Meg Foster is an American actress best known for her roles in the TV miniseries version of The Scarlet Letter, Ticket to Heaven, The Osterman Weekend, and They Live. She played Carla Grunwald, a recurring character, on ABC Family's Ravenswood as well as appearing in the same role in a few episodes of Pretty Little Liars as of Season 4 .


Foster was born in Reading, Pennsylvania. She studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York.

She played Detective Christine Cagney for six episodes of the first season of Cagney & Lacey until she was replaced by Sharon Gless. Allegedly, CBS was unhappy with her performance, thinking that her playing a strong woman would make viewers think the character was a lesbian.

Throughout the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, she has guest starred in countless TV shows including two episodes of Hawaii Five-O (1973 & 1976), The Six Million Dollar Man season two episode "Straight on 'till Morning" (1974) Three for the Road (1975), and the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine season four episode "The Muse" (1996). Other popular TV shows she has appeared in include Bonanza; The Twilight Zone; Barnaby Jones; Murder; She Wrote; Miami Vice; The Cosby Show; Quantum Leap; ER; and Xena: Warrior Princess. She is also well known for playing the villainous Evil-Lyn in the big screen version of Masters of the Universe and the Greek goddess Hera in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.

Since the 1990s, she has acted mainly in stage productions, including "King Lear" and "Barabbas". She was previously married to Canadian actor Stephen McHattie. When not acting, Foster breeds horses at her ranch located in northwestern Washington state.


Year Title Role Notes
1970 Adam at Six A.M. Joyce
1971 The Todd Killings
1972 Thumb Tripping Shay
1974 Welcome to Arrow Beach Robbin Stanley
1978 A Different Story Stella Cooke
1980 The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Katrina Van Tassel
1980 Carny Gerta
1981 Ticket to Heaven Ingrid
1983 The Osterman Weekend Ali Tanner
1985 The Emerald Forest Jean Markham
1986 The Wind (aka Edge of Terror) Sian Anderson
1987 Masters of the Universe Evil-Lyn
1988 Riding Fast Sara
1988 They Live Holly Thompson
1989 Leviathan Ms. Martin
1989 Relentless Carol Dietz
1989 Blind Fury Lynn Devereaux
1989 Stepfather II Carol Grayland
1990 Tripwire Julia
1990 Jezebel's Kiss Amanda Faberson
1990 Back Stab Sara Rudnick
1991 Diplomatic Immunity Gerta Hermann
1991 Future Kick Nancy
1993 Hidden Fears Maureen Dietz
1993 Best of the Best 2 Sue MacCauley
1994 Oblivion Stell Barr
1994 Shrunken Heads Big Moe
1994 Immortal Combat Quinn
1994 Lady in Waiting Carrie
1995 The Killers Within Laura Seaton
1995 Undercover Heat Mrs. V
1996 Oblivion 2: Backlash Stell Barr
1997 Space Marines Cmdr. Lasser
1998 Lost Valley Mary-Ann Compton
1998 The Man in the Iron Mask[4] Queen Anne d'Autriche
1998 Spoiler Woman #1
1999 The Minus Man Irene
2003 Being with Eddie Elinor Short film
2004 Coming Up Easy Mom
2011 25 Hill Audrey Gibbs
2011 Sebastian Gloria Completed
2012 The Lords of Salem Margaret Morgan


