Kristen Ariza is an American actress.


Ariza was born in Orlando, Florida, being the youngest child of an Hispanic, West Indian father and an African-American mother. When she was seventeen years old, one of her sisters set up an audition for her. Through it, Ariza landed a role on the British TV series The Tomorrow People. The experience led to her deciding to pursue an acting career. She received a BA in Theatre from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, four years later. She then trained at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. Afterwards, she moved to New York and then to her current residence of Los Angeles, California, to further her career. Ariza has performed in a number of numerous stage productions and guest-starred on shows such as Charmed, Numb3rs, and Medical Investigation.

On Criminal MindsEdit

Ariza portrayed Detective Bonner in the Season Seven episode Proof.


  • Parks and Recreation (2015) as Janet Snori (2 episodes)
  • Scorpion (2014) as Doctor
  • Revenge of the Bimbot Zombie Killers (2014) as Alanah Dishy
  • NCIS: Los Angeles (2014) as Jessica Peyton
  • The Occupants (2014) as Clare
  • Castle (2013) as Sandra Whitman
  • Speak Now (2013) as Katharine
  • Bones (2013) as Lena Silver
  • Emily Owens M.D. (2013) as Ashley
  • The Obama Effect (2012) as Mrs. Kay
  • Harry's Law (2012) as A.U.S.A. Lindsay Palmeroy
  • Criminal Minds - Proof (2011) TV episode - Detective Bonner
  • General Hospital (2011) as Jenna (uncredited)
  • NCIS (2010) as Loretta Tennison
  • In Gayle We Trust (2010) as Lauren (2 episodes)
  • Lie to Me (2009) as Heidi (10 episodes)
  • Grey's Anatomy (2009) as Angela
  • Without a Trace (2008) as Al
  • Raising the Bar (2008) as Sabrina Watson
  • Ylse (2008) as Jessica
  • The Madness of Jane (2008) as Brittany
  • Women on Top (2007) as Jenny Shu
  • Side Order of Life (2007) as Lesbian Advisor
  • Close to Home (2007) as Lisa Gutenberg
  • Pepper Dennis (2006) as Reporter
  • Blocked (2006) as Tisha
  • Related (2006) as Woman Renter
  • The Unit (2006) as Keisha Holmes
  • Cold Case (2006) as Dawn Hill, 2006
  • Surface (2005) as Marilyn Prickett (uncredited)
  • Strong Medicine (2005) as Sahar
  • The Inside (2005) as Sam Gavins
  • Charmed (2005) as Marie
  • Numb3rs (2005) as Nurse
  • Star Trek: Enterprise (2004) as Augment #1
  • Medical Investigation (2004) as Staff Babysitter
  • It's All Relative (2004) as Young Woman
  • The Utopian Society (2003) as Aaliyah
  • Friends (2003) as The Receptionist
  • The District (2003) as Donna Boyd
  • Beautiful George: Romeo, Juliet and the Darkness (2002) as Priscilla
  • The Tomorrow People (1992) as Lisa (6 episodes)


For an up-to-date filmography, see here.

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