She was born in Portland, Oregon, United States, and grew up in Brightwood. In 1978, she graduated from Sandy Union High School in Sandy, Oregon. Later in life, she moved to Arizona to attend Arizona State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Music academic degree. In 1980, she was crowned Miss Arizona. She is best known for her Emmy-winning role as Mary Alice Young in Desperate Housewives (2004-2012).
Other supporting roles included Dallas (2012-2014), Scorch (1992), and The Help (2004). In more recent roles, she portrayed Queen Nia in The 100 (2016-2019), Ilene Stowe in Fear the Walking Dead (2016-2017), and Lillian Luthor in Supergirl (2016-2019).
- She has appeared in twenty-two films and eighty-five TV shows, as of April 2018.
- "The Drunk Slut"
- "The Second Polaroid"
- "The Chalk Machine"
- "The Little Girl"
- "The Missing Page"
- "Smile, Bitches"
- "Bryce and Chloe"
- See also: Category:Cast Images of Brenda Strong