Leah Marie Remini (born June 15, 1970) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Carrie Heffernan on the CBS sitcom The King of Queens.

Early life

Leah Remini was born in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, New York City, the daughter of Vicki Marshall, a private school teacher, and George Remini, who owned an asbestos removal company.[1] Her mother was of Austrian Jewish background and her father was Sicilian.[2][3] Remini has an older sister, Nicole Remini (born 1969), who was her assistant on The King of Queens. She also has four half-sisters, including Christina (born 1969).[4]

Remini moved to Los Angeles at the age of 13 with her mother.[2] When Remini was 14, she left school and worked as a hostess at a restaurant while auditioning for acting jobs.[5]

Television career

After appearing in short-lived series, First Time Out and Fired Up, Remini landed the role of Carrie Heffernan on the CBS sitcom The King of Queens. During her time on the show, she had a supporting role in the comedy film, Old School (2003). The King of Queens ran for nine seasons, from September 21, 1998 to May 14, 2007. Since The King of Queens ended, Remini has starred in nine-episode webisodes of In the Motherhood, along with Chelsea Handler and Jenny McCarthy. On December 15, 2009 Leah Remini appeared as Carrie Heffernan on Lopez Tonight with George Lopez as Doug Heffernan as "The Finale" to The George Lopez Show.[6]

Remini will co-host The Talk, which is a talk show scheduled to premiere October 18, 2010. Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Holly Robinson Peete, Sharon Osbourne and Marissa Jaret Winokur will be the other co-hosts on this show similar to The View and seeks to address motherhood and other contemporary issues.[7]

Personal life

On July 19, 2003, Remini married actor Angelo Pagán who also appeared on The King of Queens as Rico and other various characters.[8] Leah and her husband welcomed a baby girl Sofia Bella into the world in 2006.

Remini is a member of The Church of Scientology.[3] In December 2005, she helped promote the gala opening of Church of Scientology's "Psychiatry: An Industry of Death" Museum.[9] Responding to criticism of Scientology during an interview on CNN, Remini stated:[3]

If somebody is going to get turned off about something because of what they read or heard, then that person's not smart enough to even enter a church. If you're really against something, then know what you're against.


Year Film Role Notes
1997 Critics and Other Freaks Actress at Audition
1998 Follow Your Heart Angie
2003 Old School Lara Campbell
Year Title Role Notes
1988 Head of the Class 1 episode
1989 Who's the Boss? Charlie Briscoe 2 episodes
Living Dolls Charlie Briscoe 12 episodes
1990 Normal Life Carol 1 episode
1991 Paradise Rose 1 episode
The Hogan Family Joanne 1 episode
The Man In the Family Tina Bavasso 6 episodes
Saved By the Bell Stacey Carosi 6 episodes
1991–1993 Cheers Serafina Tortelli 2 episodes
1992 Blossom Ellen 1 episode
Getting Up and Going Home Stephanie O'Neil Television movie
1993 Evening Shade Daisy 3 episodes
Harlan & Merleen Frankie Television movie
1994 The Commish Gail Ross 1 episode
Renegade Tina 1 episode
1994–1995 Phantom 2040 Sagan Cruz (Voice) 8 episodes
1995 Star Witness Television movie
Diagnosis: Murder Agnes Benedetto 1 episode
Friends Lydia 1 episode
First Time Out Dominique Costellano 12 episodes
1996 Biker Mice from Mars Carbine (Voice) 2 episodes
NYPD Blue Angela Bohi 1 episode
1997–1998 Fired Up Terry Reynolds 28 episodes
1998–2007 The King of Queens Carrie Heffernan 207 episodes
2002 Legend of the Lost Tribe Koala (Voice) Television movie
2005 Fat Actress Herself 1 episode
2007–2008 In the Motherhood Kim 8 episodes
2009 Married Not Dead Jessica Television movie
2009 Lopez Tonight Carrie Heffernan Cameo appearance
Video Games
Year Title Role Notes
1993 Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers Grace Nakimura Voice


  1. "Leah Remini Biography (1970-)". Retrieved 2009-06-15. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Brady, James (2003-10-26). "Leah Rimini (TV and film actress)". Retrieved 2000-06-15.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Sieberg, Daniel (2001-04-20). "Leah Remini:Working hard as a queen among kings". Retrieved 2009-06-15. 
  4. The Bob Rivers Show: Leah Remini, star of 'King of Queens'
  5. Michael A., Lipton (1999-03-29). "Tough Love". People (,,20127813,00.html) 51 (11).  External link in |publisher= (help)
  6. Lynette, Rice (2009-03-25). "‘In the Motherhood’: Thanks, but no thanks, for your ideas, mommies!". Retrieved 2009-07-21. 
  7. Domanick, Andrea (August 11, 2010). "CBS' 'The Talk' to Premiere Oct. 18". Broadcasting and Cable. 
  8. "I Do, I Do, I Do!". People 60 (8). 2003-08-23. 
  9. Vargas, Sibila (2005-12-20). "Showbiz Tonight". CNN. Retrieved 2006-06-08. 

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