Brenda Lee Strong (b. March 25, 1960) is an American actress. She portrays Nora Walker in Netflix's 13 Reasons Why.


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.


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Cast Members
Season 1
Ajiona AlexusAlex MacNicollAlisha BoeAnna ZavelsonAmy HargreavesAndrea RothBrandon FlynnBrandon LarracuenteBrian d'Arcy JamesChristian NavarroCindy CheungDerek LukeDevin DruidDorian LockettDylan MinnetteGiorgia WhighamHenry ZagaJackie GearyJoseph C. PhillipsJosh HamiltonJustin PrenticeKate WalshKatherine LangfordKeiko AgenaMaria DizziaMark PellegrinoMatthew AlanMichele Selene AngMiles HeizerRoss ButlerSosie BaconSteven SilverSteven WeberTimothy GranaderosTom Everett ScottTommy DorfmanWilson Cruz
Season 2
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Ajiona Alexus • Alex MacNicoll • Allison Miller • Alisha Boe • Anna Zavelson • Anne Winters • Amy Hargreaves • Andrea Roth • Ben LawsonBrandon BlackBrandon Butler • Brandon Flynn • Brandon Larracuente • Brenda Strong • Brian d'Arcy James • Bryce CassChelsea Alden • Christian Navarro • Cindy Cheung • Derek Luke • Devin Druid • Dylan Minnette • Jackie Geary • Jake Weber • Joseph C. Phillips • Josh Hamilton • Justin Prentice • Kate Walsh • Katherine Langford • Keiko Agena • Kelli O'Hara • Maria Dizzia • Mark Pellegrino • Matthew Alan • Meredith Monroe • Michele Selene Ang • Miles Heizer • RJ Brown • Ross Butler • Samantha Logan • Sosie Bacon • Spence Moore II • Steven Silver • Steven Weber • Timothy Granaderos • Tom Everett Scott • Tommy Dorfman • Wilson Cruz
Season 3
Cast Members who joined in this season are linked in big font
Alisha Boe • Brandon Flynn • Brenda Strong • Christian Navarro • Devin Druid • Dylan Minnette • Justin Prentice • Miles Heizer • Ross Butler • Timonthy Granaderos

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