)—Paulina (1 episode)
- Ablaze (2001)—Jennifer Lewis
- Breathing Room (2002) (TV Series)—Host
- The Santa Trap (2002) (TV)—Doris Spivak
- Nip/Tuck (2006) (TV Series)—Interior Designer (1 episode)
- Psych (2008) (TV Series)—Susan B (1 episode)
- The Flash (2014-present) (TV Series)—Dr. Christina "Tina" McGee (5 Episodes)
- My Mistress (2016)—Vera Clemens
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