Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States
Tracey Needham is an American actress, best known for her television roles as Paige Thatcher on Life Goes On during the series' second to fourth seasons (1990-1993), then on the first season of JAG as Lt. Meg Austin (1995-1996), and as Inspector Candace DeLorenzo on The Division (2001-2003).
Needham was born on March 28, 1967, in Dallas, Texas, where her father was a homebuilder. When she was eight, the Needhams moved to Denver, Colorado, and her father's work dictated that the family move back and forth between the two cities. Needham was fully grown (she stands 5'11") by the eighth grade, and later, when she took to heart a high-school theater director's snippy advice that she was too tall to appear on stage, she worked on the technical crew instead. After her high-school graduation, Needham traveled through Europe and Australia. In 1988, she went to Los Angeles to study acting and audition for roles. She made her TV acting debut on Jake and the Fatman. After a few more acting classes, she landed the part of Paige Thatcher, the big sister, on Life Goes On, beginning in the series' second season.
While growing up, she was always jumping into football games and wanted to be treated equally and not have boys take it easy on her. Later she would call on her own past experiences to play the strong but feminine Lt. (j.g.) Meg Austin in the first season of JAG. As the female star of a military action-adventure series, Needham portrayed a Navy judge advocate who was also a computer-weapons expert.
She married actor Tommy Hinkley in January 1995 and they have a daughter, Katie, born in 1999.
|1988||Jake and the Fatman||Gloria Connor||Episode: "Rhapsody in Blue"|
|1989-1990||Coach||Ann||Episodes: "Carnival Knowledge" and "Dauber's Got a Girl"|
|1990||Shannon's Deal||Gail||Episode: "Sanctuary"|
|1992||Bonnie & Clyde: The True Story||Bonnie Parker||TV Movie|
|1993||Prophet of Evil: The Ervil LeBaron Story||Rena||TV Movie|
|1990-1993||Life Goes On||Paige Thacher||Series regular, 40 episodes|
|1993||Lush Life||Sarah||TV Movie|
|1995-1996||JAG||Lt. j.g. Meg Austin||Series regular, 20 episodes|
|1997||Total Security||Ellie Jones||Series regular, 13 episodes|
|1997||Last Stand at Saber River||Lorraine Kidston||TV Movie|
|1995-1997||VR.5||Samantha Bloom||4 episodes|
|1997||Buried Alive II||Roxanne||TV Movie|
|1997||Tupperware Party||Stacey||Short film|
|1999||Justice||Gina Gallagher||TV Movie|
|2000||The Pretender||Rachel Daly||Episode: "School Daze"|
|2000||919 Fifth Avenue||Julia Van Degen||TV Movie|
|2001||The Ponder Heart||Elsie Fleming||TV Movie|
|2001-2003||The Division||Inspector Candace 'C. D.' DeLorenzo||Series regular, 66 episodes|
|2004||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Jessica Abernathy||Episode: "Bad Words"|
|2004||Angel in the Family||Sarah||TV Movie|
|2005||CSI: Miami||Cheri Lyle Manning||Episode: "Recoil"|
|2006||Murder 101||Cheryl Collins||TV Movie|
|2006||Criminal Minds||Marilyn Copeland||Episode: "What Fresh Hell?"|
|2006||The Last Miracle||Dr. Jacobs||Short film|
|2006||Without a Trace||Joanie McMurphy||Episode: "Shattered"|
|2007||Veronica Mars||Kathleen Barry||3 episodes|
|2010||The Last Harbor||Sarah Sharpe|