Year Title Role Notes
1969 NET Playhouse Praxithia Episode: "The Prodigal"
1970 Here Come the Brides Callie Marsh Episode: "Two Worlds"
1970 The Interns Sharon Episode: "Eyes of the Beholder"
1970 Mod Squad Cora Episode: "Who Are the Keepers, Who Are the Inmates?"
1971 Mod Squad Carolyn Episode: "Death of a Nobody"
1971 Men at Law Barbara Millett Episode: "Hostage"
1971 Bonanza Mrs. Evangeline Woodtree Episode: "The Silent Killer"
1971 Dan August Em Jackson Episode: "The Titan"
Episode: "Bullet for a Hero"
1971 The Death of Me Yet Alice TV movie
1971 The F.B.I. Marcy Brown Episode: "The Recruiter"
1972 The F.B.I. Marcy Brown Episode: "A Second Life"
1972 Young Dr. Kildare Rebecca Episode: "The Legacy"
1972 The Sixth Sense Carey Evers Episode: "Gallows in the Wind"
1972 Mannix Sheila Episode: "A Game of Shadows"
1972 Medical Center Carol McKinnon Episode: "Conflict"
1972 Circle of Fear Julie Barnes Episode: "At the Cradle Foot"
1973 Circle of Fear Penny Wiseman Episode: "Spare Parts"
1973 Cannon Linda Morrow Episode: "Come Watch Me Die"
1973 Barnaby Jones Doris Talbot Episode: "A Little Glory, a Little Death"
1974 Barnaby Jones Glenda
Gina Nelson
Episode: "A Cold Record for Murder"
Episode: "Blueprint for a Caper"
1973 Hawaii Five-O Nina Episode: "The Child Stealers"
1973 Sunshine Nora TV movie
1974 Medical Center Cassie Episode: "Web of Intrigue"
1974 The F.B.I. Paula Taylor Episode: "The Animal"
1974 The Six Million Dollar Man Minonee Episode: "Straight on 'till Morning"
1974 Things in Their Season Judy Pines TV movie
1975 Promise Him Anything Marjorie TV movie
1975 Sunshine Nora 13 episodes
1975 The Streets of San Francisco Nancy Elizabeth Mellon Episode: "Trail of Terror"
1975 Bronk Margaret Lewis Episode: "Short Fuse"
1975 Three for the Road Patti Hardy Episode: "The Albatross"
1975 Baretta Lola
Episode: "Ragtime Billy Peaches"
Episode: "Count the Days I'm Gone"
1976 James Dean Dizzy Sheridan TV movie
1976 Hawaii Five-O Anne Waring Episode: "Double Exposure"
1977 Washington: Behind Closed Doors Jennie Jamison TV miniseries
1977 Police Story Episode: "Pressure Point"
1977 Sunshine Christmas Nora TV movie
1979 The Scarlet Letter Hester Prynne TV miniseries
1980 Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones Jean Richie tv MOVIE
1980 The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Katrina Van Tassel TV movie
1982 Cagney & Lacey Det. Chris Cagney 6 episodes
1983 Desperate Intruder Joanna Walcott TV movie
1984 Best Kept Secrets Shari Mitchell TV movie
1985 The Twilight Zone Jenny Episode: "Dreams for Sale"
1985 Murder, She Wrote Del Scott Episode: "Joshua Peabody Died Here... Possibly"
1987 The Wind Sian Anderson Video
1987 Desperate Dorymae TV movie
1987 Miami Vice Alice Carson Episode: "Contempt of Court"
1988 Miami Vice Alice Carson Episode: "Blood & Roses"
1988 Betrayal of Silence Julie TV movie
1988 The Cosby Show Dyan Episode: "Trust Me"
1989 Midnight Caller Annie Driscoll Episode: "Wait Until Midnight"
1989 The Hitchhiker Deirdre Episode: "The Martyr"
1990 The Young Riders Mary Lou Episode: "Decoy"
1991 Shannon's Deal Eva Melville Episode: "Trouble"
1991 The Trials of Rosie O'Neill D.A. Deb Grant Episode: "Battle Fatigue"
1992 Dead On: Relentless II Carol Dietz Video
1992 To Catch a Killer City Attorney Linda Carlson TV movie
1992 Shadowchaser Sarah Video
1992 Reasonable Doubts Anna Dare Episode: "Moment of Doubt"
1992 Quantum Leap Laura Fuller 3 episodes
1994 Fortune Hunter Georgia Appleton Episode: "Millenium"
1995 ER Mrs. Rose Episode: "Make of Two Hearts"
1996 Murder, She Wrote Laura Kerwin Episode: "The Dark Side of the Door"
1996 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Onaya Episode: "The Muse"
1996 Mr. & Mrs. Smith Athena Episode: "The Kidnapping Episode"
1997 Deep Family Secrets Ellen TV movie
1998 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Hera Episode: "Reunions"
1999 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Hera Episode: "Full Circle"
1999 Sliders Col. Margaret Burke Episode: "Slide by Wire"
2000 Xena: Warrior Princess Hera Episode: "God-Fearing Child"
2013-present Pretty Little Liars Carla Grunwald Guest Character: Season 4-present
2013 Ravenswood Carla Grunwald

Recurring Role


The Originals

Josephine LaRue

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