Christa Miller was born on May 28, 1964 in Manhattan, New York. She is the daughter of Chuck Miller and former model Bonnie Trompeter. Her aunt and uncle are Susan Saint James
and Dick Ebersol
Miller was a child model, appearing in an ad for Wonder Bread at the age of six months, and at age three for an Ivory soap and a cover of Redbook
magazine, alongside her mother and her brother. Her modeling career was put on hold briefly when she was ten while she was treated for a benign bone tumor, but after she was pronounced healthy, it wasn’t long before she went back to modeling. She worked in Europe and Japan, and finally gave acting a try.
Her first television appearance, at age sixteen, was a commercial for Polaroid. Looking for acting work, she moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1990. She abandoned modeling completely and was soon given a role on the sitcom, Kate & Allie
. She also did a few episodes of Seinfeld
, Fresh Prince of Bel Air
and Party of Five
. She was cast as the role of Mary Katherine (Kate) O'Brien, Drew’s friend and sometimes love interest, on The Drew Carey Show
. More recently, she appears on the medical sitcom Scrubs
in a recurring guest role as Jordan Sullivan, and has done voice work on the show, Clone High, USA
Miller is married to writer/producer Bill Lawrence
, and the couple has three children: Charlotte Sarah, William Stoddard, and Henry Vanduzer.